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The Debt to Pleasure by John Lanchester
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Feb 06, 09

Read in February, 2009

Great if you like books with unlikeable protagonist/narrators. Who write badly.

The *author* is not a bad writer, and has been quite clever, piling conceit upon conceit. But the narrator's bloated pretentious writing style--though it informs the reader's understanding of his character--gets hard to take.

I did like some of the travelogue and food bits, even though I think we're supposed to end up uncomfortable with our own gluttony and hedonism in light of our distaste for the narrator and his. The slowly revealed story is a cute gimmick that works in this case.

A real workout for the vocabulary.

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