“Hunger” potrays the horror of a fat-shaming world
In the extraordinary book “Hunger” by Roxane Gay, the author reveals the society’s disgust and condescension to her body weight. According to the title, this is a memoir of Gay’s body that chronicles the horrors and humiliating encounters the author had to face over the years. “Hunger” is an unapologetic, challenging, and deeply moving account of a fat woman caught in the web of unrealistic body expectations in a fat-hating world. It is an exploration of the ways in which language, desire, and trauma shape human experiences and construct our reality.
The “Bad Feminist” author shares a story of haunting, disturbing encounters. The memoir deals with incidents of her rape, overeating, and her struggles with her public and private identities. Besides reflecting a society’s impossible body standards, the narrative of “Hunger” tells us a story of discipline and control the author could claim over herself. It is a book of perseverance amidst a world of lost hopes.
At the very beginning of the book, Gay warns that the book “is not a story of triumph” and “not a weight-loss memoir”. But “Hunger” is an inspirational account of a black woman who learns to value her voice both despite and because of her body. Gay’s memoir is a story of an ongoing struggle of millions like her. The beauty is that the book is not wrathful, but a kind and compassionate tale of her resilience and bravery.
Los Angeles Times writes, “”Bracingly vivid… Remarkable… Undestroyed, unruly, unfettered, Ms. Gay, live your life. We are all better for having you do so in the same ferociously honest fashion that you have written this book.”USA Today writes in a review, “”Her spare prose, written with a raw grace, heightens the emotional resonance of her story, making each observation sharper, each revelation more riveting… It is a thing of raw beauty.”People magazine writes in a review of “Hunger”, “Roxane Gay is the brilliant girl-next-door: your best friend and your sharpest critic… She is by turns provocative, chilling, hilarious; she is also required reading.”