Poonachi: Or the Story of a Black Goat

Poonachi: Or the Story of a Black Goat

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Through a seeming act of providence, an old couple receives a day-old female goat kid as a gift from the cosmos. Thus begins the story of Poonachi, the little orphan goat.

As you follow her story from forest to habitation, independence to motherhood, you recognise in its significant moments the depth and magnitude of your own fears and longings, fuelled by the instinct for survival that animates all life. Masterly and nuanced, Perumal Murugan’s tale forces us reflect on our own responses to hierarchy and ownership, selflessness and appetite, love and desire, living and dying. Poonachi is the story of a goat who carries the burden of being different all her life, of a she-goat who survives against the odds. It is equally an expression of solidarity with the animal world and the female condition. The tale is also a commentary on our times, on the choices we make as a society and a nation, and the increasing vulnerability of individuals, particularly writers and artists, who resist when they are pressed to submit.

Reviews for Poonachi

“Murugan’s sarcasm speaks of the robustness of his spirit … As in all his novels, (his) story is rich in detail … (He) sustains the narrative tension right from the start.”- Elizabeth Kuruvilla, The Hindu Literary Review

Title:Poonachi: Or the Story of a Black Goat
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    Poonachi: Or the Story of a Black Goat Reviews

  • Helly

    I'll write the review when I stop crying....

  • Prashasti

    “Once, in a village, there was a goat. No one knew where she was born. The birth of an ordinary life never leaves a trace, does it?” Poonachi or The Story of a Black Goat is written by Perumal...

  • Maxwell

    [3.5 stars]I had never heard of this book or author before. However, my library was recommending this online as the 'book of the week' and seeing that it was translated from Tamil, I was curious to gi...

  • Chantal

    I wished I would have liked the story more, I really do. I think it is a good story about a goat only the problem is it isn't in my opinion written for the western world. This story would do well in I...

  • Ron Charles

    “The Story of a Goat,” translated from Tamil by N. Kalyan Raman, jumps nimbly from fantasy to realism to parable. How much it resonates with you will depend on the breadth of your sympathies and y...

  • Reading_ Tam_ Ishly

    "What sense did it make for ordinary folk to own a miracle? Protecting and preserving it was beyond their capabilities. They could see and listen to a miracle, take pleasure in telling others about it...

  • Em*bedded-in-books*

    In the past couple of years, Murugan has become a reliable and favourite author.. And hence didn't hesitate to pick this from a choice of 5 books in the Amazon ebook promotion scheme for prime members...

  • Ashish

    The book has a promising start, the premise and the way the author speaks through the goats, their personification seemed good. Despite his best judgement to not write about religion and politics and ...

  • Richa Bhattarai

    (3.5 stars)“A large populace reads your work only as translations. Don’t you think this creates a loss of your original text?” This question was put forth to author Perumal Murugan at the recent...

  • Raksha Bhat

    I got an author signed copy of this book at the Bengaluru Poetry Festival. Although I do not understand Tamil or Tamil Poetry much I sat through Perumal Murugan's session and picked up this book. Read...