If you had to choose between celery and hot dogs for the rest of your life, which would be the "healthy" choice? The answer may surprise you...
Pollan sets out to establish a guideline for what people should eat, and he's quite successful. This isn't and anti-dieting book, but it's not a guide to "nutrition" either; instead, the book sets out cases and examples that willl make you think twice about the assumptions you have about food (and "food products"), and hopefully will help you figure out how to eat more food and less garbage.
Norris is fantastic. Introspective, candid, poetic, and compassionate without mincing words. I love the depth of thought that goes into her writing, and yet she's very easy to follow.
As a reader, Norris knows what she's doing (though I do disagree about some of her pronunciations, she's not novel in using them--things like "lived" rhyming with "dived".) Her tone is level and even, perhaps it could be described as plodding, but she definitely understands the cadence of the 'voice' in her writing. I can imagine a more lively reader for the book, but the personal nature of her story makes her the natural choice.
It is what it is. Pensive, intriguing, long... Don't make it your first Dostoevsky novel, and certainly don't let it be your last, but give it a chance. Things don't really get going until part two, of course.
The Narration here is excellent. Guidall is a master.
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