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Black Cow Paperback – February 24, 2012
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Top Customer Reviews
Black Cow is a beautiful story of changing gears in midlife. On the surface, James and Freya have everything. But their world has turned upside down. The recession has hit both their industries, James , the CEO, has to lay people off. Freda can't sell expensive houses. Finally, health concerns, their failing marriage and out of control children force then to reevaluate what constitutes happiness.
Ball presents a sensitive picture of a family struggling to stay together and find fulfillment. The characters are well drawn and believable, the kind of people you know. They could be your family. This beautifully crafted story explores the question of whether changing your life can bring the happiness you seek. You can change where you are, but you can't change who you are, or can you? Can you get back to being the person you once were?
I highly recommend this book. It presents a modern dilemma in very readable terms that will allow you to look at how one family solves their problem. It could change your life.
Magdalena Ball's writing has an eloquent beauty. She strips her characters bare and shows us the core of who they are. Their actions are flawed and honest, and the dialogue feels genuine.
Black Cow is a thought-provoking story, reminding us how easily we lose sight of what's important. In our chase to accumulate things, we often trample over our own best interest.
The title, Black Cow, is intriguing but as you read, you understand why. It is a story about a family who make life-changing decisions - ones which are very brave in today's world. It highlights the stresses and strains of modern life and the pressures that couples have to face. I particularly liked the relationship between the siblings - very telling and observant.
Yes, this book is worth a look, even if only to make others see that they too can change their lives if they really want.
The reviewer is a multi award-winning novelist and poet and was named Woman of the Year in Arts and Entertainment by members of the California Legislature
If you're a worker eaten up by envy for the luxurious lifestyle of the boss, then this book is for you.
Magdalena Ball's characters very quickly become real people, living very real lives. As a reader, I could feel their emotions, share their hopes and fears, and particularly their despair. And as it happens, the solution they found for their unsolvable problem is what had worked for me 34 years ago. I transformed my life into one of meaning and contentment. Freya and James, the protagonists of Black Cow, are following my footsteps.
Tension makes a story. Black Cow is unremitting tension, right to the beautiful resolution at the end. In fact, sometimes it's too much: on occasion during the family's continuous crisis, I wished for some light relief.
Language is the brush strokes of writing, and like all good prose should be, Ball's prose is often poetry. It is always apt for the content. There are particularly beautiful passages that deal with deep philosophical issues, which are presented in a non-preachy, very digestible manner. What's more, I agree with what the people in the story say at these times.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
not really my kind of book, its a mid life crisis where as loose everything buy living above your means or let everything go to find a happiness you have not known 2 of the... Read morePublished on April 19, 2013 by lcsdr60
I just can't feel any sympathy for the characters at all. I am only half way through the book and really struggling to finish it. Read morePublished on January 10, 2013 by CLP
There was absolutely nothing in the first chapter to even hold my attention.........nothing but complaints about how bad life is. Spoiled rude kids. Read morePublished on December 30, 2012 by ev
Couldn't finish,disliked every character except the mom. Snotty,unlikeable,teens, lowlife,immoral adults,plus I don't read profanity-filled trash! Read morePublished on December 30, 2012 by C. Hall
This book tried very hard to make me stop reading but the story held my interest. There were a lot of typos, formatting issues and missing letters in words. Read morePublished on December 23, 2012 by Ginny Martin
"Life is what happens to you," wrote John Lennon, "while you're busy making other plans." For James and Freya, the lead characters in Magdalena Ball's new book, "Black Cow," their... Read morePublished on November 30, 2012 by Christina Hamlett
Will a tree change make any difference to a family living full of stress?
Will a tree change to a sustainable life be any less stressful? Read more
In this cunningly crafted novel Magdalena Ball takes us to the heart of a family floundering on the brink of self destruction. Read morePublished on October 23, 2012 by cobaltangel
Black cow is a beautifully written story. This is the story of James and Freya Archer. Two successful people living high and large in Sydney Australia. Read morePublished on September 10, 2012 by lady g