BOOK REVIEW: Holy Cow by David Duchovny (Review by Ben Hunter)

by |January 24, 2015

David Duchovny wrote a book. Yes, that David Duchovny.

Sure, he’s known for being an actor, but did you know he has a Masters in English Literature from Yale? Booktopia’s Ben Hunter takes a closer look at his debut novel Holy Cow.

holy-cowWhen the X Files were on in the 90s, few of us thought that the man behind Agent Fox Mulder would publish a book twenty years later written entirely from the perspective of a dairy cow. We’ve come a long way, my friends.

Holy Cow isn’t your classic boy-meets-girl kind of quick read. What you’re essentially reading is cow becomes aware of own cruel fate, pig changes name to Shalom, meets Turkey that somehow has an iPhone and travels with them to the Middle East and India. None of this is believable in the slightest and the whole thing is a riot until the cow comes home.

cn_image.size.david-duchovnyDuchovny concocts his allegory/fable-type-thing with a self-referential tongue-in-cheek and there’s cow puns and bad Yiddish to boot.

His voice explodes through on every page. He even tries to solve the conflict in Palestine and Israel somewhere towards the end.

This book is postmodern humour for young readers and adults alike. Read it with no expectation and you’ll have yourself a blast.

Grab a copy of David Duchovny’s Holy Cow here

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