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Going Bovine, Libba Bray

2010/03/29

I hate giving books poor reviews, especially since it’s not so much that I didn’t like “Going Bovine,” but rather that I didn’t really “get” it.

I’ve been interested in CJD and other prion diseases ever since I saw a documentary in which afflicted patients were described as having “visions of flames.” Perhaps that’s why I enjoyed the first parts of this book more than the latter portions. Of course, there isn’t any way that the book could continue to be narrated in Cameron’s voice while staying with that thread, and thus “Going Bovine” sets off on a jaunt through a strange and surreal journey.

Honestly, I would be interested in reading this book from a different perspective, seeing what it is like to have a child or sibling diagnosed with CJD. But I can see how that would be a hard sell.

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