Eating Animals

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Hamish Hamilton, 2009 - Meat animals - 341 pages
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From the Publisher: Jonathan Safran Foer spent much of his teenage and college years oscillating between omnivore and vegetarian. But on the brink of fatherhood-facing the prospect of having to make dietary choices on a child's behalf-his casual questioning took on an urgency His quest for answers ultimately required him to visit factory farms in the middle of the night, dissect the emotional ingredients of meals from his childhood, and probe some of his most primal instincts about right and wrong. Brilliantly synthesizing philosophy, literature, science, memoir and his own detective work, Eating Animals explores the many fictions we use to justify our eating habits-from folklore to pop culture to family traditions and national myth-and how such tales can lull us into a brutal forgetting. Marked by Foer's profound moral ferocity and unvarying generosity, as well as the vibrant style and creativity that made his previous books, Everything is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, widely loved, Eating Animals is a celebration and a reckoning, a story about the stories we've told-and the stories we now need to tell.

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Writing style is passable. - LibraryThing
Eating Animals was at times very difficult to read. - LibraryThing
Scrupulously researched! - LibraryThing
What brings the book down a bit is Foer's writing. - LibraryThing

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User Review  - Jonathan Swartz - Goodreads

Thoughtful and educational, at times a bit too philosophical/meandering. It makes me sad that factory farming is nearly all we have left in this country. Read full review

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User Review  - Alison - Goodreads

I read this in one sitting (on a cross country flight). I can't say I enjoyed it, but I acknowledge that it was an important read that will have a lasting impact on my diet from here on out. Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Jonathan Safran Foer was born in 1977. He is the author of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and Everything Is Illuminated, which won the National Jewish Book Award and the Guardian First Book Award. He is also the editor of A Convergence of Birds. He lives in New York.

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