When a down-on-his-luck educational administrator arrives at 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-listen 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.
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This is a book for those who really can relish stream after stream of good sentences. It is filled with cultural satire that spares nobody and it contains a fun story that elicits a fair share of intrigue and sympathies. But it is the prose styling that kept flooring me page by page with this one. The sentences range from the highly complex to the short and simply funny. Most of them are brilliant combinations of everything in between. Know thyself and enjoy this book. What a fun surprise.
I'm very picky when it comes to how books are read, so much so that I typically wince my way through even my favorite narrators. These two readers are very strong.
- Jeff (a.c.n.g.b.)
Hilarious satire about academia - very dry humor
- Leslie F.