- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Scribner; Reprint edition (August 9, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1439165653
- ISBN-13: 978-1439165652
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,157 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Richard C. Morais is the editor of Penta, a Barron’s website and quarterly magazine. An American raised in Switzerland, Morais has lived most of his life overseas, returning to the United States in 2003. He is the author of The Hundred-Foot Journey and Buddhaland Brooklyn. He lives in New York City.
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Then I hit the middle of the book and everything skidded to a halt. The story just seemed to stop, the characters became two-dimensional, and instead of a story I was reading some Time Magazine "Lifetime in review" of the chef. I have no idea what happened. Where did the interesting people go? Where did the storyline go? Was this even written by the same author? The beautiful prose was still there, there was just no character development, no plot, no humor, no point.
I'd still recommend people read this book because the first half is sooooo good. I just wish, I really wish, that the author would go back and fix the second half. Or just cut the book in half and end in Lumiere. I hear this will be made into a movie, so I hope the movie fixes the blatant flaws in the story-telling.
That being said, I look forward to reading other work by this same author, because I know he can write (btw he is a journalist by trade). I just hope some editor can sit down and help him fix his plots so he can produce a more cohesive novel in future.
For example, when a key character - key to his entire life's success - declines and dies, he never visits this person. Since Hassan is fictional, that just seems weird. It's either lazy writing, or the author is trying to say something cold about Hassan...but that wasn't true of Hassan at any point in this book.
And since he obviously made certain choices about love and family, how did he feel about those choices at the end of the book? And the award that Hassan won - the deux ex machina of this story - was given just as he seemed to be unsure about whether he really wanted to be in the biz anymore, so why would that reignite his zeal? Which it seemed to do, although the book ended there, so I don't actually know.
Yet I devoured the book, because there was dramatic tension. I wanted to know what Hassan would do as a mature man. Would he start a family? Move back to India? Tell Michelin to stick it, leave Paris, and move to the country? Nope. The story just ends. My emotion on finishing the book was to mutter, ¨That's it?¨ Can't wait to see why they made it a movie.
Let me continue by noting that the movie is the PG tangent of the book. They are very, very different - and I like the movie better, likely due to the aforementioned fact that I saw it first. It captures a magic only hinted at in the book.
Richard Morais writes well, and engages the reader; I can almost smell the food he describes. The problem is, I got more than a noseful of a lot of stuff in the book that I didn't need or want. I honestly felt terrible that I had recommended the book for book club - and in my birthday month, no less. The only up-side was having Indian food for our book-club dinner!
I had no idea the level of language in the book - or that there would be sex scenes. I'm sure they are tame compared to what else is out there (50 Shades, anyone? - and no, I haven't read that, nor will I) - but I felt the language and steamy content were absolutely unnecessary. And really? Hassan falls in love (lust) with his cousin? Sorry ... that was ridiculous imho.
I can't tell you how many times I nearly stopped reading the book; if I'd bought a hard-copy version rather than Kindle, I would have made a special trip to Half-Price Books just to get it off my hands. Not my favorite, nor recommended.