They're Cows, We're Pigs

They re Cows We re Pigs The emerging societies of the Caribbean in the seventeenth century were a riotous assembly of pirates aristocrats revolutionaries and rogues outcasts and fortune seekers all In They re Cows We re

  • Title: They're Cows, We're Pigs
  • Author: Carmen Boullosa Leland H. Chambers
  • ISBN: 9780802137869
  • Page: 496
  • Format: Paperback
  • The emerging societies of the Caribbean in the seventeenth century were a riotous assembly of pirates, aristocrats, revolutionaries, and rogues outcasts and fortune seekers all In They re Cows, We re Pigs, acclaimed Mexican novelist Carmen Boullosa animates this world of bloody chaos and uncertain possibility through the eyes of the young Jean Smeeks, kidnapped in FlanThe emerging societies of the Caribbean in the seventeenth century were a riotous assembly of pirates, aristocrats, revolutionaries, and rogues outcasts and fortune seekers all In They re Cows, We re Pigs, acclaimed Mexican novelist Carmen Boullosa animates this world of bloody chaos and uncertain possibility through the eyes of the young Jean Smeeks, kidnapped in Flanders at age thirteen and sold into indentured servitude on Tortuga, the mythical Treasure Island Trained in the magic of medicine by le Negre Miel, an African slave healer, and Pineau, a French born surgeon, Smeeks signs on as a medical officer with the pirate band the Brethren of the Coast Transformed by the looting and violence of pirate life, Smeeks finds himself both healer and despoiler, servant and mercenary, suspended between the worlds of the law abiding, tradition bound cows and the freely roaming and raiding pigs.

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    1. This book was recommended to me by a well-read clerk at my local bookstore, a fever dream of 17th century piracy on the Caribbean. But I never quite got into it. The protagonist, who goes by various different names, has loving mentor relationships with two older men who teach him everything he knows, and much of the book comes back to avenging their deaths. There are vivid hallucinatory scenes of pirate raids and hurricanes and on occasion the language is just breathtaking. But often, it's hard [...]

    2. This came highly recommended and I don't know why. The story seemed even more clueless and lost than the main character. You could pull this and that out for discussion or to support/score points in a political/sociological debate. Other than that there is little to squeeze out of it.

    3. Had to read for class. Very strange story structure. The author relies on cheap shock value. I would like the hours I spent reading this book back

    4. A disgustingly violent and crude rendition of the lives of pirates. However crude, it gives one a sensitive perspective an male sexuality, with both women and men.

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