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The Waiter (Paperback)

The Waiter (Paperback)

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Paperback 240 Pages / Published: 09/04/2020
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Elegantly witty and deliciously playful, Faldbakken’s richly drawn comic novel views the eccentric and colourful guests of Oslo’s premier restaurant through the wickedly observant eyes of a waspish waiter. With echoes both of The Remains of the Day and Kingsley Amis at his frothiest, The Waiter is a veritable feast of humorous fiction.

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 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, impatiently awaiting a special guest. When at last she arrives - young, beautiful, mysterious - she will prove to be a challenging new flavour, threatening both 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: 9781784163983
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 168 g
Dimensions: 198 x 127 x 127 mm


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'As if The Remains of the Day had been written by Kingsley Amis, The Waiter is a brilliantly exquisite view into an uproariously vigilant life of service and protocol. In Faldbakken's skilled hands, a mordant, lonely waiter in a declining restaurant becomes a raw, scrupulous force, powering one of the most purely entertaining novels I've read in years. This book is a meal you won't want to finish.' - J. Ryan Stradal 

'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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“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
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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

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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

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