The Cook (Valancourt 20th Century Classics)

The Cook (Valancourt 20th Century Classics)

by Harry Kressing


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The Cook opens with Conrad, nearly seven feet tall, gaunt, and dressed all in black, arriving on his bicycle in the town of Cobb. He quickly secures a job as cook for the wealthy Hill family, winning their hearts and stomachs with his delectable dishes, and before long he has everyone around him eating out of his hand. But Conrad has a sinister, inscrutable plan in view, and after becoming master of their palates, next may be their souls . . .

A mouth-watering blend of delicious black humor and Kafkaesque horror story, The Cook (1965) is a dark fable "beginning in a vein of innocent fairy tale and ending with satanic revels" (The Observer). Long out of print, this cult classic returns in a new edition featuring Milton Glaser's iconic dust jacket art from the first edition.

"I have much enjoyed The Cook, for I am very fond of Satan. My congratulations to Mr. Kressing on his achievement." - John Fowles

"A finely wrought, captivating tale of suspense-a superior entertainment." - Detroit News

"I haven't been so gripped by any first novel since Lord of the Flies." - Irving Wardle, The Observer

"A fable, part diabolique, part diversion ... high originality, some style, and a come-on which assures that it will be read at one sitting." - Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781941147665
Publisher: Valancourt Books
Publication date: 04/28/2015
Pages: 174
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.40(d)

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The Cook 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
ConnieJo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a really weird, weird book. A cook comes into town and basically takes over with his power of charisma, except he lacks charisma in the traditional sense and does a lot of his persuading with food. There's also a weird focus on people gaining and losing a lot of weight. The change in control of the house is subtle and not stated explicitly, which I liked a lot - the reader is trusted to work this out for themselves, though it becomes fairly obvious by the end of the book.The cook, Conrad, is left pretty ambiguous, never really given any sort of background or indication of motive aside from the obvious. I liked this as well.It was a quick read, a little less horror-themed than the cover would have you believe and more of a bizarre... social satire maybe? I'm not even sure that's right, but it was more funny in a black way than it was scary.