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Gluttony By Francine Prose

Gluttony
by Francine Prose

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Traces how the notions of gluttony have evolved along with the ideas about salvation and damnation, health and illness, life and death. This book shows that gluttony was in medieval times a deeply spiritual matter, but in contemporary times, we have transformed gluttony from a sin into an illness.
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Gluttony: The Seven Deadly Sins by Francine Prose

Acclaimed novelist Francine Prose notes that we are obsessed with food and diet. And what is this obsession with food except a struggle between sin and virtue, overeating and self-control-a struggle with the fierce temptations of gluttony. In Gluttony, Francine Prose serves up a marvellous banquet of witty and engaging observations on this most delicious of deadly sins. She traces how our notions of gluttony have evolved along with our ideas about salvation and damnation, health and illness, life and death. Offering a lively smorgasbord that ranges from Augustine's Confessions and Chaucer's Pardoner's Tale, to Petronius's Satyricon and Dante's Inferno, she shows that gluttony was in medieval times a deeply spiritual matter, but today we have transformed gluttony from a sin into an illness-it is the horrors of cholesterol and the perils of red meat that we demonize. Indeed, the modern take on gluttony is that we overeat out of compulsion, self-destructiveness, or to avoid intimacy and social contact. But gluttony, Prose reminds us, is also an affirmation of pleasure and of passion. She ends the book with a discussion of M.F.K. Fisher's idiosyncratic defense of one of the great heroes of gluttony, Diamond Jim Brady, whose stomach was six times normal size. "The broad, shiny face of the glutton," Prose writes, "has been-and continues to be-the mirror in which we see ourselves, our hopes and fears, our darkest dreams and deepest desires." Never have we delved more deeply into this mirror than in this insightful and stimulating book.

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An elegant and thoughtful essay The Times Literary Supplement

About Francine Prose


Francine Prose's many works include Blue Angel, The Lives of the Muses, and, most recently, Caravaggio: Painter of Miracles. She is a contributing editor at Harper's and writes on art for The Wall Street Journal.

Additional information

GOR001597449
Gluttony: The Seven Deadly Sins by Francine Prose
Francine Prose
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Oxford University Press Inc
2007-02-08
120
0195312058
9780195312058
N/A
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
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