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Like Reading With Your Tastebuds,
This review is from: The Hundred-Foot Journey: A Novel (Hardcover)
I loved this book. It's like 'Slumdog Millionaire' meets 'Ratatouille'. That's actually a gross over-generalization, but it shares some of the best elements of both: the ambition to rise above one's circumstances, a struggle for expression through fine cuisine, and a warmth and humor in the telling, all set against the back drop of Bombay, London and France.
The characters are rich and deeply drawn. The writing is beautiful and well-paced. The originality of the prose is startling. It is told in the first person by Hassan Haji - the voice is humble, confident, and utterly believable. The author's use of language to portray the aromas, textures and tastes of the many ingredients and dishes he describes is more than convincing - it's like reading with your taste buds.
It will make a great movie some day. But the director will have a challenge on his hands trying to replicate the beauty of Morais' prose.