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Poonachi

Or the Story of a Black Goat
Narrated by: Subhav Kher
Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2016 Original Copyright: Perumal Murugan 2016 Translation Copyright: N Kalyan Raman 2016 (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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A story for the ages

Beautiful story, passed like a breeze, thanks also to the great narration. Strong characters, too, especially the old woman caretaker. Do give it a listen.

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perumal murugan was awesome

this is the first time I am reading a story by perumal murugan. suffice to stay I will be picking up many more books of his. narrator was awesome!

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Moved to tears!

A heart touching story. it's been a day since I finished listening to it, still Poonachi is in my head.

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Excellent is a small statement

Gods gift to human meets different transition of hardship and opportunities. Behaviour changes from to selfless to selfish and so on explained in a simple manner. Thanks Murugan Sir

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Full of emotions, the end does not do justice to the story. kind of like the author didn't know how to complete the story arc. The author really know how to express emotions through words. Great writing. OK Story.