"One month into our stay, we'd managed to dispatch most of our charges. We executed the chickens. One of the cats disappeared, clearly disgusted with our urban ways. And Lucky [the cow] was escaping almost daily. It seemed we didn't have much of a talent for farming. And we still had eleven months to go." Antonia Murphy, you might say, is an unlikely farmer. Born and bred in San Francisco, she spent much of her life as a liberal urban cliché, and her interactions with the animal kingdom rarely extended past dinner. But then she became a mother. And when her eldest son was born with a rare, mysterious genetic condition, she and her husband, Peter, decided it was time to slow down and find a supportive community. So the Murphys moved to Purua, New Zealand - a rural area where most residents maintained private farms, complete with chickens, goats, and (this being New Zealand) sheep. The result was a comic disaster, and when one day their son had a medical crisis, it was also a little bit terrifying.
Dirty Chick chronicles Antonia's first year of life as an artisan farmer. Having bought into the myth that farming is a peaceful, fulfilling endeavor that allows one to commune with nature and live the way humans were meant to live, Antonia soon realized that the reality is far dirtier and way more disgusting than she ever imagined. Among the things she learned the hard way: Cows are prone to a number of serious bowel ailments, goat mating involves an astounding amount of urine, and roosters are complete and unredeemable assholes. But for all its traumas, Antonia quickly embraced farm life, getting drunk on homemade wine (it doesn't cause hangovers!), making cheese (except for the cat hair, it's a tremendously satisfying hobby), and raising a baby lamb (which was addictively cute until it grew into a sheep).
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Laughed my @$$ off!
Just the right kind of crazy!
this would have to be at the top of my list of Audiobooks. And it is a LONG list.
Antonia, herself, is my favorite because I totally related to her and her schemes.
Skin had to have been my favorite character of all.
Yes but I didn't listen all in one sitting. It took two days. A girl has to go to the bathroom eventually.
I read this book on Audible. If you are unfamiliar with audible it is a place to buy and listen to books. They have a fantastic selection in every genre. You should really head over and check it out. I happen to love to listen to book while I am driving. I find that audible is the solution to road rage for me in LA traffic.
So all that being said, here are the meat and potatoes. This book was read by the Author, Antonia Murphy, for Audible. I really like hearing an Author read the book they wrote. I have been fortunate to have had only good experiences in that area. Antonia did wonderful adding accents of her neighbors. She apologizes in the beginning for massacring their accents but my untrained American ear LOVED them. Ms Murphy should never allow anyone else to read her books for audible other than herself. It added a girlfriend feel to the book that was priceless.
This book is HILARIOUS. I never stopped laughing. Well except for the funeral. Only crazy people laugh at a funeral right? Having fantasy's myself of growing my own veggies and maybe having a chicken or two, I could totally relate to the "accidental" way Ms. Murphy ended up with 20 animals. Ms Murphy tells us how a California girl ended up in New Zealand. Her explanation of how getting on a boat and sailing to New Zealand happens. She admits to her mistakes and missteps along the way. Her introduction to her neighbors, her children and the story of how she ended up a with a zoo full of animals is charming, hysterical, and well almost enchanting. Not enchanting enough for this California Girl to move to New Zealand...well at least not today. But almost. Is that crazy? I hope not. But if it is, it is the right kind of crazy for me.
- MICHELLE DE GUZMAN