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The Unbearable Lightness of Being a Prawn Cracker This is a short collection of essays by Will Self on the kind of food that most people have had at some point in their lives, though the author makes it clear that when he means most people, he means the working to middle classes He writes about the types of fast food and restaurant chains that pop up on many, if not most British high streets, such as Although I m a big fan of Will Self s non fiction, I shouldn t really have this I bought it last year on Kindle, and realising only after purchase that it was likely to involve a lot of detailed writing about meat, I returned it Having completely forgotten all of this and the ensuing thoughts, I repeated the entire process about a month ago Only this time I was unable to return it presumably because I d already done so before, which isn t a policy one can argue with too much in the circumstances and when said item only cost 1.99 in the first place I am trying to whittle down my unread Kindle books by actually reading them and this, being short, was an early target Rather like the debt of a recent graduate, my quantity of unread physical books has seemed unconquerable for years and never seems to decline substantially What s another five when there are already over 250 of the buggers But the Kindle books, being much lower in number, seem quite possible, with the exception of a few I know I just don t want to finish Here as ever I love the way Will Self s words make my brain fizz Metaphors that make me want to jump up exclaiming exactly or which, in bringing together previously disparate ideas, feel like wires being moved to complete a circuit so a bulb springs to light The union of high and low culture with sparkling chemistry Uses for all that vocab I gathered up whilst r Reading The Unbearable Lightness Of Being A Prawn Cracker Author Will Self Wgf2011.eu Most Food Writing And Restaurant Criticism Is Concerned With The Ideal, With How By Cooking This, Or Dining There, You Can Somehow Ingurgitate A New Or At Any Rate Improved Social, Aesthetic And Even Spiritual Persona I Aimed To Turn This Proposition On Its Head, And Instead Of Commenting On Where And What People Would Ideally Like To Eat I Would Consider Where And What They Actually Did The Ready Meals, Buffet Snacks And Most Importantly Fast Food That Millions Of Britons Chomp Upon In The Go Round Of Their Often Hurried And Dyspeptic Lives In This Selection From His Hilarious New Statesman Real Meals Column, Will Self Reviews The Chains Where Most Of Us Go To Eat KFC, Greggs, Yo Sushi, Pizza Express And Their Like , Delves Into The Ubiquitous Thai Meal And Chicken Tikka Masala, And Experiences Hotel Breakfasts, Frozen Tv Dinners And Airline Food On Our Behalf These Are Restaurant Reviews Of The Kind You Ve Never Read Before. I have often felt that Will Self was not for me Too clever by half, too much using of words that I didn t know, too much drugs, too much superciliousness, too much braggadocio.It turns out that I m wrong As it happens, he s rather good He sends himself up rather a lot in this short book ostensibly a book of restaurant reviews from his New Statesman column, but something that s actually a social commentary and as a result it s rather a good read.The restaur I particularly enjoyed Self s take on airline meals and the EAT chain of sandwich shops However, Self seems to think factoid means a brief or trivial item of news or information factlet, surely rather than my understanding of the term as an item of unreliable Psssst That was the sound of balloons, egos and empires being pricked Gulp That was the sound of realisation that not every top restaurant is good just because you are told it is good, or that the food looks pretty, or that it tastes nice A takeout hamburger can also taste nice and you might equally enjoy it, albeit on a different occasion Yet not many would compare a top hamburger restaurant to a top Marco Pierre White restaurant Or would they Author Will Self, however, is arguing that perhaps too much value is being placed on WHO is cooking what and WHERE it is being served Or a little common sense and a little less snob value Self has been reviewing restaurants for several publications over time and, as he says I never really wanted to review food anyway what interested me were fancy restaurants as a theatrical experience the bourgeoisie ogling itself in a mirrored booth Perhaps now, at last, the time is ripe for a little deflation and maybe we should all start paying attention to what s actually on the end of our plastic forks, not Nigella, Marco Pierre, F ing Gordon and all the other celebrity egg flippe The Unbearable Lightness of Being a Prawn Cracker is a collection of Self s Real Meals columns from the New Statesman magazine Unlike his previous job as The Observer restaurant critic, for the New Statesman Will Self undertakes reviews of the places where the masses eat in Britain today places like McDonalds, Greggs, Pizza Express and KFC He shows a particular fondness for the foods of yesteryear, going out of his way to track down a traditional pie and mash shop, a 1970s Indian restaurant complete with flock wallpaper, or a genuine Aberdeen Angus steak house I thought they d gone out of business years ago, but it appears they re still hanging on by their fingernails If you are looking for an objective critique of the food served up in these establishments then you re looking in the wrong place I m fairly sure that s not what the readers of New Statesman wanted either, so fortunately we are treated instead to a display of Will Self s acerbic wit and mastery of vocabulary while he ponders the nature of the people who eat, work and enjoy these places We get a little window on Will Self s life as he drags various friends and relations into restaurants they otherwise wouldn t be seen dead in, and are even told an estimate of the number of pizzas he has consumed in his lifet I still don t see the point of reading restaurant reviews for pleasure. It s not so long ago that I wrote that of My Dining Hell Penguin Specials Twenty Ways To Have a Lousy Night Out and yet here I am again In my defence, I also pointed out in that review that I saw little point of reading reviews of places I was unlikely ever to visit and on that score, at least, reading this book does not lead me into the realms of hypocrisy.Will Self was, apparently, once a restaurant critic for The Observer I didn t know that Between 2009 and 2012 though, he wrote a serious of columns for The New Statesman where he sought to explore what people actually ate rather than dining out as aspiration It s some of these columns that are reproduced here Chinese takeaways, McDonald s, Caf Nero, Bird s Eye microwave meals Moreover, Self devotes little space to discussing the food and considerably to the social and political questions that surround them.The author s flocculant verbiage his phrase not mine will not be to everyone s taste even if I enjoy it in places It can in fact be summed up neatly by that phrase what s wrong with woolly words The meaning of them is no less precise and in fact would be widely understood and so convey his message better, there s also a nice alliterative quality to them The choice of the words Condescending sneering and cocking a leg and pissing over the Working Classes culinary habits is not my idea of fun It s one of those newspaper columns filled with hot air and profoundly stupid opinions, shame on you Will Self, pass me a warm pastie. I m very biased when it comes to Will Self and when I saw this advertised on Netgalley I knew I would have loved it regardless.This a short collection of musings and observations based upon the style of restaurant reviews that you regularly see within popular tabloids aimed at the middle classes These reviews are on places that us regular people attend frequently instead on the Michelin starred restaurant eateries that we could only see on TV and whatnot.A lot of the places that Self has critiqued in this book, and gave for the most part very humorous anecdotes, are regular places that I have visited myself on than occasion and his observations are hilariously correct Some of the venues in this book I have never heard of but can appreciate his review and think of similar places that I have freq

About the Author: Will Self

William Self is an English novelist, reviewer and columnist He received his education at University College School, Christ s College Finchley, and Exeter College, Oxford He is married to journalist Deborah Orr.Self is known for his satirical, grotesque and fantastic novels and short stories set in seemingly parallel universes.

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