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The Waiter (Hardback)
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The Waiter (Hardback)

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Hardback 240 Pages / Published: 01/11/2018
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'Delicious' New York Times 'As if The Remains of the Day had been written by Kingsley Amis . . . brilliantly exquisite . . . This book is a meal you won't want to finish.' J. Ryan Stradal 'A sly amuse bouche of a novel . . . its atmosphere and observations are deliciously rich.' Mail on Sunday Welcome to The Hills, Oslo's most esteemed restaurant, an institution stewed in tradition and clinging to the faded grandeur of old Europe. A neurotic waiter tends to the desires of his regular - and irregular - clientele. Aristocrats and artistes, wealthy widows and roguish entrepreneurs, he observes all their dramas with a wit as sharp as a filleting knife. At table ten sits the impeccable Mr Graham, the most demanding of them all, impatiently awaiting a special guest. When at last she arrives - young, beautiful, mysterious - she will prove a challenging new flavour, throwing into disarray our waiter's nerves, and the delicately balanced ingredients of the room. Exquisitely observed and wickedly playful, The Waiter is a novel for lovers of food, wine, and of European sensibilities, but also for anyone who spends time in restaurants, on either side of the service.

Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9780857525857
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 310 g
Dimensions: 204 x 135 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Faldbakken has a way with non-action. He builds a delicious tension between the paucity of events and the lavishness of the technique with which they are described." * New York Times *
"Bringing to mind Mervyn Peake and Wes Anderson, with some of Nathanael West's deadpan grotesque, this is a beguiling, quirky entertainment." * Kirkus *
"Good fun - but you sense a more earnest point, too, as [the waiter] snatches rare downtime to scroll nervily through the jumble of disaster footage and cat videos flooding into his phone, making the faded grandeur of his 19th-century establishment a symbol of broader, post-internet worries over what we've lost." * Daily Mail *
"An elegantly made parody, embossed with an abundance of humor, sharp observations and piercing social criticism . . . truly remarkable." * Dagsavisen *
"Utterly wonderful . . . a novel you will have a hard time putting out of your mind . . . a gem." * Hamar Arbeiderblad *

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“A slice of life in the Hills....”

Welcome to the Hills, once one of Oslo’smost prestigious restaurant still serving in traditional way with the faded grandeur of its fashionable heydays.
First we will be introduced to it’s head waiter with his... More

Hardback edition
2 similar books recommended
14th October 2018
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“Delicious”

Take a serving of wry observation, add a pinch of almost slapstick humour, bring to the boil with rising neurosis, then sprinkle with Nordic charm. Reminiscent of a gentler Fawlty Towers, this is a humorous read with... More

Hardback edition
1st December 2018
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“Fantastic”

A brilliant and entertaining observation of human life including all our faults and strengths. The waiter has the perfect job to allow his ability to watch human life in its minutest detail. Humourus, and sad, it is... More

Hardback edition
12th November 2018
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