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Daisy [Kindle Edition]

R.B. Clague
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Who would ever believe that three cows absconding from a farm in country New South Wales could bring a father and son closer together, reunite two long-lost lovers, form a lasting friendship between completely different animal species, receive aid from a mysterious swami, and have a song dedicated to them by an internationally famous country music singer?

Who could foresee that those same three bovines could become enlightened, aware that humans actually consume cows, and in the end, capture the attention of the national media and the hearts of an entire nation as they attempt to escape to India, where cows are sacred and definitely not destined for the dinner table?

This and much more, is the occasionally hilarious, always uplifting, frequently thought-provoking, at times almost heartbreaking story of Daisy, as she, along with her friends Bunyip and Tulip set off on an amazing quest to step outside their limitations, becoming wiser and much more than others could ever expect them to be.

Product Details

  • File Size: 711 KB
  • Print Length: 484 pages
  • Publisher: karabeth (April 9, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007SWLJFS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #869,595 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A transcendant work, if ever there was one... April 14, 2012
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Fair warning: I've never reviewed a book before, aside from the prerequisite "BUY IT NOW!" to my mates. So, that having been said, this will be a bit of an adventure, won't it?

To say that this particular work of literature is good would be an understatement on the scale of "an atomic bomb makes a pretty light." This book is, appropriately enough given the content, a transcendant work, capable of reaching out to 4 different generations of people at once and drawing each in for different reasons. A child being read this as a bedtime story will be drawn to the adventures of Bunyip, Tulip, and the titular heroine, Daisy, along with the multiple friends they make along their journey. An older, experienced reader will be taken in by the numerous sub-plots and character connections that seem to populate this piece, as well as the abundance of genuine laugh-out-loud moments that provide the necessary levity. Still others might be drawn to the love stories, or the redemptory bits, or even just the unabashed optimism that seems to permeate every square millimeter of this text.

In the simplest of terms, what Mr. Clague has managed to do is write a classic. As I read the story (both times, mind you), I formed an image in my head of the future: an animated film adaptation (starring the usual "all-star cast" credits), teachers using this book alongside "Animal Farm" in reading comprehension classes for generations... This book is THAT good. Provided it gets the attention it so rightfully deserves, I see Mr. Clague becoming a popular man in the future. And he deserves every bit of that. Every last bit.

To Mr. Clague, I say this, and you know that I mean what I say: Thank you for this book. As you've stated all along, this book is a gift, and I am indeed inclined to agree with you, sir.

Cheers!
-C. Priest Brumley
-New Orleans, LA, USA.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great clean, just feel good story! April 11, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I loved this book the first time I had the honor to read it.. long before it was published. Even now I see a cow and things are never the same. If your looking for a feel good happy read, this is it. I can't imagine life without the perspective of Daisy now, and I know you will understand what I mean when you see for yourself how human these animals have become.. RB ! Thank you for an amazing tale!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful reading April 19, 2012
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After downloading the kindle edition of Daisy I had the pleasure of reading a most remarkable book and found I couldn't stop until I had finished it. Well done R.B. you are a talented writer and I am sure Daisy will be a great success and look forward to more books from you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "DAISY" (GMTA REVIEW) April 18, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Book Title: "Daisy"
Author: R.B. Clague
Published By: Karabeth Publishing
Age Recommended: 10+
Reviewed By: Kitty Bullard
Raven Rating: 5

Review: I absolutely loved this book. "Daisy" reminded me of another great classic. It was "Watership Down" for cows. When Daisy and two of her friends, Bunyip and Clover push down their fence in pursuit of the "greener grass on the other side" they meet an Alpaca that tells them some very distressing news. Soon it seems their entire world is tumbling down and Daisy makes a decision to find the land where cows are considered sacred and she and her friends will never have to worry about gracing the dinner table of humans ever again.

Thus begins the journey unlike any you have ever read. R.B. Clague writes in such a way that you almost forget the main characters are animals. I found myself completely transported and enjoyed every step of my journey with Daisy and her ever-growing volley of friends. I was taken back to my childhood when I stayed for an entire school year on my grandfather's farm and remembered how I fell in love with the cows there and actually felt the sting of loss and betrayal when it came time for them to make their final journey. To me cows were and still are beautiful animals and even though I still enjoy a good steak from time to time, I can sympathize with Daisy and her friends and cheer them on the entire way.

A wonderful read, one so many can and will enjoy. A truly great book with many messages.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Positively amazing! April 16, 2012
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Douglas Adams meets John Steinbeck. This story has the ability to change the world in a positive way. I look forward to reading it to my daughter when she is old enough to understand. A simple message wrapped in a complex adventure. Read it, learn from it and grow in a positive manner. As a writer of poetry I try to send positive messages out, R.B. Clague hits it on the head! We are all connected if by nothing more than we all share a home.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Reading April 13, 2012
By Sue
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best book I have read in ages.... would and will recommend it to everyone... its light and easy to read and good for kids too.... love to see how friendships of all varieties work... well done Mr Clague cant wait for the next one to come out....
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5.0 out of 5 stars An instant classic April 13, 2012
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Welcome to the world of Daisy.
Daisy is, by all reckoning, just a Friesian cow. We all know that cows are pretty silly, don't we? They stand in paddocks all day, chewing cud and waiting to be milked at sundown.
To begin with, Daisy is one such cow. Living on Farmer Joe's land, Daisy's life is pretty good. No predators, no worries, no dramas. Until, suddenly, there is something to worry about. Daisy finds out things no cow should have to know, for their own peace-of-mind. What follows is the journey that Daisy has to make, to get out from under the cloud that takes over her life once she becomes aware of the reality of a bovine's existence.
This wonderful book, the one you are now holding in your hands, takes Daisy out of her comfort zone and pushes her into a new way of looking at the world around her. It will do the same to you, dear reader.
I had the honour and the pleasure of reading this before publication, and loved every page, every sentence and every new concept the author comes up with. R.B. Clague pushes the boundaries even for animal metaphors. In Daisy, the cows who feature as the main characters--especially Daisy herself--manage to achieve a higher level of self-awareness than any cows have in the history of the world, at least as far as humans know. They love, they laugh, they share adventures with other friends they meet along the way, and most of all they lift us up with their simple yet at the same time heartfelt and complex views of the world.
R.B. Clague allows Daisy and her friends to light up our imagination, to truly believe that the world is a beautiful and wondrous place, despite all the sorrow it contains. We follow the title character's adventures with hope in our heart, and we are never let down by the storyline.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Daisy the allegorical cow.
I started Daisy a few days ago and during the first chapter I was completely confused. Was it a children's book? Read more
Published 13 days ago by bambi flanner
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
This is a cute enough story but it moves sooooo slowly.
Published 2 months ago by Kyra Hawkins
4.0 out of 5 stars Charming and unique
This is a very sweet story, told in a simple style that seems completely appropriate for the philosophical musings of cows and various other creatures (including people). Read more
Published 10 months ago by KittyL
4.0 out of 5 stars Daisy was an enjoyable and heartwarming read!
I immediatly fell in love with Daisy, Bunyip and Tulip and the rest of the endearing animals and enjoyed reading their voices more than the humans. Read more
Published 10 months ago by jenna
4.0 out of 5 stars Daisy, Daisy. Give me your answer, do...
This book has a cute way of introducing many native Australian animals and takes the reader on pleasant journey... a very relaxing read.
Published 10 months ago by Dawn
5.0 out of 5 stars Take this journey. You'll be glad you did.
Sometimes the best thing you can say about a book, is not just that you enjoyed reading it, but that it made you question, imagine and allow yourself to become immersed in the... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Larry Batts
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Book! Should be a movie!
Daisy is a remarkable book about, cows? Yes, cows, enlightened cows traveling along the countryside in search of a place where they would be safe. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Josie W.
5.0 out of 5 stars Daisy
A great yarn dealing with the personification of many animals, not just cows. The imagery was great. I could believably be in some of the places. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Stephanie
4.0 out of 5 stars Cow Journey!
Daisy is a delightful, care-free story about a cow on a journey, and sucked the reader in on that journey right from the first page. Read more
Published on September 14, 2012 by sb226
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
This writer was a guest to my BT radio show for authors and shared a short excerpt of his novel live and I was intrigued (hadn't read it then). Read more
Published on August 27, 2012 by TK McEachin
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More About the Author

R.B. Clague was born and raised in Melbourne, Victoria. He attended Heidelberg Technical School and studied social sciences at Monash University. R.B's employment in a variety of fields throughout his career has included Health Care, Child Protection, Forensic psychiatry, Juvenile Justice, Community Outreach and Youth Residential work with several non-Government Agencies.

R.B. spent seven years, employed in various states and Territories around Australia as a Probation and Parole Officer, including three years in Central Australia, where he worked with tribal Aboriginal people on remote desert communities.

Other writing credits include: "Twenty Twisted Tales" "Daisy" "Whitefella dreaming" (and the three sequels to that book) and "Finding the Here" which will all be re-published with Karabeth publishing 2012-2013.

R.B. currently resides in Grafton New South Wales, where he writes full-time.He currently has several projects underway, including writing the screenplay for an unusual horror movie with a Melbourne-based production company.

He can be contacted through his website at: www.rbclaguebooks.com

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