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Cleaving [Kindle Edition]

Julie Powell
2.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Julie Powell's Julie & Julia is the story of the culinary blogging sensation that inspired the hit film.

Julie Powell spent a year cooking her way through Julia Child's impossible Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Her experiences were recorded in the hilarious bestselling book and film Julie and Julia. But what she did next took even adventurous Julie by surprise.

She trained as a butcher.

Apprenticed at Fleisher's, she cut, chopped, hammered, sliced and cleaved her way through herds of meat; got splattered in gore; grew big muscles; and showed she has what it tool to make it as a woman in a man's world. At the same time she embarked on a passionate, red-blooded affair that threatened her marriage, and, at times, her sanity.

'A remarkable confessional of butchery and adultery' Harper's Bazaar

'Highly readable . . . beautiful writing, effortlessly filling pages with virtuoso descriptions of animal slaughter and human travail' Sunday Times

'Powell makes you see how butchery might be enjoyable, even cathartic' Spectator

Julie Powell started to entertain readers on her infamous blog, on which she pledged to cook all the recipes from Julia Child's iconic cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking. The blog achieved a dedicated following and, as a result of this, it evolved into Julie & Julia - a novel which connects Julie's blog to a reworking of Julia Child's biography. Julie & Julia was adapted for film by Nora Ephron in 2009 and starred Meryl Streep and Amy Adams.

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Since her year spent cooking her way through Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking, recounted in Julie & Julia, Julie Powell's mind has turned to meat. Cleaving follows Powell as she learns to butcher, and the process is inspired by, and dovetails with, a personal story - this time of her overcoming an affair that threatens her marriage. Pleasures of the flesh, indeed (Vogue)

Powell's hectic, confiding style is the literary equivalent of a girly evening of dirty gossip over a bottle or five of Sauvignon blanc...her narrative is vivid, well-structured, intense and moving (Daily Mail)

A remarkable confessional of butchery and adultery (Harper's Bazaar)

Highly readable . . . beautiful writing, effortlessly filling pages with virtuoso descriptions of animal slaughter and human travail (Sunday Times)

About the Author

After a misspent youth involving dead-end jobs and questionable decisions, Julie Powell, author of Julie & Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously, has found her calling as a writer-cum-butcher. She lives in Long Island City, Queens, when she isn't in Kingston, NY, cutting up animals.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 716 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 190549047X
  • Publisher: Penguin (27 Oct. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #213,885 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Seemed rather self indulgent 16 Aug. 2010
By Wheels
I can only imagine that the author was required by contract to write a book and in the absence of any other ideas she opened up her world to see.

At times it felt like the writing was some form of personal therapy but the sections relating to butchery were well observed and interesting.

The quality of writing was there but the story was poor. She'd have done better to have written it as fiction in order to have a proper structure.

I am assuming it is not fiction and to that end I'd be livid if she were one of my lovers/friends and she had written about me.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Do NOT read this book! 12 Jan. 2011
Seriously, I am a lover of fiction/non-fiction, etc, and normally I can struggle through and see value in even poorly-written books. This, however, was an epic fail in my eyes. I have never, ever disliked a book or character (and it's a memoir!!) so much. Ack!
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
By Mia
Powell splits herself open in gory detail, leaving me both praising her courage and cursing her egotistical obsessions. Brazenness, greed and self-loathing are thrown together in a big greasy gratin, and she drags imagined memories of her lover everywhere she goes, stabbing herself (and others) with them over and over again.

Just when you're wishing that something genuinely terrible happens to lend her some genuine perspective, Powell gets the hint and flies off to bond with butchers from the Ukraine to the Kenyan highlands. While her gung-ho naivete occasionally grates, this is where she accidentally and often unknowingly finds her strength: in the universality of human experience. Her openness and warmth is impressive, and I would happily have read a whole book-full of her thoughtful and witty dialogues with local Maasai women.

Meanwhile, Powell's lyrical ode to butchery is equal to Wallace Stevens' poetics, to the point where even vegetarians would find beauty in death. This Texan remains sanctimonious about carnivorousness, and while she flinches at animals' suffering, I think it's a shame that she doesn't take the opportunity to at least briefly debate the merits of killing for pleasure. I was also left wondering why she flinches at animals' suffering, but not men's.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This is an example of why Amazon need Zero stars 23 Jun. 2011
I have to admit that I was not a big fan of "Julia and Julie" by Julie Powell but I decided to give her lastest book "Cleaving" a try. All I have to say is that I am glad that I got it from my local library and didn't pay for it! I was about seventy pages in the book when I had to stop. I don't know what it worse, Julie talking about the cutting of the meat or her going on about her cheating on her husband and then him cheating on her. I don't know how these people can stand to look at themshelves in the mirror each day. Their family members have to be shocked about their behavior. "Cleaving" might be a good read for some, but I found unreadable.
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