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Eating Animals | [Jonathan Safran Foer]

Eating Animals

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2009 Jonathan Safran Foer; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"The everyday horrors of factory farming are evoked so vividly, and the case against the people who run the system presented so convincingly, that anyone who, after reading Foer's book, continues to consume the industry's products must be without a heart, or impervious to reason, or both." (J. M. Coetzee)

"A work of moral philosophy...After reading this book, it's hard to disagree [with Foer]." (San Francisco Chronicle)

"For a hot young writer to train his sights on a subject as unpalatable as meat production and consumption takes raw nerve. What makes Eating Animals so unusual is vegetarian Foer's empathy for human meat eaters, his willingness to let both factory farmers and food reform activists speak for themselves, and his talent for using humor to sweeten a sour argument." (O, The Oprah Magazine)

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    Allison Seattle, WA, USA 06-13-10
    Allison Seattle, WA, USA 06-13-10
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    "I love everything Foer writes."

    I thought this book was very informative. Foer poses the heavy questions in the same personal, unassuming manner as his fiction writing. A great read for someone considering the ethics of food.

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    James Seattle, WA, United States 05-11-10
    James Seattle, WA, United States 05-11-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Very Insightful!"

    I've been a vegetarian for 25 years and I've probably read most of the best known books on the subject, but this one is one of the best!

    It's a little graphic at points (nothing that I haven't heard already), but I think in this day and age, that's what it takes to get anyone's attention.

    I thank the author for keeping this very important topic in front of us, especially in this age of global warming and awareness.



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    Renee Brevard, NC, USA 02-16-10
    Renee Brevard, NC, USA 02-16-10
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    "YOU NEED TO KNOW THE WHOLE STORY"

    This books deals with a lot of things we don't usually talk about, and it really makes you face facts. When I listened to the parts about factory farming and treatment of animals, it strengthened my resolve to do more research into this subject, and I have. This book was easy to listen to and provided many good examples, stories, comparisons, and facts. I would recommend it to anyone who is even consdering becoming a vegetarian.

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    F. Micheala 12-12-09
    F. Micheala 12-12-09
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    "eating animals"

    Great book!!! An eye opener, I enjoyed the life stories that went along with it. I found it read more like a fiction novel then a fact book. Really well written.

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    James Gammill 12-31-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Not really as represented."

    Although represented as a blend of philosophy, literature, science, memoir, etc, this book is really about the abuses of factory farms. Any health benefits of a vegetarian diet are not even considered. Although I agree with the writer's opinion that our eating meat supports a cruel industry, I would not have purchased the book just to hear that theme repeated hour after hour. I expected something more thoughtful.

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    Ann Magor 11-16-09
    Ann Magor 11-16-09

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    "Ruined by the narration"

    While I am sympathetic to the goals of this book, I could only stand about an hour of the slow, tedious narration. I'm going to switch to the printed version. Plus, the first part spends way too much time on the author's own journey. I didn't need yet another "Jewish grandmother as survivor" story. Nor could I relate to the author who admitted that he grew up hating dogs until finding one cute enough to melt his heart. But if he succeeds in raising awareness about animal cruelty and ensuring that fewer of us cause them hurt, then bravo.

    4 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Rick BRISTOW, VA, United States 10-13-10
    Rick BRISTOW, VA, United States 10-13-10 Listener Since 2009
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    "Very informative"

    Nicely done. This expose on the agri-industry will give you a glimpse behind the Styrofoam packaging that your food comes in.

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    Tim United States 01-22-11
    Tim United States 01-22-11 Member Since 2011

    Putting books on the back burner.

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    "I Eat Meat"

    This is a good book. It's very helpful and alarming what we eat. If you liked Fast Food Nation, this book goes more in depth. I would turn Vegan after reading this book, but I love eating mass produce cheap meat, but that's just me.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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