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Eating Crow by Jay Rayner
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Sep 09, 08

Recommended to Eddylee by: a guy in my book club, so long ago
Recommended for: food lovers, people who read the kite runner, people who wished Kill Bill wasn't so violent
Read in August, 2008, read count: 1

this is a strangely funny book that lightly stakes a claim to the revenge/apology paradigm that is currently so popular. it's not like a gag a minute or anything, it's just so absurd from time to time you look up and think " this is ridiculous!". it still manages to have pathos though. it's about a restaurant critic who writes bad reviews for fun and profit until one of his reviews is cited as the primary reason a local restaurant owner commits suicide. when he apologizes to the widow he finds it easy and invigorating. he then sets out to apologize to everyone he's ever wronged and eventually becomes the head apologist for the UN. the book reads pretty light but the actual main character is a good study, especially in the last chapter and last page where i feel he is revealed. the author is also an actual food critic and the descriptions of food are unrivaled. Mmm
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