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History of a pleasure seeker

a novel

by Richard Mason

  • 136 Want to read
  • 21 Currently reading

Published by Vintage Books in New York .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Social conditions,
  • Young men,
  • Tutors and tutoring,
  • Ocean travel,
  • Fiction

  • About the Edition

    This opulent, romantic coming-of-age drama set at the height of Europe"s belle e poque, is about a young man - Piet Barol - with an instinctive appreciation for pleasure and a gift for finding it. Piet applies for a job as tutor to the troubled son of Europe"s leading hotelier: a child who refuses to leave his family"s mansion on Amsterdam"s grandest canal. As the young man enters this glittering world, he learns its secrets - and soon finds his life transformed.

    Edition Notes

    StatementRichard Mason
    Classifications
    LC ClassificationsPR6063.A7637 H57 2012c
    The Physical Object
    Pagination305 p. ;
    Number of Pages305
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL25760251M
    ISBN 100307949281
    ISBN 109780307949288
    LC Control Number2012474324
    OCLC/WorldCa783166289

    South African Richard Mason is the rare novelist who can write a very sexy book that never quite turns prurient. His History of a Pleasure Seeker (Knopf) is the sophisticated tale of a handsome Dutchman who signs on as a tutor for the son of a wealthy family in but ends up doing his best ministering to his charge's sex-starved mother. Lives change when his dalliance is . History of a Pleasure Seeker. About the Book History of a Pleasure Seeker. by Richard Mason. An opulent, romantic novel, written in the grand manner, set at the height of Europe's belle époque, about a handsome young man in his mids a golden boy who secures a position as a tutor in the household of one of the most prominent bourgeois.

    The History of a Pleasure Seeker is a strange book. At times I was close to giving up on it, at others totally engrossed. I think it was Dan Stevens's narration that kept me sticking with it - he is very good indeed at personifying the various characters. Get this from a library! History of a pleasure seeker. [Richard Mason] -- It is The Belle Epoque is in full swing. Piet Barol has escaped the drabness of the provinces for the grandest mansions in Amsterdam. As tutor to the son of Europe's wealthiest hotelier, he.

      ""--"The New York Times Book Review" "It's hard to imagine a better connoisseur of late 19th-century Europe's gilded delights than Piet Barol, the bisexual hero at the heart of Richard Mason's witty fourth novel, "History of a Pleasure Seeker.".. Think Balzac, but lighter and sexier - an exquisitely laced corset of a n show more/5(K).   ‘History of a Pleasure Seeker’ by Richard Mason. Author: Steven Cordova April 3, It’s a challenge keeping your critical skills up when reviewing a book like History of a Pleasure Seeker (Knopf), and I’m not saying that just because the novel’s author, Richard Mason, is attractive and everyone at Knopf knows it (my hardback review copy came complete with an .


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History of a Pleasure Seeker is a fun, frothy, sex romp. It's a book about class but there is nothing new to be learned here about "the haves" and "the have nots".

Mason creates an appealing setting - a upper class household in Amsterdam where Piet Barol comes to tutor the young, agoraphobic son Egbert and ingratiates himself into the /5. The information about History of a Pleasure Seeker shown above was first featured in "The BookBrowse Review" - BookBrowse's online-magazine that keeps our members abreast of notable and high-profile books publishing in the coming weeks.

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Author interviews, book reviews and lively book commentary are found here. Content includes books from bestselling, midlist and debut authors. A brilliantly written portrait of the senses, History of a Pleasure Seeker is an opulent, romantic coming-of-age drama set at the height of Europe’s Belle Époque, written with a lightness of touch that is wholly modern and original.

History of a Pleasure Seeker could have been disastrous; instead it's an enthralling, perfectly paced romp that breathes new life into the picaresque genre. The story ends with Piet and his new. History of a Pleasure Seeker is a brilliantly written portrait of the senses, a novel about pleasure and those who are in search of it; those who embrace it, luxuriate in it, need it; and those who deprive themselves of it as they do those they love.

It is a book that will beguile and transport you—to another world, another time, another. For readers who come to a book by Knopf expecting more than a quick read, the author has missed opportunities in crafting History of a Pleasure Seeker.

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About History of a Pleasure Seeker. From the acclaimed author of The Drowning People (“A literary sensation” —The New York Times Book Review) and Natural Elements (“A magnum opus” —The New Yorker), an opulent, romantic coming-of-age drama set at the height of Europe’s belle époque, written in the grand tradition with a lightness of touch that is wholly.

History of a Pleasure Seeker NPR coverage of History of a Pleasure Seeker by Richard Mason. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more. HISTORY OF A PLEASURE SEEKER is clearly set up to have a sequel, as Barol ends the novel on the cusp of an entirely different life, on a different continent (and with the words "To Be Continued ").

The rapid change of scene that happens two-thirds of the way through the book may disappoint some readers who have become fond of Barol's Dutch.

History of a Pleasure Seeker is a fantastic read!!!. I am a 50 year old heterosexual American guy whose reading preferences are normally geared toward anything dealing with current events, and military special forces.

I ended up reading a review of this book in the Herald Tribune while on a flight from Karachi/5(92). Richard Mason’s History of a Pleasure Seeker seduces from page one. A lighthearted follow-up to ’s Natural Elements and set during the Belle Époque, this lushly told story of a beautiful young man’s attempts to get ahead teases the imagination from its first baiting sentence.

Piet Barol, dark-haired, blue-eyed, lovely-lipped, leaves his meager world of outhouses, cold baths. "History of a Pleasure Seeker" is a brilliantly written portrait of the senses, a novel about pleasure and those who are in search of it; those who embrace it, luxuriate in it, need it; and those who deprive themselves of it as they do those they love.

“Set in Amsterdam during the Belle Epoque, History of a Pleasure Seeker follows Piet Bartol, the poor but cultured young tutor to a wealthy Dutch family. Piet is determined to drink life to the fullest, and this ambition alters not only his own life, but also the lives of those around him.

February HISTORY OF A PLEASURE SEEKER by Richard Mason is set in Amsterdam at the turn of the 20th century at the height of Europe’s Belle Époque. The book isa fast-paced story that is full of great atmospheric detail. From the rich descriptions, I immediately felt like I was inside one of the homes on the Gilded Curve with the main character Piet Barol, an attractive.

The questions, discussion topics, and reading list that follow are intended to enhance your reading group’s discussion of History of a Pleasure Seeker, the elegant, beguiling, and erotic new novel by Richard Mason, acclaimed author of The Drowning People and Natural Elements. Who is the “pleasure seeker” of the title?/5(30).

Free 2-day shipping. Buy History of a Pleasure Seeker - eBook at   History of a Pleasure Seeker is South African-born Richard Mason's fourth novel. He published his first novel, the acclaimed The Drowning People, inwhen he was j before he attended Oxford.

He used profits from the book's sales of more than a million copies to start a foundation that helps underprivileged South African children. History of a Pleasure Seeker Richard Mason, Knopf Doubleday pp. ISBN Summary From the acclaimed author of The Drowning People (“A literary sensation” —The New York Times Book Review) and Natural Elements (“A magnum opus” —The New Yorker), an opulent, romantic coming-of-age drama set at the height of Europe’s belle.

My only regret about “History of a Pleasure Seeker” (apart from its silly title) is that it didn’t go on for several hundred pages more. [email protected] HISTORY OF A PLEASURE SEEKER. History of A Pleasure Seeker A Novel (Book): Mason, Richard: From the acclaimed author of The Drowning People (A literary sensation -- The New York Times Book Review) and Natural Elements (A magnum opus -- The New Yorker), an opulent, romantic coming-of-age drama set at the height of Europe's belle époque, written in the grand tradition ."History of a Pleasure Seeker" is a brilliantly written portrait of the senses, a novel about pleasure and those who are in search of it; those who embrace it, luxuriate in it, need it; and those who deprive themselves of it as they do those they love.

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