One reviewer compared this book to Henry James' stories and style - it's true with a more modern sexual-edge which made me think of how I felt when I first read, Lady Chatterley's Lover. Great pleasure reading (no pun intended!).
“The adventures of adolescence had taught Piet Barol that he was extremely attractive to most women and to many men. He was old enough to be pragmatic about this advantage.” The division of social classes in 1907 Amsterdam is clearly drawn, but with beauty, charm, wit and sheer audacity, Piet pursues the finest existence—and to the delight of the reader (who’s as enchanted by Piet as everyone else) wins success at every turn! A playful, literary page-turner about deprivation and indulgence, risk and reward, not for the bashful.
A bit of Upstairs-Downstairs, set in Amsterdam in the Belle Epoque, and a hilarious take on a young man’s sexual awakening. Quick, easy read for you ADHD types. The protagonist is a bit shallow and the sex is prolific, but readers shouldn't let that scare them off. It's all in good fun..
A great romp of a story, set mostly in Europe, during the Belle-Epoque. A glimpse of life for the upper crust.
Engrossing and meticulously researched (except for a couple errors about the building & opening of the Plaza hotel), with indelible characters, rich atmosphere, and some of the least embarassing sex scenes ever. Parallels to Pasolini's 'Teorema,' wherein the irresistible youth seduces/charms each member of the family.
Reviewed in KC Star 3/25/12
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