The Vegetarian isn’t really about a vegetarian or vegetarianism. This book is about control. Control of our bodies, our minds, our sexual desires, our identities, even our very existence.
As the crowd swelled, it became difficult to determine who had been served and who hadn't. Another volunteer turned to me. "How do we decide who gets sandwiches?" I said, "You can't control that. These men are coming to us for free food. If they are asking, they must be hungry."