Nina's Reading Blog

Comments on books I am reading/listening to

My Year of Meats

Posted by nliakos on September 3, 2007

by Ruth L. Ozeki (audio version narrated by Anna Fields)

Jane Takagi-Little is a documentary film-maker whose assignment is to find and interview American women for My American Wife, a TV program intended to encourage Japanese housewives to cook more meat. Akiko is the bulimic wife of the advertising executive whose idea this series was. The book alternates between Jane’s descriptions of the various filming episodes and Akiko’s reactions to the shows as she sees them and rates them for her husband, who is a world-class jerk.  As the book progresses, it becomes a vehicle for a kind of diatribe against the meat industry.  As a long-time vegetarian, I liked that!
Anna Fields does a Japanese accent better than a Spanish one (see previous post).

One Response to “My Year of Meats”

  1. […] research using animals, chimpanzees especially. It reminded me in many ways of Ruth Ozeki’s My Year of Meats, in which the story is a thinly veiled diatribe against the meat industry. (Imagine my surprise to […]

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