Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Going Bovine

I just finished reading Libba Bray's Going Bovine. It was an absolutely spectacular read. It was hilarious and thoughtful and brilliant and absurd. I don't really want to write anything about it, because I don't want to spoil anything, but I highly recommend picking it up when you feel like reading something really mind-bendingly out there. If Tom Robbins and Douglas Adams collaborated on a novel, I think this would be the result. Here's one small paragraph from the book that sort of sums up a bit of what it's about:

As a kid, I imagined lots of different scenarios for my life. I would be an astronaut. Maybe a cartoonist. A famous explorer or rock star. Never once did I see myself standing under the window of a house belonging to some druggie named Carbine, waiting for his yard gnome to steal his stash so I could get a cab back to a cheap motel where my friend, a neurotic, death-obsessed dwarf, was waiting for me so we could get on the road to an undefined place and a mysterious Dr. X, who would cure me of mad cow disease and stop a band of dark energy from destroying the universe. (pg 257)

What a unique and engrossing read this was. Has anyone else read it?

2 comments:

JLQ said...

I've been interested to read this but have been putting it off for some reason (don't know why). Now I think it's next on my list, after When You Reach Me! Thanks for posting about it here :).

kristin said...

i haven't read it yet, either, but have been wanting to -- perhaps i'll push it a little higher on my enormous list, too! i was super happy to read your review, amanda.