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At opposite ends of the earth are brought together in a novel of meat TV and personal crisis. this is my new bff ruth ozeki's first novel and yes it is a novel that deals with the woeful health impact of the way beef is processed these days by the US meat industry but like all of ozeki's novels it is also so much and i for one am a little astonished that this is her first novel because there are so many layers to it and this complex ensemble of voices self referentiality and documentary work is put together in such a controlled light hearted humorous yet touching way you just can't stop readingit seems as if what i'm about to say could be said of all of ozeki's novels but this is mainly a story of women and since ozeki is nothing if not a fierce woman writer she gets into the nitty gritty of femalehood sex the body mothers children wives blood guts food work love resilience and the bond of honesty that must imperatively must link women everywhere from the get go and stays there right in there in that space of womanhood that is so often undervalued and dismissed the whole time even when the going gets tough and malehood threatens to encroach and take over there are lovely men and there are awful men in the book but the women the women are all terrific even the monstrous ones especially the monstrous ones and this is only fair you know this is not slanted or skewed or unbalanced this is just fair because womenworlds get so little room in literature and movies so little darn room not for brave women authors' lack of trying but for lack of reviewing advertising supporting mediapropagating enthusing etc you need once in a while to see the world through a woman's eye and see that we trust each other and need each other a whole lot and that men sometimes are to us just bad people who think they own us some people on here found the book preachy i can't for the life of me see any preachiness in it but at the same time i do see somehow how one might feel preached at by it eh if you feel preached at just drop this book and read something else ruth ozeki won't mind she didn't write the book for you what makes it all so fantastic is how daring ozeki is formally she puts herself the writer right into the narration; she spills outside the boundaries of the first personthird personmultivocal novel and does pretty much what she pleases addressing the reader discussing the book even though the book should be invisible and blurring the author narrator distinction; and she infuses it all with such riotous humor and such elegance and such goddamn pathos you wonder how it all works together but it does it does and there isn't a clumsy heavy footed incongruous moment in the whole thing

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My Year of MeatsJane Takagi Little produces a Japanese television show on all American meat cooking Akiko Uen. I am haunted by all the things— big things and little things Splendid Things and Sualid Things— that threaten to slip through the cracks untold out of history You know when you start a book and it speaks to your own experiences or thoughts at a particular point in time If I had to pick a book to transport me back to the 1990s My Year of Meats would be it The main character Jane Takagi Little is tasked with directing a reality TV show for Japanese television and her brief has basically two features 1 The show is supposed to portray the all American family; and 2 Because the show is sponsored by the beef industry it needs to have a central focus on foods and predominantly the consumption of uality meat So she and her team set out on a journey across America to find the perfect participants for the show Soon enough Jane's disenchantment with the beef is best message of the show brings out her creative streak and instead of pleasing the producer's bigoted expectations of what a typical American family is she sets out to put a dose of reality into reality tv Screw the Beef Lamb was Lovable and I had just shot the most mouth watering show of the season And with that thought I unbuckled my seat belt and walked to the lavatory at the back of the plane closed the flimsy folding door behind me and vomited into the metal toilet Jane sees herself as a documentarian and her aspiration is on one hand to record the times she lives in like the Japanese writer Shōnagon and on the other to inspire someone by the results of her work Murasaki may not have liked her much but I admire Shōnagon listmaker and leaver of presumptuous scatterings She inspired me to become a documentarian to speak men’s Japanese to be different She is why I chose to make TV I wanted to think that some girl would watch my shows in Japan now or maybe even a thousand years from now and be inspired and learn something real about America Like I did As the story progresses Jane manages to turn the show into a work of investigative journalism rather than light entertainment and discovers some aspects of the meat industry that she feels need to be made public and if this happens in a program paid for by the meat industry even better Fed on a media diet of really bad news we live in a perpetual state of repressed panic We are paralyzed by bad knowledge from which the only escape is playing dumb Ignorance becomes empowering because it enables people to live Stupidity becomes proactive a political statement Our collective norm I know this sounds like My Year of Meats might be one of these books written by militant vegetarian out on a crusade but it is actually a pretty well researched documentary about issues in cattle ranching and the meat industry in general of that particular time There is also so much to the story The meaty issues are really just a backdrop for Jane's journey of discovery and self discovery And this other aspect presents herself in the form of Akiko “Weird huh How someone just drops into your life like that I mean there we were minding our own business What did we do to deserve her” Akiko is the wife of Jane's producer in Japan The two have never met but Akiko has been moved by Jane's documentary series and like Jane she embarks on a journey of examining her life But it was not just fear of his anger or even of getting hit As she watched the sun set on the vast American landscape—“ Beefland” the logo proclaimed— she realized that her tears had nothing whatsoever to do with John These were tears of admiration for the strong women so determined to have their family against all odds And tears of pity for herself for the trepidation she felt in place of desire and for the pale wan sentiment that she let pass for love I really enjoyed My Year of Meats When a book sets out to be challenging but still remains a form of intelligent discourse full of colourful wit and empathy what's not to like And when the book does all of this without trying to manipulate an opinion or drawing at your hear strings to evoke a response yes looking at you here JS Froer perfect I don’t think I can change my future simply by writing a happy ending That’s too easy and not so interesting I will certainly do my best to imagine one but in reality I will just have to wait and see For now though it is January again Like Shōnagon I have “set about filling my notebooks with odd facts stories from the past ” or at least this past year and “everything that I have seen and felt is included” However unlike Shōnagon living in the Heian days for whom modesty however false was still a prereuisite I live at the cusp of the new millennium Whatever people may think of my book I will make it public bring it to light unflinchingly That is the modern thing to do

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My Year of Meats Free download Û 105 ´ Jane Takagi Little produces a Japanese television show on all American meat cooking Akiko Ueno learns than just recipes from Jane's programmes In one parallel year the lives of two women at opposite ends of the earth are brought together in a novel of meat TV and personal crisisO learns than just recipes from Jane's programmes In one parallel year the lives of two women. the ending just ruined it for me there was something contrived in the magic it tried to dust over an otherwise clean compelling narrative i was close to love up until the epilogue's approachSometimes Akiko felt like a thief sneaking through the desolate corners of her own life stealing back moments and pieces of herself 37They voted to name her Joy When she first came to live at the large brick house at the end of the drive she spoke no English and certain things seemed to terrify her Other things the sight of the full Louisiana moon or a black child smaller than she was would set her off in a different way It was like something inside her heart just snapped She would turn to face the nearest vertical surface press her forehead against it sueeze her eyes shut and emit a high pitched keening that split ears She would stand like this for hours humming like a tuning rod to the pitch of her grief 71Eventually I slept again and I dreamed about the slaughtered cow hanging upside down her life ebbing out of her as she rotated slowly In my dream I saw her legs move in tandem like she was running and I realized she was dreaming of an endless green pasture at the edge of death where she could gallop away and graze forever 297Fed on a media diet of really bad news we live in a perpetual state of repressed panic We are paralyzed by bad knowledge from which the only escape is playing dumb Ignorance becomes empowering because it enables people to live Stupidity becomes proactive a political statement Our collective norm 334