History of a Pleasure Seeker
By Richard Mason
(Vintage Books, Paperback, 9780307949288, 305pp.)
Publication Date: November 13, 2012
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Piet Barol has an instinctive appreciation for pleasure and a gift for finding it. When his mother dies, Piet applies for a job as tutor to the troubled son of Europe's leading hotelier--a child who refuses to leave his family's mansion on one of Amsterdam's grandest canals. As Piet enters this glittering world, he learns its secrets and finds his life transformed.
A brilliantly written portrait of the senses, "History of a Pleasure Seeker" is an opulent, romantic coming-of-age drama set at the height of Europe's Belle Epoque, written with a lightness of touch that is wholly modern and original.
- Who is the “pleasure seeker” of the title? Who else might that describe?