[[ Epub ]] ❥ The Debt to Pleasure Author John Lanchester – Turboville.co.uk

I wanted to love this book It was highly recommended by a co worker who is one of only a few passionate readers I know in real life The writing style was elaborate and pretentious, the sentences overlong, rambling and wordy Many passages were darkly humorous and the food descriptions were mouth watering The main character was clearly disturbed If you are paying enough attention I wasn t always , then you will find clues early on as to how disturbed he is Yet, I am not interested enough in I wanted to love this book It was highly recommended by a co worker who is one of only a few passionate readers I know in real life The writing style was elaborate and pretentious, the sentences overlong, rambling and wordy Many passages were darkly humorous and the food descriptions were mouth watering The main character was clearly disturbed If you are paying enough attention I wasn t always , then you will find clues early on as to how disturbed he is Yet, I am not interested enough in continuing At this stage, I ll skim quickly to the end so I can at least attempt to have an intelligent discussion with my co worker and then move on to somethingengaging One of my favorite books of all time the writing is wonderful, as long as you are okay with a tendency toward the stream of consciousness style and the use of a lot of big words As off putting as that may sound, Lanchester never misuses words I just had to mention it because a friend said this is why he didn t like the book So yes there are some words you MAY have to look up.I go back and re read this book all the time He gets the tone of the effete foodie just right. Quirky and inventive novel, which is well worth the effort of persisting with the pompous and irritating narrator Tarquin Winot is a foodie and is not all that he seems The blurb on the back of the book indicates that Also anyone who changes hia name from Rodney to Tarquin does have identity problems It is a sort of Mrs Beeton meets American Psycho The food talk is actually very interesting and Lanchester clearly knows his stuff he ought to as he has been a restaurant critic for the Observ Quirky and inventive novel, which is well worth the effort of persisting with the pompous and irritating narrator Tarquin Winot is a foodie and is not all that he seems The blurb on the back of the book indicates that Also anyone who changes hia name from Rodney to Tarquin does have identity problems It is a sort of Mrs Beeton meets American Psycho The food talk is actually very interesting and Lanchester clearly knows his stuff he ought to as he has been a restaurant critic for the Observer The recipes sound delicious and seductive the ragu, Irish Stew and ratatouille stand out Tarquin is a marvellous literary creation and Lanchaester has his snobbery just right He compares the English penchant for having mint sauce with Lamb to their penchant for flagellation and cryptic crosswords not a juxtaposition that had ever occured to me before Is Tarquin and unreliable narrator I think it may besubtle than that he is a seductive narrator He builds the layers gradually an aesthete, but he draws in rather than misleads It is clear from early on that our narrator is seriously disturbed and you can see the ending from some distance There is a facination wondering if you know what he is really up to and how he s going to achieve his goal Note to Mr Easton Ellis less isand works better This is a clever study of the seriously deranged, surrounded by lush descriptions of the French countryside and its cuisine The novel flows easily and is very well written It is original and interesting Tarquin Winot, the snobby Francophile who narrates John Lanchester s debut novel, has a voice reminiscent of Oliver in Julian Barnes s Talking It Over and Love etc His opinionated, verbose speech provides much of the book s wit This is not a conventional cookbook, the first line warns, but a foodie s tribute to the traditional English and French dishes that compose the best seasonal menus For winter he suggests blinis with sour cream and caviar, Irish stew and Queen of Puddings Spring prom Tarquin Winot, the snobby Francophile who narrates John Lanchester s debut novel, has a voice reminiscent of Oliver in Julian Barnes s Talking It Over and Love etc His opinionated, verbose speech provides much of the book s wit This is not a conventional cookbook, the first line warns, but a foodie s tribute to the traditional English and French dishes that compose the best seasonal menus For winter he suggests blinis with sour cream and caviar, Irish stew and Queen of Puddings Spring prompts variations on the theme of lamb lamb and apricots are one of those combinations which exist together in a relation that is not just complementary but that seems to partake of a higher order of inevitability a taste which exists in the mind of God, he rhapsodizes And yes, he includes recipes.But as we travel with Tarquin from Portsmouth to Provence we begin to learnabout this peculiar character through the memories the dishes elicit about his Irish nanny, his sculptor brother s boarding school years, and so on Lanchester very subtly introduces notes of doubt about the narrator s reliability, until we have to wonder how much his tale resembles Patrick S skind s Perfume or Patricia Highsmith s The Talented Mr Ripley I might have preferred an epilogue that gets outside Tarquin s head and gives some objective facts, but that s a minor quibble about an otherwise deliciously clever, sinuous novel Winner Of The Whitbread Award For Best First Novel And A New York Times Notable Book, The Debt To Pleasure Is A Wickedly Funny Ode To Food Traveling From Portsmouth To The South Of France, Tarquin Winot, The Book S Snobbish Narrator, Instructs Us In His Philosophy On Everything From The Erotics Of Dislike To The Psychology Of The Menu Under The Guise Of Completing A Cookbook, Winot Is In Fact On A Much Sinister Mission That Only Gradually Comes To Light For many years I would have told anyone who would listen that this was my favorite book, or at least one of my favorite books, of all time I m sure if you unearthed my ancient, cobwebbed MySpace profile even my FRIENDSTER profile, for God s sake this book would have been front and center in my What I Like area That said, I realized recently it had been over a decade since I read it last and I should probably check in and see if I even liked it at all any.GUYS, I DO I REALLY, REALLY DO For many years I would have told anyone who would listen that this was my favorite book, or at least one of my favorite books, of all time I m sure if you unearthed my ancient, cobwebbed MySpace profile even my FRIENDSTER profile, for God s sake this book would have been front and center in my What I Like area That said, I realized recently it had been over a decade since I read it last and I should probably check in and see if I even liked it at all any.GUYS, I DO I REALLY, REALLY DO.If you are fan of unreliable, difficult narrators I am then this book is for you If you are fan of food, cooking, or have ever referred to yourself as, or had others refer to you as, a foodie , even better This book makes me LAUGH and it also makes me cringe, and it bums me out, and it scares me It s just fun, and dark, and smart.NB Don t skim It occasionally gets hard not to, he s a verbose guy, but the story unfolds in surprise fits and starts, sometimes with a shocking sentence buried in the middle of nowhere I read about this book on the web as I was googling Iain Pears what a lucky coincidence This is an incrediby original and engrossing book a monologue by one of the most colorful, eccentric and deranged fictional characters I have come across in a very long time The narrator is a food critic and incidentally a madman, with an irresistible sense of humor, quite a combination He peppers his life narrative with some interesting recipes and menus Of course, as he gets caught up in his story, th I read about this book on the web as I was googling Iain Pears what a lucky coincidence This is an incrediby original and engrossing book a monologue by one of the most colorful, eccentric and deranged fictional characters I have come across in a very long time The narrator is a food critic and incidentally a madman, with an irresistible sense of humor, quite a combination He peppers his life narrative with some interesting recipes and menus Of course, as he gets caught up in his story, the truth becomes clearer, a very chilling truth at that What a delicious, sick, twisted, and unique book this was Let me try to describe OK first of all, it is a work of fiction I mean, I sure hope it is It s a psychological expose, wrapped in a memoir, wrapped in a cookbook.Got that It sounds like it makes no sense, but it all fits together once you get into it The narrator thinks he s writing a cookbook, but he admits up front that there are liberal amounts of memoir thrown in there stories about his childhood, his current life, his thou What a delicious, sick, twisted, and unique book this was Let me try to describe OK first of all, it is a work of fiction I mean, I sure hope it is It s a psychological expose, wrapped in a memoir, wrapped in a cookbook.Got that It sounds like it makes no sense, but it all fits together once you get into it The narrator thinks he s writing a cookbook, but he admits up front that there are liberal amounts of memoir thrown in there stories about his childhood, his current life, his thoughts on life, art, and people So there s a lot about food, but there s evenabout his life and thoughts.Then it starts getting creepier and creepier and creepier He starts letting details slip that indicate that he is not the most stable person Eventually, slowly, you realize he is a total psychopath.Besides what I think is a totally genius concept, the narrator is a true character think Ignatius Reilly from A Confederacy of Dunces Actually, the book this most reminded me of in terms of tone is Muriel Barbary s The Elegance of the Hedgehog Our book club read this, and it was one of those books that you either loved or hated I loved it, and loved this book too, so let Elegance be a guideline to you Due to the main character s personality uber intellectual, condescending of everyone but himself, but extremely clever and witty I definitely think this book would not appeal to everyone But for those it does appeal to, it s a rare treat I thoroughly savored reading this weirdo s snooty, opinionated, off kilter thoughts on various things Very funny, very clever, and very very dark It s impossible to say much about the book without giving everything away So it s probably best to give a few quotes to give an idea of this monstrous ego I myself have always disliked being called a genius It is fascinating to notice how quick people have been to intuit this aversion and avoid using the term Notice the difference between the things for which French aristocrats are remembered the Vicomte de Chateaubriand s cut of fillet, the Very funny, very clever, and very very dark It s impossible to say much about the book without giving everything away So it s probably best to give a few quotes to give an idea of this monstrous ego I myself have always disliked being called a genius It is fascinating to notice how quick people have been to intuit this aversion and avoid using the term Notice the difference between the things for which French aristocrats are remembered the Vicomte de Chateaubriand s cut of fillet, the Marquis de B chameil s sauce and the inventions for which Britain remembers its defunct eminences the cardigan, the wellington, the sandwich I could forgive her many things, but his Welshness is hard to bear If you love an unreliable narrator, Tarquin Winot is in the gold medal category Highly recommended.4.5 stars There is next to nothing I can say about this book without dropping spoilers It s so dark and disturbing that I would usually say it isn t my kind of story at all And yet it s so incredibly well done, and so sneaky in how it introduces and builds its full seamy horror, that I can only bow down before John Lanchester in deep admiration Ten years after reading it, I can recall the mood, the narrative tone, and some images I ll probably never forget So perhaps read at your own risk but I hig There is next to nothing I can say about this book without dropping spoilers It s so dark and disturbing that I would usually say it isn t my kind of story at all And yet it s so incredibly well done, and so sneaky in how it introduces and builds its full seamy horror, that I can only bow down before John Lanchester in deep admiration Ten years after reading it, I can recall the mood, the narrative tone, and some images I ll probably never forget So perhaps read at your own risk but I highly recommend this weird little gem The Debt to Pleasure


About the Author: John Lanchester

John Lanchester is the author of four novels and three books of non fiction He was born in Germany and moved to Hong Kong He studied in UK He is a regular contributor to The New Yorker and was awarded the 2008 E.M Forster Award He lives in London.


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