The Cook

The Cook The Cook opens with Conrad nearly seven feet tall gaunt and dressed all in black arriving on his bicycle in the town of Cobb He quickly secures a job as cook for the wealthy Hill family winning t

  • Title: The Cook
  • Author: Harry Kressing
  • ISBN: 9780345317216
  • Page: 123
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • The Cook opens with Conrad, nearly seven feet tall, gaunt, and dressed all in black, arriving on his bicycle in the town of Cobb He quickly secures a job as cook for the wealthy Hill family, winning their hearts and stomachs with his delectable dishes, and before long he has everyone around him eating out of his hand But Conrad has a sinister, inscrutable plan in view, aThe Cook opens with Conrad, nearly seven feet tall, gaunt, and dressed all in black, arriving on his bicycle in the town of Cobb He quickly secures a job as cook for the wealthy Hill family, winning their hearts and stomachs with his delectable dishes, and before long he has everyone around him eating out of his hand But Conrad has a sinister, inscrutable plan in view, and after becoming master of their palates, next may be their souls A mouth watering blend of delicious black humor and Kafkaesque horror story, The Cook 1965 is a dark fable beginning in a vein of innocent fairy tale and ending with satanic revels The Observer Long out of print, this cult classic returns in a new edition featuring Milton Glaser s iconic dust jacket art from the first edition I have much enjoyed The Cook, for I am very fond of Satan My congratulations to Mr Kressing on his achievement John Fowles A finely wrought, captivating tale of suspense a superior entertainment Detroit News I haven t been so gripped by any first novel since Lord of the Flies Irving Wardle, The Observer A fable, part diabolique, part diversion high originality, some style, and a come on which assures that it will be read at one sitting Kirkus Reviews

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    1. An extremely bizarre book of which I hardly know what to make. I enjoyed reading it, but was left with a strange feeling of having been manipulated somehow, like the characters of this book. It is written like a legend - it never tells you when and where the events take place. With no background, all you're left with are the characters and plot. The only interesting character is Konrad, the cook. The others are mere shadows. IS he supposed to be the devil, using people's cravings against them an [...]

    2. Little known but nonetheless fantastic. True horror written by a man with a mind unfettered by convention.Just out of curiosity I checked . It has a five-star rating and is available used, in paperback, starting at $33. I have a First Printing hardback which I got for 75 cents at a yard sale. I shall now move it from the back bedroom to the safe.It's not for sale.

    3. Es casi imposible hacer un review de esto sin hacer spoilers(view spoiler)[Al principio parece una historia normal (de un cocinero), pero de a poco se hace "rara". El final es bastante predecible todo, y no se explica (¿se sobreentiende?) porqué todo termina así. (hide spoiler)]Muy buena.

    4. No me gustó,,, puedo decir que está bien pero a mí no me gustó. El interés de las primeras páginas se va apagando con una prosa muy facilista y situaciones totalmente previsibles y sin sorpresa, salvo por un final descolocado de nivel de me importa poco lo que pase y un vale todo plagado de incongruencias. No hay nada relacionado a la cocina y sus sabores, preparaciones. El protagonista se pasa de déspota y nunca crea empatía. Primer bodrio que me fumo de la editorial. Una pena,, lo enca [...]

    5. With this book and me, it was love at first sight. The original cover was designed by Milton Glaser and when I saw it in design school I was straight smitten. Imagine this: g-ecxages-amazon/images without the blurb, the pocket logo, the "A Novel" identifier. Anyway, I was into it. So I went to find/buy a copy online, and discovered it ran for around $200, since it's totally out of print. Here's why:The book isn't good. The main character, a mysterious figure who shows up at a rich family's mansi [...]

    6. Another lost gem uncovered by Valancourt. A rich confection of fable, fairy story and dark, deepening horror. You'll find the enigmatic Conrad has a dish for even the most discerning palate Highly recommended

    7. By far the most bizarre reading experiencing I have ever had. I have so many questions.What a fantastic, well-written, beautifully odd book.

    8. Un cocinero que de manera inteligente y despiadada manipula a los demás personajes. Si bien tiene situaciones predecibles el autor con un uso excelente de la ironía logra una simple y atrapante lectura.

    9. I'm not sure what I can say about this book that hasn't already been said - an unusual tale of diabolical manipulation and gluttony. I'm not sure if Conrad's odd influence on people was due to his food, his personality or both. Why was everyone so easily manipulated and why did they not resent it? A thought-provoking read - thanks for sharing it!

    10. I found this book on my grandfather's bookshelf years ago. It was an old edition, and it had a very creepy looking cover. It's a fantastic, quick read for a rainy Fall weekend.

    11. Tre stelle e mezza.Una favola nerissima, dove il cibo è la materializzazione dell’energia vitale, una grandezza che, nell’universo vagamente claustrofobico della città di Cobb, sembra una risorsa a somma zero: se qualcuno ingrassa e prospera, qualcun altro dovrà deperire e financo morire. Il demiurgo che, a suo capriccio e piacimento, gestisce con luciferina e imperscrutabile maestria l’equilibrio di questo piccolo sistema chiuso è Conrad, un misterioso cuoco che compare improvvisament [...]

    12. La nota editoriale a chiusura del romanzo si chiede chi si celava dietro ad Harry Kressing, l’uomo del mistero. E infatti, aggiungo io, chi si celava dietro di lui? Forse una donna antenata di quelle dei nostri anni, morbosamente malata con la forma fisica e i kg di troppo? O forse un dietologo, desideroso di far passare, con la scusa di un romanzo di un altro genere, il messaggio “occhio al cibo?” O forse, molto più semplicemente un pazzo? Io sono ancora qua a chiedermelo. Questo abomini [...]

    13. →Recensione completa su THE BOOKISH TEAPOT: thebookishteapot/2Gordon Ramsey una volta disse: "non si entra in cucina per diventare ricchi".Naturalmente questa sua affermazione era rivolta ai suoi cuochi di Hell's Kitchen, ma se tra di loro ci fosse stato anche Conrad Venn - personaggio protagonista di questo libro -, sarebbe riuscito ad arrivare in finale? O, nell'intento, avrebbe trovato in Ramsey qualcuno con cui combattere?Conrad Venn è un cuoco eccelso che ha fatto del cibo e della buona [...]

    14. הסיפור קולח וקריא (פרט לקטע אלים פיזית באמצע הספר שנאלצתי לקרוא אותו ברפרוף, למזלי הוא היה היחיד) והוא מתעסק יותר ברעיון של דמות מניפולטיבית שמשפיעה על כל הסביבה שלה, תוך כדי הפעלת מניפולציות מסיביות על הקורא.הדמויות הן הצד החלש של העסק, האיפיון שלהם שטחי, ולדמויות הנשיות של ד [...]

    15. This was an addicting read, though I’m not entirely sure why. Much like the characters in the book, I became addicted. Surely there must be some hidden meaning, some symbolism.right?I think the character of Dr. Law had a pretty accurate quote later in the book, which sums it up pretty well:“This is all your doing, sir . . .”Conrad looked at him coldly. “Are you asking me or making a statement?”“I don’t know, sir,” Dr. Law said. “I really don’t know.”

    16. A combination of simple story with simple characters and a delicious deviousness that is cleverly written to convey a sense of humor and dread simultaneously. There are few psychological stories that match this short but sweet tale. I highly recommend this book to all readers everwhere. It's a fine wine, a gourmet meal, a pastry of unimaginable delight with a sinister smile

    17. Surreal, fascinating, mysterious, hard to know what to say about this book. It's a cult classic apparently. Certainly different and unforgettable.

    18. I've read The Cook numerous times and even went so far as buying a first edition in hardback (the green version with an attenuated Conrad on the front!) at not inconsiderable expense. I first came across it in 1988 (I think) when it was published by Black Swan and I was intrigued by both the synopsis on the back cover and the book cover itself. Some time later and after numerous re-reads, I lent the book to someone and never saw it again, hence the purchase of the first edition. That's how much [...]

    19. Conrad Venn is six and a half feet tall. Wearing black and carrying his personal carving knife and a distinctive collection of recipes, he rides into town on a bicycle to take up employment as cook at the mansion of the Hill family. But Conrad's prowess as a cook is as extraordinary as his appearance, and his exquisite cooking casts such a spell over the family that the entire household is soon in thrall to him. That's most of what I remember about this novel - it's many years since I read it - [...]

    20. Tres párrafos alcanzan para calificar la prosa como facilona de best seller sin aspiraciones. Así que queda para disfrutar ver si la acción o la trama tiene interés; y resulta que es una historia ridícula por inverosímil contada en forma esquemática y monocorde.Supuestamente la editorial es pequeña, nueva y de maravillas. Que raro que haya editado esta bazofia.

    21. Little known but nonetheless fantastic. True horror written by a man with a mind unfettered by convention.Just out of curiosity I checked . It has a five-star rating and is available used, in paperback, starting at $33. I have a First Printing hardback which I got for 75 cents at a yard sale. I shall now move it from the back bedroom to the safe.It's not for sale.

    22. I really enjoyed this book! Conrad, the cook from the title, is a wonderful character - cunning, manipulative, and, dare I suggest?, evil. I loved the subtlety of his plans and discretion with which he executed them! Fun read!

    23. This book stinks. I'm sure not picking up very satisfying stuff lately. Perhaps if my household was run by servants, I'd find this tale more shocking - that nefarious cook has turned us all into butlers & maids, and now we wait on him! Nooooo!!

    24. I read this when I was only 14 and many times since. A unique, gripping black tale of the power of food. This book lives within me like no book I've read since

    25. Dies ist eines meiner absoluten Lieblingsbücher. Es ist makaber, biestig, aber immer mit einem kleinen Schmunzeln.

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