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[ Read Online Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession ¼ yuri PDF ] by Julie Powell ✓ Look Let s be honest here No one likes Julie Powell We all bought her first book because of the lovable giant that is Julia Child and the story of a promising culinary project We had enough of those pleasant distractions to kindly ignore the loudmouth attention whore Julie Powell, despite the fact that she was running around the background screaming Look at me Look at me, damn you What do you want to bet she was a theater major The problem is, her followup gives us none of the positive and all of the negative from Julie and Julia 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen no Julia Child, no ambitious cooking project, and lots of Julie Powell Now, ask yourself would YOU want to read the true story of a fat, ugly, mildly famous chick s crumbling marriage, her unabashed accounts of rough sex with her lover and complete strangers, all held together by the glue that is wait for it the art of butchery Occasionally spiced up with her weird, dated and nerdy fascination with the 90 s serial Buffy The Vampire SlayerDotted with her musings about marriage as she tanks a bottle and a half of wine each night Would you REALLY want to read this Yeah, me neither.
That s precisely why this book sucks Julie forgot us, her meager little audience, and she thinks we actually give a fuck about her life instead of her cooking projects Here s a hint, Julie we don t give a shit.
You know what you do after the success of Julie and Julia 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen You write a sequel about world cuisine a l Anthony Bourdain Or you attempt recreating dishes from imperial menus in the 1500s and let us know how it turns out Or you get a job at the Food Network and write a book spilling all the dirt on their chefs does The Barefoot Contessa really have sex with her husband, or does she eat her feelings is Emeril gay is Giada bulimic But guess what you don t do You don t publish autobiographical trash that no one gives a baker s fuck no pun intended about We re your readers, not your girlfriends Save it for your shrink.
Oh boy The essence of Julie Powell s new book centers around her two year affair with a sleazy, unattractive loser she knew from college her husband Eric knows and instead of taking a stand that she end it, just makes passive aggressive quips about it Between all the obsession, there s an alternating story about Julie as she learns the art of butchering The two stories have virtually nothing to do with each other and I suspect the butchery was just thrown in as some sort of an attempt at a new foodie hook so she could fulfill her obligation to her publisher I m not suggesting that s wrong, by the way, just that in considering the book overall, it didn t feel organic.
Structurally, the book is a complete mess It reads like shrapnel bits and pieces of meat hacking and salacious sexual details morphing into a big pile of bloody cluelessness The butchering story has no arc, nor does the infidelity D ends things, not her, and later, at the end, she alludes to the fact that Eric is still seeing his girl, and she s fine with that If that weren t bad enough, there are recipes inexplicably thrown in the text at random, the tone of which were so wildly out of place I had to wonder if the book had even been edited.
There s no perspective in these pages No reflection Not only does Julie feel no true sorrow for her selfish behavior, you get the feeling she d do it again in a second if the opportunity arose She s learned nothing by the end, nor, does it seem, that she wanted to.
I only kept going to the end because I was REALLY hoping that her poor long suffering husband would kill her He didn t.
After reading Cleaving, I can t decide if this is a memoir from the James Frey school of memoirs i.
e details and events are so outrageous as to seem fictional than not or if Julie Powell is actually telling the truth and therefore needs some serious serious mental health help This really isn t the story of Powell learning to butcher Instead, it s the story of Powell s trainwreck marriage and personal life, which is so gruesome that you want to look away, but you just can t After all, she s a real person and she s putting this out there for all the world to see, although one can t really figure out WHY.
It all begins when Powell receives a call from an old flame wanting to meet up for lunch This flame, whom she had had a relationship with in college while her then boyfriend now husband was studying abroad for a year, was immediatly able to get her back in bed and she proceeded to have a two year affair with him.
Her husband found out She continued the affair.
The husband had an affair of his own.
Then he broke off his affair, and wanted her to stop hers.
She wouldn t.
Powell tries really hard to convince her readers that this is all okay I m pretty sure she wants her readers to actually feel sorry for her and sympathize with her terrible predicament of being torn between her loving, supportive husband who she describes as one half of her whole and seriously though, he s as messed up as she is really, so you can t feel any sympathy for him as the wronged party and her wild, exciting read he likes to hit and bite her while they are in bed together, so much so that she has marks and bruises all over her body that she can t hide lover And to top it all off, after the lover ends the affair, she decides the right thing to do is have sex with a stranger in a doorway of some anonymous NYC building Yeah, that was a good idea I can t feel any sympathy for her All I feel is pity It isn t until she mentions her Bipolar alcoholic grandmother and mother that I feel all the pieces clicking into place I m not a doctor, but I play one on the internet Julie Powell needs some serious help, and I hope she gets it And the really sad part is that decent writing could have made this book at least somewhat palatable The prose is overblown and the deepest shade of purple The timeline jumps back and forth so many times that it s almost impossible to keep what s happening when straight in the reader s mind In short, there s a reason why this book is already on the clearance rack in bookstores and why it s average rating here and at.
com is two stars or less.
Look Let s be honest here No one likes Julie Powell We all bought her first book because of the lovable giant that is Julia Child and the story of a promising culinary project We had enough of those pleasant distractions to kindly ignore the loudmouth attention whore Julie Powell, despite the fact that she was running around the background screaming Look at me Look at me, damn you What do you want to bet she was a theater major The problem is, her followup gives us none of the positive and all of the negative from Julie and Julia 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen no Julia Child, no ambitious cooking project, and lots of Julie Powell Now, ask yourself would YOU want to read the true story of a fat, ugly, mildly famous chick s crumbling marriage, her unabashed accounts of rough sex with her lover and complete strangers, all held together by the glue that is wait for it the art of butchery Occasionally spiced up with her weird, dated and nerdy fascination with the 90 s serial Buffy The Vampire SlayerDotted with her musings about marriage as she tanks a bottle and a half of wine each night Would you REALLY want to read this Yeah, me neither.
That s precisely why this book sucks Julie forgot us, her meager little audience, and she thinks we actually give a fuck about her life instead of her cooking projects Here s a hint, Julie we don t give a shit.
You know what you do after the success of Julie and Julia 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen You write a sequel about world cuisine a l Anthony Bourdain Or you attempt recreating dishes from imperial menus in the 1500s and let us know how it turns out Or you get a job at the Food Network and write a book spilling all the dirt on their chefs does The Barefoot Contessa really have sex with her husband, or does she eat her feelings is Emeril gay is Giada bulimic But guess what you don t do You don t publish autobiographical trash that no one gives a baker s fuck no pun intended about We re your readers, not your girlfriends Save it for your shrink.
Oh boy The essence of Julie Powell s new book centers around her two year affair with a sleazy, unattractive loser she knew from college her husband Eric knows and instead of taking a stand that she end it, just makes passive aggressive quips about it Between all the obsession, there s an alternating story about Julie as she learns the art of butchering The two stories have virtually nothing to do with each other and I suspect the butchery was just thrown in as some sort of an attempt at a new foodie hook so she could fulfill her obligation to her publisher I m not suggesting that s wrong, by the way, just that in considering the book overall, it didn t feel organic.
Structurally, the book is a complete mess It reads like shrapnel bits and pieces of meat hacking and salacious sexual details morphing into a big pile of bloody cluelessness The butchering story has no arc, nor does the infidelity D ends things, not her, and later, at the end, she alludes to the fact that Eric is still seeing his girl, and she s fine with that If that weren t bad enough, there are recipes inexplicably thrown in the text at random, the tone of which were so wildly out of place I had to wonder if the book had even been edited.
There s no perspective in these pages No reflection Not only does Julie feel no true sorrow for her selfish behavior, you get the feeling she d do it again in a second if the opportunity arose She s learned nothing by the end, nor, does it seem, that she wanted to.
I only kept going to the end because I was REALLY hoping that her poor long suffering husband would kill her He didn t.
After reading Cleaving, I can t decide if this is a memoir from the James Frey school of memoirs i.
e details and events are so outrageous as to seem fictional than not or if Julie Powell is actually telling the truth and therefore needs some serious serious mental health help This really isn t the story of Powell learning to butcher Instead, it s the story of Powell s trainwreck marriage and personal life, which is so gruesome that you want to look away, but you just can t After all, she s a real person and she s putting this out there for all the world to see, although one can t really figure out WHY.
It all begins when Powell receives a call from an old flame wanting to meet up for lunch This flame, whom she had had a relationship with in college while her then boyfriend now husband was studying abroad for a year, was immediatly able to get her back in bed and she proceeded to have a two year affair with him.
Her husband found out She continued the affair.
The husband had an affair of his own.
Then he broke off his affair, and wanted her to stop hers.
She wouldn t.
Powell tries really hard to convince her readers that this is all okay I m pretty sure she wants her readers to actually feel sorry for her and sympathize with her terrible predicament of being torn between her loving, supportive husband who she describes as one half of her whole and seriously though, he s as messed up as she is really, so you can t feel any sympathy for him as the wronged party and her wild, exciting read he likes to hit and bite her while they are in bed together, so much so that she has marks and bruises all over her body that she can t hide lover And to top it all off, after the lover ends the affair, she decides the right thing to do is have sex with a stranger in a doorway of some anonymous NYC building Yeah, that was a good idea I can t feel any sympathy for her All I feel is pity It isn t until she mentions her Bipolar alcoholic grandmother and mother that I feel all the pieces clicking into place I m not a doctor, but I play one on the internet Julie Powell needs some serious help, and I hope she gets it And the really sad part is that decent writing could have made this book at least somewhat palatable The prose is overblown and the deepest shade of purple The timeline jumps back and forth so many times that it s almost impossible to keep what s happening when straight in the reader s mind In short, there s a reason why this book is already on the clearance rack in bookstores and why it s average rating here and at.
com is two stars or less.
As Dorothy Parker once said, This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly It should be thrown with great force This book was dense, intensely personal, grotesque, in the same way that a microscope can be grotesque in its intimate examination, and not that much fun to read, which was really the killing blow The butchery sections were interesting, even poetic, but the heavy handedness of her constant relation of how she saw her marriage and affair in comparison with what she learned as a butcher makes me wish for a red pen and the courage to deface a library book.
The ending wasn t very well formed or thought out, despite the attempted epic feel of the world traveling that seems tacked on to the tale of literal butchery.
At the end, I am left with nothing but the sense that the author has these epiphanies about her marriage and her life in spite of herself, not because of herself.
All in all, I m glad I didn t buy this book, but instead picked it up from the library This is one I won t be sorry to return to the shelves, only sorry that someone else is eventually going to pick it up.
May we I speak for the collective of goodreads here puh lease add a negative star rating, simply and exclusively for Cleaving Please If I could give it less I would, but I will settle for a mere didn t like it when indeed I hated it Why did I finish it I m embarrassed to say I was rooting for the husband in the end I was hoping against hope that he would man up and leave this egotistical, manic depressive, selfish, negative, attention seeking slut I used to call a good writer How could she How could she waste such a once in lifetime opportunity How could she hurt so many people How could she squander world travel and be so unappreciative of a lovely life How could be pretend to be modest How could she subject all of us going blindly into her second book by revealing too much and hopefully exaggerating what was despicable behavior How could she abandon her dog I no longer care about Eric, her pathetic husband How could she be such a ridiculous alcoholic BUT How could anyone like this book I have denounced my respect for Julie Powell and refuse to read any further writings of hers Despite having LOVED Julie Julia looooong before it was even considered for a movie, LOVED the story, the concept, the execution I will turn my face in disgust from anything spawned from her brain On a moral level I can appreciate good writing, but not when I disagree with it on such a basic level Phooie on you Julie Shame I am embarrassed that you are a representation of those of us who love and respect food How dare you Ok, I am done Well, actually, not really I just can t stand to get myself so ridiculously worked up over something I have moved on from Done.
Julie Powell Thought Cooking Her Way Through Julia Child S Mastering The Art Of French Cooking Was The Craziest Thing She D Ever Do Until She Embarked On The Voyage Recounted In Her Memoir, Cleaving Her Marriage Challenged By An Insane, Irresistible Love Affair, Julie Decides To Leave Town And Immerse Herself In A New Obsession Butchery She Finds Her Way To Fleischer S, A Butcher Shop Where She Buries Herself In The Details Of Food She Learns How To Break Down A Side Of Beef And French A Rack Of Ribs Tough Physical Work That Only Sometimes Distracts Her From Thoughts Of Afternoon Trysts The Camaraderie At Fleischer S Leads Julie To Search Out Fellow Butchers Around The World From South America To Europe To Africa At The End Of Her Odyssey, She Has Learned A New Art And Perhaps Even Mastered Her Unruly Heart Stop ranting about the evils of Julie Powell I ve been reading a lot of horrible reviews of this book, and I can t help but think these readers are just barking up the wrong tree Either these people loved the quaint life promoted in Julie Julia too much, they take literary achievement too seriously, or they just plain have no experience to relate to If you have never lost an important relationship in your life due to your own destructive nature, keep scrolling down the reading list You will not understand this woman s predicament Not many of us understand why she chose to grandstand it in a book, but I totally empathized with her experience entirely If your own life has turned from perfect to gritty, you will either sympathize or empathize while learning something along the way We are brought into her life rather suddenly amidst an affair that she s having against the loyal husband we recall from her first book, juliejulia, and she s already aware of her downward spiral So she entertains us by becoming a butcher s apprentice, weaving her education of breaking down meat into the unravelling of her personal life For some, both of these accounts unsettle the stomach, and to you I say too bad This is how life works People cheat and you eat hamburgers, well, lets talk about how both of those things happened The story of Julie s life is troublesome and awkward, but avoid the arrogance of thinking that we don t deserve on some level the horrid relationship experiences that we all endure A relationship falling apart is never an even scale and is never entirely tipped to one side, either One person may do something drastic but they had your help getting there Either a person is enabled or pushed away i learned about this book in 2009 when I could feel my life pulling at its seams but I had just enough energy to keep it together I knew that cleaving would be the seam ripper i was afraid of I wanted nothing to do with it It was only this year, after that seam finally ripped entirely anyway, that i decided to pick it up I m really glad I did If you ve ever felt like you deserved to die, you ll feel normal reading this If your life has never been touched by the darkness that is hurting those you love, skip it, because we don t need you feeling better than the rest of us.
I haven t read or seen Julie and Julia So I had no opinion on Julie Powell one way or another, except that I think the casting of Amy Adams probably means to an extent at least she was a bit of a sweetheart.
So, to me, the first half of this audio deserves 5 stars To follow up your momsy bestseller with a book in which you juxtapose butchery and buggery deserves my applause She is FEARLESS in talking about her desire for rough sex, her extramarital affair, and her obsessions As well as talking about what she s learning in the butcher shop, which is helping her get through her confusion.
I identified a lot with Powell, superficially, she has a Siamese cat, she has rosacea, she likes champagne She gets obsessed She overanalyzes She likes approval from others She occasionally has self destructive impulses For the part of the book set in the butcher shop, I really couldn t understand why the backlash, unless it was all moral.
then, well, it turned into Eat Pray Love Totally a woman in an unsatisfying marriage tries to find herself by going to 3 countries, in this case Argentina, Ukraine and Tanzania I mean REALLY It was the same freaking book Also, she lets me know during this part that she hates sports and likes Buffy the Vampire Slayer 5 stars for the first part, 2 stars for the 2nd part, 4 stars for the narration.
Julie Powell s life is falling apart and it is ALL HER FAULT She s cheating on her husband with a man she previously cheated on him with in college She falls in love with the man and even considers leaving her husband for him, even as the lover pulls away from her and stops returning her calls As the book progesses, she continues to pull away from her loving and supportive husband and desperately and needily clings to the lover, stalking him and purchasing 300 french scarves for him even after things are broken off Seeking the same thrill she gets with the lover, D, she engages in anonymous sex encounters that leave her hollow and angry, sending D text messages about what he made her do.
Julie I feel comfortable calling her Julie rather than Ms Powell since her name was in her first book, and after all she describes her sex life very vividly, so we can afford to be a little familiar also does some butchery in t his book But it s almost an afterthought As one of the many who read Julie and Julia and ended up loving the bits about Julia and the bits about food, but HATING Julie, this book takes it to the nth degree I would have loved to read about the butchery I wanted to be a butcher for a large chunk of my childhood, at the age when the other girls planned on being ballerinas I did NOT care to read about how she leaves her blackberry lying around with sexy text messages that she refuses to delete so that her husband can read them I don t want to read about her being in love with one man, but refusing to even contemplate divorcing another.
The whole time, Julie admits her failings with unflinching honesty Normally, this would be a good thing in a memoir, but with Julie, she admits shocking things as if she is daring you to judge her Her grandmother was an alcoholic, and Julie drinks at least two glasses of wine every night, turning to alcohol the moment she is angry or the relationship is on the rocks She talks in Buffyisms and describes her special oneness with her husband, and seems to think she is unique, as if EVERY COUPLE EVER didn t feel that way about their spouse, having a secret shorthand language, spouting pop culture quotes and knowing them instantly from context It is not special.
Mostly, I think Julie treats the reader the same way she treats Eric She brandishes her faults and shortcomings, daring us to judge her, saying things first so that we cannot wound her Then, as she confesses and breaks down, she truly just wants us to absolve her She leaves her blackberry around BEGGING Eric to discover the affair, and riles him up, hoping that he will finally break and force her to do penance for what she has done, end up forgiving her since she cannot forgive herself I do not want to be involved, I don t want to absolve her.



May we I speak for the collective of goodreads here puh lease add a negative star rating, simply and exclusively for Cleaving Please If I could give it less I would, but I will settle for a mere didn t like it when indeed I hated it Why did I finish it I m embarrassed to say I was rooting for the husband in the end I was hoping against hope that he would man up and leave this egotistical, manic depressive, selfish, negative, attention seeking slut I used to call a good writer How could she How could she waste such a once in lifetime opportunity How could she hurt so many people How could she squander world travel and be so unappreciative of a lovely life How could be pretend to be modest How could she subject all of us going blindly into her second book by revealing too much and hopefully exaggerating what was despicable behavior How could she abandon her dog I no longer care about Eric, her pathetic husband How could she be such a ridiculous alcoholic BUT How could anyone like this book I have denounced my respect for Julie Powell and refuse to read any further writings of hers Despite having LOVED Julie Julia looooong before it was even considered for a movie, LOVED the story, the concept, the execution I will turn my face in disgust from anything spawned from her brain On a moral level I can appreciate good writing, but not when I disagree with it on such a basic level Phooie on you Julie Shame I am embarrassed that you are a representation of those of us who love and respect food How dare you Ok, I am done Well, actually, not really I just can t stand to get myself so ridiculously worked up over something I have moved on from Done.
As Dorothy Parker once said, This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly It should be thrown with great force This book was dense, intensely personal, grotesque, in the same way that a microscope can be grotesque in its intimate examination, and not that much fun to read, which was really the killing blow The butchery sections were interesting, even poetic, but the heavy handedness of her constant relation of how she saw her marriage and affair in comparison with what she learned as a butcher makes me wish for a red pen and the courage to deface a library book.
The ending wasn t very well formed or thought out, despite the attempted epic feel of the world traveling that seems tacked on to the tale of literal butchery.
At the end, I am left with nothing but the sense that the author has these epiphanies about her marriage and her life in spite of herself, not because of herself.
All in all, I m glad I didn t buy this book, but instead picked it up from the library This is one I won t be sorry to return to the shelves, only sorry that someone else is eventually going to pick it up.
Stop ranting about the evils of Julie Powell I ve been reading a lot of horrible reviews of this book, and I can t help but think these readers are just barking up the wrong tree Either these people loved the quaint life promoted in Julie Julia too much, they take literary achievement too seriously, or they just plain have no experience to relate to If you have never lost an important relationship in your life due to your own destructive nature, keep scrolling down the reading list You will not understand this woman s predicament Not many of us understand why she chose to grandstand it in a book, but I totally empathized with her experience entirely If your own life has turned from perfect to gritty, you will either sympathize or empathize while learning something along the way We are brought into her life rather suddenly amidst an affair that she s having against the loyal husband we recall from her first book, juliejulia, and she s already aware of her downward spiral So she entertains us by becoming a butcher s apprentice, weaving her education of breaking down meat into the unravelling of her personal life For some, both of these accounts unsettle the stomach, and to you I say too bad This is how life works People cheat and you eat hamburgers, well, lets talk about how both of those things happened The story of Julie s life is troublesome and awkward, but avoid the arrogance of thinking that we don t deserve on some level the horrid relationship experiences that we all endure A relationship falling apart is never an even scale and is never entirely tipped to one side, either One person may do something drastic but they had your help getting there Either a person is enabled or pushed away i learned about this book in 2009 when I could feel my life pulling at its seams but I had just enough energy to keep it together I knew that cleaving would be the seam ripper i was afraid of I wanted nothing to do with it It was only this year, after that seam finally ripped entirely anyway, that i decided to pick it up I m really glad I did If you ve ever felt like you deserved to die, you ll feel normal reading this If your life has never been touched by the darkness that is hurting those you love, skip it, because we don t need you feeling better than the rest of us.
I haven t read or seen Julie and Julia So I had no opinion on Julie Powell one way or another, except that I think the casting of Amy Adams probably means to an extent at least she was a bit of a sweetheart.
So, to me, the first half of this audio deserves 5 stars To follow up your momsy bestseller with a book in which you juxtapose butchery and buggery deserves my applause She is FEARLESS in talking about her desire for rough sex, her extramarital affair, and her obsessions As well as talking about what she s learning in the butcher shop, which is helping her get through her confusion.
I identified a lot with Powell, superficially, she has a Siamese cat, she has rosacea, she likes champagne She gets obsessed She overanalyzes She likes approval from others She occasionally has self destructive impulses For the part of the book set in the butcher shop, I really couldn t understand why the backlash, unless it was all moral.
then, well, it turned into Eat Pray Love Totally a woman in an unsatisfying marriage tries to find herself by going to 3 countries, in this case Argentina, Ukraine and Tanzania I mean REALLY It was the same freaking book Also, she lets me know during this part that she hates sports and likes Buffy the Vampire Slayer 5 stars for the first part, 2 stars for the 2nd part, 4 stars for the narration.
Julie Powell s life is falling apart and it is ALL HER FAULT She s cheating on her husband with a man she previously cheated on him with in college She falls in love with the man and even considers leaving her husband for him, even as the lover pulls away from her and stops returning her calls As the book progesses, she continues to pull away from her loving and supportive husband and desperately and needily clings to the lover, stalking him and purchasing 300 french scarves for him even after things are broken off Seeking the same thrill she gets with the lover, D, she engages in anonymous sex encounters that leave her hollow and angry, sending D text messages about what he made her do.
Julie I feel comfortable calling her Julie rather than Ms Powell since her name was in her first book, and after all she describes her sex life very vividly, so we can afford to be a little familiar also does some butchery in t his book But it s almost an afterthought As one of the many who read Julie and Julia and ended up loving the bits about Julia and the bits about food, but HATING Julie, this book takes it to the nth degree I would have loved to read about the butchery I wanted to be a butcher for a large chunk of my childhood, at the age when the other girls planned on being ballerinas I did NOT care to read about how she leaves her blackberry lying around with sexy text messages that she refuses to delete so that her husband can read them I don t want to read about her being in love with one man, but refusing to even contemplate divorcing another.
The whole time, Julie admits her failings with unflinching honesty Normally, this would be a good thing in a memoir, but with Julie, she admits shocking things as if she is daring you to judge her Her grandmother was an alcoholic, and Julie drinks at least two glasses of wine every night, turning to alcohol the moment she is angry or the relationship is on the rocks She talks in Buffyisms and describes her special oneness with her husband, and seems to think she is unique, as if EVERY COUPLE EVER didn t feel that way about their spouse, having a secret shorthand language, spouting pop culture quotes and knowing them instantly from context It is not special.
Mostly, I think Julie treats the reader the same way she treats Eric She brandishes her faults and shortcomings, daring us to judge her, saying things first so that we cannot wound her Then, as she confesses and breaks down, she truly just wants us to absolve her She leaves her blackberry around BEGGING Eric to discover the affair, and riles him up, hoping that he will finally break and force her to do penance for what she has done, end up forgiving her since she cannot forgive herself I do not want to be involved, I don t want to absolve her.