Cooking with Fernet Branca (Gerald Samper, Book 1) by James Hamilton-Paterson PDF

By James Hamilton-Paterson

Publish yr note: First released in 2004

Gerald Samper, an effete Englishman, lives on a hilltop in Tuscany. he's a ghostwriter for celebrities, and a foodie, whose bizarre tastes contain 'Mussels in Chocolate and Garlic' and 'Fernet Branca Ice Cream'. His idyll is shattered by means of the coming of Marta, a vulgar girl from a former Soviet republic now run by way of gangsters, particularly male contributors of her kin. She is a composer in a neo-folk sort who claims to be writing a rating for a stylish Italian movie director. The neighbours' lives disastrously intertwine. The entourages of the rock superstar and the director come and cross; mysterious black helicopters deliver information of mayhem in Voynova, Marta's place of birth; and alongside the way in which the English obsession with Tuscany is satirized mercilessly.

Literary Awards
Man Booker Prize Nominee for Longlist (2004)

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S I M O N : What, the young lady is not in church ? Shirking? G RUS H A : I was dressed to go. But they needed another goose for the banquet. And they asked me to get it. I know about geese. s 1M o N : A goose? } I 'd like to see that goose. ) One must be on one's guard with women . " I only went for a fish , " they tell yo u, but it turns out to be something else. G RUS H A (walking resolutely toward him and showing him the goose}: There! If it isn't a fifteen-pound goose stuffed full of corn, I 'll eat the feathers.

You need time for a good quarrel . May I ask if the young lady still has parents? G R U S H A : No, j ust a brother. S I M O N : As time is short - my second question is this: Is the young lady as healthy as a fish in water? G R U S H A : I may have a pain in the right shoulder once in a while. Otherwise I 'm strong enough for my job. No one has complained. So far. s I M o N : That's well known. When it's Easter Sunday, and the question arises who'll run for the goose all the same, she'll be the one.

Horrified, she picks up her bundle again, and is about to leave when the s 1 N G E R starts to speak. She stands rooted to the spot. SINGER: As she was standing between courtyard and gate, She heard or she thought she heard a low voice calling. The child called to her, Not whining, but calling quite sensibly, Or so it seemed to her. "Woman," it said, "help me. " And it went on, not whining, but saying quite sensibly: " Know, woman, he who hears not a cry for help But passes by with troubled ears will never hear The gentle call of a lover nor the blackbi rd at dawn Nor the happy sigh of the tired grape-p icker as the Angelus rings .

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