Hotel Bemelmans

Hotel Bemelmans

4.0 1
by Ludwig Bemelmans, Katherine Noll
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

“Ludwig Bemelmans was the original bad boy of the New York hotel/restaurant subculture.” –Anthony Bourdain

Probably Bemelmans’ best work and certainly his most famous essays, Hotel Bemelmans brilliantly evokes the kitchens, back passages, dining rooms, and banquet halls of Bemelmans’ years at the Hotel Splendide a thinly disguised

See more details below

Overview

“Ludwig Bemelmans was the original bad boy of the New York hotel/restaurant subculture.” –Anthony Bourdain

Probably Bemelmans’ best work and certainly his most famous essays, Hotel Bemelmans brilliantly evokes the kitchens, back passages, dining rooms, and banquet halls of Bemelmans’ years at the Hotel Splendide a thinly disguised stand-in for the Ritz. It's a strange, fabulous, and sometimes terrible universe populated by rogues, con-men, geniuses, craftsmen, lunatics, gypsies, tramps, and thieves and it's all here in bitingly funny detail. Twenty-four of the tales are vintage Bemelmans, two have never before been published, and the lot is accompanied by 73 of Bemelmans’ original, charming drawings.

Editorial Reviews

Paul Levy
In this elegantly illustrated new edition of Hotel Bemelmans, Bemelmans tells witty tales of a young Austrian immigrant's working life in the Hotel Splendide in Manhattan, a thinly disguised Ritz-Carlton.
— The New York Times
Jonathan Yardley
Between 1938 and 1942 Bemelmans published four books about his life in hotels and restaurants -- Life Class, Small Beer, Hotel Splendide and I Love You, I Love You, I Love You -- all of which have been out of print for ages. Hotel Bemelmans is a greatest-hits selection of two dozen reminiscences culled from those books and previously uncollected material as well as a generous sample of his charming drawings … the best parts of the book are those in which Bemelmans writes about Mespoulets and the other mostly anonymous service people who are a lot more interesting than the Society they serve.— The Washington Post r
Library Journal
Bemelmans's humorous sketches, released in 1946, offer a glimpse of upper-crust hotel and restaurant life in the 1920s through 1940s. This Overlook edition contains two recollections not included in the original. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781468304237
Publisher:
The Overlook Press
Publication date:
10/25/2005
Series:
ALY & AJ'S ROCK 'N' ROLL MYSTE Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
302
Sales rank:
269,522
File size:
5 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >