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    Funny Satirical Send up of our Weight Obsession

    Mark Rayner's latest is a satirical what-if regarding society's lack of acceptance for obesity: "What if we used the excuse of elevated health care costs (in Canada, where health care is public and free) to imprison overweight people until they could lose the weight?" While this sounds really mean on the surface, and asks us to imagine a Canada we wouldn't recognize, the amazing cast of characters and witty dialogue actually made it into a funny romp of a novel. Peppered with interstitials of weight loss facts and myths, it is also effective at making us reconsider many of our prejudices regarding weight. I'm sure many people will identify with the struggles of these characters and laugh despite themselves. Not to mention this novel is the return of Rayner's beloved Dr. Maximillian Tundra and the fictional town of Landon, Ontario. For some reason, this needless duplication of my hometown always makes me smile. Really enjoyable read.
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    A unique and satirical crusade

    Obese. Fat. Overweight, they all mean the same thing, and this story by Rayner brings the overweight into a new and large light. People being forced into joining Calorie Reduction Centre (CRC). If you're fat, that's where you go. Rayner brings humor and lightness into this condition where people are judge by what they weigh and how much or what they eat. And then, in between these chapters of the story, there are these "facts" about being overweight and once in a while, a quote brings it all back. "“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” ~Lao-tzu, The Way of Lao Tzu". Keelan is a great character, humorous, sarcastic and the main character who is just over that overweight mark. My favorite part is when he argues with a very skinny Brittany, about her being too thin and unhealthy.
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