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Book Title: St. Burl's Obituary|
The author of the book: Daniel Akst
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Edition: Mariner Books
Date of issue: February 15th 1997
ISBN 13: 9780156005142
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 534 KB
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This book certainly has a place in the canon of Fat Literature. I read this long ago, in 1997, when I was much thinner (though still fat), and while I thought it was good, it did not move me the way it did throughout this second read. I picked it up again because I have been considering weight loss surgery more seriously and I remembered that WLS was a big part of SBO.
I loved this book. It was very personal for me. It catalogs all of the indignities (as well as comforts!) of being fat and considers how the newly-thin Burl must grieve for his lost identity as a fat man. Thinking he will find himself when he loses all of his weight through what sounds like a sleeve gastrectomy, he actually loses himself, as if he *were* the extra weight he was carrying. What this book makes evident is that mind and body are connected and cannot be separated the way the "you are not your weight" mentality would have us believe. You are your weight. You are your body.
The novel doesn't offer any clear direction as to what this means. Since we are our bodies, should fat people try even harder to lose weight, or should society try harder to accept that some people are just fat, due to genetics, addiction, or psychological trauma? One of the reasons that I was (and am still) considering WLS is because I feel like people don't really see me: they just see fat. But after reading Burl's story, after reading of the indignities and the tremendous grief he suffers after losing what is literally himself, I am less certain. Even at the ending of the novel, an ending which is supposedly happy, I still found myself grieving for Burl, and grieving for my possibly lost self.
Other themes: NY/NJ, Gangland, Gastronomy, Tonga, Sumo, Fat Acceptance, Newspapers, Salt Lake City, Homelessness, Cults
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Read information about the authorA native New Yorker, Daniel Akst is a well-known journalist who has worked at the LA Times and Wall Street Journal and now writes a monthly column in the Sunday New York Times. He also writes regularly for the Wall Street Journal culture pages, and has appeared in many other publications, including American Heritage, the Boston Globe, the Christian Science Monitor, Civilization, Technology Review, the Washington Monthly, and on both public radio and television. His first book, Wonder Boy (Scribners), chronicled the eye-popping ZZZZ Best fraud perpetrated by teenage entrepreneur Barry Minkow, and was named one of the 10 best of 1990 by Business Week. He is also the author of The Webster Chronicle published by BlueHen in October 2001.
Akst is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania who spent 13 years in Los Angeles before moving to the Hudson Valley, where he lives with his wife and two sons.
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