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
"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)
I would like everyone I know and more to read/listen to this book. It has opened my eyes to horrible world of factory farming. Although I already new a lot about the horrors I never had the "balls" to stop eating meat. After listening to this book I was kicked into gear! Not only are their moral reasons to stop eating meat, but their are health, societal, and environmental reasons.
I am a Youth Services Librarian at a public library and I love my job. I am also a runner and I love listening to great books while staying healthy. That's Elsie in the picture...she is my favorite running partner and typically perks her ears up during the tense portions of the books :)
This is the first non-fiction book that I have listened to, and I thought the reader was average. He made strange pauses and there was too much wait time inbetween chapters.
The book itself is amazing overall with the amount of facts that it holds. Foer makes some philosophical leaps that I can't hang with, but on the whole this is a book that you can't ignore and forces you to look at your moral code and decisions on a daily basis.
This book is powerful, beautifully narrated, and actually ended up starting me on a longer string of research about what it really means to be vegetarian in the 21st century. Foer has always been among my favorite authors (Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close had me in tears in the first few chapters) and he made the switch from novelist to journalist extremely well. This is an important book if you want to learn more about where your meals are actually coming from. Read this book.
Artist, Yogi, lover of strange books
It is time for human beings to take responsibility for the things they put in their bodies. No more can we continue to buy these products and say "Well, I didn't know." the information is out there, we are all adults and have a responsibly to educate ourselves. By continuing to support these practices we are condoning it and are there for responsible. Eating animals is a good place to start because it is a very balanced picture of what is wrong with our farming system. There are parts that are hard to hear for sure. But we owe it to our fellow creatures on this earth to treat them with fairness. We owe it to ourselves to know what we are putting in our mouths and feeding to our children. Every adult on this earth should read this book. Seriously.
I became a pescetarian in 2007 due environmental, animal, and health reasons. I thought I knew about all the terrible things they do to animals, but I was so wrong. For example, I knew that people threw live male chicks into dumpsters to die, but in this book I learned that they actually grind them up live in addition to putting them in the dumpsters.
I had to stop listening to this book a few times because it made me sick and eventually stopped listening to it because I was afraid of vomiting on my way to work. Yeah, it's gross, but I think everyone should know what they're eating.
And by the way, I have stopped buying commercial eggs.
I began listening to this audiobook with trepidation, thinking it was going to be a yuppie rant against eating meat. But to my surprise it was an intelligent humorous view on the "meat industry" and also the cultural connections we have with eating. I admit I walked around nauseas from listening to descriptions of factory farming and since then I haven't been able to eat meat or fish. I began to actually think about what I was eating and how it got onto my plate.
I have read this author's other work and liked them well enough. Being Jewish I could relate to his references to his grandmother, family and food. I laughed out loud in several places.
This book is not for the faint hearted but it will open your eyes to the reality of factory farming and what we put into our bodies.
This book provides an incredibly enlightening moral analysis of eating meat and really does do a good non-biased job at it.
Unfortunately, some of the nutritional assumptions are just plain wrong.
What you get out of it: eat meat from local/sustainable/moral sources, not factory farms.
i was skeptical, usually when a book about social issues is as popular as this one it turns out to filled with naive pie in the sky thinking and tons and tons of verbal filagry. but this was very good, lots of facts, lots of questions. a bit to much personal musing by the author for my tastes. but all in all well worth the credit. i dont think i will ever forget the section about sh*t soup. no more chicken for me thanks.
Business Physicist and Astronomer
At first I thought it was just me but friends have made the same comment about this book: it jumps all over the issue and never really scores a solid point except perhaps that the factory farm needs to be less cruel which has nothing to do with going vegan---as repeatedly pointed out by the author himself.
There is some interesting information in the book if you are willing to sort through Mr. Foer's struggle with what seem to be some personal issues.
It's not what you think---It won't shock you into giving up meat. It may not even effect you except you'll be upset with how food animals are raised---though you have little control over that process.
Although--at times--I felt as though I were being scolded for eating meat it was a well argued thesis against factory farming and fishing; I did learn a lot, though at times I think it's a great time to buy this one (close to Halloween). Some gruesome images are likely to stay with me for a while.
It is very manipulative, bookended by personal eulogy to his grandmother and memoir re: new fatherhood as his motivation to look into where meat comes from, because it matters more to him that he knows what he is feeding his child than himself.
Very literary and moving in many ways, but also includes pages upon pages of footnotes, essays by others, and philosophical digressions. Overall, it's a very full book and worth reading.
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