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Sweetness #9: A Novel (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Stephan Eirik Clark

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"Funny and moving. After this, nothing will ever taste the same again."--T.C. Boyle

"Sweetness #9 does for flavor science and its sweetly dangerous concoctions what White Noise did for chemical transportation and airborne toxic events--that is, makes them real enough to produce legitimate anxiety and funny enough to make you fall off the couch."--Keith Lee Morris, author of The Dart League King

"Sweetness #9 is funny but still human, entertaining but also illuminating, smart but not smug, thought-provoking without lecturing: it's a rare book that does all this at once, and does it so well."--Caitlin Horrocks, author of This Is Not Your City

"A truly gifted writer, Stephan Eirik Clark writes with an inventiveness and artistry that few can match."--Ben Fountain, author of Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

"Haunting and hilarious, Sweetness #9 is so compelling that it made me throw the maraschino cherries in the trash and run out to buy organic greens. That's how sucked in I was by Stephan Eirik Clark's sly, bold version of our modern world, where nature and falseness vie for supremacy, and nothing can taste sweet enough, vivid enough, for children intoxicated by the tang of chemicals. This book offers us something amazing, with the startling ring of truth: the fact that not knowing where our food comes from is inexorably linked to not knowing who we are."--Stacey Richter, author of Twin Study

"Sweetness #9 is that rare thing: an intelligent page-turner. Read this book for its whip-smart prose, its thoughtful characters, and its sharp observations about the synthetic (and authentic) aspects of modern life."--Karl Iagnemma, author of On the Nature of Human Romantic Interaction

"This debut novel is a hilarious take down of an industry more interested in getting us to buy its products than in selling us good food. Essential for fans of Christopher Buckley's Thank You for Smoking."--Library Journal

"The energetic mixture of laughter and revulsion, outrage and dismay, fact and fiction, skewer a food industry that provides neither food nor sustenance and damages us in ways we are just beginning to fathom."--Publishers Weekly

"All Hail Stephan Eirik Clark! He writes with terrific gusto, insight, and compassion."--Ken Kalfus, author of Equilateral

"A comic novel that brims with insight and imagination. Stephan Eirik Clark casts a sharp eye on our addiction to simple solutions and quick fixes."--Laila Lalami, author of Secret Son

"So smart, so funny, and totally entertaining. Nothing on the dinner table escapes Stephan Clark's incisive wit--and that's only the beginning."--Bonnie Nadzam, author of Lamb

"Sweetness #9 is a Trojan Horse of brilliant, social critique hiding in a sugar packet. A dysfunctional family, a fantastic sense of history and presence, dire cultural portents - with so many addictive hooks... Like Gary Shteyngart, Clark writes with bombastic color and satirical sweetness. It's an exciting time for new American authors; Clark uses vantage points towering and small to create a treasure of complex ideas."

Zane Jungman, Austin-American Statesman

"The pitch-perfect first half of the novel demonstrates that Clark is not only an adept stylist...but possesses a flair for pacing....Comparisons to Don Delillo's White Noise aptly signal Clark's ability to, like Delillo, cast fearful question onto the most basic and unavoidable structures of our daily modern lives (and hint at the deft homage to Delillo's masterpiece built into the plot's final turns)."--The Huffington Post

"Set in the world of fake flavorings, a snappy satire with plenty of bite."--O, The Oprah Magazine

"This funny, provocative novel examines the grievous consequences of living in denial about what we eat."--New York Times

"Positively fresh and unique.... SWEETNESS #9 is a family story, a corporate thriller and delicious entertainment. It's also very much a social commentary that entices us into taking a closer look at what we eat....High-calorie food for the brain wrapped in a mouth-wateringly delicious morality tale."--Chicago Tribune

"Clark's lively and funny debut is set in the world of food flavorists sparring over an artificial sweetener....SWEETNESS #9 convincingly argues that food may be the last truly mass culture we have....A fast-moving, witty satire."--Minneapolis Star Tribune

"A scary/funny/tender/thought-provoking novel"--St. Paul Pioneer Press

"SWEETNESS #9 is a Trojan Horse of brilliant, social critique hiding in a sugar packet. A dysfunctional family, a fantastic sense of history and presence, dire cultural portents -- with so many addictive hooks "Sweetness #9" refuses to be ignored.... Like Gary Shteyngart, Clark writes with bombastic color and satirical sweetness. It's an exciting time for new American authors; Clark uses vantage points towering and small to create a treasure of complex ideas." --Austin American Statesman

"If the best social satire makes the bitter pill of truth easier to swallow, SWEETNESS #9 coats it with something better than sugar. This debut novel by Clark shows up our national obsession with instant gratification as both poisonous and desirable, and very, very funny."--Boston Globe

"SWEETNESS #9 is as American as an apple pie deep-fried in artificial sugar....This is a story of a man who wants nothing more than the American Dream for himself and his family but has to live with the crushing feeling of being responsible for the decay of the American condition. Though funny, SWEETNESS #9 presents in every way an America tragedy."--Boston Herald

"You know how they say you reap what you sow? Well, let's just say Clark's delightfully twisted, funny tale about a man coming to believe that an artificial sweetener he developed is the source of many modern-day troubles will make fans of Sam Lipsyte quite happy."--Flavorwire

"Clark takes the Levereaux family to the brink of the absurd and then reels them back to consider the ramifications of a world getting fatter and fatter... Clark turns a dystopian nightmare into a comic romp through the dark side of the American dream.―San Diego City Beat

"Sweetness #9 is a surprisingly gentle story about the passage of time, and Clark leads us through the years to a poignant ending that satisfyingly pulls at the heart. For a story about artificial sweeteners, and trying to understand where to draw the line between the confusion of the head and the gut, it's fully rewarding. Bittersweet, even."―Minnesota Monthly

"Sweetness #9 hits that seriously sweet spot between speculative and literary fiction--the place where writers like Margaret Atwood live. Put this on the must-read list."―Sacramento News and Review

Présentation de l'éditeur

"Funny and moving. After this, nothing will ever taste the same again."--T. C. Boyle

It's 1973, and David Leveraux has landed his dream job as a Flavorist-in-Training, working in the secretive industry where chemists create the flavors for everything from the cherry in your can of soda to the butter on your popcorn.

While testing a new artificial sweetener--"Sweetness #9"--he notices unusual side-effects in the laboratory rats and monkeys: anxiety, obesity, mutism, and a generalized dissatisfaction with life. David tries to blow the whistle, but he swallows it instead.

Years later, Sweetness #9 is America's most popular sweetener--and David's family is changing. His wife is gaining weight, his son has stopped using verbs, and his daughter suffers from a generalized dissatisfaction with life. Is Sweetness #9 to blame, along with David's failure to stop it? Or are these just symptoms of the American condition?

David's search for an answer unfolds in this expansive novel that is at once a comic satire, a family story, and a profound exploration of our deepest cultural anxieties. Wickedly funny and wildly imaginative, Sweetness #9 questions whether what we eat truly makes us who we are.

Détails sur le produit

  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 2177 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 353 pages
  • Editeur : Little, Brown and Company (19 août 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00MC3YUS6
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 The flavor of Stephan Clark’s writing in SWEETNESS #9 has whetted my appetite for more. 19 août 2014
Par Ryan J. Dejonghe - Publié sur Amazon.com
Here’s what I love about SWEETNESS #9: introducing me to Stephan Eirik Clark. His storytelling has a special flavor (sorry about that pun) that is fascinating and stands on its own. As the story progressed over decades of time, I felt the characters change. I wasn’t just a witness, but I could sympathize and feel. As a reader, I was involved with the characters making realistic connections along the way, especially true with protagonist David Leveraux.

The scariest story is that which mirrors reality. Clark often had me researching sweeteners and flavorings, including scanning through congressional reports. The best type of writing spawns action. And yes, while some readers may find certain final elements “preachy”, the narrative serves as a springboard for conversation. I think this is great.

The writing was so realistic that the final footnote convinced me to Tweet to the author asking for more information. And I do want to know more. (The author replied, "...and the question about the last footnote. I can't say any more.")

This is an interesting fictional work that goes well with non-fictional works like FAST FOOD NATION. The story element of SWEETNESS #9 offers several interesting facets: from personal and business details to the more global historic aspects. There’s liberty taken to enhance (again, sorry for the pun) the actual, real-life details, but it makes the pages flip all the faster.

I enjoyed all the author’s included elements, both miniscule and widespread. It all served to make an excellent reading package. Yes, some of the diet structures may skirt the boundaries of comfort, but that’s part of why I read: to question and to learn. Overall, this is a great book and is something that has whetted my appetite (sorry, last pun…maybe) for more.

Thanks Little, Brown for providing this electronically for my review.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Amazingly Well Written and Very Humorous Satire! 5 septembre 2014
Par Eric Selby - Publié sur Amazon.com
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When I heard Terry Gross interviewing Stephan Eirik Clark about his new—and first—novel, “Sweetness #9,” it was a must for me to read. And I have spent most of that reading time laughing. David Leveraux, the protagonist and narrator, is that interesting mix of British and American (also the mix of the author) who, in the 70s, that era of Nixon and the rising of the fast food industry, is fresh out of graduate school and newly married and has been launched as an Apprentice Flavor Chemist at a huge flavor production house with the requisite three word name: Goldstein, Olivetti, and Dark! (Those names alone tell the read this is going to be wonderful satire, right?)
Unlike his wounded-in-Vietnam colleague, nicknamed Hickey, who works with monkeys, David works, of course, with rats. And it is while he is testing Sweetness #9 (Sweet ‘n Low? Equal?) he become aware—he is a great observer—of some rather unsettling side-effects in both the rats and the monkeys. But being a new employee and eager to rise in the company, naturally he keeps what he has observed to himself.
Of course prior to this David did just happen to do something a little unprofessional: he took samples out of the lab and soon his sweet little wife was hooked. And as a result, David, who was a virgin for far too many years (maybe because of the licorice he’d devoured over the years as noted in one of the many humorous footnotes), has become a father. But the family changes are upsetting. His wife gains weight. His daughter is depressed. And his son stopped using verbs. (Try that one!) Did Sweetness #9 cause these problems? Or are these simply the symptoms of something more American?
This is such a wonderful piece of dark satire, right up there with Joshua Ferris.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Funny, funny, funny (but also a warning about the crap we eat) 5 novembre 2014
Par Clutter Hater - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
This is a hugely funny story. I read some of it on a long plane trip and sat there laughing out loud. Even though it's funny, it's also disgusting because it shows how we are led around "by the nose" by money-hungry corporations. You'll laugh but you'll also think that maybe you should check out what's in that dinner you're going to eat. If this author writes another book I will order it immediately
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Interesting but Cold 26 septembre 2014
Par katie lyle - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Interesting and scary ideas prevail in this book. But it does have a peculiarly cold-blooded outlook behind the story, which was not appealing to me. All the characters shared in this -- it is like the story continued, and one was interested in continuintg, but never cared much about any of the characters, including the narrator. There's no emotion. But the story is compelling!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Psychology funland! 4 mars 2015
Par Neseriani - Publié sur Amazon.com
Easy, fantastic read if you enjoy a dark humor and satire. My favorite parts revolved around the character development and family dysfunction. There seems to be not much to like about the main character, David, like how he just seems to be really judgmental about his wife's weight issues. I would start to get mad at him, like 'come on, David, that's not how you treat your lady', and then remember that it's fiction/satire. This is a parallel to certain people's perception and dysfunction in society as well. So it's a discussion. There were things that were endearing about his nature as well; he was very human. There were many conversation pieces that could be had on a variety of societal issues such as mental health perceptions, gun violence, effects of war on society, suicide, work place norms, parenting, spousal relationships, and the list goes on aside from the obvious health topics. Many stories are told in real life that offer only a small window into an issue, and then it's up to you how you will perceive it. There is a lot of 'open-endedness' here as well. The book also ends with multiple questions unanswered! So I deeply appreciated 'the gray' because it honestly reflects how our answers and perceptions on food are extremely varied family to family and culture to culture. This is an action packed discussion book. Loved it!
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