The Bull is Not Killed by Sarah Dearing

The Bull is Not Killed

Sarah Dearing

I lost sympathy with the self-absorbed main character early on and never regained it. The way the story weaves around the real events of the Portuguese revolution is fairly contrived, but there are some interesting observations about a country adapting to its new role of package holiday destination.

Extract

Upon his return from the city, he was confronted with an epidemic of inertia skulking into previously vital spirits. This was not simply a contrast between metropolis and village; his community had given up on their lives. The focus had shifted from sustaining a living in honourable pursuits to acting as indentured servants to the tourists. Proud men cowered before demanding customers in cafes and beautiful young women cleaned rooms while enduring wandering hands briefly flicking and pinching while untethered by the absence of watchful wives.

Parallels
  • The Long Night of White Chickens by Francisco Goldman
  • Strange Faith by Graeme Williamson