The Debt to Pleasure

The Debt to Pleasure

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By (author) John Lanchester


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  • Publisher: PICADOR
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 196mm x 16mm | 100g
  • Publication date: 7 March 1997
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0330344552
  • ISBN 13: 9780330344555
  • Sales rank: 48,646

Product description

Snobbish Tarquin Winot sets out on a journey of the senses from the Hotel Splendide in Portsmouth to his cottage in Provence. As he travels, he introduces his life through the medium of four seasonal menus, voicing his opinions on a range of subjects

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By Penny Cunningham 18 Mar 2013 2

Very very wordy, long winded and meandering. quite witty I suppose but far too abstract for my tastes.

Review quote

" The Debt to Pleasure has no flaws. It is witty, frequently hilarious, and wicked." -- "The Boston Globe"

Editorial reviews

Snobbish, epicurean Tarquin Winot dictates his biography in the course of a journey from Portsmouth to Provence, gradually letting slip the clues to his dark purpose. This dazzling debut novel is a box of tricks containing, among other things, a recondite cookbook, a family chronicle and a veiled confession. Not since Vladimir Nabokov sang the praises of Lolita has such an unpleasant narrator been so enjoyable to read. Intelligent, well crafted entertainment. (Kirkus UK)