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In the Kitchen: A Novel Paperback – Bargain Price, May 11, 2010
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Yuri, a maintenance man at the hotel is found dead. An accident of course. The police come and an investigation ensues. Gabe is sure all is well until little surprises pop up. A young woman, Lena, in the country illegally has been living with Yuri and is homeless. Gabe takes her in and life as he knows it will never be the same.
At the same time, Gabe's father, Ted is dying of liver cancer. His sister, Jenny is doing the best she can to care for him and then Nana, their grandmother comes to live. Gabe must go home to see dad and set things right.
Charlie, Gabe's lovely girlfriend, is someone he wants to spend the rest of his life with. In between his job and Lena and his dad and Jenny and his work, things fall apart.
Mr Maddox runs the Imperial hotel and he has asked Gabe to investigate to see if there is anything amiss. Gabe takes notice and finds some things astray, but nothing comes together, easily.
Gabe, has made a pact with two businessmen to open a restaurant and Gabe will be the Chef. Life will be oh, so good and he will have his own place.
All of these people are depending upon Gabe to set things right. Gabe is a hard working man, centering his life on his job and Charlie until all the various factions come into play. The last two thirds of this novel will take you on a wild ride. Filled with many different people of all backgrounds, circumstances and life will become very difficult. All that Gabe thought he knew has turned completely topsy turvy.
Monica Ali has written a novel that will take us to many places, sweat shops, the inside workings of a restaurant, human trafficking and the degradation of humans and then, finally realization.
Highly Recommended, prisrob 06-25-09
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However, it simply did not deliver. I had to literally push myself thru this book. Ali failed to fully develop the MANY characters that she introduced into the story. Hence, it was too easy to either get them mixed up, or worse, to forget them altogether. By the time I was half-way thru the book, I didn't even care about the protagonist, Gabriel Lightfoot. AND...The "murder" had virtually NOTHING to do with the plot.
In short, it was a bit of a BOMB; I have to give this one a BIG THUMBS DOWN! ...NMR
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Jeez, What a pain to plow through. Too many characters with no development, Gabe the main character starts off digging...Read more