Jan 312014
 

 

Jean-Marie D’Aumout is the son of nobles who starved to death. An extraordinary person in extraordinary times. Eighteenth century France is a good place to be, if you’re noble and manage a little luck. Jean-Marie is obsessed with taste, science, and cooking. Grimwood leaves behind the speculative in this personal story of discovery of the limits of flavour and human ambition, and, no secret, the end of an era. The book is sensual and sexual and engaging; ts simple, matter of fact style belies the depth and truth of the story. A long, languorous pleasure, filled with texture. Read it.

 

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Sep 042013
 

 

Venice. 1407. Grimwood constructs, from the bones of reality, a slightly alternate retelling of a fascinating piece of history. Grimwood brings us to the poorest, the wealthiest, and those in between, unlocking Venetian secrets and laying bare plots and counterplots. Grimwood is a master of prose, parcelling out information to the reader, saying just enough, never too much, and drawing the reader in, dribbling in speculative elements – from German krieghund – werewolves to something darker, something that survives on some types of blood. Vampires are so over, now, but Grimwood brings them out of the darkness into medieval Venice. Top marks.

 

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