8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Engaging story if you are intrigued by the premise and have the patience to read and savor,
This review is from: The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World's Greatest Piece of Cheese (Hardcover)
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I'm a sucker for stories about storytelling. And I love me a good tale and storyteller--and I was indeed intrigued and seduced by the title: "The Telling Room". I'm not sure the author is necessarily the most interesting storyteller I've read and that this tale is one that will appeal to everyone. But, it struck a chord with me as I made my way (slowly, very slowly) through this tale.
If you're a foodie, if you love Spain and Spanish-related themes, if you are not put off by details, including footnotes...and you have patience, this book might be worth a read. You will know soon enough if you are engaged enough to want to read on. Cheese plays a part in this, but this is not really a story about a piece of cheese.
This is what I call one of those pick-it-up, put-it-down stories. Engrossing enough to read and finish (over a longer period than it takes me to read books of a similar size) but not necessarily one of those you cannot put it down ones that keep you up at night. This isn't Peter Mayle on Provence or Frances Mayes on Italy.
But the author reveals a very interesting slice of life in the Spanish town of Guzman and I really was intrigued by Ambrosio, the real-life Spanish cheesemaker who is at the center of the story. It was a welcome respite to slip away as it were, to the time and place of this tale. Some might categorize it as summer/warm-weather read in that it doesn't require a lot from you but patience for the unfolding of the story. (And it might make a good read for a long airplane flight.)