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The Waiter
The Waiter | Matias Faldbakken
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Welcome to The Hills, Oslos most esteemed restaurant, an institution stewed in tradition and clinging to the faded grandeur of old Europe. A neurotic waiter tends to the desires of his regular and irregular clientele. Aristocrats and artistes, wealthy widows and roguish entrepreneurs, he observes all their dramas with a wit as sharp as a filleting knife. From the failed actor who sits alone and in disgrace, to the abandoned school girl left to her own devices, to Mr Graham The Pig, the most demanding of them all, who today is awaiting a significant guest. And she is late... Exquisitely observed and wickedly playful, THE WAITER is a novel for lovers of food, wine, and of European sensibilities, but also for anyone who has ever been in a restaurant, either side of the service
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Erofan
The Waiter | Matias Faldbakken
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I love to read exciting and adventure novels, but sometimes I want to plunge into everyday life. So now I decided to pay attention to the novel by Norwegian writer Matias Faldbakken.
Who's the Waiter? He's the man no one notices. But he notices everyone and everything! 💁‍♂️
#currentlyreading

Tex2Flo Intriguing! 3mo
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Bookboss
The Waiter | Matias Faldbakken
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Faldbakken is a Norwegian author. His novel follows a waiter who works in an old fancy restaurant. It really doesn‘t have a compelling plot, but it explores the eccentricities of the customers and the waiter himself. The setting and characters are well done and entertaining, but it may not be for you if you require a well designed plot.

mreads 😻 4mo
Curiouser_and_curiouser Love your pussy cat xx 4mo
Bookboss He is a good boy. 4mo
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Abailliekaras
The Waiter | Matias Faldbakken
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Pickpick

An interesting book. Overall too digressive and didn‘t get to the heart of the matter, so the story was unclear. But the narrator, a highly-sensitive aesthete who seems to unravel, is well realised & some of the vignettes are truly comic - slices of restaurant life, acutely observed. The customers are pompous &/or hedonistic, but don‘t change; there‘s a mysterious woman who drinks a quadruple espresso (respect) & unsettles the waiter. 🤔Fun read.

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Abailliekaras
The Waiter | Matias Faldbakken
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I love this quote. You have to draw a line in the sand somewhere! ☕️😂

CarolynM A cafe staff member once told me that she and her colleagues called a skinny decaf a "why bother?"? 10mo
Abailliekaras @CarolynM I‘m with her! 10mo
batsy @CarolynM Hahaha! Where's the lie 😂 10mo
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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
The Waiter | Matias Faldbakken
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Mehso-so

🤷‍♀️ I liked reading it, and some observations made me chuckle, but nothing happens. Kinda like Nicholson Baker? It‘s a waiter‘s observations of his regular patrons in a classic, well-loved, historic restaurant. Interesting, entertaining, but not sure that I loved it.

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MrBook
The Waiter | Matias Faldbakken
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#TBRtemptation post 1! #BEA18 Edition! The Hills is Oslo's most esteemed restaurant, adhering to old Europe's grandeur. A neurotic waiter tends to the clientele--aristocrats, artists, entrepreneurs, wealthy widows--and watches their love's dramas unfold. This is a novel for lovers of food, wine, European sensibilities, and those who frequent restaurants in front of or behind the scenes. #blameLitsy #blameMrBook 😎

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I requested this ARC on Edelweiss 🤞 1y
LeahBergen Yes, please! 1y
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