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Cock and Bull [Paperback]

Will Self
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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30 Sep 1993
This black comedy is divided into two parts. In the first a woman grows a penis and rapes her husband. In the second a man grows a vagina behind his knee and is then seduced by his doctor. Self was shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys prize for his collection "The Quantity Theory of Insanity.


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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (30 Sep 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140173048
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140173048
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 176,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 22 Dec 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Very, very funny. The problem with Will Self is that he cannot write without being ultra-ironic and cool, but here it works. The stories (2 novellas), about a woman who grows a penis and rapes her husband, and a man who develops a vagina, could have been merely vulgar in the hands of a lesser writer. But Self writes with such linguistic variety, panache and humour that he lifts these stories to the level of highly intelligent satire. They are shocking, obscene and hugely enjoyable (plus they make some very interesting observsations about gender along the way).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deliciously peverse! 29 Nov 1998
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Format:Paperback
This book is the epitome of Self writing - a terrific read.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Challenges sex role expectations! 30 Nov 2000
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Format:Paperback
Cock and Bull is disturbing in a comforting way!? It is powerful literature as it destabilses classical narrative expectations and at the same time demonstrates how traditional sex roles have become unstable in our society. The protagonist in Cock represents the contradictions of gender roles in our society and instead of resolution, there is regression...A compelling read for the open-minded...
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