- Publisher: Little Brown and Company
- Format: Hardback | 341 pages
- Dimensions: 150mm x 236mm x 30mm | 567g
- Publication date: 2 November 2009
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0316069906
- ISBN 13: 9780316069908
- Edition: 1
- Sales rank: 81,209
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.
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Jonathan Safran Foer is one of the most acclaimed young writers of his generation, a "certified wunderkind" ("Time") whose work has appeared in "The Paris Review," "The New York Times," and "The New Yorker." He has earned a National Jewish Book Award, a Guardian First Book Award, and remarkable praise for his first two novels, "Everything Is Illuminated" (adapted for film in 2005) and "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close." EATING ANIMALS is his first work of nonfiction.
"Some of our finest journalists (Michael Pollan, Eric Schlosser) and animal rights activists (Peter Singer, Temple Grandin)-not to mention Gandhi, Jesus, Pythagoras, Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, John Locke and Immanuel Kant (and so many others)-have hurled themselves against the question of eating meat and the moral issues inherent in killing animals for food. Foer, 32, in this, his first work of nonfiction, intrepidly joins their ranks...It is the kind of wisdom that, in all its humanity and clarity, deserves a place at the table with our greatest philosophers." Susan Salter Reynolds, "Los Angeles Times""