- Copertina flessibile: 363 pagine
- Lingua: Inglese
- ISBN-10: 1604615796
- ISBN-13: 978-1604615791
- Peso di spedizione: 340 g
Paris Chef Of the House at the Sorbonne (Inglese) Copertina flessibile – ott 2007
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The author's evocation of the atmosphere of Paris is almost musical, drawing one into a rhapsodic reverie of Rue Mouffetard, Place Contrescarpe, Musee D'Orsay, and other favorite places. But the novel also reveals to the reader the realities of Aubervilliers, unknown to most tourists (other than in newspaper headlines of burning cars) and concern for the welfare of the immigrant population and the challenges they face economically and socially.
The characters have vitality deriving from the author's care about them and their relationships; the conversation is lively among them. When the thoughts expressed in conversation are didactic, they serve to undergird a main theme of love overcoming lack of understanding and communication
among people, whether they come from the same or very different backgrounds. Even when people are from similar backgrounds, they may disagree, but there is always opportunity and hope for achieving empathy and greater understanding.
Things get interesting, and more realistic, once he arrives in Paris and eventually meets an American woman whom he grows to love.(But again-why must he get involved with a woman still much younger than himself? Paris is renown for it's striking, well-put-together older women who deftly defy all the stereotypes and play the love game better than their younger counterparts.) However, his new love is at least with striking distance of his age and I found the sensuous dances she does for him quite touching, maybe the highlight of the book.
Some of the best writing occurs when he is writing about the university students, and through one of them, his involvement the African refugee community. The character of each student is conveyed with such clarify that they stand as distinct personalities. The author skillfully develops the changes that take place in each one as they flourish under his thoughtful and caring mentoring.
This being said, I have to harp a bit and say that I would have enjoyed a character or two in the book who is of an age with Jack. He is not the only young-at-heart, mature man or woman roaming the streets of Paris and I'm sure he would have been equally attractive to them.
The recipes, and the scenes of the group working together in the kitchen, are another big plus for this book. Being a Southerner, I found it a fresh touch that he threw in a few old-time Southern recipes.
As the book drew to a close, I found that I wanted more out of this author--either a cookbook, or a further narrative to see how Jack and his new lady friend fare in their future together. I have a feeling that the writer will be at his best in the new plot that unfolds for them.