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Don't think I'll read it a second time, but glad I gave it a go after all the hype I've seen about it. The plot is sluggish and the gross out factor isn't interesting enough to justify recommending this book to anyone. Upstairs is the abnormal love of Stephen’s life, a woman who is seeks out poison that she believes must be evident within people’s bodies, literally, she’s into surgery and vivisection. He reaches a point where he’ll do anything to get that happy life and that’s when the madness that this book is famous for begins. When I first picked up this book, I believed it was about a bunch of cows who turn into some type of "Zombie Apocalypse" and start killing and eating human beings.
Still others ranked this one star or five depending on their emotional state upon writing their review.It goes from a guy who hates his mother, to a guy who wants the perfect picket fence life, with his insane girlfriend, to a guy who's learned to murder, and enjoy it, to a guy who talks to cows and believes that he's their leader. Stokoe stays true to a bleak vision of the world as he enmeshes his characters in the kinds of tragic setups reminiscent of a Thomas Hardy novel. He has a new upstairs neighbor named Lucy, who just moved in and after whom he lusts, a foreman named Cripps who takes maybe a bit too much of a fatherly interest in Steven, and something watching him from the ventilation system in the slaughterhouse.
I will mention just one: the main character breaks off his mother’s teeth, fixes his anus over her bleeding mouth, and shits, forcing her to eat.Coincidentally, Stephen has started a new job at the slaughter house as the meat grinder (the end of the line so to speak).
Daisy : Well, then again, I can’t ignore the fact that this guy, writing from whatever weird perspective he undoubtedly has, and needing undoubtedly many hundred hours of counselling to figure out his problems, which he clearly has in abundance, actually has talent.
The cows know, as Orwell wrote in Animal Farm, “Never listen when they tell you that Man and the animals have a common interest, that the prosperity of the one is the prosperity of the others.