History of A Pleasure Seeker

History of A Pleasure Seeker

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From the acclaimed author of The Drowning People ("A literary sensation" -- The New York Times Book Review) and Natural Elements ("A magnum opus" -- The New Yorker ), an opulent, romantic coming-of-age drama set at the height of Europe's belle époque, written in the grand tradition with a lightness of touch that is wholly modern and original.
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The novel opens in Amsterdam at the turn of the last century. It moves to New York at the time of the 1907 financial crisis and proceeds onboard a luxury liner headed for Cape Town.
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It is about a young man--Piet Barol--with an instinctive appreciation for pleasure and a gift for finding it. Piet's father is an austere administrator at Holland's oldest university. His mother, a singing teacher, has died--but not before giving him a thorough grounding in the arts of charm.
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Piet applies for a job as tutor to the troubled son of Europe's leading hotelier: a child who refuses to leave his family's mansion on Amsterdam's grandest canal. 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.
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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.
Publisher: [S.l.] : [s.n.], 2012.
ISBN: 9780307957528
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
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FW_librarian Nov 05, 2014

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!).

WVMLStaffPicks May 31, 2013

“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.

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megaculpa
Jan 08, 2013

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..

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mswendybe
Jul 04, 2012

A great romp of a story, set mostly in Europe, during the Belle-Epoque. A glimpse of life for the upper crust.

bdemian Apr 17, 2012

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.

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Microbes
Mar 26, 2012

Reviewed in KC Star 3/25/12

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