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The Epicure's Lament de Kate Christensen
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The Epicure's Lament (edició 2005)

de Kate Christensen

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"For ten years, Hugo Whittier, upper-class scion, former gigolo, failed belle lettriste, has been living a hermit's existence at Waverly, his family's crumbling mansion overlooking the Hudson River. He passes the time reading Montaigne and M. F. K. Fisher, cooking himself delicious meals, smoking an endless number of cigarettes, and nursing a grudge against the world. But his older brother, Dennis, has returned, in retreat from an unhappy marriage, and so has his estranged wife, Sonia, and their (she claims) daughter Bellatrix, shattering Hugo's cherished solitude. He's also been told by a doctor that he has the rare Buerger's disease, which means that unless he stops smoking, he will die - all the more reason for Hugo to light up, because his quarrel with life is bitter and an early death is a most attractive prospect." "As Hugo smokes and cooks and sexually schemes and pokes his perverse nose into other people's marriages and business, he records these events as well as his mordant, funny, gorgeously articulated personal history and his thoughts on life and mortality in a series of notebooks. His is one of the most perversely compelling literary personalities to inhabit a novel since John Lanchester's The Debt to Pleasure, and his ancestors include the divinely cracked and eloquent narrators of the works of Nabokov. As snobbish and dislikable as Hugo is, his worldview is so seductively conveyed that even the most resistant reader will be put under his spell. His insinuating voice gets into your head and under your skin in the most seductive way. And as he prepares what may be his final Christmas feast for family and friends, readers will have to ask, "Is this the end of Hugo?""--BOOK JACKET.… (més)
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Títol:The Epicure's Lament
Autors:Kate Christensen
Informació:Anchor (2005), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 368 pages
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Just wanted to finish, Totally unlikable main characterssssss (not just Hugo) and annoying storyline. Was so happy to put this down. ( )
  Rdra1962 | Aug 1, 2018 |
I have never disliked a protagonist more. I didn't think Hugo's misanthropism served the story; it only made him incredibly gross, hateful and offensive. After 350 pages of drAAAma, everybody lives happily ever after. So really nothing happens. This book made my ass tired. ( )
  dmcco01 | May 29, 2015 |
wow! usually a sample is just enough for me to decide about a book, but this I REALLY didn't like, and had to go back to reviews, which made me think I should give it more of a chance. But, life is too short.
1 vota lulaa | Oct 31, 2014 |
Ultimately frustrating, due to lack of resolution. Plenty of plot in the stew, but the author doesn't seem to know what to do with it. Amusing, witty sentences. Loved the embedded recipes also. It's possible however, that the whole House M.D.-style loveable curmudgeon has just been done to death. ( )
  idyll | Apr 9, 2013 |
Ugh..I wrote a decently long review and Goodreads didn't save it. Suffice it to say that I thought the writing of this novel was better than average but it lost me at the ending. Also, I'm the type of person who tends to have to like the protagonist in fiction novels and I found the charisma of this man to be too manipulative and even pathetic.

Some great things about the main character is that he's a misanthrope and has a dark sort of wit about him. He tends to be brutally honest about relationships and intimacy in his journals, which is how we learn about him and what's happening. There's nothing wrong with that except for his bluntly obvious double standards and homophobia that comes in at the end.


The main character is also actively engaging in a sort of long term suicide as he has Buerger's disease mainly caused by persistent smoking but won't give this up. It's an interesting aspect and adds a bit of complexity but I still just didn't find this man likable.

Another positive of the book is that it deals well with different relationships. both intimate and in the family. It takes place in a rural area set apart from NYC and in this wealthy family home that has been passed down and inherited by the protagonist and his brother. Again, this book has some positives but I ended up disliking the main character and hating the ending so I can't seem to rate it any higher than this. ( )
  kirstiecat | Mar 31, 2013 |
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"For ten years, Hugo Whittier, upper-class scion, former gigolo, failed belle lettriste, has been living a hermit's existence at Waverly, his family's crumbling mansion overlooking the Hudson River. He passes the time reading Montaigne and M. F. K. Fisher, cooking himself delicious meals, smoking an endless number of cigarettes, and nursing a grudge against the world. But his older brother, Dennis, has returned, in retreat from an unhappy marriage, and so has his estranged wife, Sonia, and their (she claims) daughter Bellatrix, shattering Hugo's cherished solitude. He's also been told by a doctor that he has the rare Buerger's disease, which means that unless he stops smoking, he will die - all the more reason for Hugo to light up, because his quarrel with life is bitter and an early death is a most attractive prospect." "As Hugo smokes and cooks and sexually schemes and pokes his perverse nose into other people's marriages and business, he records these events as well as his mordant, funny, gorgeously articulated personal history and his thoughts on life and mortality in a series of notebooks. His is one of the most perversely compelling literary personalities to inhabit a novel since John Lanchester's The Debt to Pleasure, and his ancestors include the divinely cracked and eloquent narrators of the works of Nabokov. As snobbish and dislikable as Hugo is, his worldview is so seductively conveyed that even the most resistant reader will be put under his spell. His insinuating voice gets into your head and under your skin in the most seductive way. And as he prepares what may be his final Christmas feast for family and friends, readers will have to ask, "Is this the end of Hugo?""--BOOK JACKET.

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