The Book Of Salt

The Book Of Salt

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In a compelling novel that takes the reader on a strange journey from Indochina to Paris, the Vietnamese cook for Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas reveals his own fascinating story-Paris, 1934. Binh has accompanied his employers to the station for their departure to America. His own destination is unclear: will he go with his 'Mesdames', stay in France, or return to his native Vietnam? Binh fled his homeland in disgrace, leaving behind his malevolent charlatan of a father and his self-sacrificing mother. For five years, he has been the personal cook at the famous apartment on the rue de Fleurs. Binh is a lost soul, an exile and an alien, a man of musings, memories and possibly lies- Tastes, oceans, sweat, tears - The Book of Salt is a an inspired novel about food and exile, love and more

Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 130 x 196 x 18mm | 200g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099455455
  • 9780099455455
  • 176,529

Review quote

"It is beautifully written, a cooking up of love and self to feed the devouring appetites of Gerturde Stein and Alice B. Toklas that is nothing less than a masterpiece of delicate and -naturally- existentialist hedonism." -- Andro Linklater * The Spectator * "The Book of Salt reminded me of how thrilling really fine writing can be, and how rarely one sees it" -- Sarah Watersshow more

About Monique Truong

Monique Truong was born and raised in Vietnam, and moved to the US after the fall of Saigon. She was an intellectual property attorney in New York, but now devotes herself full-time to writing. Her short fiction and essays have been taught in universities across America. This is her first more

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"The Book of Salt reminded me of how thrilling really fine writing can be, and how rarely one sees it"show more

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4,018 ratings
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2 12% (466)
1 6% (221)
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