20 comments on “Tender is the Flesh by Agustina Bazterrica | Book Review

  1. Great review! This novel sounds incredible and horrifying. I can be a bit squeamish, but this sounds so fascinating that I will probably read it anyway 😅

  2. so glad to see that you enjoyed this so much!! its a novel that already has such a compelling premise, so its great to hear that it actually delivers on that premise in its execution! i cant wait to read this! ☺

  3. I can see why this one is particularly interesting to read in the current environment. I believe a crisis brings out the best and the worst in people, but most of all I think our survival and adaptation mechanisms are excessively strong and when pushed to the limit those factors will most often outweigh any ethical qualms. It sounds like a great read!

    • Absolutely! I know (and completely understand why) a lot of people feel dystopian fiction hits too close to home at the moment, but if anything, I thought the context of everything that’s going on right now enhanced the book’s resonance for me.

  4. Sounds a bit like Michel Faber’s Under the Skin which I still haven’t read cover to cover because it was too gruesome!

    • I have always thought Under the Skin to be subtle without portraying anything gruesome until the final pages or chapters. I have not read the book, but always had that impression that it is strange and eerie rather than gruesome. I may actually be picking this book up sooner because I am now so curious!

      • I have a low tolerance for body horror and there’s definitely some in Under The Skin, from the parts I have read. I don’t think it’s necessarily gratituous, but there are some things I struggle to read!

  5. This sounds absolutely horrifying. I can see how a good writer could make this seem realistic, especially in the world we now live in.

  6. Oooh, this sounds horrifying and fantastic. I don’t read a lot of dystopian anymore but I love one that’s well-executed, and this sounds like it, especially with the whole special meat part. And wow, with COVID now it’s not hard to imagine this in reality. Adding to my TBR!

  7. Great review! I definitely want to read this book. The premise sounds horrifying and fascinating at the same time. I am very attracted to these stomach-turning books, but it is not always I can read them through to the end. As I was reading your review, two films that I loved came to my mind Raw (2016) and Delicatessen (1991) – both feature cannibalism extensively.

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  9. Ooh, this sounds incredible! I’ve just read Rachel’s review also and added it to my TBR- very encouraging to see it reaching 5 stars for you as well! I will prepare to be thoroughly disturbed and look forward to picking this one up. 🙂

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