How I Took A Holiday From Being Human

Book - 2016
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The dazzling success ofThe Toaster Project, including TV appearances and an international book tour, leaves Thomas Thwaites in a slump. His friends increasingly behave like adults, while Thwaites still lives at home, "stuck in a big, dark hole." Luckily, a research grant offers the perfect out: a chance to take a holiday from the complications of being human--by transforming himself into a goat. What ensues is a hilarious and surreal journey through engineering, design, and psychology, as Thwaites interviews neuroscientists, animal behaviorists, prosthetists, goat sanctuary workers, and goatherds.

From this, he builds a goat exoskeleton--artificial legs, helmet, chest protector, raincoat from his mum, and a prosthetic goat stomach to digest grass (with help from a pressure cooker and campfire)--before setting off across the Alps on four legs with a herd of his fellow creatures. Will he make it? Do Thwaites and his readers discover what it truly means to be human?

GoatMan tells all in Thwaites's inimitable style, which NPR extols as "a laugh-out- loud-funny but thoughtful guide through his own adventures."
Publisher: New York : Princeton Architectural Press, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781616894054
Branch Call Number: 745.4092 THWAITES
Characteristics: 207 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm


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Sep 12, 2016

I agree with the last comment - there was too much emphasis on the suffering of a sacrificial goat. I would have liked to have read much more about it was actually like to be among the goats - the way it feels to be with these animals at such an intimate level. There was only one gem, where he inadvertently committed some kind of goat faux pas - and that was it.

Jul 08, 2016

I had to resist giving up. To finish this, after seeing the pictures of dissection of venus, the goat. This book was God given as the facts of the
unbearable sufferings of the millions of animal killed every
day for humans to eat are revealed. The 5th element in animals missing is ether, which means they can not know their Creator, dear Thomas.


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