GoatMan: How I Took a Holiday from Being Human

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GoatMan: How I Took a Holiday from Being Human

GoatMan How I Took a Holiday from Being Human The dazzling success of The Toaster Project including TV appearances and an international book tour leaves Thomas Thwaites in a slump His friends increasingly behave like adults while Thwaites stil

  • Title: GoatMan: How I Took a Holiday from Being Human
  • Author: Thomas Thwaites
  • ISBN: 9781616894054
  • Page: 137
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The dazzling success of The 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 transformiThe dazzling success of The 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.

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    1. Anjan on said:

      Well thought out and honest attempt at being a goat. Learned a lot while following his research and prep. I feel a bit foolish for being demanding towards someone willing to take on such an arduous task, but I would've liked a bit more detail about how it felt to be a goat in lieu of a few of the jokes. Perhaps a night in the pen or a few more days as a goat beyond the migration?

    2. Christina Mott on said:

      After reading just the introduction I was pulled into Thomas' story of becoming GoatMan. He is absolutely hilarious and entertaining and I've already recommended this to multiple friends. There are some chapters that might make you squirm a bit, like the chapter on goat "guts" but I did find it all really fascinating! Goats are much more complex than I knew and Thomas helped give them some more street cred. Thomas is down to Earth and a real person trying to unplug a little from our daily stress [...]

    3. Kat on said:

      I enjoyed this quite a lot. There was enough humor mixed in to stop it from being totally bizarre, and also a lot of really interesting research, history, and science. The actual part of "being" a goat was really brief, and I think by that stage he probably just wanted the project over with. As someone who has an animal shelter myself I thought the before and after photos of Venus were tasteless and incorrect to include. I also hope by this time that her bones have been returned to the shelter t [...]

    4. David Hilton on said:

      Look, this book and the Mr. Thwaites who wrote it are uber-weird. How to follow up his should-have-been-a-sensation, The Toaster Project, in which the author smelts his own metal in attempting to make a working toaster from scratch? Why not strive to live less anxiously by actually trying to become a goat? If this sounds crazy, it is. But, you know I don't like non-fiction and you may know I'm not at all into science. This book is both and I still love it. If you aren't a bit off like I am, crui [...]

    5. Mycala on said:

      Wow. Well, as I mentioned when I first started reading this book, where do I start?We start with our unemployed friend, who seems to have an affinity for Victorian literature. I assume this because he uses "gentle reader" quite a lot. Perhaps a bit too much. No, definitely too much. Twenty years ago, I read a book by Erica Jong -- Fear of Flying. Erica uses "Gentle Reader" once, in a sentence that made such an impact I can still recite it verbatim today. This guys tosses it around I am assuming [...]

    6. Jakey Gee on said:

      3.5. Self-evidently daft, but infectiously likeable and good humoured; measured enough to strike 'funny' without being annoying (my favourite line was about the investigation revealing that the deceased final meal was: grass). The innocence of the method makes it deceptively simple, I think: it's actually more philosophical and polymath than meets the eye. You know who would gain from this sort of approach? Jaded young adults and science-phobes like my (younger) self. If mitosis and meiosis had [...]

    7. Jo O'donnell on said:

      Bizarre yet charming. A British design artist submits a project to 'get away from human care' and live as an animal. His first choice, the elephant, falling through, he decides upon living for some time as a domesticated goat and then crossing the Alps. As a goat.Thwaites takes the reader through the intricacies of goat behavior and anatomy with a surprising amount of fun and an array of highly accomplished (and bemused) scientists, physicians, and designers helping him along his way.

    8. Lia Hunt on said:

      A truly wonderful and unusual book that asks the question of what it is to be human by becoming as goat-like as possible in a quest to get out from under our worries about the meaning and purpose of our existence. Thomas Thwaites covers a broad range of topics in his 'experiment', from shamanism to science to philosophy to design -- with just the right amount of self-deferential humor amidst the Big Question to make this a thoroughly engaging book.

    9. Karen Grikitis on said:

      Quirky designer Thomas Thwaites has written an interesting book about how he tried to live as a goat for a brief spell to get away from the stresses and strains of being a human. There's plenty about the build-up to the main 'event' - fascinating stuff about the physical and cognitive differences between man and goat - but little about the actual time he spent with his four-legged friends. Nevertheless, a very readable, amusing and curious book.

    10. Rachel on said:

      I'll admit, I picked up this book because it seemed absurd and hilarious and I was not disappointed! While being really genuinely funny, it was incredibly informational and I know a lot more about the lives of goats than ever before. It's a quick read and I would recommend picking it up. Warning: some of the pictures are a bit graphic, so bear that in mind if you're squeamish.

    11. Kathy Wang on said:

      Engaging but lacking revelatory details I first found out about this goat man project from a science blog and was curious to learn more about the endeavor. While I was pleasantly surprised by some of the details about the prepatory process, I think I was hoping for a bit more discussion on the scientific, emotional, and philosophical implications of this undertaking

    12. Michelle on said:

      I actually really enjoyed this book but I was pretty dissapointed that the "Goatlife" chapter was mostly just pictures. That is the main event!

    13. Abbie Simons on said:

      I was curious, okay?This was a fun, though at times bland, short read. With pictures! I was expecting it to describe the actual experience of being a goat, the goat-trek itself, more than just the experiments and preparations leading up to the trek, but I was satisfied nonetheless. I learned a lot about goats and animals and design, more so than I expected. I actually didn't even realize that this book would be a sort of project summary about the attempt to design a "GoatMan" apparatus, I just w [...]

    14. Zach Lansbury on said:

      Book Bingo Category: I would never read that!Pages: 207Summary: GoatMan: How I Took a Holiday from Being Human, is a funny and interesting book. When I saw this book, I originally thought that it was a joke. Surely no one actually wants to become a goat. Well I was wrong. The book is about Thomas Thwaites and his adventures designing, building, and living in a goat suit. The book explains why he wants to do what hes doing, and actually makes it understandable. It also goes in depth in how his co [...]

    15. Brendan on said:

      The focus of this book is the "how" in the subtitle. Only 12 pages out of 183 are about his experience living as a goat. The rest of the book is about how he attempts to design his way into a more goat-like state. It turns out this is practically impossible — because of the way goats and humans use their brains differently, the required body-structure modifications, and reproducing a gut capable of digesting grass — but our author manages to kind of pull it off (except for changing the worki [...]

    16. Dana Hammer on said:

      Goat man I love people who have dreams, are told not to pursue those dreams, and do it anyway. Honestly, the book is really only 4 stars, but he gets an extra star for kookiness and audacity. Recommended.

    17. Mary Whisner on said:

      Quirky memoir and goat adventure When I'm in a certain mood I enjoy a quirky memoir by someone who does something unusual--say, reading the OED or traveling to China to find a kidney for a cousin. This one hit the spot: the author is good company and offers a nice mix of science and design.

    18. Lunalove on said:

      Fantastic! Both funny and informative, although much too short.

    19. Rob Fardy on said:

      Interesting. Makes me wonder though, if people sometimes have way too much time on their hands. haha.

    20. Andrew Purvis on said:

      Short, reasonable set up but the holiday from being human was rather truncated,

    21. Missdoster on said:

      Hilariously written and a story unlike any other. I admire the author's dedicated research and learned a ton too. Quick read - finished in 2 days.

    22. Leslie Doster on said:

      Unlike anything I'd usually read, but I really enjoyed it. The authors scientific research into "becoming a goat" was pretty impressive and the pure craziness of his quest made me laugh throughout the book. I loved it.

    23. Rachel on said:

      I kept running across this book over and over. After a few months of laughing out loud every time I saw the cover, I decided it was time to read it. Let me tell you, I am glad I did. Thomas Thwaites is truly brilliant, yet humble, and his dry British humor is well-placed throughout the entire book. He knows his project is absurd, but he has so much conviction in it that he will have you believing in him from the get-go. I learned everything about goats that I had never planned to learn, and afte [...]

    24. Jessica on said:

      Enjoyable, and interesting, read about a designer who decides to try and be a goat. I enjoyed this more than Thwaites' Toaster Project, mostly because it's just more in my personal wheelhouse of interest, but I have some of the same complaints: the first chapters are pretty detailed but we lose content the further along in the project we get. This time we even lose the final verdict, to some extent, on success and benefit. While there is a lot that is learned along the way, there is very little [...]

    25. Caroline on said:

      Amazing!! Very thoughtful as well as laugh-out-loud funny. Thwaites approaches his goal (to be a goat) from many angles, trying to truly understand the goat's emotional as well as physical experience. His research carries us to conversations with biologists, shamans, and neuroscientists (to name only a few), and with all he is so frank about his project that they (at least appear to) give frankness in return. The topic is addressed with a sensitivity toward all cultures and all living beings tha [...]

    26. Josh Frenzel on said:

      I was a fan of this book because it was written by the same person as The Toaster Project, and I was very happy with my decision to read that book, and because the idea that the book is based on is interesting. The three reasons I liked The Toaster Project were that the book was written in a fun and witty way, the subjects involved with the book are ones that intrest me, and that the way Thomas Thwaites wrote the book was in a laid back tone. GoatMan not only appealed to me from just the author, [...]

    27. Michelle on said:

      An entertaining read on Thomas Thwaites journey on becoming a goat. This book details each step in Thwaites process, from research to design. The resulting project is part science, part performance art. While humorous, the book suffers from a superficial treatment of the reasons behind the project with only hints at Thwaites deeper motivations. I would have enjoyed additional information on what Thwaites learned from the project in the end and if it met his initial motivations for taking on the [...]

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