Gourmet Rhapsody

by Muriel Barbery | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 1933372958 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingeponine38wing of Winchester, Massachusetts USA on 5/27/2017
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Journal Entry 1 by wingeponine38wing from Winchester, Massachusetts USA on Saturday, May 27, 2017
Received from a PaperBackSwap member to offer as a belated birthday gift.

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In the heart of Paris, in the posh building made famous in The Elegance of the Hedgehog, Pierre Athens, the greatest food critic in the world, is dying. Revered by some and reviled by many, Monsieur Arthens has been lording it over the world's most esteemed chefs for years, passing judgment on their creations, deciding their fates with a stroke of his pen, destroying and building reputations on a whim. But now, during these his final hours, his mind has turned to simpler things. He is desperately searching for that singular flavor, that sublime something once sampled, never forgotten, the Flavor par excellence. Indeed, this flamboyant and self-absorbed man desires only one thing before he dies: one last taste.

Thus begins a charming voyage that traces the career of Monsieur Arthens from childhood to maturity across a celebration of all manner of culinary delights. Alternating with the voice of the supercilious Arthens is a chorus belonging to his acquaintances and familiars' relatives, lovers, a would-be protégé, even a cat. Each will have his or her say about M. Arthens, a man who has inspired only extreme emotions in people. Here, as in The Elegance of Hedgehog, Muriel Barbery's story celebrates life's simple pleasures and sublime moments while condemning the arrogance and vulgarity of power.

Journal Entry 2 by wingeponine38wing at Brookline, Massachusetts USA on Saturday, May 27, 2017

Released 2 yrs ago (5/27/2017 UTC) at Brookline, Massachusetts USA

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I plan on handing this to Gory at this afternoon's meetup.

Happy Belated Birthday and I hope you like it!

Journal Entry 3 by wingGoryDetailswing at Brookline, Massachusetts USA on Sunday, May 28, 2017
Thanks so much for the wishlist book! This one's a kind of prequel to Elegance of the Hedgehog, which I enjoyed very much. Looking forward to reading this one!

Later: Similarly breezy style, different-viewpoints narrative here - with cat, always a nice touch. There are dysfunctional relationships, snarky commentary, and delectable meals - and end-of-life musings about what's important...

Released 1 yr ago (3/16/2018 UTC) at Little Free Library, 153 Hawthorne Rd. in Waltham, Massachusetts USA

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I left this book in the Little Free Library; hope someone enjoys it!

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*** Released for the 2018 Keep Them Moving release challenge. ***

*** Released for the 2018 Wine+Food Release Challenge. ***

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