History of a Pleasure Seeker
'The adventures of adolescence had taught Piet Barol that he was extremely attractive to most women and to many men. He was old enough to be pragmatic about this advantage...' It is 1907. The belle epoque is in full swing. Piet Barol has escaped the drabness of the provinces for the grandest... show more
'The adventures of adolescence had taught Piet Barol that he was extremely attractive to most women and to many men. He was old enough to be pragmatic about this advantage...' It is 1907. The belle epoque is in full swing. Piet Barol has escaped the drabness of the provinces for the grandest mansion in Amsterdam. As tutor to the son of Europe's wealthiest hotelier, he learns the intimate secrets of this glittering family - and changes it forever. With nothing but his exquisite looks and wit to rely on, he is determined to make a fortune of his own. But in the heady exhilaration of this new world, amid delights and temptations he has only dreamed of, Piet discovers that some of the liaisons he has cultivated are dangerous indeed.
Publish date: April 1st 2012
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
This was an entertaining read. I did not find it either highly literary or highly erotic, but it was entertaining enough. I think my biggest problem with the book was that Mason attempted to write it as if it was 1907 (instead of being just about 1907), but his language was a bit too frank. It wa...
I can't remember why someone recommended this to me, but it may have been because I was looking around for books with good smut. This novel has some naughty parts which are very interesting, but not exactly stimulating because all of them are amidst social issues that aren't exactly loving or roman...
The first half of the book was an interesting read, and I wanted to see more with the main character. However, the second half, following his travels, weren't quite as interesting, and the "to be continued" ending was rather disappointing. If there is a sequel, I think I'll pass.
I was a little too put off by Piet to really love this book. The title says it all - Piet is an incredibly self-indulgent and narcissistic young man who mostly gets what he wants through his incredible good looks. And while I couldn't love him I didn't hate him and am interested to see where Rich...