What It's Like To Starve In Writing
March 16, 2012 9:47 PM Subscribe
I need the most accurate or visceral or affecting or convincing description of starvation written.
posted by jitterbug perfume to writing & language (27 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
Not something medical, something firsthand. Doesn't matter the reason for starvation; could be forced, trapped in the woods, anorexia, medical illness, anything. It just needs to get the feeling across and be well-written.
I'm speaking of actual starvation, not "Omg it's lunch, I'm starving!" - the process of the body starving to death, the physical sensations and pains, the emotions, the whole shebang. There were great visual examples of this in the the movie Into the Wild. Just for reference for what I'm looking for. I'm sure someone will recommend the book to me, and I appreciate that - however, I'm looking for shorter reads.