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Devil's Larder / Edition 1
     

Devil's Larder / Edition 1

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by Jim Crace
 

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ISBN-10: 0312420897

ISBN-13: 2900312420894

Pub. Date: 09/07/2002

Publisher: Picador

A sumptuous, scintillating stew of sixty short fictions about appetite, food, and the objects of our desire.

All great meals, it has been said, lead to discussions of either sex or death, and The Devil’s Larder, in typical Cracean fashion, leads to both. Here are sixty short fictions of at times Joycean beauty — about schoolgirls hunting

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A sumptuous, scintillating stew of sixty short fictions about appetite, food, and the objects of our desire.

All great meals, it has been said, lead to discussions of either sex or death, and The Devil’s Larder, in typical Cracean fashion, leads to both. Here are sixty short fictions of at times Joycean beauty — about schoolgirls hunting for razor clams in the strand; or of searching for soup stones to take out the fishiness of fish but to preserve the flavor of the sea; or about a mother and daughter tasting food in each other’s mouth to see if people really do taste things differently — and at other times of Mephistophelean mischief: about the woman who seasoned her food with the remains of her cremated cat, and later, her husband, only to hear a voice singing from her stomach (you can’t swallow grief, she was advised); or the restaurant known as The Air & Light, the place to be in this small coastal town that serves as the backdrop for Crace’s gastronomic flights of fancy, but where no food or beverage is actually served, though a 12 percent surcharge is imposed for just sitting there and being seen.

Food for thought in the best sense of the term, The Devil’s Larder is another delectable work of fiction by a 2001 winner of The National Book Critics Circle Award.

Jim Crace is the author, most recently, of Quarantine, which won the Whitbread Novel of the Year Award, and Being Dead, winner of a National Book Critics Circle Award.

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ISBN-13:
2900312420894
Publisher:
Picador
Publication date:
09/07/2002
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
176

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Devil's Larder 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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I love Jim Crace - especially Quarantine, which is one of my favorite books. Devil's Larder, although a departure from Crace's novels, does not disappoint. The short (some very short)stories are inventive, entertaining, and deep all at once.