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Dinner with a Cannibal The Complete History of Mankind's Oldest Taboo

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Presenting the history of cannibalism in concert with human evolution Dinner with a Cannibal takes its readers on an astonishing trip around the world and through history examining its subject from every angle in order to paint the incredible multifaceted panoply that is the reality of cannibalism At the heart. There's a really great and interesting story in here but I couldn't help thinking that she needed a better editor She uotes Mary Roach the author of Stiff Spook Bonk and couldn't help but think she would have been a better author of this text Extreme Pumpkins II readers on an astonishing trip around the world and through history examining its subject from every angle in order to paint the incredible multifaceted panoply that is the Kitty Princess and the Newspaper Dress reality of cannibalism At the heart. There's a Let God Guide You Daily really great and interesting story in here but I couldn't help thinking that she needed a better editor She uotes Mary Roach the author of Stiff Spook Bonk and couldn't help but think she would have been a better author of this text

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Rstandable form nested within a wealth of data With history paleoanthropology science gore sex murder war culinary tidbits medical facts and anthropology filling its pages Dinner with a Cannibal presents both the light and dark side of the human story; the story of how we came to be all the things we are today. This was another book I randomly picked up at the library I have to say that I've always found cannibalism to be among the most horrifying and disturbing of ideas and perhaps that is why I found the book so absorbing Travis Henikoff argues that contrary to what some have claimed in recent years cannibalism was a common feature in all human societies throughout history and only recently have situations changed enough to permit the current attitude of horror towards what could mean life or death to a people She backs her arguments with many interesting evidence from human genetic codes to civilizations throughout the world In the end Travis Henikoff illustrates how even cannibalism can become an accepted practice in a culture Often going back to theme that cannibals often chose life over death when situations demanded she explains how such practices evolved into complex patterns of culture from those who ate their enemies out of hatred to those who ate their dead family members out of love with no group sharing the same attitudes However I think she is a better anthropologist than historian falling into common stereotypes to describe Medieval European society and often goes into long personal asides describing her interest in unusual delicacies in general from delicious and nutritious brains to the flavor of tongues I think I was most disturbed by these scenes linked so closely to the books main themes since in mammals they all taste the same In the end an extremely disturbing but interesting read that definitely makes one think about human nature and culture The International Dictionary of Event Management randomly picked up at the library I have to say that I've always found cannibalism to be among the most horrifying and disturbing of ideas and perhaps that is why I found the book so absorbing Travis Henikoff argues that contrary to what some have claimed in Domicile 1 recent years cannibalism was a common feature in all human societies throughout history and only Individual Motivation Within Groups recently have situations changed enough to permit the current attitude of horror towards what could mean life or death to a people She backs her arguments with many interesting evidence from human genetic codes to civilizations throughout the world In the end Travis Henikoff illustrates how even cannibalism can become an accepted practice in a culture Often going back to theme that cannibals often chose life over death when situations demanded she explains how such practices evolved into complex patterns of culture from those who ate their enemies out of hatred to those who ate their dead family members out of love with no group sharing the same attitudes However I think she is a better anthropologist than historian falling into common stereotypes to describe Medieval European society and often goes into long personal asides describing her interest in unusual delicacies in general from delicious and nutritious brains to the flavor of tongues I think I was most disturbed by these scenes linked so closely to the books main themes since in mammals they all taste the same In the end an extremely disturbing but interesting Why I Am A Jew read that definitely makes one think about human nature and culture


10 thoughts on “Dinner with a Cannibal The Complete History of Mankind's Oldest Taboo

  1. says:

    I pretty much love all things horrifying including humans eating humans so I figured Dinner with a Cannibal by Carole A Travis Henikoff would be a wonderful and interesting read Unfortunately there just wasn't a whole lot of information on cannibalism in this bookIt started with gross things that people eat It is important that you note now before you get yourself in an awkward situation that rocky mountain oysters are not oysters And if you order sweetbreads you will not get raisin cinnamon toastThen it tried to get to cannibalism but was so disorganized and unfocused that it only touched on it here and there For example one chapter starts by talking about Aborigines then jumps to Neanderthal cannibalism and then back to Aboriginal scarification and finally gets to Aborigine cannibalism A very roundabout way but it finally made it for about one page of the chapter In another she talks about cannibalistic infanticide and then wanders off to the topic of child brides which is unsettling for sure but has nothing to do with cannibalism I would say all in all about 5% of this book had anything to do with people eating peopleAnd when she does get to the topic promised by the title I have to wonder about her sources and the credibility of her claims For instance she says there is irrefutable evidence that Neanderthals were cannibals because of the cut marks found on bones There certainly may well have been cannibalism going on or they may have defleshed bodies for ritualistic burial purposes There could be many explanations for this So suspected cannibalism fine but definitive evidence nay Also in recounting her evidence that Aborigines were cannibals she says that there are too many accounts to be ignored Too many accounts by invading peoples who treated the Aborigines atrociously and continue to treat them as second class citizens today? A uote from an article concerning another book about aborigines and cannibalism sums up my thoughts nicely 'I don't think there is any credible evidence in the historical anthropological literature to sustain it' said James Cook University historian Henry Reynolds regarded as Australia's pre eminent historian on Aborigines 'Certainly there were writers in the 19th century who wrote sensational material along these lines but to think that anyone in the late 20th century can take it seriously and put it forward without any evidence is pretty disturbing' he saidI concur But what do you expect from a lady who evidently links Aborigines and Neanderthals together in her mind?All in all this was a pretty lame read If you want to read a book on cannibalism do not go here However if you want to read a bunch of loosely and I use this term loosely related crap written dully then I dare say this book is for you


  2. says:

    I almost gave up The first half of this book is mostly random history with a little cannibalism sprinkled in I was losing interest The second half got a bit involved with what the title and description of the book would have you believe what the book is about Overall it was ok And depending on how much cannibalism you want to read about you may like it less or than I did I was torn between 2 stars or 3 But I did find a couple events discussed intriguing and found a couple other books I'd like to read on those subjects So that's a plus


  3. says:

    There's a really great and interesting story in here but I couldn't help thinking that she needed a better editor She uotes Mary Roach the author of Stiff Spook Bonk and couldn't help but think she would have been a better author of this text


  4. says:

    I couldn't get past the writing so I uit at about page 150 Now I've seen worse much worse but this is incredibly disjointed and soooooo much of it is not actually on anthropophagy humans eating humans I think it is actually a insurmountable pet peeve of mine when a nonfiction book is written as if the writer had taken bullet pointed facts and just un bullet pointed them pushed them together in weakly focused chapters and padded it up with random stuff haha reading the other reviews here perhaps it is a pet peeve for many people and not actually a personal problem haha Anyway I stopped when there was a page on people with hypertrichosis like Jo Jo the Dog Faced Boy I was like WTF what does that have anything to do with cannibalism? Don't insult Jo Jo Too bad because it could have been much improved with a strict editor Well anything could be much improved with a strict editor point is this wasn't


  5. says:

    Very interesting study into the why of cannibalism not necessarily going into the incidents but giving a psychological thesis on why this taboo has been practiced all over the world and for thousands of years I didn't realize there were so many toes of cannabalism and reasons why it was practiced


  6. says:

    Great writing style good anthropology and information However not remembering the uestion which led me to read thinking left me all sueamie


  7. says:

    Cannibals in the closet is a phrase used throughout this book that takes an anthropological look at the history of humans and our interactions with one another From the United States to China to Africa Travis Henikoff discusses the cultural stereotypes ingrained in current societies and the archaeological evidence of cultures past that have shaped our perceptions of how we liveFood is a huge role in every person's life Depending on where and how you are raised your perceptions of food hunger and satiation may be the same as your neighbor or on a completely different spectrum This book starts out as a conversation but sadly ends like a boring lecture I was very excited by the first few chapters particularly her simile of the brain starting as a shack and growing to multiple expansions; this analogy would be beneficial to those interested in both psychology and biological anthropologyHaving already read Conklin's Consuming Grief I found the references welcoming and also found several other books that may be interesting reads in the future Carole isn't nearly as thorough in her pages as Conklin was for the Wari but there's reason Carole is offering an over view that is meant to pull people in while offering sources for further information She does this in a way that doesn't feel like advertising but a way i appreciate when reading scholarly fare which is to not only offer their own knowledge of a subject but to also offer differing knowledge and cite the information so readers can make their own choices for what they explore in the futureWoven into the chapters are correlations between cannibalism and climate politics and scarcity There is no pussy footing around revisionist historians; Travis Henikoff takes them on directly and discusses the dangers of producing ethnographies and history books that only focus on the good and lay the foundation for the bad to become less innocuous as people forgetBy the last few chapters the tone of the book took a change It became much of a lecture The fun facts were still there to be ferreted out but were not presented as they were in the early pages of the book Dinner with a Cannibal would be wonderful supplemental reading for anyone interested in or taking classes in cultural anthropology and sociology in terms of cultural shift


  8. says:

    This was another book I randomly picked up at the library I have to say that I've always found cannibalism to be among the most horrifying and disturbing of ideas and perhaps that is why I found the book so absorbing Travis Henikoff argues that contrary to what some have claimed in recent years cannibalism was a common feature in all human societies throughout history and only recently have situations changed enough to permit the current attitude of horror towards what could mean life or death to a people She backs her arguments with many interesting evidence from human genetic codes to civilizations throughout the world In the end Travis Henikoff illustrates how even cannibalism can become an accepted practice in a culture Often going back to theme that cannibals often chose life over death when situations demanded she explains how such practices evolved into complex patterns of culture from those who ate their enemies out of hatred to those who ate their dead family members out of love with no group sharing the same attitudes However I think she is a better anthropologist than historian falling into common stereotypes to describe Medieval European society and often goes into long personal asides describing her interest in unusual delicacies in general from delicious and nutritious brains to the flavor of tongues I think I was most disturbed by these scenes linked so closely to the books main themes since in mammals they all taste the same In the end an extremely disturbing but interesting read that definitely makes one think about human nature and culture


  9. says:

    I heard an interview with the author on NPR and found the topic fascinating When I think of cannibalism I think of two things shipwrecked survivors forced to eat one of their own and Hannibal Lector devouring his victims These are probably the types of cannibalism that are most commonly portrayed in movies and in the news but cannibalism actually has a rich and important history around the world People have eaten human flesh and organs in many cultures for many many reasons medicinal religious funerary etcSo yes the subject matter is interesting and the NPR interview was very intriguing uh including the part where the author declared that she routinely ate her own scabs as a child but the book itself was pretty disappointing I found the author's tone off putting and most importantly I think she is just not a good writerI have to hand it to her for doing an extensive amount of research but while reading the book I oscillated between feeling incredibly bored and feeling incredibly irritated Other people may appreciate her sense of humor but it didn't grab me


  10. says:

    Interesting topic often lost in distracting side topics Started off well with the basic warm up idea of look at all the weird things people eat around the world not that much weirder to eat people then eh? Interesting looks at cannibalism in other species which give glimpses into age old origins of the practice Then a thought provoking differentiation of the several types of and motives for cannibalism funerary war based starvation based medicinal etc But then got lost in several side trips into topics like the Inuisition without a strong enough link to the main topic cannibalism to justify the tangentsI wouldn't agree with the 'complete history' in the title the tangents muddled and diluted the main topic too much for that leaving a shallow examination of cannibalism than the title suggests and some assertions could have used backup but a decent general overview of human cannibalism if don't mind skimming a bit