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Season to Taste or How to Eat Your Husband

Season to Taste or How to Eat Your Husband [Kindle Edition]

Natalie Young
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)

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A stomach-turning and terrific novel...a brilliant and literal dissection of a marriage (The Times)

Engrossingly depicts not only bodily appetite but the deepest emotional hunger pangs of being human...compulsively readable (Observer)

Daring, groundbreaking and original (Irish Independent)

One of the most talked-about books of the year...filled with black humour (Daily Mail)

Stomach-churning and terrific (The Times)

An enjoyable feast of anger - witty and poised (Deborah Levy, author of Swimming Home )

'Season to Taste is written in a laconic, pared-down style that immediately brings to mind Camus' L'Etranger. If that seems a somewhat grand comparison, it is not, for Young's book is one of those rare beasts - a literary novel of ideas written in simple language that could be both a university set text and a supermarket bestseller' (Tom Tivnan, The Bookseller)

Set to be one of the most talked about - and most gruesome - books of 2014 (The Sunday Times)

Young delivers an authentic portrait of a neglected marriage, and her light and compelling prose carries this macabre tale along (The List)

Season to Taste is a modern-day fable about the end of love and moving on. Natalie Young has given us a shockingly, thrillingly new vantage on a timeless story of marriage's demise (Stefan Merill Block, author of The Story of Forgetting)

2014's most talked-about novel (Harper's Bazaar)

'Brilliantly disturbing... echoes of Roald Dahl's dark adult fiction... fascinating in the most gruesome way. Delicious!' (Image)

Move over Fifty Shades, there's a brand new genre whipping the publishing world into a murderous frenzy (Evening Standard)

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The most subversive and gloriously unexpected novel you'll ever read about the end of a marriage and its aftermath.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2612 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Tinder Press (16 Jan 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F0LV2RO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #36,166 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for the squeamish 2 Feb 2014
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Natalie Young's second novel, "Season to Taste (or How to Eat Your Husband)", is a very strange book indeed. The title tells you pretty much all you need to know about its subject matter and, yes, it is every bit as grim and gruesome as it sounds. It is, however, surprisingly hard to turn away from, as the author alternately and repeatedly disgusts and then endears the reader to the protagonist, Lizzie, and her rather bizarre choice of a method of disposing of the body of the husband she casually bumps off one day.

The narrative is cleverly constructed, although ultimately I felt it was its very cleverness that is its own undoing, because the story seems to my mind to have just a twist or two too many for its own good, leaving me thinking I'd missed something by the end. Beneath its macabre outer trappings, the book is essentially a tale of disappointment, disillusionment and liberation from life's little tyrannies. It is well written, the prose sparse yet human. Its main merit (in addition to a certain originality, which gives the author plenty of scope for exploring ground that has hardly been touched in literature before) is its brevity; most readers should be able to consume it all within a single sitting -- provided they can stomach the subject. I'm not at all convinced it will leave many satisfied at the end, however.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chilling, Macabre Black Humour 10 Jan 2014
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There is a real ingenuity to Season To Taste. The idea behind it, the writing, the subtlety, the horror, the black humour, and yet it is quite sedate, almost staid - very steady.

I am giving nothing away by telling you that the story begins just as Lizzie has murdered her husband Jacob. She battered him around the head with a garden spade on on ordinary Monday morning. Lizzie has endured a long and miserable marriage, and she certainly does not intend for anyone to make her suffer now that Jacob is finally gone. So, her idea to make sure that she can get away and start her new life in Scotland is that she will chop up Jacob into sixteen pieces, bag and label each part of him, freeze the parts and eat them over the next few weeks. She'll cook them in different ways; grill, stew, barbeque, grill. She'll season him well with; lemon juice, garlic, herbs and spices. Then she will leave, and then she will be happy.

This story is told in a very matter-of-fact way, don't expect a fast and furious read, and don't expect to read of Lizzie's sorrow or regret, or panic, or dismay. Lizzie knows what she is doing, and how she will do it, and focusses entirely on her freedom. Be prepared though for some stomach-churning descriptive prose when reading about the process of dismembering the body and the cooking of each part. Natalie Young has a wonderfully macabre imagination that transposes to her writing quite beautifully.

Not everything goes quite as Lizzie plans; enter the character of Emmett, a old, wandering, senile man who poses a threat along the way.

Ultimately, underneath the horror of what Lizzie has done, is a story of a very broken relationship. The reader is given an insight into Lizzie and Jacob's marriage, and it is not a happy place to be.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Crown Jewels in a Cassoulet 26 July 2014
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“I could kill you….!” is indeed a common angry outburst, the outcome normally far more innocent than the intention implies. However, this novel gives a deliciously dark and irreverent take on it, when Lizzie kills her husband Jacob, then systematically eats him over the ensuing days.

I felt uncomfortable and at times nauseous reading this book. However, exposure to the numerous meal preparations of body parts gradually decreased my revulsion somewhat. It became more fascinating rather than disgusting, an almost hypnotic experience as the tale progressed, to the point where it was alarmingly digestible and acceptable, (no pun intended). To some degree I became acclimatised to the macabre nature of the whole experience with each turn of the page.

The rather disembodied voice of Lizzie’s superego interspersing the text provides an objectivity, bringing a certain calmness to this whole grisly exercise for Lizzie. It is as if this inner voice acts as a brake on her internal chaos, which would otherwise move inexorably towards complete mental breakdown. It stabilises and quietens her emotionally, allowing her to take some deep breaths and keep going on her mission, stalling off what feels an otherwise inevitable plunge into madness.

The actual ingestion of her husband’s body parts, bit by bit, allows her to gradually let go of some of her inner rage she has towards her husband. I found myself having an odd sense of empathy for this seriously depressed lady, a person who has always desperately sought affection. What does come after despair?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I was intrigued by this story, I thought this would be a tale of abused wife driven mad (and it is to a certain extent), or a comedy of how to get your husband out of your system (in a non-cannibalistic way). What I wasn't expecting was the level of graphic detail involved in dismembering and then cooking all parts of a human. Kudos to Natalie Young for thinking through the practicalities (roasted hand or BBQ leg anyone?), not sure I wanted to read about them though.

I read mostly on the bus to work. I do sometimes suffer from travel sickness if I read too much and need to look out of the window for a few minutes before reading again. I must admit to staring out of the window slightly more than usual when reading this book. I know I'm a total wuss when it comes to gore on TV. I don't read horror stories as my imagination convinces me that the baddies are going to leap out of the pages and kill me in my sleep (I know, I need to get a grip). But this book made me feel physically nauseous at some points. My face must have been a picture on the bus, grimacing and wincing as I learned how to BBQ human ribs.

Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy this book. I totally got behind Lizzie and was willing her onwards with her life. I admired her force of will to carry it through, all the way (brains, heart, everything). If I wasn't so squeamish, I think I would have enjoyed the book even more. If you're less of a total wimp than me, then definitely give this one a go.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Have I had a sense of humour failure?
One morning Lizzie Pain is looking out the window at her husband Jacob and on sudden impulse goes down stairs and caves in the back of his head with a spade. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Mondoro
1.0 out of 5 stars Thank goodness it was short (*contains spoilers!!!*)
We read this for our book club and it was the first time we ALL disliked a book. None of us felt that we "got it".

Some felt it was too gory. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 28 days ago by suzanne smythe
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
The deadpan narrative and unusual subject matter give many opportunities for black humour. I was delighted to find myself laughing with undisguised glee as body parts are labelled... Read more
Published 1 month ago by xenofan
3.0 out of 5 stars Not easy to finish in one sitting, and not because of the subject...
A blackly humourous take on frustrations with the normality of married life and worries about whether things should be different. Read more
Published 1 month ago by David Burton
1.0 out of 5 stars ... it was that well written and left me very disappointed at the end
The subject wss of course different but I felt much more could have bedn made of this story I did not feel it was that well written and left me very disappointed at the end
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars suburban brilliance and pain
Lizzie is the 53-year-old heroine of Natalie Young’s new book, brings impact, frustration and butchery your way. Read more
Published 2 months ago by J. DOUGLAS
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully dark and macabre
Published in paperback by Tinder Press on 3rd July 2014.
Thanks to the Headline team at Bookbridgr for the ARC of this hotly-anticipated book that had been described as... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Claire Hill
3.0 out of 5 stars Mundane, yet not for the squeamish.
Took me a while to get into the story. At times I found the writing style a bit mundane (even though she's eating her husband). Read more
Published 3 months ago by Katie
4.0 out of 5 stars Deliciously Macabre
“Season to taste” is a suburban dark comedic horror that would make Roald Dahl proud.

“Season to taste” starts off with the best motherly advice “You have to get your... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Robyn K
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