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Gourmet Rhapsody

Muriel Barbery

In the heart of Paris, in the posh building made famous in The Elegance of the Hedgehog, the greatest food critic in the world is dying. Revered by some and reviled by many, Monsieur Pierre Arthens has been lording it over the world’s most esteemed chefs for years. But now, during these, his final hours, his mind has turned to simpler things. He is desperately searching for that singular flavor, that sublime something once sampled, never forgotten, the Flavor par excellence. Thus begins a charming voyage that traces the career of Monsieur Arthens from childhood to maturity across a celebration of all manner of culinary delights. Alternating with the voice of the supercilious Arthens is a chorus belonging to his acquaintances and familiars—relatives, lovers, a would-be protégé, even a cat. Each will have his or her say about Monsieur Arthens, a man who has inspired only extreme emotions in people. Here, as in The Elegance of the Hedgehog, Muriel Barbery’s story celebrates life’s simple pleasures and sublime moments while condemning the arrogance and vulgarity of power.

In the heart of Paris, in the posh building made famous in The Elegance of the Hedgehog, the greatest food critic in the world is dying. Revered by some and reviled by many, Monsieur Pierre Arthens has been lording it over the world’s most esteemed chefs for years. But now, during these, his final hours, his mind has turned to simpler things. He is desperately searching for that singular flavor, that sublime something once sampled, never forgotten, the Flavor par excellence. Thus begins a charming voyage that traces the career of Monsieur Arthens from childhood to maturity across a celebration of all manner of culinary delights. Alternating with the voice of the supercilious Arthens is a chorus belonging to his acquaintances and familiars—relatives, lovers, a would-be protégé, even a cat. Each will have his or her say about Monsieur Arthens, a man who has inspired only extreme emotions in people. Here, as in The Elegance of the Hedgehog, Muriel Barbery’s story celebrates life’s simple pleasures and sublime moments while condemning the arrogance and vulgarity of power.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

In the heart of Paris, in the posh building made famous in The Elegance of the Hedgehog, the greatest food critic in the world is dying. Revered by some and reviled by many, Monsieur Pierre Arthens has been lording it over the world’s most esteemed chefs for years. But now, during these, his final hours, his mind has turned to simpler things. He is desperately searching for that singular flavor, that sublime something once sampled, never forgotten, the Flavor par excellence. Thus begins a charming voyage that traces the career of Monsieur Arthens from childhood to maturity across a celebration of all manner of culinary delights. Alternating with the voice of the supercilious Arthens is a chorus belonging to his acquaintances and familiars—relatives, lovers, a would-be protégé, even a cat. Each will have his or her say about Monsieur Arthens, a man who has inspired only extreme emotions in people. Here, as in The Elegance of the Hedgehog, Muriel Barbery’s story celebrates life’s simple pleasures and sublime moments while condemning the arrogance and vulgarity of power.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Norman Dietz, Barbara Caruso, Eliza Foss, Heather Corrigan, Jean Brassard, Paula J Parker, Peter Larkin

Length:

4h 4m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:55


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:08


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

02:11


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:03


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

09:01


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:26


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

16:57


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

12:04


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:01


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

15:26


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:29


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

12:11


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:05


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:43


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:23


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

13:14


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:53


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

11:28


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:06


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

14:40


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:20


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:18


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:10


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

17:05


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

02:43


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

11:44


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

01:06


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

11:42


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:26


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

11:38


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

00:42