Author: Francine Prose
Genre: History, social analysis
One-sentence summary: An analysis of societal attitudes towards obesity, food and excessive eating through history.
Why did you get this book? A dual obsession with fat studies and Francine Prose.
Do you like the cover? It works better as part of the seven-part series. A fluorescent orange cover with a child's line drawing of a fat guy eating isn't terribly enticing on its own, although it's not a bad theme for the series as a whole.
Did you enjoy the book? I did, although I enjoyed certain parts more than others. In all honesty, I'm not as interested as I probably should be in St. Augustine's writing on gluttony. I liked the contemporary parts better, but then I wished she'd delved more deeply into them. But it was originally delivered as a lecture, so I guess it couldn't get too long. It's not meant to be a sociology text.
Was the author new to you and would you read something by this author again? I'm sure I'll read her again, but probably not for awhile. I think I'm all Francine Prose-d out for the moment.
Are you keeping it or passing it on? Keeping.
Anything else? Not really.
Scale of 1 to 10: 7
Number of pages: 108
Total pages for the year: 4688