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A world-class chef and scholar extraordinaire (he calls himself an artist) of food and cuisine (not to mention manners, lore, and history in general), Winot hasn't lived a life that could be called underprivileged: With an ex-actress mother and an international- businessman father, both Winot and...| Read Full Review of The Debt to Pleasure: A Novel
But what lies between the lines gives the narrative its insidious fascination, for in his casual references to the accidental deaths of servants, a neighbor and various family members, Tarquin gives away his true character, suggested by his early statement that ""[t]here is an erotics of dislike....| Read Full Review of The Debt to Pleasure: A Novel
In the excruciatingly arch novel The Debt to Pleasure, the author former restaurant reviewer for the London Observer John Lanchester tries to eat his cake and have it, too.Apr 05 1996 | Read Full Review of The Debt to Pleasure: A Novel
The book opens innocuously on the eve of snobbish epicure Tarquin's Channel crossing to France, as he begins describing the first of the seasonal menus around which this story is structured.Aug 05 1996 | Read Full Review of The Debt to Pleasure: A Novel
Under the guise of completing a cookbook, Winot is in fact on a much more sinister mission that only gradually comes to light.
A gorgeous, dark, and sensuous book that is part cookbook, part novel, part eccentric philosophical treatise, reminiscent of perha...
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