Gourmet Rhapsody

Gourmet Rhapsody

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Gourmet Rhapsody by Muriel Barbery

From the author of the New York Times bestseller, The Elegance of the Hedgehog.

In the heart of Paris, in the posh building made famous in The Elegance of the Hedgehog, Pierre Athens, the greatest food critic in the world, is dying. Revered by some and reviled by many, Monsieur Arthens has been lording it over the world's most esteemed chefs for years, passing judgment on their creations, deciding their fates with a stroke of his pen, destroying and building reputations on a whim. But now, during these his final hours, his mind has turned to simpler things. He is desperately searching for that singular flavor, that sublime something once sampled, never forgotten, the Flavor par excellence. Indeed, this flamboyant and self-absorbed man desires only one thing before he dies: one last taste.

Thus begins a charming voyage that traces the career of Monsieur Arthens from childhood to maturity across a celebration of all manner of culinary delights. Alternating with the voice of the supercilious Arthens is a chorus belonging to his acquaintances and familiarsfirelatives, lovers, a would-be protégé, even a cat. Each will have his or her say about M. Arthens, a man who has inspired only extreme emotions in people. Here, as in The Elegance of Hedgehog, Muriel Barbery's story celebrates life's simple pleasures and sublime moments while condemning the arrogance and vulgarity of power.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781933372952
Publisher: Europa Editions, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/25/2009
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 407,618
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.24(h) x 0.51(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Muriel Barbery was born in 1969 in Casablanca. She studied philosophy at the École Normale Supérieure and worked for many years as a philosophy teacher in France. Her New York Times bestselling novel The Elegance of the Hedgehog (Europa Editions, 2008) has been published in over thirty countries. Barbery now lives in Japan and is working on a third novel.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read Gourmet Rhapsody after The Elegance of a Hedgehog. I shed copious tears at the end of that. Then reading about the demise of the pompous food critic dried the tears and the story of his pets were very enjoyable.
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cincmomSB More than 1 year ago
The Elegance of Hedgehog was soooo good. I cannot believe this is the same author. I kept hoping it would get better, I was glad when he finally died.