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enormously disturbing and transcendently clever, Cows, a literally eviscerating portrait of life among the British lower classes, is revered internationally as one of the most daring English-language novels of the past few decades. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. I might have given this book higher than three stars if not for the fear of what doing so might make people think of me. In visual art, it’s common for students to become interested in violent or disturbing images, such as photos of car crash victims or medical deformities, and to try to use them in their work.

Slaughter about medical “professionals caught up in a kaleidoscope of crippling disease” in which we find “the fluxuating chart of their own ambitions and ardent dreams” that must be medsploitation, or surgploitation, or sexploitation or all of these.Before, when she was alone, the dripping accretion of neuroses in the deep pools of her guts was a rain sound across all of life. It’s pretty simplistic to see this guy’s novel either as a cry of protest against modern urban debovinisation or on the other hand as an Eating Animals Safran Foer- style polemic. While he removes the roadblocks in his life and muscles the pieces of what should be a perfect life into place, he can't get anything to stay. There were one-star rankings for people who were absolutely repulsed by it, and five-star rankings by folks who were absolutely exhilarated at having gotten through a book so brutal. Not like some fancy-pants "you just don't get it 🙄" bs either - there's a rawness and honesty that permeates the whole thing.

You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. When he is introduced to brutality through his job in a slaughterhouse, he senses a change in his directionless existence. The first time Cripps brings Steven into the "slaughter station" is when things get really weird - Cripps tells Steven that by using the bolt gun on the cows - it will give him strength to get what he wants and to stand up to what is bring him down (Hagbeast). For a contemporary artist it shouldn’t necessarily matter that the resulting artwork is harmonious—the purpose of choosing strong images, after all, is seldom to produce a pleasing or harmonious effect—but somehow it does.This situation we have here is like Bret Easton Ellis finding himself alone in a room full of women in 1991 just after you know what was published. Cripps who has this insatiable sexual fatherly taste towards Steven and gives us soooo many words of wisdom. While he was important for Steven’s development and self discovery, I found his character to be too-over the top for the rest of the story. I’m going to do my best to stay spoiler free, but I wanted to just say – this is a book that if you need any sort of trigger warning, you’ll not make it very far into it.

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