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Muriel Barbery's debut novel offers the same refined prose as The Elegance of the Hedgehog. Pierre Arthen, renowned though self-absorbed food critic, lies on his death bed, remembering his life and searching for a "flavor" he can't recall. This emotional tale gives fans another taste of Barbery's exquisite writing.
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From the author of the New York Times bestseller, The Elegance of the Hedgehog.

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 protege, 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.

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"French novelist Barbery's sensuous first novel, being released here after the phenomenal success of her second novel, The Elegance of the Hedgehog, encompasses a series of witty reflections on the life and career of famous, unlovable French food critic Pierre Arthen, as he lies on his death bed desperate to recapture 'a forgotten flavor.' Lapsing through chapters into nostalgic memories of early, formative tastes, women and pets, Arthens reveals himself as a man driven by 'gastronomic ecstasies,' from his childhood impressions of eating grilled meat in Tangiers to summers gorging on fresh fish in Brittany. Alternating with these splendid remembrances are decidedly more salty commentary by his resentful children ('Die in your silk sheets, in your pasha's bed, in your bourgeois cage, die, die, die'); long-suffering wife, Anna; the exultant tramp outside his Paris apartment building whom he ignored for 10 years; even his faithful cat, Rick (named for the character in the film Casablanca). Barbery's debut, occasionally rough-edged and uneven in structure, showcases her lush and satisfying prose and sets the stage for what has come. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Barbery best expresses her talent, demonstrating sensitivity and profound understanding both of life's many flavors and of the ways of the human soul, with all its weaknesses and contradictions." Food & Beverage Magazine (Italy)

About the Author

Muriel Barbery was born in 1969 in Casablanca. She studied philosophy at the Ecole Normale Superieure and worked for many years as a philosophy teacher in France. Her New York Times bestselling novel The Elegance of the Hedgehog (Europa Editions 2008) has been published in over twenty languages. Barbery now lives in Japan and is working on a third novel.

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DebZ, January 25, 2012 (view all comments by DebZ)
Erotica for foodies. With a nod to Proust, Barbery's food critic, on his death bed, relives the finest joys and most poignant sorrows of his life through the emotion and memory that food evokes, all the while trying to remember that one taste...what was it? I needed a cigarette afterward, and I don't smoke.
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Marina Cramer, November 8, 2009 (view all comments by Marina Cramer)
Just in time for holiday overindulgence, this novel is a veritable feast of sensual food writing. Using a kaleidoscopic structure, shifting the narrative from one character to another, the reader is invited to participate in the search for the perfect food - a dying restaurant critic's final wish. In luxuriant, evocative prose that seems to stay in the mind the way a delectable flavor lingers on the palate, Barbery takes us on an unforgettable gustatory journey, revealing much about human interaction and, yes, the meaning of life.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781933372952
Author:
Barbery, Muriel
Publisher:
Europa Editions
Translator:
Anderson, Alison
Author:
Anderson, Alison
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Publication Date:
20090831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
8.44x5.12x.61 in. .51 lbs.
Age Level:
18-17

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"Staff Pick" by ,

Muriel Barbery's debut novel offers the same refined prose as The Elegance of the Hedgehog. Pierre Arthen, renowned though self-absorbed food critic, lies on his death bed, remembering his life and searching for a "flavor" he can't recall. This emotional tale gives fans another taste of Barbery's exquisite writing.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "French novelist Barbery's sensuous first novel, being released here after the phenomenal success of her second novel, The Elegance of the Hedgehog, encompasses a series of witty reflections on the life and career of famous, unlovable French food critic Pierre Arthen, as he lies on his death bed desperate to recapture 'a forgotten flavor.' Lapsing through chapters into nostalgic memories of early, formative tastes, women and pets, Arthens reveals himself as a man driven by 'gastronomic ecstasies,' from his childhood impressions of eating grilled meat in Tangiers to summers gorging on fresh fish in Brittany. Alternating with these splendid remembrances are decidedly more salty commentary by his resentful children ('Die in your silk sheets, in your pasha's bed, in your bourgeois cage, die, die, die'); long-suffering wife, Anna; the exultant tramp outside his Paris apartment building whom he ignored for 10 years; even his faithful cat, Rick (named for the character in the film Casablanca). Barbery's debut, occasionally rough-edged and uneven in structure, showcases her lush and satisfying prose and sets the stage for what has come. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Barbery best expresses her talent, demonstrating sensitivity and profound understanding both of life's many flavors and of the ways of the human soul, with all its weaknesses and contradictions."
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