The Waiter (Paperback)Matias Faldbakken (author)
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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
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 168 g
Dimensions: 198 x 127 x 127 mm
'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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