A Perfect Waiter: A Novel
Erneste is the perfect waiter-and his private life seems to embody the qualities he brings to his profession. But inwardly this polite and dignified man is in the grip of a violent passion, aroused thirty years before, when he fell in love with a young waiter-in-training named Jakob. Jakob broke his heart when he fled Nazidominated Europe for a new life in America with his lover, Julius Klinger, a celebrated German intellectual. Nursing his wounds, Erneste slinks even deeper into his well-ordered world, hardening into what had only previously been a role. And then, after decades of silence, he receives a letter from a distraught and penniless Jakob asking for help. And Ernest must decide if he will finally take action. Set against the backdrop of a genteel Swiss hotel, and moving skillfully between two time periods, this exquisitely written story of a lifelong passion is rich in tension and emotion, exploring the nature of love and betrayal, memory, and regret.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - libraryhermit - LibraryThing
PARTIAL SPOILER ALERT. DO NOT READ THIS REVIEW UNTIL YOU HAVE READ THE BOOK , OR IF YOU DON"T CARE TO FIND OUT THE BASIC PLOT OF THE STORY. The bulk of the events in the story happened between 1935 ... Read full review
A perfect waiterUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
What would you do if the lover you spurned 30 years ago and hadn't heard from since suddenly sent a letter demanding your help, even insisting that you plead his case before the very man who stole him ... Read full review