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The Book of the Dun Cow by Walter Wangerin Jr.
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Nov 22, 09

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This book ranks very highly among my all-time favorite novels. It's an allegorical story told in a kind of romping, hand-clapping narrative that is at artistic odds with the very dark, desperate theme. It's worth reading as a study of literary juxtaposition alone -- but the story itself is riveting, the characters totally absorbing.

It's been months since I finished The Book of the Dun Cow, and I'm still ruminating on it. It will have a permanent place on my book shelf -- this little novella about chickens and a dog is just as truthful and beautiful as anything written by Ray Bradbury, Ursula LeGuin, or Vladimir Nabokov.
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