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Eating Animals Paperback – International Edition, 2009
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What I felt, was that he did not preach about not eating animals. He presented information that I could personally relate to and grasp. For me, Jonathon felt like a messenger...where many have failed to bring light to what humans are systematically doing to animals every moment of every day. He provided very important information about 99% of the animals I used to buy and eat for my family and friends. I had no idea that the US alone consumes 10 billion animals PER YEAR. I finally woke up. One chicken has 2 wings(that they never use)--how many chicken wings come in a basket at a restaurant-6? 12? 24? I used to throw meat away after getting full. I was throwing away a life-a wasted one who suffered in life and in death. What frightened me more about this book is why is an author bringing this info to me? Where are the ongoing news specials on this?
Jonathon's personal tone, statistical/historical data, research team, true accounts from the field, letters, etc.Read more ›
Taking a stab at the book itself: I am not familiar with Foer's fictional works, but his background is evident as he lends the whole subject a compelling narrative and style that really make "Eating Animals" quite a page-turner (I read it in a day and a half). To those familiar with this debate, the statistics are not really new, nor are the horror stories of factory farming. What is new is the personalization of his approach (I too am a father and could relate to the decisions he faces), and, most effectively, his unflinching, relentless, repetitious focus on the reality of consuming 99% of the available meat today: The environmental damage, the suffering, the waste, the lies and corruption, the exploitation, the veil of secrecy amongst the industrial farming concerns. It is Foer's relentless focus of these central issues and his unwillingness to avoid the obvious question (How can it be ethical to consume meat under these conditions?) that I believe distinguish this book and make it most effective.
So what does this mean to this reviewer in terms of his personal habits? Well, I am a long-time consumer of meat. I love everything about it in terms of taste, texture, variety, preparation, culture, etc. I am a serious hobbyist-cook, and meat has played a central role in what I prepare...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I agree with many others in reviewing this book. I read it about five years ago and it made a lasting impressions.Published 26 days ago by Veg Traveler
A simply written, yet perfectly crafted book (I have never highlighted as many powerful and evocative sentences in a single book before!). Read morePublished 1 month ago by Gia
Jonathan Safran Foer essentially started thinking about the concepts in his book Eating Animals as a young child, while eating meat-filled meals at his grandmother's house. Read morePublished 1 month ago by David K. Wilder
A lot to think about. I was only eating chicken and eggs before- but now I know about the layers and broilers. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Melissa A
Physically, book appeared new and great quality. My boyfriend is currently reading this; he is mostly a vegetarian, and he approves of this book highly. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kristen
“Farming by proxy,” a concept and phrase attributed to novelist and activist Wendell Berry, provides a philosophical anchor for Jonathan Safran Foer’s excellent book Eating... Read morePublished 1 month ago by VampireCowboy
There are pages that are horrifying to read. I wanted to close my eyes. But it is a book to open all our eyes. And hearts. I am full of grateful admiration that Mr. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Susan Trott