Hotel Bemelmans

Hotel Bemelmans

by Ludwig Bemelmans


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"Ludwig Bemelmans was the original bad boy of the New York hotel/restaurant subculture" writes Anthony Bourdain, and with his reporter's eye for sensory detail and his keen wit, Bemelmans' humorous autobiographical tales of behind the scenes kitchen life at the Ritz in 1920s and 30s New York never fail to amuse and engage.

Proabaly Bemelmans' best work—and certainly his most famous essays—Hotel Bemelmans brilliantly evokes the kitchens, back passages, dining rooms, and banquet halls of Bemelmans' years at the Hotel Splendide—a thinly disguised stand-in for the Ritz. It's a strange, fabulous, and sometimes terrible universe populated by rogues, con-men, geniuses, craftsmen, lunatics, gypsies, tramps, and thieves—and it's all here in bitingly funny detail. Twenty-four of the tales are vintage Bemelmans, two have never before been published, and the lot is accompanied by 73 of Bemelmans' original, charming drawings.

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ISBN-13: 9780091887872
Publisher: Vintage/Ebury (a Division of Random
Publication date: 10/28/2006

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Hotel Bemelmans 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book takes you back to another time when hotels were worlds unto themselves and provided for guests -and employees - every need. Bemelmans writes in a charming fashion and has some extraordinary tales about the life he lived while working at a famous hotel in the old days. It isn't fast moving or mysterious but a look back at a gentler more trusting time when people were free of all the regulations of present day.
mgaulding on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is truly a rollickingly funny book. I guffawed through every chapter. Bemelmans has a very unique "voice", which is very spare prose couple with a biting wit. This is an absolute must-read. And a book I will re-read in the future.
gibbon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a compilation of 26 stories about Bemelmans' life in the American luxury hotel business before World War II, all but two taken from other books of his. Anyone who has read his "Hotel Splendide" will be familiar with some of them and with most of the characters. It is informative, funny and pathetic, both about the employees and their wealthy clients.