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Beef by [Blackwell, Mat]
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Length: 304 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Language: English

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Can an affair be non-physical? Is infidelity really just about meat slapping together? Or is what goes on behind the meat actually more important? ‘Beef’ is a contemporary satire about love, meat, and infidelity, set in an Australia of the incredibly-near future. It is a multi-generational tale of unseen consequences, and the pressures of leaving a legacy. But most of all, it’s the rollicking story of an awkward middle-aged sociophobe’s attempts to be a good partner and a good father and a good son, in the context of desperately trying not to have an affair with a wildly attractive psychic… a psychic who insists they are going to end up together, like it or not, because “it’s destiny”.

From one of Australia's most-awarded comedy writers, ‘Beef’ explores desire and faithfulness in a dystopian future Australia where bizarre cults thrive, where music is advertising, where psychics are out of the closet, and where meat is no longer murder.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1067 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01G3M9MWA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #201,844 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Very funny, cleverly written, contemporary dystopian fiction, exploring ideas of relationship, consumerism, food ethics, and human frailties. It all happens in towns and suburbs I have lived in, and seems to involve people I have known.
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Wow! Loved this novel! Set just a few generations from now made this very familiar and so plausible. The reflection on our generation really hit home in both a confronting and very humorous way. The characters are all someone we know and feel like friends by the end of the novel.
This was one of those books you cant help but talk about as you read it.....I've totally ruined it for my partner and friends but will insist they read it. For a fun light hearted novel, it carries an important message.
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Awesome chortling out-loud novel! So easy to connect to characters and twisty funny little future pathways for humankind. Loved it :)
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Outstanding read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book 25 June 2016
By Lise - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved this book! It hits on all levels: compelling plot, engaging characters with depth, believable dialog, lots of great humor, even a satisfying ending. The author's style is reminiscent of Kurt Vonnegut, though, like Vonnegut, completely original. I picked it up because it has veganism among its many topics, and as a reading vegan I had yet to find a novel covering vegan themes that wasn't cloying or preachy or simplistic. This is none of those and covers many themes beautifully. It's a great read first and foremost! I can't recommend it enough.
5.0 out of 5 stars Beef is a simple story of love vs desire 12 May 2017
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Beef is a simple story of love vs desire, set in a future world where animal agriculture has been abolished. The awkwardness of the protagonist and the sensuality of his muse will ring true to anyone who has even the slightest of social aversion. All set in a world where animal agriculture has been abolished, the Nightcows have arisen and teleportation has been terrifyingly achieved.

Blackwell's writing is ironic and readable, but ultimately it is the readable irony that make this short novel ironically readable. In short, this novel was a pleasure to read for the story, the future world and the writing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and thought provoking 21 June 2016
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Bravo - a great read, funny, clever, inventive and believable. Mat paints a vision of the future both glorious and horrifying - seemingly impossible, yet history shows we have huge capacity to create the impossible! Let's hope we can always see the stars :-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny, Very Clever, A Great Read, Highly Recommended! 11 August 2016
By Wavomondo - Published on Amazon.com
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Very funny, very clever, a great read, highly recommended!
(Or did I already say that?)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of laughs in this funny, philosophical novel 18 June 2016
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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“Beef” made me laugh out loud. Lots of times.
This novel is also thought provoking, philosophical, warm and modern.
With nuanced characters and an engaging plot set in a slightly dystopian Australia of the near future, this novel can be enjoyed on several levels, especially for its dark humour.
I really felt for the protagonist, Royston Beef, a kind, awkward, flawed man with a wife and child trying to deal with his unbearable attraction to another woman.
Some aspects of the plot could be called science fiction, which is a genre I love, but don’t be put off if you don’t normally read sci-fi. There’s no hard science and the main story is about people and how we deal with each other.
Altogether, I highly recommend this book.