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The Year of the Goat: 40,000 Miles and the Quest for the Perfect Cheese

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2010

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    Enjoyable read

    I read this book because we are interested in goat farming. It was hard not to be excited about it after reading this book. It is not a how-to but brought to life the love people have for their goats and the enjoyment that comes from using goat milk to make wonderful things. It gave some good places to look for more information. It was also just an enjoyable, fun read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2007

    A year of enlightenment

    As an animal lover, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and learned much about goats/cheeses. I share many of the ideals of this couple, and in fact, envy their newly-adopted lifestyle. As we get older, we all wish we could have made drastic changes in our lifestyle. I commend this couple for following their dreams at the beginning of their life together. For anyone to call them self-indulgent, is totally out of line. I found this delightful writer to be all-encompasing and quite generous in her admiration of all people, with wonderful virtues to live by.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2007

    Year of the Goat....Naaaaah

    At first glance this book was a recipe for disaster. A yuppie eastern couple, self-indulgent, self-absorbed, clearly the center of their own universe, decide that their trendy New York City life doesn't provide them the values they are looking for, so they embark upon a one year odyssey to investigate becoming goat farmers. Initially the author's writing quality perked the interest and entertained. She can definitely write. But over the course of the book the path to their nirvana led steadily downward. Their foray into goat farming research I found to be disorganized, disjointed, and generally disappointing. What could have been a journey well travelled seemed to evolve into a destination without end, even though the length of the book was on the shorter side. In the movie 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding' there was a line where the father, upset about his daughter's engagement to a non-Greek, says, 'How can she do this to me?' That same attitude pervades this book. They feel guilty about a catering decision for their wedding as they visit goat farmers in Appalachia. What does the economics of the goat industry have to do with their marriage ceremonies? Would they decide to disappoint their peers by altering their plans in order to connect with the people in the industry? I became convinced that, regardless of where their reseach lead, this foray into 'goating' was designed in part to provide a subject for their next cocktail party. 'Karl and Margaret didn't go to the Hamptons this year, they went to a goat farm.' Unfair I am sure, but that's the impression I derived from their tale. And while the information about the goat industry was interesting, I felt the industry would be enhanced if they just stayed away. The author can write, the book stylistically was well-written, but a journey where the underlying theme is 'its all about us' and 'where's the Starbucks' turned me off long before the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2007

    For the dreamer in all of us.....

    I thoroughly enjoyed this journey! As a suburban mom with aspirations of a straw bale home and small goat herd/cheese operation myself, I really loved it. I don't get a self-indulgent vibe from these folks at all. Anyone willing to sleep in a tent in 20 degree weather gets my 'committed' award. I think the fact that they are educated people may make some folks color them with the, 'yuppie' brush. I see people brave enough to take the scorn of family and friends to live closer to the land, and more simply with each other. If you love food, and goats, 'my personal faves are nubians!' Heck, even if you don't love goats, if you've ever wanted to break away from your life and live honestly the way you know you're supposed to, these folks are doing it, and I admire it!

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