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Praise for THE DEVIL’S LARDER. One subversive, lyrical banquet.

Praise for THE DEVIL’S LARDER. Disquieting yet somehow affirming, this is poetic manna for the imaginary soul, and if not from heaven, then from an even more tempting, voluptuous recess’.

There might be lizard in the pot or some unlisted insect, in no book. Crace Jim - The Devil's Larder - скачать книгу.

A devil or a god? It’s tempting just to stab it with a knife. There might be lizard in the pot or some unlisted insect, in no book. We are prepared for monkey, rat or dog. Offal is a possibility, a rare and testing part we’ve never had before, some esoteric organ stained yellow in the turmeric.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. THE DEVIL'S LARDER is a cumulative novel in sixty-four parts, all on the subject of food. Crace's readers might learn that little is to be trusted about food from these hilarious.

Just ask the way if you get lost or muddled in the yards and alleyways our’. So, for a month or two, its tables are reserved by detourists, as we call them, and regulars like the Fiat garage workers and the women from the trade exchange must eat elsewhere. The menu is a simple one. It has not changed for seven years at least and will not change until she dies, the owner says.

Continent, Crace's first book, was published in 1986. The book's sale to America enabled him to leave journalism and concentrate on writing books. Rev. of The Devil's Larder by Jim Crace. Continent consists of seven stories united by their setting and themes. It won the Whitbread First Novel of the Year Award, the David Higham Prize for Fiction, and the Guardian Fiction prize. New York Times critic Robert Olen Butler called it "brilliant, provocative and delightful". New York: The New Press, 2004.

The Devil's Larder Jim Crace Viking £1. 9, pp193. Like good soup, Jim Crace's writing is deceptively understated in appearance, yet its nourishing fodder invariably sees off more flamboyant menu-toppers. So it seems fitting that soup features recurrently throughout these 64 short poetic fictions drawn together in one subversive, lyrical banquet. The title is drawn from Visitations, the 'lost' book of the Bible, which asserts that 'There are no bitter fruits in Heaven, nor is there honey in the Devil's Larder'.

The Devil's Larder book. English author, Jim Crace, winner of last year’s National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction with Being Dead, brings another novel of a most unique variety

The Devil's Larder book. English author, Jim Crace, winner of last year’s National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction with Being Dead, brings another novel of a most unique variety. The Devil’s Larder is a collection of sixty-four very short stories, all with one thing in common – food. Here Crace has really stretched his creative talents, producing a masterpiece of the most unusual kind.

Jim Crace is the author of Continent, The Gift of Stones, Arcadia, Signals of Distress, Quarantine (1998 Whitbread Novel of the Year; shortlisted for the Booker Prize), Being Dead (2001 National Book Critics' Circle Award), The Devil's Larder, Six and The Pesthouse. In 1999 Jim Crace was elected to the Royal Society of Literature.

The Devil's Larder is a novel in sixty-four parts, exploring our deepest human concerns - love, hate, hopes and desires - through our relationship with food. Packed with delightful and subversive ingredients, with behaviour more suited to the bedroom than to the table, and with the most curious and idosyncratic of diners, this is a sensuous portrait of a community where meals are served with lashings of passion and recipes come spiced with unexpected challenges and hopes.

A sumptuous, scintillating stew of sixty four short fictions about appetite, food, and the objects of our desireAll great meals, it has been said, lead to discussions of either sex or death, and The Devil's Larder, in typical Cracean fashion, leads to both. Here are sixty four short fictions of at times Joycean beauty--about schoolgirls hunting for razor clams in the strand; or searching for soup-stones to take out the fishiness of fish but to preserve the flavor of the sea; or about a mother and daughter tasting food in one another's mouth to see if people really do taste things differently--and at other times, of Mephistophelean mischief: about the woman who seasoned her food with the remains of her cremated cat, and later, her husband, only to hear a voice singing from her stomach (you can't swallow grief, she was advised); or the restaurant known as "The Air & Light," the place to be in this small coastal town that serves as the backdrop for Crace's gastronomic flights of fancy, but where no food or beverage is actually served, though a 12 percent surcharge is imposed just for just sitting there and being seen.Food for thought in the best sense of the term, The Devil's Larder is another delectable work of fiction by a 2001 winner of The National Book Critics Circle Award.

Comments: (7)

Stanober
Go ahead--take a bite. If you believe your tastes are too pedestrian for the gourmet literary feast served up by Jim Crace in "The Devil's Larder", think again. These tiny tales of human beings and their gustatory obsessions contain the full spectrum of flavors for gourmand and epicure alike.
It's this accessibility that makes Crace one of the most evocative writers of short fiction working today. While it may seem a highbrow undertaking to prepare sixty four miniature stories about food and serve them as a meal, the book never exudes an air of snobbery or literary exclusiveness. Food, in Crace's rendering, is the most democratizing element in the world, through which people and their secrets can be rolled back like a slowly opening can of sardines.
The stories' brevity is their most astonishing strength. With words sprinkled with loving artistry over the pages like ingredients in a souffle, each tale evokes a passion, a pain, a longing, a regret, which many novelists fail to capture in work thousands of times as long. And, while of course each story stands on its own, the thematic integrity of the work makes it feel like a complete five course feast, disguised as a banquet of delectable one-bite hors-d'oeuvres.
What is an aubergine? A rose hip? A cheroot? The author might not expect his readers to know, but to imagine. And it's in daring us to imagine that Crace, a master-chef of the English language, leaves us with a greater sense of who we are and what we might become.
JOGETIME
Jim Crace has done it again! This author's richly faceted mind manages to find succinct stories from the most bizarre premises. Whether he is re-telling the Jesus-in-the-wilderness tale from the bible, or exploring the decaying bodies of an older married couple to dissect their premorbid lives, or, as in this instance, pausing on any number of theme and variations on the food fugue, he is extraordinarily successful. Why? The answer lies not only in the fact that he has a startlingly rich fantasy life, but that he is a consummately fine writer. Many of the 64 flights of fancy which comprise "The Devil's Larder" suggest free association thoughts that each of us encounters when a visual or gustatory or aural stimulus springs us forward into a sea of memory - stories read before, moments of orgiastic pleasure or flight and fright response. Crace uses such streams of conscious associations and brings them to the table for our feasting. The stories (or thoughts written) at first seem to be completely unrelated, but just as it is difficult not to leave fingerprints behind on the history of our fantasies, Crace creates or encounters wholly believable characters in the space of a few paragraphs or sentences and these creations are indelibly Crace. What a craftsman....and what a writer. These pages contain some of the most visual poetry being written today! Where will he take us next?
GAMER
What a beautiful little book! I first read Jim Crace with his book Quarantine and I also read Being Dead--a very good book. This book, however, is the best of the lot. Yes, it is brief but its language is beautiful and its themes varied. It is at times funny, thought-provoking, poignant and always lovely.
It is not, in fact, a novel but rather 64 short vignettes. As the title implies, the connecting theme throughout the stories is the appearance of food in one way or another. I had thought that I might point out what some of the better vignettes are but they are all so good and they are so varied that I can't pick just a few to discuss without denigrating others without reason.
This is a very short book that can easily be read in one sitting so give it a try. Then, once you've read it once, go back and read it again, bit by bit. It's worth it.
Samut
Mr. Crace's collection of short stories (or should I call them vignettes) are full of images imbued with layers of meaning, much as a special dish has layers of flavor. Yet the tales are told with a minimum of verbiage. I first read this collection several years ago and have come back to it this year as one of these stories has special significance for me. I'd forgotten how good they all are.
the monster
Wonderful book full of stories to savor
Runeterror
Not a novel, not a collection, but a tossed medley of fresh sentences and compelling parings. Recommended for anyone with a love for humor, lyricism, history, family, hunger, and food.
Zorve
superb short stories by the top English author of his generation, read all his work to get the complete overview of how great he really is
Great stories. Everyone a little different
The Devil's Larder download epub
Short Stories & Anthologies
Author: Jim Crace
ISBN: 0374138591
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: Short Stories & Anthologies
Language: English
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 1st edition (October 7, 2001)
Pages: 176 pages