The Book of Salt Paperback
In a compelling novel that takes the reader on a strange journey from Indochina to Paris, the Vietnamese cook for Gertrude Stein and Alice B.
Toklas reveals his own fascinating story-Paris, 1934.
Binh has accompanied his employers to the station for their departure to America.
His own destination is unclear: will he go with his 'Mesdames', stay in France, or return to his native Vietnam?
Binh fled his homeland in disgrace, leaving behind his malevolent charlatan of a father and his self-sacrificing mother.
For five years, he has been the personal cook at the famous apartment on the rue de Fleurs.
Binh is a lost soul, an exile and an alien, a man of musings, memories and possibly lies- Tastes, oceans, sweat, tears - The Book of Salt is a an inspired novel about food and exile, love and betrayal.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 272 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 01/07/2004
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099455455
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Review by kalobo
I loved the richness of this book. Told from the perspective of Gertrude Stein's Vietnamese cook, it is both sensuous and poignant. I read it through once, then read it through again. One of my favorite books in recent years
Review by JenneB
I heard a lot of great things about this but I didn't finish it. It seemed overly precious and writery.