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My second time reading this book I both enjoyed itand also sawof its flaws I loved the 17th century kitchen, seeing how things were prepared and following John s journey through the ranks, through the war, making his way.My criticisms would be that the story is too good for characters so under developed I wanted to knowabout John and Philip and Gemma and Lucretia, they were fleshed out but only to a certain point, only so far as their roles in the story needed them to be, it felt There were also plot points that didn t resolve in a satisfactory way the book, the previous cook, John s travels once he left the manor Things felt either truncated or tacked on and left me wishing for something deeper.All that said, I still give it 4 stars because I loved the style, the recipes, the idea of the feast , and certain parts of the story quite a lot Was glad to read it again. Since his very notable debut some 20 years ago with Lempriere s Dictionary, Mr Norfolk has written only one another major novel, Pope s Rhinoceros which was what I expected andI read it only twice across the years, but I am rereading it too now starting when I heard a few days ago about his upcoming new novel, this one, John Saturnall s Feast as for Lempriere, maybe this time it s at least my 10th try at it I will manage to get into itAnyway, I saw the upcoming John Saturnall s Feast a few days ago on Net Galley and I obtained a review copy which I expected to take me a while to read see above why, noting that Pope s Rhinoceros is also a pretty dense and almost 700 pages long though quite a rewarding novel that makes one understand life in Europe 1520 s better than many historical treatises, such is its superb atmosphere and the powerful style of the author.To my surprise I almost breezed through John Saturnall s Feast as it was very hard to put down, but also it stood at about only 400 pages and was written in a muchaccessible style a pretty straight forward andor less chronological narrative interspersed by fanciful feast recipes according to particular events of importance in the book Actually, the style is almost sensuous in a way, though the grime and harsh realities of England from around 1630 s till 1662 with an epilogue set a decade or so later are very much in evidence also The book is clearly John s story and the blurb is generally accurate, but despite that the main hero is only a cook rather than a knight or such, there is adventure, heroism, seduction, battles, fanatics The novel is also very visual I was picturing quite a lot of it as a Peter Greenaway movie,precisely the mixture of the period of Draughtsman s Contract and the feasting of The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover both movies I ve watched a number of timesThough now the cook is the lover too and he does not end on the dinner tableAnyway a highly, highly recommended novel and a top 25 of mine for this year, while i expect I will reread it quite a few times to enjoy its atmosphereI also expect this one to appear on this year Booker prize longlist at the least. [Read Epub] ♫ John Saturnall's Feast ♺ A Beautiful, Rich And Sensuous Historical Novel, John Saturnall S Feast Tells The Story Of A Young Orphan Who Becomes A Kitchen Boy At A Manor House, And Rises Through The Ranks To Become The Greatest Cook Of His Generation It Is A Story Of Food, Star Crossed Lovers, Ancient Myths And One Boy S Rise From Outcast To HeroOrphaned When His Mother Dies Of Starvation, Having Been Cast Out Of Her Village As A Witch, John Is Taken In At The Kitchens At Buckland Manor, Where He Quickly Rises From Kitchen Boy To Cook, And Is Known For His Uniquely Keen Palate And Natural Cooking Ability However, He Quickly Gets On The Wrong Side Of Lady Lucretia, The Aristocratic Daughter Of The Lord Of The Manor In Order To Inherit The Estate, Lucretia Must Wed, But Her Fiance Is An Arrogant Buffoon When Lucretia Takes On A Vow Of Hunger Until Her Father Calls Off Her Engagement To Her Insipid Husband To Be, It Falls To John To Try To Cook Her Delicious Foods That Might Tempt Her To Break Her FastReminiscent Of Wolf Hall And Jonathan Strange Mr Norrell, John Saturnall S Feast Is A Brilliant Work And A Delight For All The Senses John Saturnall s Feast is set near the start of the English Civil War John is the child of a woman who is a sort of outcast an herbalist and midwife, she lives on the outskirts of the village and doesn t go to church Of course this means she is thought of as a witch When a plague runs through the village, she is blamed and they are run out of town They take up living in a deserted house in the woods, living on late season fruit and chestnuts She is dying, of both starvation and disease, but before she dies, she teaches John to read from a book about a strange feast held in Buccla s Wood It encompasses every form of food fish, fowl, vegetables, sweets, mammals are all included, and the feast is for everyone, not just the rich as is the way of the land at the time At her wish, after her death, he is taken to Buckland Manor where he is put to work in the vast kitchens John s life changes totally Used to being alone or with only a couple of people, he is now constantly pressed by people on all sides He works every minute of the long day and falls directly into a sleep that never seems to be long enough Still, given the time and place, it s a good situation Food is abundant here, he s living inside, and after awhile he gets to learn cooking He s in a better place than a lot of people.This is primarily a love story a love that crosses classes and is forbidden preserving estates and titles takes precedence over love It s also an adventure story the kitchen staff marched with the lord of the manor when he went to war supporting King Charles, and they were expected to fight with the soldiers I liked the characters They are not likable all the time they do stupid, human, things sometimes But, in the end, it s a story about food We might think that cooking back in those days was fairly primitive, but it wasn t It was actually very sophisticated One of the culinary trends back then was to create dishes that looked like something else parts of animals and birds sewn together to create a mythical beast, meat in pastry to look like a bird, sugar creations in the shape of just about anything Cooks vied to create the most elaborate and surprising dishes a sort of Iron Chef, Stuarts edition Most of the year, the diet was rich and varied the manor supplied fish from its own ponds, poultry, eggs, dairy products, pork, honey, wheat, fruit and vegetables they did eat their sallets and much was stored for winter A stable trade system meant the upper classes enjoyed sugar and spices The sheer amount of person power it took to feed a manor was incredible most workers were specialists, turning the spits in the kitchen, washing the endless stream of dirty dishes, plucking fowl, managing the fish ponds, the dove cote, the hen houses, the spice room, making the salads, cutting up the meat and all those people had to be fed, too You can see how a book can be created around a kitchen of the era The food, and John s relationship to it and how he uses it to speak to the lady of the manor, is lovingly detailed, muchso, really, than the people.Food was not always plentiful, however It was easy to starve back then The stark difference between the incredible plenty of the start of the story versus what they have to deal with when the Roundhead soldiers steal the food from the manor and destroy what they cannot take shows how dramatically life can change John falls back on how he and his mother lived in the woods, and on what he learned from the book of the Feast He is the hero of the tale, for all the people living on the manor What the Feast was is never made clear It s like a myth of a Golden Age, when all were equals and food was plentiful Was it a pagan community that had existed in the woods before Christians arrived Was it a myth to comfort the reader, a dream to hold onto Did it have a direct bearing on John s ancestors Was the book a semi magical teaching aid that allowed John to excel in the manor kitchens later In the end, it doesn t matter It allowed John to hold on and to save the manor John Saturnall s Feast is a story of cycles and renewals, both earthly as the wheel of the year turns and spiritually, as human hope and happiness comes up again and again. Ne znam za to sam uop e ovu knjigu uzela u knji nici, iako nisam pro itala niti njen kratak sadr aj Iskreno, privukla me njena naslovnica, te pisac o kome sam nedavno itala.I to re i na sve to Nisam nimalo po alila, jer je ova knjiga zaslu ila svaki minut mog ulo enog vremena.Radnja romana doga a se u Engleskoj u 17 stolje u, to nije pri a po inje 1625 godine i vodi nas kroz razdoblje vladavine Karla l, opisuje engleski gra anski rat, te obnovu monarhije.Glavni lik romana je dje ak John Saturnall , koji ivi s majkom koja je travarica, vidarica i koja poznaje trave i razli ite biljke, a uz to umije i itati, te je zbog svega toga smatraju vje ticom Budu i da ive u malom, engleskom selu i u vrlo pobo noj sredini , njihov na in ivota ne odgovara visokomoralnim ljudima na polo aju, te je zbog svega toga John osu en na maltretiranje lokalne djece, a kasnije i odraslih.Kada u selu izbije epidemija bolesti, John i njegova majka budu protjerani, a njihova koliba spaljena.Te hladne zime u Bucklandovoj umi, majka mu umire od gladi i hladno e Prije smrti ostavlja mu knjigu koju je ponijela sa sobom, a u kojoj je opisana drevna Saturnova Gozba, drugim rije ima rajska gozba, koju su tovali i pripremali sljedbenici Adama i Eve Johnu daje zadatak da nastavi veli ati Gozbu.Nakon toga, dje ak odlazi u dvorac Buckland gdje od obi nog pera a posu a, postaje izvrstan kuhar zbog iznimnog talenta koji on naziva svojim demonom na dnu nepca To je prepoznavanje mirisa hrane i istan an ukus za jela I ne samo to njegov talent da od ni ega stvori sve,jednom rije ju , umjetnik kulinarstva i samog kuhanja.Naravno, postoji tu jo jedna ljubavna pri a koja me od samog po etka zaintrigirala i tjerala na daljnje itanje da vidim kako e se zavr iti.Ne ka e se badava da ljubav ide kroz eludac, ovdje sam puno puta na to pomislila, bez obzira na sam tijek doga aja u knjizi.Ono to me fasciniralo u samom romanu je umije e pisca da pove e povijesne doga aje sa kulinarskim umije em i hranom Isto tako svaka cjelina po inje sa jako zanimljivim receptom, koji su specifi ni svaki na svoj na in, jer govore o na inu spravljanja hrane u davnom 17 stolje u.Moram priznati da sam se nekim receptima ba nasmijala Npr riba se kuha koliko je dovoljno da izmoli Zdravomariju , ili zatim uzmi hladno vrhnje, topli med i ljestve Sve je to popra eno bogatim crte ima.Ova knjiga je jedno pravo malo bogatstvo mirisa i okusa , na koje dok ga itate nikako ne ete ostati ravnodu ni.Zavr it u sa jednim zanimljivim citatom iz samog kraja knjige Jabuka je bila sve to je Eva poslu ila Adamu Ali i to je bila Gozba. Lawrence Norfolk s elegantly written JOHN SATURNALL S FEAST is utterlycaptivating An interest in history or the 17th century is not necessary tobecome completely swept away by the story a testament to Norfolk s magic.One needs only a desire to read a beautifully constructed story of a boy whodesperately struggles to stay alive in his young life He is the boy whoemerges from a tragedy in ancient woods only to be thrown into the kitchenof Buckland Manor where he must earn the right to use his talent We cheerhim on as he labours to become the greatest chef, to create the mostcomplicated and magnificent dish, to oversee the most important feast JohnSaturnall is the boy who becomes a man in the face of another struggle forthe love a forbidden woman and their survival amidst his enemies and the backdrop of theCivil War.This is an artful, carefully wrought novel The extraordinarydescriptiveness on each page is a joy Each character is authentic Norfolkhas written a book that lingers and enthrals. This book had all of the elements that I love in historical fiction, the most important being that as I read the story I felt like I was there in the 17th century kitchen beside John watching him and all of the other workers prepare the food I love it when I become so engrossed in a story that I feel I am right there with the characters and Norfolk does a wonderful job of bringing this story to life.Each chapter begins with a recipe written by John that he prepared for the feasts They were fun to read and the descriptions of the food prepared throughout the book were some of the best I have ever read, and I have read a lot of books about food It was interesting to read about how the kitchens were run in a large manor and all of the different jobs there were to do The other part of the book I enjoyed was the love story between John and Lady Lucretia Both characters were strong and likable and they had lots of chemistry together which made the book all theenjoyable This is a great book for any historical fiction fan It is beautifully written, complex, and has a rich setting full of interesting characters I am very glad that I picked this one to read, I think it will be on my list of favorite books of the year. Basically, i just don t have enough patience for books like this The idea of a magical feast that saves the princess is interesting but I m 200 pages in and nothing has happened yet Lots of imaginary food descriptions. Kings raise their Statues and Churchmen build Cathedrals A Cook leaves no Monument save Crumbs His rarest Creations are scraped by Scullions His greatest Dishes are destined for the Dung heap John Saturnall s Feast is a witch s brew of a novel With its plenitude of culinary adventures and the mystery of the fatherhood it lies somewhere between Wilhelm Hauff s fairytale Dwarf Long Nose and The Quincunx by Charles Palliser Also it is a story of the forbidden love The forbidden fruit from the tree of the knowledge was the only dish that Eve served Adam But their enemies came, his mother continued They worshipped a different god A jealous god His priests called him Jehovah They condemned Saturnus as a false idol who had led his people into sin Their amity was lust, the priests said Their ease was sloth The Feast was greed So now it s time to reclaim amity, ease, joy and Feast The merits of this book first It really is quite evocative in its descriptions of a cornucopian, heavily populated seventeenth century kitchen A lot of research has gone into this, but you don t get the dead hand of research effect so common in historical novels the details of food preparation, ingredients, recipes, arcane kitchen roles and duties are brought together in a convincing and imaginatively compelling brew it s impossible to avoid food metaphors talking about this book I felt that this was probably the heart of the author s vision for the book, and he brings it off superbly.The problem for me was that this frankly isn t enough to make a novel, or not a novel of this conventional kind, anyway A plot is needed Norfolk does supply us with one, of a fairly conventional ilk protagonist emerges from hideous childhood bearing the odd scar love triumphs across class barriers the undeserving get their dues the deserving live happily ever after but it s all fairly formulaic and not especially engaging I never at any point reading this novel felt a strong desire to find out what happened next, which has to be a bad sign.The characterization is especially weak There are a lot of characters, but quite large numbers of them, especially in the Fremantle household in which the bulk of the novel is set, never really establish themselves as anythingthan names Of theworked up characters, none struck me as especially memorable Lucretia is particularly underdeveloped, in a way that is problematic for the whole romantic element She seems to me entirely a cipher, doing exactly what is needed for the plot at any given moment, but without any coherent character that I could discern Some elements of her story are simply laughable, such as the supposed climactic moment near the end where she deliberately masquerades as a whorish seductress in order to put Saturnall off her and hence spare his feelings at least, I think that s supposed to be what happens I must say I had rather given up on the novel by that point.The villains are also a weak point Clough, Marpot, Piers Callock I didn t think anyone did completely unregenerate baddies , without a hint of redemptive complexity anyor at least not three of them in a single novel Frankly, they are clich s Marpot is even given the arch villainous characteristic of cold blue eyes at one point, just in case we were in any doubt of his general iniquity.I found it interesting that Nofolk s endnote spoke of the book having had a long and strange route to publication, and wonder whether the very mixed quality of the resulting work has anything to do with that It IS genuinely mixed there are some very good things amid the less good, as I said To be honest, though, I wouldn t say the language or the evocation of seventeenth century life were any stronger at their best than what is found in Maria McCann s As Meat Loves Salt, for example, and I found that a far superior novel to this in terms of character and plot The Civil War background is also better exploited in McCann It seemed rather perfunctory here.