Manual History of a Pleasure Seeker

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About History of a Pleasure Seeker. Piet Barol has an instinctive appreciation for pleasure and a gift for finding it. When his mother dies, Piet applies for a job as.
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His mother, a singing teacher, has died—but not before giving him a thorough grounding in the arts of charm. As the young man enters this glittering world, he learns its secrets—and soon, quietly, steadily, finds his life transformed as he in turn transforms the lives of those around him. History of a Pleasure Seeker is a brilliantly written portrait of the senses, a novel about pleasure and those who are in search of it; those who embrace it, luxuriate in it, need it; and those who deprive themselves of it as they do those they love. It is a book that will beguile and transport you—to another world, another time, another state of being.

Mason does a stellar job of creating a particular time and place. Like Henry James on Viagra.

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Piet was wonderfully drawn—rogueish and yet wholly sympathetic. Rich with period detail and characterised by pitch-perfect dialogue and a cast of carefully drawn characters, it explores themes of ambition, fidelity and class, and ratchets up the tension as our young hero walks a knife-edge between social and financial success and total ruin.

There is an almost magical quality to it that had me thoroughly engaged from first page to last. Mason has an appealingly playful quality that has never been more evident than it is here; he likes all of his characters and mostly gives them what they deserve; he conjures up earlyth-century Amsterdam and, more briefly, New York, with confidence and exceptional descriptive powers. Think Balzac, but lighter and sexier — an exquisitely laced corset of a novel with a sleek, modern zipper down the side.

This book about pleasure is a provocative joy. Find of the Month.

by Richard Mason (Knopf)

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