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The Resource The Story of Shit

The Story of Shit

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The Story of Shit
Title
The Story of Shit
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Midas Dekkers ; translated from the Dutch by Nancy Forest-Flier
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eng
Summary
A masterful writing style that is not only unique in biology but without equal in the whole of Dutch literature. The Story of Shit shows Dekkers once again to be in possession of a golden pen.' New ScientistWe are very discreet. We disappear into a small room, perform the task, flush, wash and reappear as if nothing happened. Of course, hygiene is necessary—some faecal bacteria, if re-ingested, can cause very serious problems—and unpleasant aromas are best kept at bay.But in all this hygienic discretion have we lost touch with an integral part of ourselves—something as much a part of living as breathing, eating and sleeping? Something enriching, creative and even enjoyable.In The Story of Shit, Dutch biologist Midas Dekkers presents a personal, cultural, scientific, historical and environmental account of shit, from the digestive process and the fascinating workings of the gut, to the act of defecation and toilet etiquette. With irreverent humour and a compelling narrative style, Dekkers brings a refreshing, entertaining and illuminating perspective to a once-taboo subject.Midas Dekkers is a bestselling Dutch writer and biologist. His books include Physical Exercise, The Way of All Flesh, Dearest Pet and The Larva.Nancy Forest-Flier is a Dutch-to-English translator. She was educated in the USA and now lives in the Netherlands. 'Dekkers is a reservoir of knowledge (and shit). Fans of his humorous, distinctly European and meandering style of prose will enjoy The Story of Shit, which includes a collection of delightful black-and-white illustrations.' Australian'For those who aren't aware: we are not our brain, we are our gut. There is always that unmistakable Midas touch: his brilliant, sharp style makes it hard to suppress a laugh or a smile.' Medisch Contact'Dekkers doesn't hold back in his brimming history...You learn a lot...So, do I recommend a book that tells how the CIA tried using transmitters disguised as tiger turds to eavesdrop on the Viet Cong? Oh...faeces, yes.' New Zealand Listener'It is such a wondrous thing when a scientist can explain facts in a humorous, straightforward and thrilling fashion.' Toowoomba Chronicle'[A] remarkable foray into every aspect of diet, digestion and defecation...This is a fascinating, milestone work that should run out of bookshops like shit off a hot shovel.' GPSpeak'A funny but earnest investigation—part social history, biology lesson and cultural study—that takes Chaucerian delight in the subject.' Sydney Morning Herald'The Story of Shit is entertaining, amusing, educational and revealing...Sitting on the toilet will never be the same' ArtsHub'A fascinating, very funny look at something common to us all.' Daily Telegraph'[An] utterly unique, bizarre and interesting take on this universal-yet-taboo topic...Dekkers is an enthusiastic proponent of crap.' AU Review'Intestinal fortitude required. Prudes beware.' North & South 'Packed with humour..The Story of Shit is an enjoyable romp through culture, science, and history.' Australian Book Review
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We are very discreet. We disappear into a small room, perform the task, flush, wash and reappear as if nothing happened. Of course, hygiene is necessary - some faecal bacteria, if re-ingested, can cause very serious problems - and unpleasant aromas are best kept at bay. But in all this hygienic discretion have we lost touch with an integral part of ourselves - something as much a part of living as breathing, eating and sleeping? Something enriching, creative and even enjoyable. In The Story of Shit, Dutch biologist Midas Dekkers presents a personal, cultural, scientific, historical and environmental account of shit, from the digestive process and the fascinating workings of the gut, to the act of defecation and toilet etiquette. With irreverent humour and a compelling narrative style, Dekkers brings a refreshing, entertaining and illuminating perspective to a once-taboo subject
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ANL
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1946-
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  • Dekkers, Midas
  • Forest-Flier, Nancy
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illustrations
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index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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Forest-Flier, Nancy
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  • History
  • Science
  • Sociology
  • Nonfiction
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adult
Label
The Story of Shit
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Publication
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OVERDRIVE:86b55428-ef9d-43f0-9a1d-c9d5e7b46193
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
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electronic
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9781922253767
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optical disk
Label
The Story of Shit
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OVERDRIVE:86b55428-ef9d-43f0-9a1d-c9d5e7b46193
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
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electronic
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9781922253767
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optical disk

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