The Cow

The Cow From Library JournalThe pastures of Hans Knuchel s Swiss farm blossom with happily grazing cows At the herd s lead walks Blosch the biggest cow Ambrosio has seen since leaving Spain to become a guest

  • Title: The Cow
  • Author: Beat Sterchi Michael Hofmann
  • ISBN: 9780571200528
  • Page: 471
  • Format: Paperback
  • From Library JournalThe pastures of Hans Knuchel s Swiss farm blossom with happily grazing cows At the herd s lead walks Blosch, the biggest cow Ambrosio has seen since leaving Spain to become a guest worker in the prosperous land While he had expected large cows, he had not expected the hostility of the Swiss toward foreigners, their harsh looks and harsher treatment.From Library JournalThe pastures of Hans Knuchel s Swiss farm blossom with happily grazing cows At the herd s lead walks Blosch, the biggest cow Ambrosio has seen since leaving Spain to become a guest worker in the prosperous land While he had expected large cows, he had not expected the hostility of the Swiss toward foreigners, their harsh looks and harsher treatment Yet he endures first the old fashioned ways of the Knuchel farm and then the creeping modernization he finds at his later job in the slaughterhouse Sterchi s first novel is an imaginatively structured narrative on the topic of bovines, one that will excite few readers This is not The Jungle, and Sterchi seems painfully aware that he falls short by comparison references to Sinclair s masterpiece abound Topic aside, however, the three part focus glued together with the character of Blosch shows real skill Unfortunately, this isn t enough to make Cow a prime choice Paul E Hutchison, Fishermans Paradise, Bellefonte, Pa.Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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    1. Cow by Beat Sterchi is something more than a story of a Spanish worker and a cow.  Sterchi apprenticed as a butcher after secondary school. In 1970 he emigrated to Canada, where he carried out various activities and incidentally completed an evening school. He completed his studies in English at the University of British Columbia near Vancouver with a bachelor's degree. In 1975 he went to Honduras, where he worked in the capital Tegucigalpa until 1977 as an English teacher and first poems publi [...]

    2. I don't want any more stiff animal carcasses under my blankets. Is that too much to ask?I just want a couple of hours of sleep to drown my gnawing thoughts.A little refuge in darkness, a refuge I don't have to explain or account for to anyone. A couple of paces into the Beyond of sleep.His hands are scarred, used up. His body small, knees burned and knobbly from a life worked on them. Crawled on them, but proud. Helplessly proud. Seven years hard labor. Ambrosio arrives in the Swiss village of I [...]

    3. See more of my book reviews on my blog, Literary FlitsIt was a surprise for me to realise that this novel was originally published thirty-five years ago. Its themes and subjects are so completely relevant to 2018! Sterchi explores xenophobia towards migrant workers and also the way in which we treat - and mistreat - the animals we raise for our food. For anyone who did Veganuary this year and whose commitment is wavering, Cow is a powerful read to set you right back on track.Cow begins as Spanis [...]

    4. Geen boek voor op de nuchtere maag. De hoofdpersoon Ambrosio is een gastarbeider uit Spanje die zijn geluk in Zwitserland gaat beproeven. Hij komt terecht op de traditionele boerderij van boer Knucher. Terwijl de rest van het dorp overgaat op melkmachines en kunstmest, zweert boer Knucher bij het melken met de hand en ouderwetse koeienmest. De boer is blij met Ambrosio in tegenstelling tot de rest van het dorp die hem zien als indringer. Zeven jaar later leeft Ambrosio nog steeds in Zwitserland, [...]

    5. This book is, well, strange. It opens with a Spanish man, emigrating to Switzerland, seeking work as a dairy farm worker. The early chapters alternate between the small, non-mechanized farm where the farmer knows his ten or so cows by name and treats them with loving kindness, and, set about seven years in the future, the slaughter house where the cows, now old and abused are butchered. The final chapters are set almost entirely in the slaughter house. The workers dislike their jobs, despise the [...]

    6. Interesting, very interesting, and definitely unlike anything I'd read before. Not that the subject matter itself was unfamiliar but the way it was described gave me something to think about. Like Sally Fouhse (see reviews) said earlier : "Weird but compelling".

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