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Dinner with a Cannibal: The Complete History of Mankind's Oldest Taboo Hardcover – March 14, 2008
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"Travis-Henikoff covers the phenomenon's many raisons d'être, from survival to politically motivated terror. . . . The book's range is impressive. Highly recommended for public libraries." Library Journal
"A careful and scholarly look at cannibalism, filled with humor, history, and fascinating facts; a totally delectable delight to read." Ralph L. Holloway, professor of anthropology, Columbia University
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She then explains the various types: exocannibalism (eating enemies), endocannibalism (eating loved ones) and survival cannibalism (the Donner Party). All of this goes along with the special relationship with food. She is not judgmental of the societies that practiced cannibalism; in fact, she makes it feel foolish to denigrate "savages" who eat their loved ones (sometimes negatively effecting their own health) to make sure their souls are completely gone to the other side. She is not judgmental of those who are forced into cannibalism because of their situations, such as soldiers forced to eat their captives (though she does appropriately rebuke their commanders) or the men who crashed in the Andes. She does a wonderful job of describing their situations and of showing how these people accepted their acts as their new normal.
She gives almost no attention to those who act outside of societal norms; cannibalistic serial killers do not tell us useful things about a culture in the same way as cannibalistic funerary rights do.Read more ›
T-K uses her extensive research to tell a story that moves as it illuminates, covering topics that give context to cannibalism beyond sitting down to a nice meal of human flesh. Do not expect a glorification of salacious events, but rather a style of writing that allows the facts and her conversations to shine in a way that makes you want more after 304 pages.
Buy this book and share it with a friend. (My roomate dibbed it as soon as I brough it home). Better yet, leave it on your coffee table as a conversation starter.
For people who love these types of books I also recommend: Stiff by Mary Roach, Mutants(s) by Armand Marie Leroi (little heavy on the science if that's your thing), Execution by Geoffrey Abbott, and Infection by Gerald N. Callahan. But not until you finish this one.
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My favourite non-fiction book! Absolutely fascinating! So incredibly well-researched and so readable. Not dry at all like so many history books. I want more!Published 5 months ago by Katy Kappele
Lots of in depth information. I like that she writes facts, not opinions. A must read if you are doing research on anthropophagy.Published on December 23, 2013 by lady j
This item came in the condition mentioned, fast shipping and great price for the product.Published on February 9, 2010 by Laura House
I'm sorry. I wanted to like this book, I really did.
It was referenced in a blog posting of a photographer whom I admire. Read more
was not pleased with the book. the tounge in cheek references of eating eating human flesh and more traditional fare caused me to drop the book after a couple of dozen pages. Read morePublished on September 24, 2008 by pablo