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Es muß nicht immer Kaviar sein

4.25  ·  Rating Details ·  567 Ratings  ·  41 Reviews
Driven from his cherished London home by circumstances beyond his control, Thomas Lieven -- ladies man, pacifist and gourmand -- reluctantly finds himself forced to work as a secret agent for no less than four countries on various fronts of wartime Europe: England, France, Germany and the United States, before, during and after WWII.

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Mei
May 07, 2014 Mei rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book!!!

I laughed like crazy, I almost cryed, I sighed, I chewed my nails!

It's a roller-caoster adventure! It's brillantly complicated and at the same time easy to read and follow.

It's so an incredible story that it could just be true!

It's a fantastic book.

It's one of those that you cherish forever!

I think I read it at least 10 times and enojoyed it every single one!

So, believe me: READ IT!!! You'll LOVE it!!!
Norm DePlume
May 08, 2013 Norm DePlume rated it it was amazing
Shelves: german, thriller
This is the story of Thomas Levin, ladies man, pacifist, gourmand and reluctant secret agent. Through a series of circumstances, Thomas is driven out of his beloved London and forced to work as a spy for no less than 4 different countries - England, France, Germany and the U.S., before, during and after WWII. He's clever, this Thomas Levin, and manages for the most part to outwit these agencies, all of whom need him to do their bidding, and some of whom want him dead. Clever as he is however, ...more
Sonja
Jan 08, 2010 Sonja rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Now, this book is not well know among the English speaking population, but trust me, it is a must read!

It's combined of 2 books, and, well, numerous cooking recipes.

It tells a story about a cunning, inteligent, handsome man who durring the II WW worked as a spy for: French Inteligence, CIA, MI6, KGB, Nazis, am I forgeting anyone here? Interesting, eh? Well, the thing is, he worked for all of them- in the same time. Yes.

And the recipes really work!

Read it, you'll laugh-cry-eat-love it!
Paul Bartusiak
Aug 14, 2013 Paul Bartusiak rated it liked it
The Monte-Cristo Cover-Up (originally titled It Can’t Always Be Caviar and originally published in German) is no longer in print, and I became aware of it through a friend who purchased a copy for me as a surprise gift. This is a novel that falls in the espionage genre, but it’s not your ordinary spy novel. The tone of it can be gleaned by a caption provided below the title on an inside page of the book: “The fabulously daring adventures and exquisite cooking recipes of the involuntary secret ag ...more
Helena (Renchi King)
Ne sjećam se da me neka knjiga ovako izmrcvarila!Pustolovine Thomasa Lievena,njemačko-britansko-francusko-američkog špijuna.
Radnja romana-2. svjetski rat.
Početak djeluje zgodno,no..nakon početka,na slijedećih 550 stranica čitat ćete jednu te istu priču s manjim izmjenama. U određenom trenutku shvatit ćete da sadržaj više nije bitan jer priča neprestano ide iz početka.
On je srećković kojem ni smrt ne može ništa,uvijek u društvu prekrasnih žena koje,sve redom,luduju za njim.Novac i dobar životni s
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Brian
May 19, 2014 Brian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is the best book....it combines aspects of my favorite book The Count of Monte Cristo....and the coolest non-spy spy character Ever.
I have read hundreds of espionage books and this is top 3. The story is an ever changing saga of adventures and misadventures that run the gambit of emotions from
Comedy, hysteria, passion, tragedy, intrigue, clever wits, high class sophistication to the European underbelly across two dozen European cities . Thomas Levien, is a suave pacifist banker thrown
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Misha
Nov 16, 2012 Misha rated it did not like it
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
The impression is that this book is written for teenagers dreaming of becoming superheroes. The main character is too lucky, too smart and his reasoning is as primitive as a one belonging to a 15-years old idealist. How the hell did this book become a best-seller in the 60-s?

I stopped reading after 150 pages. It's just not worth the effort.
Natalia
Sep 07, 2016 Natalia rated it it was ok
so so SO repetitive!
Carolin
Ein deutscher James Bond - damit lässt sich Thomas Lieven alias Jean Leblanc alias Peter Scheuner alias William S. Murphy alias ... vielleicht noch am ehesten beschreiben, obwohl ihn natürlich auch einige Züge und Eigenheiten von diesem unterscheiden: Lieven trinkt lieber Whisky als Martini, Lieven kämpft lieber mit Klugheit und List als mit Pistole und actionreichen Explosionen und Lieven kocht! In puncto Agententätigkeit (auch wenn Lieven da um einiges vielseitiger ist), ebenso bei ...more
Hruotland
Feb 13, 2016 Hruotland rated it liked it
Gut zu lesen, spannend, lustig usw.
Hat eigentlich alles, was ein Agententhriller braucht.
Dann noch Kochrezepte dazu, was will man mehr?

Nun, die vielen einzelnen Episoden passen nicht wirklich zusammen. Der jeweilige Held wendet zwar nie selbst Gewalt an, sonst haben die verschiedenen »Thomas Lieven« nicht viel miteinander gemein. Es heißt, der Roman »beruht auf Tatsachenberichten«, es sind aber offensichtlich die Berichte von vielen verschiedenen Helden. Manchmal führt das zu klaren Löchern in d
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Sebastjan
Jan 22, 2014 Sebastjan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
V napeti vohunski kriminalki avstrijskega novinarja in prevajalca, polni nenadnih zapletov in preobratov, je opisano življenje glavnega junaka Thomasa Lievna, pacifista, ljubitelja lepih žensk, gurmana in ljubitelja kulinarike, nekdanjega uspešnega zasebnega bankirja in neprostovoljnega tajnega agenta.
Zaradi spleta nenavadnih okoliščin mora zapustiti London in delati kot tajni agent v kar štirih različnih državah, Veliki Britaniji, Franciji, Nemčiji in v ZDA, v času pred, med in po drugi svetov
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fiafia
Nov 11, 2016 fiafia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Увы... но просто мучительно скучно.
В ходе чтения сменила перевод (и всё равно, я вно не в лучшем читала), но дело не в переводе.
И жанр я в принципе люблю - не шпионский роман, разумеется (да здесь и не он, он только притворяется), а такой слегка хулиганский, манипулирующий с историческим материалом и реальными лицами. У Суареша это блестяще выходит, и последний роман Бине "Седьмая функция языка" в том же жанре.
Но здесь... Просто скучно.
(И не говорите мне про кулинарные рецепты - какие это, к ч
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Karo
Jul 23, 2015 Karo rated it liked it
This is a book that has aged badly (its take on gender roles and some recurring racist terms are hard to stomach, and it's quite unbelievable that these things must have been acceptable in 1960), while managing to remain powerful in terms of its pacifist message and humourous language. I enjoyed reading this 17 years ago, and I enjoyed it now, albeit for different reasons and despite the objections i might not have had so strongly in my teens. It's a brilliant example of the importance of ...more
Listra
May 14, 2012 Listra rated it really liked it
I like Thomas Lieven's no sense of patriotism. He sees the world as one world, not as pieces of lands called nations. It's not that he hates all, but on the contrary, he loves all. He doesn't want his conduct to harm anyone. And that's, I think, so sweet.

In the midst of wars and patriotism, he stays firm to what he believes in. As he said, if people had thought more, all the bad things in WWII wouldn't have happened. He wants people to live in harmony, regardless the nationality.

And he's a goo
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Sabrina
Nov 23, 2014 Sabrina rated it liked it
Eine gekonnte Mischung aus "Ocean`s Eleven" und "Catch me if you can". Thomas Lieven ist eigentlich eher ein Pechvogel, will er doch eigentlich niemandem etwas Böses und kommt trotzdem von einem Schlamassel in den nächsten. Zum Glück handelt es sich bei ihm um ein gewieftes und sehr intelligents männliches Individuum, welches auch noch fabelhaft aussieht (ich stelle mir hier unweigerlich George Clooney vor :D). Er kommt einfach aus jeder Situation mit einem blauen Auge heraus - lesenswert! ...more
Nat Shirman
Oct 19, 2013 Nat Shirman rated it really liked it
Shelves: other-books
Ich habe das Buch als Teenager regelrecht verschlungen, so spannend fand ich es. Meine Tante, bei der ich damals Englisch lernte, hatte jedesmal einen Kampf, mich zu den festgelegten Stunden dazu zu bringen, das Buch auf die Seite zu legen und Englischvokabeln zu büffeln. So vergebe ich - aus der Erinnerung - vier Sterne.
MrsRK
Aug 19, 2016 MrsRK rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I could not read more than the first three pages of this book. So vapid, so boring and juvenile. The writing was not engaging, a bit pompous. I have nothing against women being adoringly in love with men, but the girl described by the author is an absolute nincompoop. Not my type of book at all.
Antoine
Jan 11, 2014 Antoine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I re-read this book many years after reading it for the first time, and it was a pleasure to appreciate it as much as before ! It's smart, witty and amazing to think that such events really took place...
Warmly recommended to any reader above 15 or so.
Arturo
Jul 17, 2013 Arturo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Que libro mas genial! No hay manera de describirlo mas que con esta pregunta: ¿Cuantos libros conocen que mezclen aventuras estilo James Bond, recetas de cocina, historia intrincada y personajes geniales? He ahi su respuesta a porque deben leer este libro.
Anna Moon
Dec 10, 2013 Anna Moon rated it it was amazing
Tu knihu jsem četla už dávno, jako všechny knihy od tohoto spisovatele se mi moc líbila. Asi si jí opět vypůjčím v knihovně, i když nemám ve zvyku číst nějakou, byť krásnou knihu dvakrát, ale asi to udělám. Moc na mě zapůsobila.
Wirbowsky
Mar 22, 2010 Wirbowsky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Une très bonne histoire d'espionage se déroulant entre 1939 et 1957.
Le personnage principal est très attachant et intéressant. L'écriture est très bonne.

On est assez loin de James Bond et plus proche d'Arsène Lupin.

Je recommande vivement ce livre.
Derya
Mar 13, 2012 Derya rated it it was amazing
The perfect novel I have ever read, and i recommend everyone to have a copy on their bookshelves, if not for novel then for the recipes inside. a book that will make you surprised, laugh, cry, and get angry sometimes, this book is a musst read one :)
Pierre Belzec
Jan 31, 2016 Pierre Belzec rated it it was amazing
Funny and suspenseful. Lieven is the reluctant spy who pays back for his forced enlistment in his own way. I enjoyed it so much I looked up the TV series, and will take cooking classes to recreate the recipes :-)
Sofia
Jan 08, 2010 Sofia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, own-it, biography
Wonderful WWII true spy story, told with plenty of humour.
One of my first serious reads. I haven't re-read it in a while but still would recommend it.
Chemo
Dec 27, 2011 Chemo rated it it was ok
I remembered it to be an entertaining book. Now that I tried to read it after cca 15-20 years, it was just boring
Tish
Jan 09, 2010 Tish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great spy story with the lead spy also being a gourmand. Every chapter begins with a menu (complete with recipes) and each recipe is vital to the solving of the case. Delightful!
Pao Barragan
Jun 17, 2013 Pao Barragan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un libro que te lleva por escenas y momentos super interesantes y misteriosos. Thomas Lieven es uno de esos personajes que se quedan en tu memoria a través de los años.
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