The Book of the Dun Cow [NOOK Book]

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The timeless National Book Award-winning story of the epic struggle between good and evil.

“Far and away the most literate and intelligent story of the year … Mr. Wangerin’s allegorical fantasy about the age-old struggle between good and evil produces a resonance; it is a taut string plucked that reverberates in memory” —New York Times

“Belongs on the shelf with Animal ...
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The Book of the Dun Cow

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Overview

The timeless National Book Award-winning story of the epic struggle between good and evil.

“Far and away the most literate and intelligent story of the year … Mr. Wangerin’s allegorical fantasy about the age-old struggle between good and evil produces a resonance; it is a taut string plucked that reverberates in memory” —New York Times

“Belongs on the shelf with Animal Farm, Watership Down and The Lord of the Rings. It is, like them, an absorbing, fanciful parade of the war between good and evil. A powerful and enjoyable work of the imagination.” —Los Angeles Times

In a time when the sun revolved around the Earth, and the animals could speak, Chauntecleer the Rooster rules justly over his kingdom. But while peace reigns for Chauntecleer, evil is brewing across the river, as the monstrous Cockatrice pillages his own lands and people, preparing for the return of Wyrm.

Imprisoned within the Earth to contain this ancient evil, Wyrm is determined to return, with the help of Cockatrice. Keeping Wyrm in his prison is a task too great for any individual animal, so it is up to Chantecleer to rally all of the animals, great and small, to work together to keep the Earth safe once again.

“Good and evil were never seen more distinctly not pitted more ferociously than in this animal fable, reverberating with the righteousness of the Bible or a medieval morality play … The animals are not mere literary symbols but are invested with a humanness all their won.” —The Saturday Evening Post

“Wangerin’s story functions as a frightening representation of modern evil … a parable for adults to ponder.” —The Christian Century

“Wangerin has so fluidly woven all these legends together into one small gem.” —Washington Post Book World
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016567273
  • Publisher: Diversion Books
  • Publication date: 6/18/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 25,462
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

With fans numbering in the millions, Walter Wangerin, Jr. is widely recognized as one of today’s most gifted writers on issues of faith and spirituality. Beginning with the renowned Book of the Dun Cow, Wangerin’s writing career has encompassed almost every genre: fiction, essay, spirituality, children’s stories, and biblical exposition. Wangerin has won the National Book Award, the New York Times Best Children’s Book of the Year Award, and several Gold Medallion Awards, including best fiction awards for both The Book of God and Paul: A Novel. Wangerin’s most recent work, Naomi and Her Daughters, released in September, 2010, is a historically accurate telling of the ancient narrative filled with rich description and gritty realism cast in new light. Wangerin was speaker for the Lutheran Vespers radio program from 1994 through January 2005, and prior to joining Valparaiso’s faculty he served as an inner-city pastor in Evansville, Indiana for 16 years. The author of more than forty books, Wangerin lives in Valparaiso, Indiana where he is Senior Research Professor at Valparaiso University.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2000

    Emotion Capturing !

    Having first read 'Book of the Dun Cow' as a high school freshman in 1982 I have found myself rereading it every two to three years. Chauntacleer, John Wesley Weasel, and the other characters are the center of an unforgettable, emotional, adventure that provides good vs.evil,heroism,unconditional love, and extreme courage.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2003

    A definite Masterpiece

    This book is a great buy for people of all ages. This book is very imaginative and has a great story-line. It's one of the best good verse evil books out there. I've read it three times and wouldn't mind reading it again. Though I havn't read the book of sorrows I'm sure it's just as good or even better than the first.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2000

    Epic, mythic, brilliant!

    This is one of the best-written books I have ever had the pleasure to read. It contains heroism, joy, deep sorrow, and extraordinary good humor. It is one of the three or four books that I will actively tell people that they have to read. It is truly a marvellous work, and one that continues to grow on the reader. BTW...there is a sequel, The Book of Sorrows... It is also very good, but RARELY has a book been so well titled. If I had a ten-year-old child, I would happily read him The Book of the Dun Cow, but would not let him know that there was a sequel until he turned, oh, 30 or so.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 7, 2014

    What an amazing story. I had never heard of it until searching

    What an amazing story. I had never heard of it until searching for some books to read next; this book was classed as an epic in the vein of Lord of the Rings. It certainly surpassed my expectations. I can not rate it highly enough, a wonderfully moving story, with high highs and low lows. Not just the story itself is excellent, but the way it is written is amazing: the hand of a master craftsman.

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  • Posted January 25, 2014

    Great Book!

    A story that proves that some people should write and that some books just need to be read. Top 5 of my favorites; all time. Approachable from many ages and stages of life; brings just enough "uncomfortable" topic/plot moves that it makes it draw and repel at the same time... you can put it down, want to put it down... think about it, and later... see this book sitting there & want to try some more.

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    Posted December 18, 2013

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