The Telling Room - 9781782112792

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  • Product code: AJQYT
  • ISBN: 9781782112792
  • Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dimensions: 19.7cm x 13.1cm
  • Pages: 368
  • Publish date: 01/05/2014

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The Telling Room - 9781782112792

Michael Paterniti

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In the medieval Castilian village of Guzman (population: 80), villagers have gathered for centuries in the 'telling room' to share stories and drink the local wine. It was here, in the summer of 2000, that Michael Paterniti found himself listening to a compelling tale about a cheese made from an ancient family recipe that was reputed to be among the finest in the world. Until, Ambrosio said, things had gone horribly wrong. Hooked on the story, Paterniti relocated his young family to the tiny hilltop village to find out more. But like many Spanish villages, Guzman was rife with gossip and old feuds, secret alliances and plotted vengeance and before long Paterniti was sucked into the heart of an unfolding mystery. When he learned that the cheesemaker had apparently plotted to murder his closest friend, the village began to spill its long-held secrets, and Paterniti found himself implicated in ways he never expected...

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Product Details

  • Product code: AJQYT
  • ISBN: 9781782112792
  • Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dimensions: 19.7cm x 13.1cm
  • Pages: 368
  • Publish date: 01/05/2014

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Legends and cheese -

A beautifully written novel which intertwines the author's own life with the stories of a traditional cheesemaker in old-world Spain. Be prepared - it's heavily footnoted with historical records, fables, legends or additional sub-stories, not a feature that usually appeals. But in this instance they add value, reflecting the nature of storytelling.

The main character - Ambrosio - tells stories in this meandering, natural way, spinning them out over hours to unpack each detail or tell a mini-story within the story. THAT's what the footnotes are for.

I'm not sure whether to class it as fiction or non-fiction, but that sort of doesn't matter. This book takes you on a journey into a romanticised vision of a lost world - a simpler time before we all got caught up in the relentless rush of modern life.

Simply put, this book elevates storytelling - rightly so - placing it on a pedestal where you can be inspired to join in with centuries of oral tradition.

Grace, 20/09/2014

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