IniciGrupsConversesExploraTendències
Cerca al lloc
Aquest lloc utilitza galetes per a oferir els nostres serveis, millorar el desenvolupament, per a anàlisis i (si no has iniciat la sessió) per a publicitat. Utilitzant LibraryThing acceptes que has llegit i entès els nostres Termes de servei i política de privacitat. L'ús que facis del lloc i dels seus serveis està subjecte a aquestes polítiques i termes.
Hide this

Resultats de Google Books

Clica una miniatura per anar a Google Books.

S'està carregant…

The Debt to Pleasure (1996)

de John Lanchester

Altres autors: Mira la secció altres autors.

MembresRessenyesPopularitatValoració mitjanaMencions
1,449369,938 (3.79)91
A worldly Englishman describes his life, his travels, the people he met, his intellectual and culinary pursuits, interspersing his account with witty observations. By the end of the book you get quite a jolt to discover all this time he was murdering.
S'està carregant…

Apunta't a LibraryThing per saber si aquest llibre et pot agradar.

No hi ha cap discussió a Converses sobre aquesta obra.

» Mira també 91 mencions

Anglès (33)  Italià (1)  Francès (1)  Suec (1)  Totes les llengües (36)
Es mostren 1-5 de 36 (següent | mostra-les totes)
Unexpectedly funny. A good antidote if you've been reading too much euro-food porn or rapturous south of France getaway writing. I wondered how many of the quotations he slings around are true. I need to see what else he's written. ( )
  Je9 | Aug 10, 2021 |
A first novel by a literary journalist, which looks suspiciously as though it was written in response to a drunken challenge to incorporate the essential elements of as many stereotypical British bestsellers as possible into a single story. Cookery with recipes and menus, middle-class English people in rural France, artists, romance, servants, boarding-school, cottages in Norfolk, social snobbery, food snobbery, and — oh yes, I nearly forgot — a body-count that would put Midsomer to shame. All ruthlessly sent up via an appalling, unreliable narrator, very clever and often wickedly funny. The only thing Lanchester seems to have forgotten is that a novel like this should have a clergyman in it somewhere. Purists might also be disappointed to find that there's only one small scene of canine interest.

I'm not much of a foodie, so I suspect I missed some of the more subtle jokes, but this is obviously meant as a parody of those novels where you get a recipe in every chapter: our helpful narrator Tarquin never quite gets all the way through the essential details of a recipe before being distracted into telling us about something else, and you would probably get into a terrible mess if you were so silly as to try to reproduce any of his menus.

When it first appeared, this would have been an ideal Christmas present for those pretentious friends or relatives who are always going on about their cottage in France and the little restaurants they have "discovered" there. By now they've probably read it already, unfortunately, and they are more worried about Brexit and their 90 days than about aubergines or cheeses, but it's still good fun for a couple of hours. ( )
  thorold | Nov 26, 2020 |
The debt to pleasure est un récit à la première personne d'un certain Tarquin Willot, un Anglais ayant entrepris de traverser la Manche pour se rendre dans sa maison en Provence.
Tarquin Willot a quelque chose de Humbert Humbert dans sa folie, son goût des mots, son parfait égotisme, sa manière de s'enivrer de sa propre érudition, sa misanthropie. Son obsession ne se fixe pas sur une Lolita) mais sur les plaisirs de la cuisine (le livre est parsemé de différentes recettes). Et John Lanchester, sans être pour autant Nabokov, écrit sacrément bien.
Il livre un roman très singulier, intelligent, plein d'esprit, drôle et cynique, sans aucun affect... carrément toxique.
Et c'est plutôt jubilatoire.
Méfiez-vous, la prochaine fois, que l'on vous invitera à déguster des champignons ! ( )
  biche1968 | Nov 23, 2020 |
This cunning character study is not quite as funny as some people think it is, but that still leaves it quite a bit of room in which to be funny. The book's narrator, one Tarquin Minot, is a gourmand and snob whose obsession with crafting exquisite menus comes to serve as a metaphor for the sinister course of his life. Very arch and British in a Highsmith-meets-Wodehouse kind of way. ( )
  MikeLindgren51 | Aug 7, 2018 |
This is a dazzling book, and all the more impressive in that it was John Lanchester’s first novel, although he had already established himself as a respected journalist and columnist. Beautifully written, it defies ready classification, hovering between high class cookbook, murder mystery and espionage handbook.

Self-appointed (indeed, self-anointed) aesthete Tarquin Winot regales his readers with mouth-watering descriptions of seasonal dishes while recounting various episodes from his life. It is only as the novel progresses that the reader comes to recognise that an unusually high proportion of Winot’s family, entourage and acquaintances seem to have met untimely and sudden deaths.

As we join Winot, he is embarking on a journey from Portsmouth to Provence where he arranges a "chance" encounter with a journalist who is attempting to write a biography of Winot's elder and more celebrated brother Bartholomew (more generally referred to as "Barry"), who has become an established artist and sculptor. Engineering this seemingly fortuitous encounter is fairly easy for Winot, as we come to learn that one of his favourite books, and one which accompanies him wherever he goes, is the "Mossad Guide to Secret Surveillance".

Tarquin has nothing but disdain for the unstructured output of his brother, or his all too proletarian habits, and does what he can to disillusion the biographer. While doing so, we see beautiful glimpses of Winot’s relatively opulent childhood, although even early on there are signs of deeply-rooted dysfunction. Winot’s descriptions of the meals that he recommends at different seasons, and his appreciations of the countryside through which he travels, are perfectly sumptuous.

In Tarquin Winot, John Lanchester has created a grotesque, yet oddly enticing, character, and the book is a joy to read (or, is in the current case, re-read with heightened – and not disappointed – anticipation). ( )
  Eyejaybee | Jul 13, 2018 |
Es mostren 1-5 de 36 (següent | mostra-les totes)
Sense ressenyes | afegeix-hi una ressenya

» Afegeix-hi altres autors (16 possibles)

Nom de l'autorCàrrecTipus d'autorObra?Estat
John Lanchesterautor primaritotes les edicionscalculat
Bruno, FrancescoTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat

Pertany a aquestes col·leccions editorials

Has d'iniciar sessió per poder modificar les dades del coneixement compartit.
Si et cal més ajuda, mira la pàgina d'ajuda del coneixement compartit.
Títol normalitzat
Informació del coneixement compartit en anglès. Modifica-la per localitzar-la a la teva llengua.
Títol original
Títols alternatius
Data original de publicació
Gent/Personatges
Informació del coneixement compartit en anglès. Modifica-la per localitzar-la a la teva llengua.
Llocs importants
Informació del coneixement compartit en anglès. Modifica-la per localitzar-la a la teva llengua.
Esdeveniments importants
Pel·lícules relacionades
Premis i honors
Informació del coneixement compartit en anglès. Modifica-la per localitzar-la a la teva llengua.
Epígraf
Informació del coneixement compartit en anglès. Modifica-la per localitzar-la a la teva llengua.
My German engineer was very argumentative and tiresome. He wouldn't admit that it was certain that there was not a rhinoceros in the room. -- Bertrand Russell, letter to Ottoline Morrell
Dedicatòria
Informació del coneixement compartit en anglès. Modifica-la per localitzar-la a la teva llengua.
In memory of my father
Primeres paraules
Informació del coneixement compartit en anglès. Modifica-la per localitzar-la a la teva llengua.
This is not a conventional cookbook.
Citacions
Informació del coneixement compartit en anglès. Modifica-la per localitzar-la a la teva llengua.
I myself have always disliked being called a 'genius'. It is fascinating to notice how quick people have been to intuit and avoid this term. (p. 18)
Notice the difference between the things for which French aristocrats are remembered -- the Vicomte de Chateaubriande's cut of fillet, the Marquis de Bechameil's sauce -- and the inventions for which Britain rembers its defunct eminences: the cardigan, the wellington, the sandwich. (p. 26)
In all memory there is a degree of fallenness; we are all exiles from our own pasts, just as, on looking up from a book, we discover anew our banishment from the bright worlds of imagination and fantasy. (p. 35)
We are all familiar with the after-the-fact tone -- weary, self-justificatory, aggrieved, apologetic -- shared by ship's captains appearing before boards of inquiry to explain how they came to run their vessels aground and by authors composing Forewords. (p. 4)
The gleaming banks of seafood on display at the great Parisian brasseries are like certain policians in that they manage to be impressive without necessarily inspiring absolute confidence. (pp. 31-32)
Darreres paraules
Informació del coneixement compartit en anglès. Modifica-la per localitzar-la a la teva llengua.
(Clica-hi per mostrar-ho. Compte: pot anticipar-te quin és el desenllaç de l'obra.)
Nota de desambiguació
Editor de l'editorial
Creadors de notes promocionals a la coberta
Llengua original
CDD/SMD canònics
LCC canònic

Referències a aquesta obra en fonts externes.

Wikipedia en anglès (2)

A worldly Englishman describes his life, his travels, the people he met, his intellectual and culinary pursuits, interspersing his account with witty observations. By the end of the book you get quite a jolt to discover all this time he was murdering.

No s'han trobat descripcions de biblioteca.

Descripció del llibre
Sumari haiku

Cobertes populars

Dreceres

Valoració

Mitjana: (3.79)
0.5 1
1 9
1.5
2 12
2.5 5
3 51
3.5 21
4 89
4.5 16
5 59

Ets tu?

Fes-te Autor del LibraryThing.

 

Quant a | Contacte | LibraryThing.com | Privadesa/Condicions | Ajuda/PMF | Blog | Botiga | APIs | TinyCat | Biblioteques llegades | Crítics Matiners | Coneixement comú | 166,392,642 llibres! | Barra superior: Sempre visible