The Debt to Pleasure

The Debt to Pleasure

A Novel

Book - 1996
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This astonishing first novel is narrated by the impeccably correct Tarquin Winot, who relates the story of his life through the most basic and sublime of human passions: food. An Englishman of indeterminate age whose spiritual home has always been France, Tarquin embarks on a journey of the senses as he peels away the layers of his past. Wickedly funny and poisonously opinionated, he proves himself a master of sly wit and subversive ideas. Gradually the outlines of a distinctly quirky aesthetic and a highly eccentric moral universe emerge, and the truth becomes unavoidable. This is not the voluptuary's memoir it purports to be, and Tarquin Winot is ultimately the master of something infinitely, quiveringly sinister.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, c1996.
ISBN: 9780771045851
Characteristics: xv, 251 p. ;,20 cm.


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WVMLStaffPicks Dec 06, 2014

Tarquin Winot, the devious narrator of this brilliant first novel, easily draws readers who love language into his fold first with his wickedly funny and opinionated descriptions of food, wine and art as he travels through France until gradually he reveals himself!

multcolib_susannel Nov 28, 2014

This book takes writing about cooking and eating food to a whole new level. Although it includes recipes, they are part of the text and never seem like something separate that you could actually make. The author connects food and his consumption of it to his senses and his memories.
Very unique book.

Mar 26, 2012

Reviewed in WSJ 3/24/12

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