The story of a goat

by Perumāḷmurukan̲,

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As he did in the award-winning One Part Woman , in his newest novel, The Story of a Goat , Perumal Murugan explores a side of India that is rarely considered in the West: the rural lives of the country's farming community. He paints a bucolic yet sometimes menacing portrait, showing movingly how danger and deception can threaten the lives of the weakest through the story of a helpless young animal lost in a world it naively misunderstands.

As the novel opens, a farmer in Tamil Nadu is watching the sunset over his village one quiet evening when a mysterious stranger, a giant man who seems more than human, appears on the horizon. He offers the farmer a black goat kid who is the runt of the litter, surely too frail to survive. The farmer and his wife take care of the young she-goat, whom they name Poonachi, and soon the little goat is bounding with joy and growing at a rate they think miraculous for such a small animal. Intoxicating passages from the goat's perspective offer a bawdy and earthy view of what it means to be an animal and a refreshing portrayal of the natural world. But Poonachi's life is not destined to be a rural idyll--dangers can lurk around every corner, and may sometimes come from surprising places, including a government that is supposed to protect the weak and needy. Is this little goat too humble a creature to survive such a hostile world?

With allegorical resonance for contemporary society and examining hierarchies of caste and color, The Story of the Goat is a provocative but heartwarming fable from a world-class storyteller who is finally achieving recognition outside his home country.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Success nearly killed Murugan. Longlisted for the 2018 National Book Award for Translated Literature, his cult novel, One Part Woman, was viciously condemned and publicly burnt in his native India for revealing the culture of his remote village to the outside world. Murugan declared himself dead on Facebook, but broke his silence after winning a landmark case granting artistic freedom. In a three-month burst, Murugan created his impossibly frail, all-black, newborn goat named Poonachi who ends up in the care of an elderly farming couple. The old woman is smitten, tenaciously encouraging Poonachi's survival. Murugan smoothly anglophone-enabled by award-winning Tamil translator Raman moves fluidly between human and animal viewpoints, from detailing the humans' relationship with their land and flock, to anthropomorphizing Poonachi's maturation from fragile survivor into playful kid, longing lover, even miraculous mother. Yet as pastoral as this story seems, Murugan's multilayered intentions prove far more admonitory. Poonachi is more daughter with all the limitations of womanhood thrust upon her than livestock. Beyond the fields, a regime looms, fear controls, and societal rigidity rules as Murugan adroitly transforms his caprine idyll into cautionary chronicle.--Terry Hong Copyright 2019 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "This superbly fabulist tale from Murugan (One Part Woman) dives into the inner life and turmoil of a Asuras, a fictional farming village in rural India, through a small but determined goat and her unlikely caretakers. A large, mysticlike man gifts a rare black goat to an old farmer one day on his way home from the field. When the old farmer brings the malnourished goat home to his wife, she quickly gets to work caring for the goat, whom she names Poonachi. It's not an easy start for Poonachi, who must deal with the abuses of the village children, refuses to suckle, and is attacked by a tiger. But in the hands of the old woman, Poonachi eventually thrives alongside their older goats and becomes her inseparable companion. As Poonachi grows older, she learns that life is filled with struggle and suffering, but also that it holds moments of beauty and love. Anthropomorphic Poonachi lets readers into many of her thoughts and experiences, including a vibrant view of life under a government regime that banned black goats (which supposedly can't be seen in the dark) and oversaw long periods of famine and food rationing. Murugan explores the lively inner life of an observant goat in this imaginative exploration of rural life under the caste system. (Dec.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Goats -- Fiction.
Social classes -- India -- Fiction.
Rural families -- India -- Drama.
Tamil Nadu (India) -- Fiction.
Domestic fiction.
Publisher New York :2019
Edition First Grove Atlantic paperback edition.
Other Titles Punācci allatu oru veḷḷāṭṭin̲ katai.
Contributors Kalyan Raman, N., translator.
Language English
Description 183 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN 9780802147516
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