Working at the local processing plant, Marcos is in the business of slaughtering humans —though no one calls them that anymore.
His wife has left him, his father is sinking into dementia, and Marcos tries not to think too hard about how he makes a living. After all, it happened so quickly. First, it was reported that an infectious virus has made all animal meat poisonous to humans. Then governments initiated the “Transition.” Now, eating human meat—“special meat”—is legal. Marcos tries to stick to numbers, consignments, processing.
Then one day he’s given a gift: a live specimen of the finest quality. Though he’s aware that any form of personal contact is forbidden on pain of death, little by little he starts to treat her like a human being. And soon, he becomes tortured by what has been lost—and what might still be saved.
It’s been a long time. I am just a super busy Momma bear and have barely any time to read and review lately. I am trying to slowly get back into the groove so I hope thats ok.
The last book I had the pleasure of reading was Tender is the Flesh by Agustina Bazterrica. I have heard a Lot of things about this one and I really wanted to experience it for my self. WOW! This book was very disturbing. I really didn’t think I’d be that bothered when reading this book. The descriptions to certain scenes were pretty disgusting. I think that this book really did a good job making you think about the possibility of Humans eating humans if there was no other alternative, but I don’t think I’d be up for it. I don’t think that cannibalism was the main subject in Tender is the Flesh. I think that the author also wanted to put into perspective the way that we treat animals in the meat industry. One of the most disturbing articles I’ve ever read was about slaughter houses. It broke my heart when I learned that pigs actually know where they are heading when taken to a slaughter house. So when the book described humans as Heads and not necessarily humans, it made me sad that people would really steep that low. There is no longer Humanity in this world (The books world).
I thought I was going to feel a certain way for the main character but I really didn’t like him. I mean, he was ok, character wise. I just wasn’t a fan of what he did towards the end of the book. I think the book was very well written, and it had me interested from start to finish. I personally think that the subject was hard to take in and made it difficult for me to collect my thoughts. I still find it rather difficult to write this review, but I highly encourage you to pick up the book and see what you think about it. I promise that the book isn’t bad at all. I really liked it and rated it 9.5 out of 10. I would really like to know what you think about it if you decide to pick it up. drop a comment in this post if you do.
Thank you for taking the time to read my review, even though it wasn’t the most descriptive of my feelings.