Cows, College & Castration

23 12 2016

Cow Country by Adrian Jones Pearson

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“The mission of Cow Eye Community College is to provide a nurturing and time-tested education grounded in American values and the proliferation of the American Way”

When a down-on-his-luck educational administrator arrives into the makeshift bus shelter of Cow Eye Junction, he finds a drought-stricken town and its community college on the precipice of institutional ruin. Struggling to navigate this strange world of bloated calf scrota, orgiastic math instruction, and onrushing regional accreditors, Charlie must devise a plan to lead Cow Eye Community College through the perils of continuous improvement to the triumphant culmination of world history.
Idiosyncratic, wry, and ambitiously constructed, Cow Country is Adrian Jones Pearson’s most American work yet, deftly blending the lunacies of contemporary academia with the tragic consequences of New World nation-building. A must-read for anyone who has ever worked at an institution of higher education, or attempted to straddle partisan lines, this insightful novel offers a poetic requiem for the loss of our humanity – and our humanities.
One of my favourite books of the year this. An outstanding educational satire Cow Country follows an increasingly sleep-deprived educational administrator as he tries to help Cow Eye Community College through its critical accreditation process. Charlie is the new Special Projects Co-ordinator and beyond accreditation he is tasked with re-uniting a starkly divided campus community and organising the staff Christmas Party. Featuring a series of absurd and comedic scenarios this is a very entertaining and thoroughly strange campus novel.
4.5 stars
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