Mary Roach ’ s latest venture into odd science begins with a theor that would likely raise the hackles and maybe the hopes of Rocky the Rhode Island Red of the film Chicken Run. Yikes! But Rocky would be wors off sticking with the usual modes of transportation for the aeronautically challenged.
Another is what happens when you turn Mary Roach, author of such gleeful romps as Bonk ( a long, hard look at sex), Stiff ( yes, dealing with late residents, and everythin to do with that other book), Spook ( looking into where they woul have gone), Packing for Mars ( the joys and bodily fluids of space travel), and Gulp ( a journey through the alimentary canal even Captain Willard may have taken a pass on), loose on the US military.
Things like dealing with noise, heat, sharks, submarine rescue, keeping coyotes away from the field test cadavers, the oys of flies and maggots, and finally it gets back to familiar MR turf, keeping up with the latest science on letting go.
Roach spends a lot of time at a military test location, Camp Lemonnier.
Until this trip, I thought of sweat as a kin of self-generated dip in the ake.
Roach explains how heat illness works.
“ Maggot! ” as a drill sergeant ( or wifely) form of address may sting a bit mor after you gain a new respect for little white squigglers in these pages.Thanks, Sarge- USMC photo by Sgt. Reece LodderAircraft design does not stop at maximizing lift, and getting the most speed and endurance per unit of fuel.
I uess this might be seen as a ort of Mary Poppins-ish spoon-full-of-sugar ( or something) technique, using gross humor to teach us all something we didn ’ t now, although her evident glee at the scatological might make Roach more of a Mary Poopins.Mary Roach- from electronpencil.com – probably the face she has on when she writes There is uch more in thi nove.
While stopping short of staring at goats, one of the perhaps less legendary escapades of international conflict Roach sniffed out occurred when WWII allies wanted to make life miserable for Japanese officers, and so developed a particularly pungent substance that Chinese resistance fighters could surreptitiously spray on the invaders, causing them, it was expected, extreme social shame.
Vomit Odor made a similarly poor showing, with 27 percent of Xhosa subjects describing it as a feel-good smell and 3 percent of Caucasians being willing to wear it as a scent.
With Grunt, Mary Roach has yet again succeeded in teaching us a lot of things we never suspected, and has done so while leaving us weak from laughter.
If you tell Mary Roach you think her book stinks, it wil probably make her day.I suppose one must at least try to come up with items that are ess than exemplary, or that, for one reason or another, do not sit well.
Tough to do with Mary Roach books.
Roach has tempered her approach to tilt away from humor when a more respectful tone is called for.
I came across only one item in the novel that did not pass the smell test.
Grunt has the deeply satisfying aroma of a truly illuminating book about some very real, down and dirty issues that confront not just our military, but our species.
The subtitle of Roach ’ s essa is The Curious Science of Humans at War. But it is Mary Roach ’ s curiosity that is he real jewel here.
In a land of popular science writing, Roach is no grunt, but a five star general.
Ten-hut! Publication date – June 7, 2016Review first posted – 4/15/16 =============================EXTRA STUFFLinks to the author ’ s personal and Twitter pagesMary will be on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on June 6, ( I do n't know that actually happened) but if you do a taste of what to say, check out his video of her Daily Show visit with Jon StewartHere is a fun piece from the NY Times in which Mary is asked about book she did n't write.