Eating Crow: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, Nov 1, 2007 - Fiction - 304 pages
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Marc Basset has a well-deserved reputation as a pitiless restaurant critic. When he writes a devastating review of a celebrated restaurant, the chef commits suicide, roasting himself in his own fan-assisted oven, with Basset's review pasted to the door. Suddenly Basset is moved to do something he has never done before: apologize. Startled by the widow's forgiveness and absolution, he feels unexpectedly euphoric. In an effort to maintain this newfound state of bliss, he decides to gorge himself on contrition by apologizing to every person he has ever done wrong.
And that's just the beginning.
After a series of virtuoso expressions of regret, word of Basset's mollifying power spreads, and he is tapped to become Chief Apologist for the United Nations. His job is to travel the globe in his own Gulfstream V private jet, apologizing for everything from colonialism through exploitation to slavery. It is a role that brings him fame, wealth, and access to a lot of very good chocolate. But in a world overdosing on emotion, does Marc Basset really have the stomach to become the sorriest man in history?
Built of delicate layers of heinous crime, forgiveness, and outrageous gastronomy, Jay Rayner's hilarious new novel is an arch comedy of modern appetite and etiquette.
 

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I thought this book was pretty bad actually. The topic was ambitious but it just came across as really silly. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
3
Section 3
11
Section 4
18
Section 5
27
Section 6
36
Section 7
43
Section 8
50
Section 21
160
Section 22
168
Section 23
174
Section 24
184
Section 25
193
Section 26
200
Section 27
209
Section 28
217

Section 9
60
Section 10
68
Section 11
76
Section 12
85
Section 13
95
Section 14
102
Section 15
109
Section 16
117
Section 17
127
Section 18
134
Section 19
142
Section 20
150
Section 29
225
Section 30
232
Section 31
242
Section 32
250
Section 33
258
Section 34
264
Section 35
271
Section 36
280
Section 37
289
Section 38
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Jay Rayner is an award-winning journalist and broadcaster who is now the London Observer's restaurant critic. He is married and lives in London.

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