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Ok, but the conclusion is foregone
on April 28, 2011
The early part of the book comes off as a jumbled mess. It's only in the middle that it hits its stride as different voices are given a forum as distinct chapters. Foer comes in at the end to try to wrap it all up and that part is a little more cohesive than his beginning.
People can see/read the abuses of factory farming if they want to; it and information about it have been around long enough. So the book isn't telling us much new in that regard. What it does offer is the perspective of someone doing self-inquiry to try to cement their own philosophy and position on the matter and that's what made me buy the book. Unfortunately, his final assessment seems to be a foregone conclusion right from the beginning. There's very little in the book that entertains the pro-meat perspective, so it ended up being unsatisfying to me.
That said, it does offer a fresh voice on the topic and if it makes people think about the topic for today, then great. For me, I finally decided to give vegetarianism a try, but even that was a foregone conclusion before I bought the book.