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The story Carnal Knowledge starts on the beach in California where Jim The main character in the story is reading a book when a mongrel dog named Alf empties his bladder on Jims chest Then as he gets ready to beat the beast he notices a beautiful woman approaching him After Alena Jorgensen introduced herself they went to her house so Jims shirt could be washed After a night of great sex Jim called off work thinking he would lie in bed having sex all day but he found himself at an animal rights protest They protestedall day and when a rich woman got out of her limo Jim screamed at her and called Her a Murderer Torturer Nazi Then the limo driver beat Jim into Unconsciousness After demonstrating at a few more rally Almena tells Jim that they are going to liberate some turkeysThe next morning Jim tells his boss that he has pancreatic cancer and they drive to San Joaquin Valley to meet a man named Rolfe They make their plans and at night drive to free the turkeys During the break Jim was separated from the others and they picked him up the next morning Alena told Jim that she was going with Rolf and that she would see him in a month or so then they went their separate ways On his way home Jim saw an accident with a semi truck full of turkeys and he said to himself Meat its only meat The author T Coraghessan Boyle showed in this story how a life can bealtered Jim had gone from being a normal thirty year old with a job and a regular meat eating life to being a radical liberalist All of this was done for a woman that I feel that the author did a fine job showing how stupid and man can be when he thinks he is in love with someone and he thinks that he
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