If there is such a thing as a comfort food book, Bemelmans' stories are it.
His evocative tales of grand hotel life have a reporter's eye for sensory detail, yet he always manages to bathe his world and it's lovable characters in the mood of a fairytale.
Meet the girl-hungry hotel Magician, Kalakobe the African cook, Mr Sigsag, Monsieur Victor, Mespoulet and an unforgettable cast of down but not yet out hotel employees.
A feast of food writing. And once you've read one Bemelmans' tale you fall in love and want to read the lot.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages, 60
- Publisher: Ebury Publishing
- Publication Date: 10/10/2002
- Category: Autobiography: historical, political & military
- ISBN: 9780091887872
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Review by gibbon
This is a compilation of 26 stories about Bemelmans' life in the American luxury hotel business before World War II, all but two taken from other books of his. Anyone who has read his "Hotel Splendide" will be familiar with some of them and with most of the characters. It is informative, funny and pathetic, both about the employees and their wealthy clients.
Review by mgaulding
This is truly a rollickingly funny book. I guffawed through every chapter. Bemelmans has a very unique "voice", which is very spare prose couple with a biting wit. This is an absolute must-read. And a book I will re-read in the future.
Review by amelish
Slyly, purposefully naive drawings and stories. <i>What</i> a charming man.