- Plastic Comb: 240 pages
- Publisher: Picador; First Printing edition (22 Mar. 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0330344544
- ISBN-13: 978-0330344548
- Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.7 x 2.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,504,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Debt to Pleasure Plastic Comb – 22 Mar 1996
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A gorgeous, dark, and sensuous book that is part cookbook, part thriller, part eccentric philosophical treatise, reminiscent of perhaps the greatest of all books on food, Jean-Anthelme Brillat Savarin's The Physiology of Taste. Join Tarquin Winot as he embarks on a journey of the senses, regaling us with his wickedly funny, poisonously opinionated meditations on everything from the erotics of dislike to the psychology of a menu, from the perverse history of the peach to the brutalisation of the palate, from cheese as "the corpse of milk" to the binding action of blood. --Sue Sheph --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The chilling, deluded Tarquin is the best character to come out of an English novel since Charles Dickens put pen to paper (Tatler)
Reading between the lines to discover what Tarquin is up to is enormous, sinister fun . . .dazzling, languidly brilliant, his verbal flourishes are irresistible (James Walton Daily Telegraph)
A fully achieved work of art . . .a triumph. You have to salute the real thing. The Debt to Pleasure is a major work, a supreme literary construct that's also deliriously entertaining. Even the recipes are gorgeously seductive; several pages of my copy are flecked with stains of ragu and ratatouille to mark the moments when I could stand temptation no more (John Walsh Independent)
Coruscatingly, horribly funny . . . a cunning commentary on art, appetite, jealousy and failure. Tarquin is a splendid creation, genuinely learned (the scholarship is dazzling), poisonously bigoted and wholly mad (John Banville Observer)
Entertaining, crafty and insouciantly macabre . . . a glittering performance that . . . provides the pleasure that comes from good writing. The Debt to Pleasure is Nabokovian in its wrynessand delight with words (New York Times) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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That some reviewers found the book disturbing or unsettling seems rather odd. Well-cultured and well-spoken psychopaths are hardly a new phenomenon in either literature or real life, and that's essentially what Tarquin is. It's possible that this disquiet comes from the reader becoming enamored of Tarquin and then finding out his true nature at the very end, but this seems exceedingly unlikely. For all Lanchester's skill, Tarquin's "secret" is fairly evident quite early on, via a number of extremely broad hints, so that readers who are paying any kind of attention will quickly realize that all is not as it might seem. In the end, it's a fairly clever and certainly well-written character study, with a dark secret that is unearthed rather too soon for the book to be entirely satisfactory. Still, it is clear Lanchester is a writer worth watching.
For the expansion, take one novel closely related to cooking and read. Do try the recipes, but proceed with care. Cook things right through before committing to taste. John Lanchester's The Debt to Pleasure is my recommendation. It's a highly original, highly informative cookbook written by one Tarquin Winot, an expert in the field.
In one of the most original books I have ever read, John Lanchester creates a real anti-hero. Too often the concept is ironed onto a character who is just a naughty boy doing naughty, often repulsive things, the concept of "hero" being often ignored. Tarquin Winot, the anti-hero of The Debt to Pleasure, is a brilliant and learned cook. He is also highly creative, using ingredients that only those who might cook with a purpose would choose to use. He is also something of a psychopath, perhaps. That is for you to judge. But he has survived to write his cookbook and apparently savours his retirement, courtesy of those he has fed.
The Debt to Pleasure is a superb novel.Read more ›
This is everything failed attampts to create a consumist monster (like Patrick Bateman in Brett Easton Ellis's American Psycho)didn't achieve. Lanchester is saying that just because a person is rich or intelligent it doesn't make them good.
Lanchester's narrative is as rich as christmas pudding. The best thing about it though is its slight ambiguity- you need to keep reading it to understand everything that's going on...and to read those recipes, of course.
It is almost worth buying the book for the Marmite reference alone.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am afraid l am with those who admired this book rather than enjoyed it. As others have pointed out the writing is brilliant but the book is less than engaging because there is... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jonathan Talbot
Entertaining read-have been reading John Lanchester novels recently, and this being his first novel of fiction. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Teasel
John Lanchester’s 1996 debut novel is quite unlike anything else that I have read. Written in the form of a 'food menu’ and following the episodic life of food junkie and snob,... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Keith M
Pompous verbosity is what springs to mind. I am not the least bit interested in culinary acrobatics, so that bit bored me to tears. Read morePublished 14 months ago by E H H Cull
disappointed to find that this was an ex-library stock with discarded by such and such library stamped inside and obviously read by many people, I wish this had been pointed out at... Read morePublished 14 months ago by MRS C A EGLINGTON
Arrived super fast and in pristine condition. I chose this as having been strongly recommended by Alexander Armstrong on Annie's book review program. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Autumnalred
A bit disappointing as it was recommended by Alexander Armstrong.
it was quite amusing in places, and i confess entertaining as a book, but i expected it to be more... Read more