Review: Actor writes funny tale of Elsie the cow
“Holy Cow” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), by David Duchovny
The actor known for playing Fox Mulder on the TV series “The X-Files” and Hank Moody on the show “Californication” shows his comic side with “Holy Cow,” a tale of Elsie the cow.
Elsie enjoys life on the farm, and her day consists of being milked, eating and gossiping with the other cows out in the field. One day she and a fellow bovine realize they have developed an interest in the bulls, and they hatch an idea to visit the bulls when the farmer leaves the gate open after a milking.
That evening the two of them head over to the bulls. Elsie’s curiosity takes her toward the farmhouse, and there she witnesses on the Box God images of what happens to cows that involves people eating them. Traumatized, she starts to dream about how to avoid a similar fate. When she learns that cows are revered in India, she begins to concoct a plan to travel there. Elsie, a turkey named Tom and a pig named Jerry who goes by the name Shalom plot an escape.
Elsie’s first-person narrative has more asides and non sequiturs than expected, and that adds to the fun. Who knew a cow’s view of the world was so funny yet so honest and true? “Holy Cow” is silly and fun from the opening page, but it would be even more amusing if read aloud.