The Mysterious Goat - Images and Impressions
||English / Dutch
The most beautiful goat book ever, ‘The Mysterious Goat,
Images and Impressions’.
‘The Mysterious Goat, Images and Impressions’ was er ook in het Nederlands.
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Book review by Pat Mercer
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The Dutchman Dr. C. Naaktgeboren is the author of ‘The
Mysterious Goat’. His hundreds of articles for scientific
journals and popular scientific magazines in America,
France, Germany, Great Britain and the Netherlands
are proof of his rare expertise as an authority, not only
on goats, but on all domestic animals, his speciality being
the birth of mammals. In 1963 he took his doctoral
degree on this subject. Besides written publications -
articles and books - he has also made a dozen scientific
films on the same subject. Since his retirement from
the Universty of Amsterdam he has lived in France, where
he has bred goats and has been closely involved with
the preservation of rare breeds. For some years he
was a committee member of the French Club for the
Preservation of the Poitevin Goat.
‘The Mysterious Goat, Images and Impressions’ is
without doubt the most
beautiful and special book on goats so far. In a luxurious large
format hardcover, all the cultural aspects of the intriguing
bond between the goat and mankind, over a period of more
than hundred centuries, will be extensively covered, with
scores of breathtaking illustrations.
Queen of the field
The goat, so widespread that she still
is known as the poor man’s cow, is
more multifunctional than any other
domesticated animal. See the irrefutable
evidence in the cultural history of
mankind. At the very same time we are
still awed, not to say intrigued, by so many
characteristics and qualities of the goat…
‘The Queen of the Field’.
Once in a lifetime
So far plenty of books have been published on the goat,
but they are all more or less focused on husbandry and/
or the different breeds. Never before has full attention
been given to the overwhelming number of different
aspects of the goat, in her special relationship with us.
‘The Mysterious Goat, Images and Impressions’ will do
exactly that. In a once in a lifetime manner.
Renowned private collection
In a luxurious large (A4) format quality hardcover with
about 300 pages and with as many illustrations (in full
colour and black and white) all possible expressions of
the rich goat culture of every country of importance are given.
The majority of the illustrations are high quality copies of
original postcards – coming from the internationally renowned
private collection of the author – which are a wealthy source on their own.
In fifty chapters the many mysteries of
our goat are revealed, in great detail,
always with high respect for her, here
and there even with a tender kind of
love, but never is there a wrong kind of
sentiment. The book starts of course by
answering the question of where the goat
comes from. This is followed by focusing
on her character and temperament,
individually and as a herding animal. The
use of the goat takes up a large part of
the book, naturally, but almost as much
space is reserved for the goat in religion,
mythology, folklore, science and art. The
male goat is not forgotten. The idea alone… in so many
expressions of goat culture the buck plays the leading
part… beer, the devil, the army, pulling the (invalid)
cart, even udder development and milk gift in the male
goat is dealt with.