Book Review: Cannibalism by Bill Schutt

schuttI’m not sure if reading a non-fiction novel about Cannibalism says more about the READER than it does the AUTHOR, but I found this a disturbingly fascinating read. Running the gamut from insects to the animal world to dinosaurs and neanderthals, the book then jumps to more modern cases from the Donner party to survival cannibalism to placentophagy.

The research and science behind zoologist Bill Schutt’s study is impressive, if at times overwhelming. I definitely identified more with the human aspects of this “study in history,” and there were both some mind-opening ideas and criminally tragic insights into humanity. I appreciate Schutt’s decision to not include any recent sensationalized media cases where family’s of victims (or culprits) might be unintentionally affected.

This a novel that changes you. It’s impossible to look at the world the same way after diving into the depths of such a bizarre yet potentially natural practice. For all my disturbed like-minded individuals, this is one you should definitely check out.

Please note, this book is not available until February of 2017. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing an advanced copy for review purposes only.

 

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