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Etre the Cow: A Book Review and Giveaway!


The Book: etre the Cow

The Author: Sean Kennif

The Premise: Ever feel like a farm animal? You know, living a life trapped behind a fence, surrounded by others identical to you, and all headed for an inescapable doom, although no one seems to know exactly what it is or when it will come? Ok, me neither….but that’s basically what etre (yes, that’s the cow’s name) is experiencing, and it didn’t take me long to realize I knew exactly how he’s feeling in this story.

This is a modern day version of Animal Farm, not so politically minded, but instead, seemingly focused on economy and the day-to-day grind of the business world. Etre has seen the cows headed down the chute, never to return for his entire life, and like the guy whose co-worker moves to the corner office, assumes it’s all gravy from there. While management (hopefully!) doesn’t meet its end the way the unfortunate cows in the slaughter house do, when things go wrong and cuts need to be made, they feel the pain first. (OK, maybe not if they score a government bailout—-ahem, AIG) but that is generally the idea.

As our narrator, we quickly come to understand that Etre sees himself as more than a cow. While he “talks” (Although his name; Etre, is the only word he can actually pronounce) none of the other cows appear to understand him, or to have language skills of their own. He does have many human traits, such as care for his child, and for the female cow he pursues, but is in many ways, still “just a cow”. He brays like a cow, fights the larger bull like any other male cow, and is constantly getting his horns stuck in the fence as he reaches for the better grass. Etre thinks he is pretty darn unique…but in the end he has to accept that he is one of the crowd, an individual like the rest of us, but still held under its sway.

The metaphor isn’t exactly subtle, as the reader catches onto things really fast here. I almost wish the comparison would’ve been a bit more roundabout, since as intelligent readers, we still would have got it, and not had the slight headache from being hit over the head with the not-so-underlying meaning.

etre the cow does end things with a bang though, and while I’m not going to spoil it for you, I can help you get your own copy of the book!!! Thanks to the publishers, I have TWO copies to give away to my lucky readers. (one each of course) You do have to be in the US and Canada to win, so keep that in mind. Since this is my contest, I do have one small demand. To garner an entry, you must comment on this post with your favorite book. Any book…I just want to know what people are reading, so that I can (potentially) add them to my list. You can then get a second entry by giving my blog a shout-out on facebook or your own blog, just comment with the link.

Contest ends April 12th at 11:59 EST, so get commenting!!!

And even if you don’t win, the book is now available on Amazon , so you can pick it up there and find out what happens to etre!!!


3 comments to Etre the Cow: A Book Review and Giveaway!

  • Great review.. the book sounds really unique! Thanks so much for being on the tour. We really appreciate all the time and effort that went into reading/reviewing Etre the Cow.

  • Sarah

    My favorite book is Staying Fat For Sarah Byrnes by Chris Crutcher. The most honest look at adolescence and friendship I had ever read in high school.

  • My Year of Meats by Ruth Ozeki. This book made me realize that food choices need to be responsible. It was revolutionary for me.

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