This novel turns a teen’s fatal condition into a hilarious and hallucinatory quest. Use our free chapter-by-chapter summary and analysis of Going Bovine. It helps middle and high school students understand Libba Bray’s literary masterpiece. From the author of the Gemma Doyle trilogy and The Diviners series, this groundbreaking New York Times bestseller and winner of the Michael L.
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Return to Book Page. Preview — Going Bovine by Libba Bray. All year-old Cameron wants is to get through high school—and life in general—with a minimum bovvine effort. With the help of a death-obsessed, video-gaming dwarf and a yard gnome, Cam sets off on the mother of all road trips through a twisted America into the heart of what matters most. Hardcoverpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Going Bovineplease sign up.
Okay, this has been driving me crazy. Does anyone else think Cameron got mad cow disease from when he accidentally ingested bovkne water at that theme park? Stephanie I think it would have been too long between when that happened and when he got sick. I thought he got it from the Buddha Burger place, it fits in with …more I think it beay have been too long between when that happened and when he got sick. I thought he got it from the Buddha Burger place, it fits in with the satire of the fast food restaurant, happy cows happy to be recycled This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [So, I got to ask the question that probably everyone else figured out except for me.
Did he actually go on a quest, or was it all just a hallucination? Adil Alvares This answer contains spoilers… view spoiler [ From Wikipedia “After riding the boat to the Inuit village, he notices Dulcie, gets off of the boat and walks onto the shore of the village.
Cameron …more From Wikipedia “After riding the boat to the Inuit village, he notices Dulcie, gets off of the boat and walks onto the shore of the village.
Cameron and Dulcie engage in conversation in which Cameron asks if any of his travels were real to which Dulcie replies “Who’s to say what’s real or not? See all bovien questions about Going Bovine…. Lists with This Book. Apr 10, Barry libbx it it was amazing Shelves: I’m biased, of course. Libba’s not just my client, she’s my wife.
But this is one of the funniest books I’ve ever read, and will break your heart at the same time. She wrote the first draft of this book in one month, for a workshop organized by Cynthia Leitich Smith. It just poured out of her, and I knew it was something special when she’d talk about it with this little gleam in her eye. Fans of the Gemma books may not initially think this is for them, but I think the romance, the humor, the quir I’m biased, of course.
Fans of the Gemma books may not initially think this is for them, but I think the romance, the humor, the quirk that is Libba goinng through here just as much as it did in those books. View all 11 comments. Apr 10, Annalisa rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Bray takes on the great Don Quixote and delivers more than a modern satire. She gives us a wild ride worthy of Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz that is not only fun and hilarious but moving and exceptionally written.
This novel is a monumental undertaking and somehow Bray accomplishes it.
In the beginning, I found Cameron wholly unrelatable, but Bray is so witty and has such a way with sarcastic metaphors and sneaking in description so you see and smell and hear and feel the book without Bray takes on the great Don Quixote and delivers more than a modern satire.
In the beginning, I found Cameron wholly unrelatable, but Bray is so witty and has such a way with sarcastic metaphors and sneaking in description so you see and smell and hear and feel the book without it slowing down the plot that I llbba want to stop reading even though I didn’t care about Cameron who was a total loser. He’s going nowhere at school.
Gets fired from his job with good reason. Goingg his family and they aren’t too fond of his slackerness either. His only hobby seems to be to listen libbba music he hates so he can mock it. He’s high at least once a week. Shows no hope, no responsibility, and elicits zero sympathy from me.
But Bray managed to keep me interested in his story and smiling at her wit despite the f-word coming out in every sentence. Isn’t it against some social norm to say the f-word when you’re talking about Disneyland?
Just as I was getting turned off with the too modern feel references to WTF, ‘rents, things like that in a story that didn’t seem to go anywhere, Cameron develops mad-cow disease and starts his mental decline. That’s when he heads out on a mission to save himself and the world.
On his travels, he takes a hypochondriac dwarf, picks up a talking garden gnome, and heads toward the happiest place on earth following clues of the seemingly random with help from a punk-rock angel. Yeah, it’s that whacked. I laughed and smiled through all his misadventures that were really the adventure in disguise. The way Bray weaved everything in his life from snow globes to cartoons into this adventure so that it was not bovvine important but part of some grander metaphor for his life was utter genius.
I am in bj of Bray’s creative vovine. Through his whole crazy adventure, you can laugh at this story for the slapstick humor or find that deep meaningful awareness of pot talk not that I’ve ever been there.
You know that feeling when you finish a book or a movie and you feel like something monumental has happened, but nothing’s happened to you. All you did was watch a movie or read a book. That’s how I felt when I closed this book, which is pretty amazing that Bray made me experience the book on its terms. liba
But this book isn’t for everyone. Just like you have to be in the right mood or the right person to appreciate Alice in Wonderland or The Wizard of Oz, you have to be there to appreciate this. For all vy disdain at the swearing and my initial turn-off to the character which ended up being necessaryfor what the book accomplishes, I have to to say, “Wow.
Minor Spoilers in my symbolism-happy analysis: Bray criticizes the brainwashing of religious cults, consumerism, and a society of instant gratification in one swoop with CESSNAB I kept thinking this must be a mingled acronym for something else, but can’t find anything in those letters. I think this was my favorite detour. The criticism was pretty self-explanatory, especially library girl’s speech about censorship.
Bray also takes on our obsession with celebrities and extreme reality TV with the YA! Party House in a section that reeks of spring break on MTV. She shows what people will do for a little screen time of under the pressure of a cheering crowd. I loved her bits about the travel gnomes and Vikings, not that Vikings are commentary about society but it was sure amusing and Balder’s quest proves foreshadowing of Cameron’s quest.
And Bray manages to criticize tacky knick-knack souvenirs in the process. Plus, she takes on tabloid news and how much news gives rise to panic instead of information. I loved the employee stuff too, how impersonal corporate America has become. A lot of social satire packed into every storyline.
I loved the Copenhagen International sections. What is the real meaning of “The Seven Ways to Say Snow” or any of those seemingly deep lyrics to big bands that everyone loves and sings along to without getting.
I loved how the band tied into the quantum physics with “Dr. X had a theory that certain musical frequencies could open up portals in the fabric of time and space. Something about the vibrations. He believed that music was in fact its own dimension. I love how Bray uses bathroom pot talk to unveil an underlying theme in the book with Shroeder’s cat without looking in the box, one cannot know if the cat is dead or alive and therefore both possibilities exist.
And even how she used the Road Runner cartoon to show the concept of alternative universes, that behind every door is a different possibility and who’s to say which one is real? There’s a whole lot of symbolism in the book dressed up in that meaningless adventure. My favorite one is the Disney World e-ticket keeping him alive.
The book starts with this line: It is that memory, all of his memories, and his capability to think that keep him alive and give him existence. Besides, how could a book of social satire in America not be pivoted around the happiest place on earth that is real to children but not real? There’s a whole lot with Dr. Specialist’s name was Dr. When I read that he was searching for Dr. X, I couldn’t help thinking about Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade where they’re looking for the X and low and behold they’re standing on it.
That the X that marks the spot Cameron’s mission is with him the entire time.
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He just had to find it within himself. Then there’s the Wizard of Reckoning. You can go into the whole “there’s nothing to fear but fear itself” and how the only people we have to reckon with in the end is ourselves. I found it interesting that he was dressed as a combination of a knight and a space age astronaut, a redressing of Don Quixote as a modern telling I did libbq it disrespectful to talk down the great Don Bovune with some of her slang and the f word.
The only class Bray takes the time to go into detail about is the discussion of that book “Is Don Quixote mad or is the world that embraces these ideals Everything in the beginning seems random, but it all ties together in Cameron’s mission because there is no seemingly random. Things like Phantasos on the Mardi Gras parade: