A Carnivore's Inquiry

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Grove Press, 2005 - Fiction - 294 pages
4 Reviews
Hailed as "a cracklingly original, brilliantly conceived modern Gothic" by "Elle, Sabina Murray's first book since she won the PEN/Faulkner Award for "The Caprices is a tour de force of intelligent suspense that seduces us with dark delight in her taboo subject. When we meet Katherine, the winning--and rather disturbing--twenty--three-Year-old narrator, she had just left Italy and arrived in New York City, but what has propelled her there is a mystery. She soon strikes up an affair with a middle-aged Russian emigre novelist she meets on the subway, and almost immediately moves into his apartment. Katherine's occasional allusions to a frighteningly eccentric mother and tyrannical father suggest a somberness at the center of her otherwise flippant and sardonic demeanor. Soon restless, she begins journeying from literary New York to rural Maine and Mexico City, crailed, everywhere she goes, by a string of murders. As the ritualistic killings begin to pile up, Katherine takes to meditating on cannibalism in literature, art, and history, and examining subjects as diverse as the Donner Party, the fall of Dante's count Ugolino, and the true story behind Gericault's "The Raft of the "Medusa." The story races toward a hair-raising conclusion, while Katherine and the reader close in on the reasons for both her and her mother's fascination with aberrant, violent behavior. This is a novel of ideas and a brilliantly subtle commentary on twenty-first-century consumerism and Western culture's obsession with new frontiers. Told in highly intelligent prose "with echoes of both Poe and Patrick McGrath" ("Book-forum). "A Carnivore's Inquiry is a sly, unsettling exploration of the questionable appetitesthat lurk beneath the veneer of North American civilization.
 

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A CARNIVORE'S INQUIRY

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Another tedious road journey across America as a tiresome narrator searches for spiritual nourishment.A sinking feeling sets in when Katherine, narrator, looks down the American highway and sees ... Read full review

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User Review  - TheBookLady - LibraryThing

Despite the fact that the topic of Sabina Murray's novel is both gruesome and hard to digest (no pun intended), her writing is undeniably impressive. She neatly weaves together a suspenseful mystery ... Read full review

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About the author (2005)

She grew up in Austrialia & the Philippines. A former Michener Fellow at the University of Texas & Bunting Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute of Harvard University, she is the author of the novel Slow Burn. She has also written a screenplay titled Beautiful Country.She is the Roger Murray Writer in Residence at Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts.

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