The Story of A Goat

The Story of A Goat

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"In his brilliant new novel, Perumal Murugan paints a bucolic yet menacing portrait of the rural lives of India's farming community through the story of a helpless young animal lost in a world it naively misunderstands. A farmer in Tamil Nadu is watching the sun set over his village one evening when a mysterious stranger, a giant man, appears on the horizon. He offers the farmer a black goat kid who is the runt of the litter, surely too frail to survive. The farmer and his wife take care of the young she-goat, whom they name Poonachi, and soon the little goat is bounding with joy and growing prodigiously. Intoxicating passages from the goat's perspective offer a bawdy and earthy view of animal existence and a refreshing portrayal of the natural world. But Poonachi's life is not destined to be a rural idyll-dangers lurk around every corner, and may sometimes come from surprising places, including a government that is supposed to protect the weak and needy. With allegorical resonance for contemporary society and examining hierarchies of caste and color, The Story of a Goat is a provocative but heartwarming fable from a world-class storyteller"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Black Cat, 2019.
Edition: First Grove Atlantic paperback edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780802147516
Characteristics: 183 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Kalyan Raman, N. - Translator


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Apr 15, 2020

Yes, truly a story about a goat, one that has feelings like a human, and who lives a harsh and brutal life, as do most goats, and many humans in this world. Told like a fable, but also told in a straightforward manner with simple, short chapters and sentences.

Mar 03, 2020

This was an amazing book! I didn't want to return it! Daily life in Indian Society through a goat's eyes! A thoughtful premise. What do you when you are given a gift? Does it ever become a millstone around your neck? This novel explores that topic exceptionally well!

Dec 26, 2019

First, it's a story about a goat. But secondly, if you look at the goat's life you relate to human conditions of love, acceptance, survival, etc. But the intent, I believe is in the fable/fairy tale format of telling which puts the story in a deeper perspective. "Goats always tried to break free of their shackles. Sheep had none, so they didn't need to make the effort. If it was in your nature to bow down, why would anyone shackle you? And yet, they were fortunate..they had no inkling that to bow was to be shackled." A curious story to me.


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