Book Review: The Reluctant Cannibals by Ian Flitcroft
October 19, 2013 11 Comments
The publisher says: “When a group of food-obsessed academics at Oxford University form a secret dining society, they happily devote themselves to investigating exotic and forgotten culinary treasures. Until a dish is suggested that takes them all by surprise.
Professor Arthur Plantagenet has been told he has a serious heart problem and decides that his death should not be in vain. He sets out his bizarre plan in a will, that on his death, tests the loyalty of his closest friends, the remaining members of this exclusive dining society.
A dead Japanese diplomat, police arrests and charges of grave robbing. These are just some of the challenges these culinary explorers must overcome in tackling gastronomy’s ultimate taboo: cannibalism.“
The Reluctant Cannibals: What I thought
A very British book! The story takes place in Oxford, and the characters are all professors or students of the university. The book is written in a style that these professors would likely approve of. It’s over the top, but funny, too.
The main story of the book is a very odd request of what should be done with his body after the pending death of one of the members of the secret dining society. Another story line deals with a student, who, together with his snobbish room mate, investigates the existence and the members of the dining society. The society feels threatened when it becomes known that a Japanese diplomat died at their table. They try to stop the publication of the story in the school newspaper.
The story becomes especially exiting when there is talk of a new kind of dish to be prepared for one of the coming dinners. I wanted to read on, but I also, I didn’t want to know about this dish. The preparations and the dinner became more imminent with each chapter…. I didn’t want to know! But I read on, and hey, I’m still here and enjoyed the book very much!
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars (good to very good)
Number of pages: 256
First published: 2013
I got this: from Legend Press via Netgalley (ebook)
Genre: contemporary fiction