The Story of Shit by Midas Dekkers - #BOOKREVIEW

Understandably, when I first saw the title of this book, I thought it must have something to do with shit…as in “stuff”, not literal poop!

Even though it wasn’t exactly what I was expecting, I did enjoy it. We spend a lot of time focused on following the right diet, getting enough exercise and limiting stress but we don’t focus on our insides enough. The machine has to work right on the inside for us to feel and look good.

I live with an autoimmune disease which has guided my lifestyle for the last several years so I can maintain my best health, and the one important fact that I keep seeing a link to is digestion!

It’s not a pretty topic and quite frankly, it stinks but we have to eliminate it in order to glow!

Whether you feel great or are looking for a fun way to understand your insides and how they work, this is a great read!

Description

"Shows Dekkers once again to be in possession of a golden pen." —New Scientist

A witty, fascinating look at something we generally prefer not to look too closely at.

We are very discreet. We disappear into a private 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?

The Story of Shit 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 humor and a compelling narrative style, Midas 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 United States and now lives in the Netherlands.


Early Praise

‘Entertaining, amusing, educational and revealing…Sitting on the toilet will never be the same.’—ArtsHub

‘A funny but earnest investigation—part social history, biology lesson and cultural study—that takes Chaucerian delight in the subject.’—Sydney Morning Herald

‘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

‘[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

‘It is such a wondrous thing when a scientist can explain facts in a humorous, straightforward and thrilling fashion.’—Toowoomba Chronicle

‘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 Scientist

‘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

‘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

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 United States and now lives in the Netherlands.

I’d love to hear your thoughts if you’ve already read it!