The Waiter (Hardback)Matias Faldbakken (author)
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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
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 310 g
Dimensions: 204 x 135 x 25 mm
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 *
A sly amuse bouche of a novel . . . its atmosphere and observations are deliciously rich. * Mail on Sunday *
Bringing to mind Mervyn Peake and Wes Anderson, with some of Nathanael West's deadpan grotesque, this is a beguiling, quirky entertainment. * Kirkus *
A quirky slice of life * Los Angeles Times *
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