Friday, December 5, 2014

Food Fiction

Well the year has flown by and it's time to start thinking about Christmas so I thought it might be fun to have our theme for December based around food. 
The Dinner by Herman Koch
The Dinner is written by Dutch writer Herman Koch, translated by Sam Garrett, and has been a European sensation and bestseller.  Narrated by Paul Lohman who together with his wife Claire are dining out in an over-priced and pretentious restaurant in Amsterdam with Paul's brother Serge and his wife Babette. The book is divided up by courses as everything the couples eat and drink is made known.  The conversation remains polite with talk of work and holidays but beneath the empty words lies a terrible conflict. Both these couples have fifteen year old boys who together have committed a horrifying act which has been caught on camera and their grainy images have been beamed across the nation. As yet, despite a police manhunt, only the parents have recognized them and as the dinner reaches its culinary climax the conversation finally comes round to the boys. As civility and friendship disintegrate each couple shows just how far they are prepared to go to protect those they love.  

The Book of Salt by Monique Truong

The Book of Salt if the story of Binh, the fourth son of an authoritarian Vietnamese Catholic. Binh's older brother, a sous-chef,  finds him work in the kitchen of the French Governor General of Vietnam, but he is fired when his homosexual affair with the chef is discovered. Binh escapes disgrace by boarding a freighter bound for Europe working as a cook's assistant. It is in Paris that he is employed by Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas. Binh describes the famous couple, knowing them well, their routines, their manipulations and follies.  Binh is a lost soul, an exile and alien, a late-night habituĂ© of the Paris demimonde, full of musings and memories but it is love that has eluded him, whether that of his family or the men he has sought out, often at his peril.

Perhaps you can suggest a favorite book with the theme of food.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

How can we have this subject without adding "Chocolat" to the list? Love this book by Joanne Harris, and the movie was just as deliciously good.