History of A Pleasure-seeker

History of A Pleasure-seeker


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This book is an opulent, romantic novel, written in the grand manner, set at the height of Europe's belle epoque, about a handsome young man in his mid-twenties, a golden boy who secures a position as a tutor in the household of one of the most prominent bourgeois families in Amsterdam and his entry into a world of moneyed glamour and dangerous temptations. Piet Barol, blue-eyed, dark-haired, seductive and seductively charged, enters this magnificent world, and inexorably learns the hidden truths of this vastly rich, secretive family and, through the course of the novel, is profoundly transformed as his charm and sexual pull transform each of their lives. In the heady exhilaration of this new world, amid delights and temptations that Piet has only dreamed of, he discovers that some of the intimacies he has cultivated are dangerous liaisons indeed.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf Inc., 2012.
ISBN: 9780307599476
Characteristics: 277 p. ; 25cm.


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FW_librarian Nov 05, 2014

One reviewer compared this book to Henry James' stories and style - it's true with a more modern sexual-edge which made me think of how I felt when I first read, Lady Chatterley's Lover. Great pleasure reading (no pun intended!).

WVMLStaffPicks May 31, 2013

“The adventures of adolescence had taught Piet Barol that he was extremely attractive to most women and to many men. He was old enough to be pragmatic about this advantage.” The division of social classes in 1907 Amsterdam is clearly drawn, but with beauty, charm, wit and sheer audacity, Piet pursues the finest existence—and to the delight of the reader (who’s as enchanted by Piet as everyone else) wins success at every turn! A playful, literary page-turner about deprivation and indulgence, risk and reward, not for the bashful.

Jan 08, 2013

A bit of Upstairs-Downstairs, set in Amsterdam in the Belle Epoque, and a hilarious take on a young man’s sexual awakening. Quick, easy read for you ADHD types. The protagonist is a bit shallow and the sex is prolific, but readers shouldn't let that scare them off. It's all in good fun..

Jul 04, 2012

A great romp of a story, set mostly in Europe, during the Belle-Epoque. A glimpse of life for the upper crust.

bdemian Apr 17, 2012

Engrossing and meticulously researched (except for a couple errors about the building & opening of the Plaza hotel), with indelible characters, rich atmosphere, and some of the least embarassing sex scenes ever. Parallels to Pasolini's 'Teorema,' wherein the irresistible youth seduces/charms each member of the family.

Mar 26, 2012

Reviewed in KC Star 3/25/12


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