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The Debt To Pleasure John Lanchester

The Debt To Pleasure By John Lanchester

The Debt To Pleasure by John Lanchester


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Summary

Winner of the Whitbread First Novel Award 1996

The Debt To Pleasure Summary

The Debt To Pleasure by John Lanchester

With an introduction by John Banville

Winner of the Whitbread First Novel Award 1996.

To like something is to want to ingest it and, in that sense, is to submit to the world; to like something is to succumb, in a small but contentful way, to death.

Tarquin Winot - hedonist, food obsessive, ironist and snob - travels a circuitous route from the Hotel Splendide in Portsmouth to his cottage in Provence. Along the way he tells the story of his childhood and beyond through a series of delectable menus, organized by season. But this is no ordinary cookbook, and as we are drawn into Tarquin's world, a far more sinister mission slowly reveals itself . . .

Winner of the 1996 Whitbread First Novel Award, John Lanchester's The Debt to Pleasure is a wickedly funny ode to food; an erotic and sensual culinary journey. Its elegant, intelligent and unhinged narrator is nothing less than a work of art himself.

The Debt To Pleasure Reviews

The chilling, deluded Tarquin is the best character to come out of an English novel since Charles Dickens put pen to paper * Tatler *
Reading between the lines to discover what Tarquin is up to is enormous, sinister fun . . .dazzling, languidly brilliant, his verbal flourishes are irresistible -- James Walton * Daily Telegraph *
A fully achieved work of art . . .a triumph. You have to salute the real thing. The Debt to Pleasure is a major work, a supreme literary construct that's also deliriously entertaining. Even the recipes are gorgeously seductive; several pages of my copy are flecked with stains of ragu and ratatouille to mark the moments when I could stand temptation no more -- John Walsh * Independent *
Coruscatingly, horribly funny . . . a cunning commentary on art, appetite, jealousy and failure. Tarquin is a splendid creation, genuinely learned (the scholarship is dazzling), poisonously bigoted and wholly mad -- John Banville * Observer *
Entertaining, crafty and insouciantly macabre . . . a glittering performance that . . . provides the pleasure that comes from good writing. The Debt to Pleasure is Nabokovian in its wrynessand delight with words * New York Times *

About John Lanchester

John Lanchester is a British journalist and novelist. His critically-acclaimed first novel, The Debt to Pleasure, won the Whitbread First Novel Award.

John Lanchester was born in Hamburg in 1962. He has written four novels,The Debt to Pleasure (which won the Whitbread First Novel Award), Mr Phillips, Fragrant Harbour, and Capital, and two works of non-fiction: Family Romance, a memoir; and Whoops!: Why everyone owes everyone and no one can pay, a book about the global financial crisis. He is married, has two children and lives in London.

Additional information

GOR006496990
9781447275381
1447275381
The Debt To Pleasure by John Lanchester
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Pan Macmillan
2015-01-01
240
Winner of Whitbread First Novel Award 1997 (UK) Winner of Betty Trask Award 1996 (UK)
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
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