[[ 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 wa 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 wh 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 ou 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 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. 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 rea 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 lis 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 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 I The Debt to Pleasure by John Lancaster was an accidental type of book Something that you just stumble across It s not the type of book that you frequently hear being recommended, which is disappointing to me.I guess I should warn you, the book is about food but it is also about horror Two subjects I find that are often blended together This is a revenge tale, but 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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