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Cleaving Paperback – 5 Aug 2010
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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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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.
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.
No one should support her books or films which go on to boost this awful ego that ripped her marriage to shreds for thousands to read.
The question with this sort of book is would I want to meet this person for a chat over coffee--in this case yes.
It quite reminded me, stylistically, of Tim Moore's I Believe In Yesterday: My Adventures in Living History.
I would have liked a little more details of what she learned being a butcher--from a practical perspective
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