Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Red Meat Cures Cancer by Starbuck O'Dwyer

Red Meat Cures Cancer by Starbuck O'Dwyer is a very funny novel about the narrator's attempts to increase market share for his fast food company.

The narrator has been working at the same place for 19 years and only needs to stick around for one more to get a big fat pension but His civil war reenacting crazy boss tells him he needs to increase the Company's market share from 3% to 5% or he'll be fired. That would be difficult enough seeing as their burgers are not healthy but it's made worse by the threat of a class-action lawsuit brought by the state's to recoup health expenses of meet eaters. He has a feminist daughter who needs thousands of dollars in breast implants and another child who needs money for his Internet startup.

The book occasionally turns preachy discussing fame and fortune in America today but it's all done with some incredibly funny one-liners so it's okay.

The action which forces him to take a second look at his life is actually very well done and makes the last third of the book rather poignant. Surprising considering books like this don't usually have much emotional impact. The book does stay funny throughout the introspective section.

Highly recommended! The book was recently remaindered so there are many copies for $1.

Is available through Abebooks.

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