Humiliated by his hoofed legs, the flies on his haunches, and the grass in his mouth, a bull named Etre tells his tender and thought-provoking story about the brutal insignificance of cow life at Gorwell Farm. In a world where the line between disgrace and dignity is drawn by a pasture fence, Etre finds himself alone in his awareness and utterly powerless to change his circumstances. The farmer and his men control everything–herding the cows from pasture to pasture, raising the sun in the morning, and taking it down at night. Etre searches for understanding among the broads, bulls, and calves on the pasture, but finds none. On the best of days, Etre listens to the farmer’s boy sing lullabies at the fence. He likes those songs and loves the boy. But the grasses thin as the seasons pass, the cows hunger, and Etre grows desperate. He is the only cow truly starving. – FROM THE BOOK BACK
PUBLISHER: Health Communications, Inc. PUBLICATION DATE: April 2010
PAGES: 128 GENRE: Fiction
ABOUT THE AUTHOR…Sean Kenniff, M.D., is a neurologist, radio host, and television journalist who appeared as one of the original castaways in the hit CBS television reality series Survivor. He made the transition to network television journalism at CBS News where he developed a reputation for delivering practical but inspirational advice on health and emotional wellbeing. Kenniff has shared his expertise on several television programs including The Today Show, The O’Reilly Factor, Live! With Regis and Kelly, The CBS Early Show, The Howard Stern Show, Fox News, MSNBC, Extra!, Access Hollywood, Lifetime and many others. He is the creator of Healthapalooza.com, a health news website and he has appeared in video programming featured on WebMD. He hosts the popular radio program, the Dr. Sean Show, in South Florida.
FROM THE BOOK FAERY REVIEWS…Interesting quick read that I know I would not have read if it was left up to me to pick up. This was the first time as an adult I’ve read a story from the point of view of an animal. More gruesome and truesome I’m sure than a Charlotte’s Web tale. While I’m not apt to quit eating my beef and become a vegetarian I do have to say that the slaughterhouse and mating scene from a bull’s perspective had my stomach turning a bit. Kenniff does do a fascinating job in making you feel as if you’re the bull experiencing it’s grief from being on the farm amongst the confusion and chaos and watching others be killed both by nature, animal and man. Etre was the main bull of the story whom you come to feel sorry for and one I even thought to be rather smarter than my assumption that cows and bulls are as dumb as they appear. Definitely an interesting read. Etre the cow is a book I doubt I re-read again or keep on my shelf but I’d pass on to another to read. Still, the book was intriguing and thought provoking. 3 stars.