The book presents a series of ethical dilemmas, mostly more important than the one of the title. Some we have heard before, some are refreshingly novel. These situations could give rise to many interesting discussions, especially among teenagers staring to get to grips with morals and ethics. The book would be a perfect present to you thirteen-year-old -if, that is - you are prepared to read the book together with them and talk to them about it.
So far so good. But then it becomes less satisfying. Each problem is discussed by the author and different aspects are brought out. Usually trivially and many times in a way that insults the reader's intelligence. We CAN guess, believe it or not, what a man linking his body with a tube to a sick star athlete for nine months is supposed to illustrate! Only occasionally is this part of the book of value.
The third part is a character evaluation of the reader according to what solution they took. This is on the level of weekly magazine tests. If you are in favour of abortion (long before the nine months) you are a liberal. If not, you are a conservative. No kidding?
And what about the cat? The story is this: a beloved pet dies a peaceful death from old age. The owner wants to become one with his darling and thus prepares a cat stew and eats it reverently. Is this wrong? This one is simple - of course not. Disgusting, perhaps, but why would it be wrong?