A Carnivore's Inquiry: A Novel [NOOK Book]

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Sabina Murray's first book since she won the PEN/Faulkner Award for The Caprices seduces with its dark delight in her taboo subject.
When we meet Katherine, the winning-and rather disturbing-twenty-three-year-old narrator, she has just left Italy and arrived in New York City, but what has propelled her there is a mystery. She soon strikes up an affair with a middle-aged Russian émigré novelist she meets on the subway, and almost immediately moves into his apartment. Katherine's...
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A Carnivore's Inquiry: A Novel

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Overview


Sabina Murray's first book since she won the PEN/Faulkner Award for The Caprices seduces with its dark delight in her taboo subject.
When we meet Katherine, the winning-and rather disturbing-twenty-three-year-old narrator, she has just left Italy and arrived in New York City, but what has propelled her there is a mystery. She soon strikes up an affair with a middle-aged Russian émigré novelist she meets on the subway, and almost immediately moves into his apartment. Katherine's occasional allusions to a frighteningly eccentric mother and tyrannical father suggest a somberness at the center of her otherwise flippant and sardonic demeanor. Soon restless, she begins journeying across the continent, trailed, everywhere she goes, by a string of murders. As the ritualistic killings begin to pile up, Katherine takes to meditating on cannibalism in literature, art, and history. The story races toward a hair-raising conclusion, while Katherine and the reader close in on the reasons for both her and her mother's fascination with aberrant, violent behavior.
A brilliantly subtle commentary on twenty-first-century consumerism and Western culture's obsession with new frontiers, A Carnivore's Inquiry is an unsettling exploration of the questionable appetites that lurk beneath the veneer of civilization.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555847036
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/1/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author


Sabina Murray was born in 1968 and grew up in Australia and the Philippines. The Caprices, a collection of short stories based on the Pacific Campaign of World War II, published by Houghton Mifflin, was the winner of the PEN/Faulkner award in 2003. She is the author of the novel Slow Burn. Her stories have appeared in Ploughshares, Ontario Review, New England Review, and other magazines. She is the writer of the screenplay for the forthcoming film Beautiful Country, produced by Terence Malick and starring Nick Nolte, Tim Roth and Bai Ling. She completed her Master of Arts as a James A. Michener Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin and also received a James A. Michener Fellowship to complete a post-graduate writing project. She is a former Bunting Fellow of the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University and a recipient of a major grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Murray has served as the Roger Murray Writer in Residence at Phillips Academy Andover and is currently a part of the MFA faculty at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Her husband is the poet, John Hennessy and they have two children.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2005

    A Little Short of the Mark

    It seemed that this novel tried to create a woman with the same moral freedom that most men achieve in fiction. Emphasis on tried. I enjoyed the narritive, but felt it was a pale copy of 'American Psycho'. K's occasionaly functioning moral compass and lucidity, prevented her from ever being a convincing monster. Instead, she just makes the men in her life even more ineffectual by comparison.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2004

    A bit much!

    I was glad to finish this book, just to get away from the subject matter. At first the history of cannibalism is shocking and interesting, but the author goes overboard and it gets just plain boring. Was her intention is educate us on cannibalism or tell us a story? The story seemed like an afterthought. I was disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2004

    DARK AND DRAMATIC - BOTH THE STORY AND THE READING

    Dramatic, dark, disturbing - all describe this tale by Pen/Faulkner Award winner Sabina Murray. Stage, television, and film actress Wendy Hoopes gives articulate voice to 23-year-old narrator Katherine Shea. Apparently lacking any form of moral compunction Katherine first befriends and then cohabits with Boris, an older Russian novelist. She hasn't wasted a great deal of time as she has only recently arrived in New York City from Italy. We already know that this gal is not one for settling down, what we have not yet discovered is that her taste for new adventure may border on the psychotic. Her time with Boris is brief. She's soon seeking the company of other men and other places as she crosses the country and winds up in Mexico. She leaves in her wake a trail of dead bodies. Katherine's interests become increasingly macabre as she begins to research cannibalism wherever she may find it - in art, literature, research. Why is this young woman so transfixed by behavior that repulses most? Listen as her story races to an astounding conclusion. - Gail Cooke

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2004

    Cannibalism at its best

    Sabina Murray's novel of a woman's slow discovery of who she really is will haunt you even after you put down the book. The novel's wry witticisms and observations of life (and cannibalism!) are very refreshing after many other novels' boring preaching. The only thing that I found fault with is that the end is very predictable. I figured out the 'twist' near the beginning of the novel, but it didn't stop me from enjoying the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2004

    A Carnivore's Inquiry

    Ms. Murray proves herself inept at creating either a character or character motivation, and this is ultimately the failure of this book. In the hands of the writers I've listed below, this book, about the cannabalism of men, would be either farcically hilarious or deeply psychologically chilling: but in Murray's hands, it is a demeaning portrayal of the ineffectual woman, and this at its worst. I encourage woman readers and MFA students to read some of the writers I've listed below! As for Murray's implicit stab at alternative feminism alas--she's 10, 15 years too late. Don't always believe what they teach you in school. If you liked this book, Darcy Steinke does a better job of suchlike in SUICIDE BLONDE, also in print.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2004

    Dark Comic Masterpiece

    The heroine of this compelling dark comedy, Katherine Shea, is unlike any other character in American literature (or World literature, for that matter). Consider her the smart and strange god-child of Angela Carter and Paul Bowles--or Milan Kundera and Jane Bowles. Funnier and more intelligent than--but just as cunning as--Patricia Highsmith's Ripley, with her wry tone, her brilliant meditations on art and exploration, and her fast-paced, sexy, and intimate narration, Katherine will fascinate you--and at times she will frighten you. This novel is a page-turner, and its engaging narrator tells her story with a sense of humor and the confidence to explore any taboo subject. Read it--quickly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2004

    A Carnivore's Inquiry

    Sabina Murray has great skill as a writer, but no skill for creating characters or narrative. This was the same ten pages over and over...quite boring. I'd had my hopes up about this book from all the pre-release publicity, but two stars is a 'nice' estimate.

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