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The Big Necessity: 05/19/19
The Big Necessity by Rose George is about human waste and pluming or the lack of pluming. The thesis of the book is that a lot can be discerned about a culture by how they handle their shit.
Each chapter is set in a different country and looks at a different solution. In Japan she overs the smart toilets and their failure to make inroads into the United States. In England she looks at the London sewers and the troubles with keeping old pipes flowing. In India she looks at the vast pollution problem and the caste system.
I came to this book wanting something different — something more technical and less smug travelogue. A third of the world has no access to a toilet, latrine or other sanitary solution, the book's focus is too disjointed to really drive that point home. Instead the chapters divide up into solutions the author is comfortable with and things she's not.