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Meat Paperback – 21 Feb 2008
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The world-building by Joseph D'Lacey in this is simply brilliant - detailed build up that brings everything, vividly, horribly to life. As others have said, when the description of the butchering of the 'cattle' hits you... it is really nauseating. I had to stop at quite a few points to take a break from it.
Which is why it's such an important read, because as I was thinking indignantly 'how could the townspeople not know what is happening?' it stares you in the face that that is exactly what we do every day. This isn't a novel that preaches, it lets the descriptions speak for themselves and the plot itself barrels along quickly.
And yes, oddly enough I decided to have a (delicious) veggie dinner after finishing this!
Let me be completely honest - this book is grim, disturbing, gory and intense. There's not a spot of happiness to be found in its pages, perhaps with the exception of the closing pages.
Abyrne is a town that appears to be built out of the ruins of an apocalyptic event, which is never expanded upon. The town is now run by the Welfare, who are responsible for the moral purity of the townsfolk and a megalomaniac meat baron who controls the food supply with an iron fist. With the exception of rare few, the characters have no redeeming features - they are mindless, ruthless and slaves to their lust for meat.
The writing is intense and the pacing is non-stop - as the story unfolds and more and more disturbing events take place, I couldn't stop reading, just to see what happened next. And there were more than a few stomach-churning, brain-stretching moments. The 'baddies' are infinitely evil, and the characters that are fighting against them are down-trodden and outcast, but as they start to awaken to the true evils of Abyrne, they realise that there is only one thing that can be done - resist.
There is a deeper 'meaning' to this book - one of how we, as top of the food chain, treat our food sources. I wouldn't recommend this book to vegetarians unless they have a strong stomach- it's incredibly intense and disturbing, and it shows that Mr D'Lacey's inspiration came from the current and past practices of meat 'cultivation'. But if you can get past the horrific images that this book conjures up in the mind, it's definitely worth reading - Meat is a book that has stuck with me for a long time, and will continue to do so.
Being a convinced vegetarian, I obviously found the story disturbing. Would I have been a meat eater, I probably would have stopped (my stomach didn't like some depictions, too accurate, well done Sir).
Knowing how meat arrives in one's plate is one thing, being able to tell a great story with such horrible background is in my opinion, a gift. I enjoy dystopian stories and it reminded me of one of my favourite books, 1984. In Meat too, ignorance is strength and rules are lies.
Meat is the first D'Lacey's book I've read and the author being a skilled storyteller,now I want to read more!
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Very disturbing. At first you can't quite believe what you are reading but then the truth dawns and it is horrifying but fascinating.Read more