CHEESE. Willem Elsschot, Author, Paul Vincent, Translator, trans. from the Dutch by Paul Vincent. Granta $ (p) ISBN X. A review, and links to other information about and reviews of Cheese by Willem Elsschot. Cheese. Willem Elsschot. Since its publication in English in , ‘Cheese’ has conquered the world with translations in almost 30 languages. The novella deals .

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The Bedroom Secrets of the Master Chefs. Among the Lost by Emiliano Monge tr. There are only a couple of snags: He finds it when an influential friend of his brother arranges for him to take delivery of and sell 20 tonnes of full-cream edam.

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They were now facing away from the window instead of the other way around. Laarmans has decided to leave his position at the General Marine and Shipping Company as a clerk, a job in which “there’s nothing really sacred about. Frans Laarmans is the main character of this bookhe starts as a clerk in the novel in Antwerp.

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A elszchot comic satire, its dry humor should be cherished and kept within easy reach on anyone’s bookshelf. You are commenting using your Facebook account. These are for the most part judgeslawyersmerchants or retired businessmen. His brother decides that “neurosis” will enable him to take three months off and still have the ability to return to his old job should the cheese business venture fail.


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And into their midst had strayed Frans Laarmans who knew as much about cheese as about chemistry. Show 25 25 50 All. Discover what to read next. He stores the cheese in his cellar, sets up an office and waits. Suddenly my chair slid backward, as though flsschot its own accord. Cheese is amusingly related, and Laarmans a good narrator, slightly overwhelmed by everything he faces and pretty consistently making if not the wrong, so at least very poor choices. In early s Amsterdam, a friend of a friend offers year-old Frans Laarmans a position as an Edam cheese distributor.

The book deals with an episode in the life of Frans Laarmans, a clerk who is suddenly made chief representative in Belgium and Luxembourg of a Dutch cheese company. This site uses cookies.

Then he tries to get it sold but with no hopehis cheesse and children suffer as he starts to fall apart in a way.

This is where the problems begin with this new job where in a chance to impress his bosses and prove that a simple clerk like him is worth the job. Frans Laarmans is the clerk that narrates Cheese.

Although I only have a rough idea of how old exactly.

Email required Address never made public. Suddenly his “unapproachable” hours were explained. His co-workers, or possibly ex-co-workers, paint a vivid picture of the excitement he is missing. I stood in the middle of the cellar, like an instructor in a manege, keeping a close eye on everything until the last crate had been brought in The large pile of cheese he has to get rid off before it goes off.


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He will sell cheese, tons of it, even though he has no sales experience. Laarmans’ neurotic panic will be familiar to anyone who’s ever felt surrounded by people who know their jobs better than you do: This is not going well.

Upon his wife’s advice, Laarmans asks his brother, a doctor, to give him a certificate for a leave of absence due to medical reasons. Playing it safe, Laarmans doesn’t quit his old job, getting a medical certificate that lets him stay away from work for a couple of months. It can be read in two days, perhaps less.

He died in Willem Elsschot Flanders, is a major and popular twentieth-century Flemish novelist whose novels are considered classics in both Flanders and the Netherlands.

This is ably illustrated in when Laarmans tries to make his first sale: Cheese opens ostensibly as a letter from Frans Laarmans to an unnamed correspondent.

Cheese: A Novel by Willem Elsschot review – self-improvement through edam

Notify me of new comments via email. I am reading another book translated from the Dutch right now, Evenings. Post was not sent – check your email addresses! The result was the delightful novel Kaas.