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Season to Taste or How to Eat Your Husband by [Young, Natalie]
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3.1 out of 5 stars 96 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: 2617 KB
  • Print Length: 304 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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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars 96 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #86,035 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
This is absolutely one you're going to either love, or hate. Me? I couldn't have loved it more. Season to Taste is bloody brilliant, but you're going to need more than a strong stomach and a liking for the darker side of life to get through it. You've got to be ready for the most unconventional of heroines, confusing time jumps, working out all your own answers to all the big questions, and never wanting to eat sausages ever again.

I notice it has a horribly low rating on Goodreads, which I think is because people are expecting some kind of comedy blockbuster, from the blurb, or a Desperate Housewives style narrative. Season to Taste is Dark, yes, but not Darkly Comic, as such. I didn't really find it "funny" in any way. It's just...DARK. The comedy in the narrative comes from the contrast between the bleak and the banal, but at its heart, at least, it remains wholly bleak. To me, anyway. We all read in different ways, of course. I don't see anything of Hollywood in this one, which is perhaps the biggest reason I loved it. It's too impossibly real for the big screen - there's no glamour or glitz - just a war between hope and hopelessness and a heroine who'd never capture hearts. Not outwardly, at least. I'd be lying if I said a part of her didn't capture mine.

Be prepared for a book which will make you put your head down between your knees at times, and look at everyone around you in a slightly different way. An easy, unique and brilliantly original five stars for me. One that breaks the mould.
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Format: Paperback
This tale has a really original premise, which is paid off tenfold in the telling. It's an allegory for overcoming grief and regret at a life wasted in an unhappy marriage - hung on the plot of how a woman kills her husband and disposes of his body. The how-to notes are laugh out loud funny. Lizzy Praine is a wonderfully unreliable narrator - and her unhinged state means that her logic is often shaky, to say the least. I found the whole book hugely enjoyable - but it's not for the feint hearted. It really IS about a woman who kills and eats her husband - so if you're squeamish, it's probably not going to be to your taste. But if you're looking for a once-in-a-decade, genre-busting read, this one's for you.
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Possibly the strangest book I've read and one that left me completely bemused.

I stuck with it, that wasn't easy, and after a few chapters surprised myself by relaxing into the plot and beginning to feel an absolute fascination with Lizzie Prain. There she is in her 50s with 30 years of bleak, grey marriage behind her and a dead husband chopped up in the freezer. She wanted her freedom and now she has it. Interesting to say the least.

The scenes involving the murdering and butchering of Jacob are extremely graphic and the way the axe and saw chop and splinter through bone made me cringe however; that's just a prequel to what's coming as Lizzie gets busy with the stockpot and sizzling hot oven. It isn't nice, honestly, and the eating sequences are stomach churning in more way than one.

So what's the justification for Lizzie, a perfectly ordinary woman, committing the unthinkable?. Quite simply; eating her husband is safer than trying to hide his body. After all Lizzie's been through she doesn't want Jacob's body emerging from a shallow grave and dragging her back to their former 'nothingness'. Lizzie goes off on a journey of meticulously planned cannibalism, including stock pots to soften bones - this girl has thought of everything, to ensure he's gone forever.

The further you delve into the story the more the author reveals the true relationship between Lizzie and Jacob. Strangely enough I stopped being horrified by what Lizzie had done and began hoping she'd get away with it. I think Natalie Young was particularly clever in that respect. Building empathy into this plot was no easy task when every part of Lizzie's butchery and cannibalism are meticulously recorded for the reader to 'enjoy'.
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Format: Hardcover
I was sent this book in exchange for a honest review.

Once I had read the blurb I thought the book sounded really different and intriguing, I was a little apprehensive of starting it as I had heard it was gruesome, something that I don't really like in books. However I had also heard a lot of people talking about this book so thought I would give it a go.

This is about Lizzie, the opening few pages we realise that she had murdered her husband, Jacob. She hit him over the head with a garden spade and now she needs to dispose of the evidence. She did not have a happy marriage to Jacob and now that he has gone she does not intend on paying for his departure. She intends to get the deed over with and begin a new life in Scotland.

I found the book way too gruesome for me, I did not enjoy reading about Lizzie chopping him up, freezing him and then finding ways to cook him. I understand that the book is meant to have dark humour, it was dark - humorous? Not for me.

The story is told with very little emotion and I feel that I could never really get to know any of the characters. I found it written quite bluntly, there is no remorse from Lizzie she is truly focused on how she is going to get to Scotland and when. I also didn't find it a particularly quick read. The recipes do break the text up, however I didn't enjoy reading the recipes, these were also written in scrawly hand writing which at times became difficult to read.

Overall I did not enjoy this book at all, which is unfortunate as there was quite a lot of hype about it, it just wasn't for me. If you enjoy dark humour books and are not squeamish then you will probably enjoy this read. It just wasn't for me.

I would like to thank the publisher for sending me this in exchange for a honest review.
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