A perfect waiter

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A sweeping, powerful novel about a man forced to come to terms with the memory of his lost love. Erneste is the perfect waiter--and his private life seems to embody the qualities he brings to his profession. But inwardly this polite and dignified man is in the grip of a violent passion, aroused thirty years before, when he fell in love with a young waiter-in-training named Jakob. Jakob broke his heart when he fled Nazidominated Europe for a new life in America with his lover, Julius Klinger, a celebrated German intellectual. Nursing his wounds, Erneste slinks even deeper into his well-ordered world, hardening into what had only previously been a role. And then, after decades of silence, he receives a letter from a distraught and penniless Jakob asking for help. And Ernest must decide if he will finally take action. Set against the backdrop of a genteel Swiss hotel, and moving skillfully between two time periods, this exquisitely written story of a lifelong passion is rich in tension and emotion, exploring the nature of love and betrayal, memory, and regret.

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Erneste works in a grand hotel in Switzerland. He is the 'perfect waiter', a model of order in every way. But inwardly this polite, withdrawn man has been caught in the grip of an overwhelming passion that began in the summer of 1935 with Jakob, a fellow waiter. For Jakob the affair is just a fling, but for Erneste it is true love. When the great German writer Julius Klinger arrives at the hotel, seeking sanctuary from Hitler's Germany, his gaze, too, lights on Jakob.

One morning, three decades later, Erneste receives a letter with a US postmark from Jakob asking for help. It is a call that forces Erneste to engage with the world again and risk discovering the truth behind his memories of the great love of his youth. Shifting skilfully between two eras, Sulzer's tense, moving and elegantly written novel is a small masterpiece about the joy and pain of love.

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subject_facet Gay couples -- Switzerland -- Fiction, Gay couples -- United States -- Fiction, Gay men -- Sexual behavior -- Fiction, Hotels -- Switzerland -- Fiction, Waiters -- Switzerland -- Fiction
title_display A perfect waiter
title_full A Perfect Waiter, A perfect waiter / Alain Claude Sulzer ; translated from the German by John Brownjohn
title_short A perfect waiter
topic_facet Fiction, Gay couples, Gay men, Hotels, Literature, Sexual behavior, Waiters