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The Book of Salt
The Book of Salt
Author: Monique Truong
The Book of Salt serves up a wholly original take on Paris in the 1930s through the eyes of Binh, the Vietnamese cook employed by Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas. Viewing his famous mesdames and their entourage from the kitchen of their rue de Fleurus home, Binh observes their domestic entanglements while seeking his own place in the world. ...  more
ISBN-13: 9780099455455
ISBN-10: 0099455455
Publication Date: 7/1/2004
Pages: 276
Edition: New Ed
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2.5 stars, based on 2 ratings
Publisher: Vintage
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 4
A New York Times Notable Book - life of Vietnamese cook working for Gertrude Stein and Alice B Toklas in Paris. Very sad that this gay young man's' life was so undermined by circumstances and the people around him. Lyrical writing. Look for all mentions of the sources of salt.
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Helpful Score: 3
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is well-written and imaginative. I love a book that makes me think and inspires me to learn more. The Book of Salt sparked me to research how Stein and Toklas, two Jewish lesbians, managed to live in occupied France during the Nazi reign. Google is your friend
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Helpful Score: 2
Very introspective book. Little action, not plot-driven. Narrator is the main character.
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Unusual and imaginative.
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I expected this well-written book to have more about Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas living in Paris than it did, but it focuses more on the main character, their Vietnamese cook, through whose eyes we see them. Besides his "Mesdames," Binh's narrative is about his abusive father and self-sacrificing mother back in Vietnam, and his homosexual loves and adventures. The book ends abruptly when Stein and Toklas leave for the United States - without him.
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