History of a Pleasure Seeker Piet Barol, the young protagonist of Richard Mason's thoroughly engaging fourth novel, possesses such intense social ambition that even Edith Wharton would be impressed. It's… History of a Pleasure Seeker Piet Barol, the young protagonist of Richard Mason's thoroughly engaging fourth novel, possesses such intense social ambition that even Edith Wharton would be impressed. It's… 2012-02-07 Fiction Knopf
Book Review

History Of A Pleasure Seeker (2012)

PLEASURE POINT Protagonist Piet Barol's social ambition fuels the plot in Mason's fourth novel
PLEASURE POINT Protagonist Piet Barol's social ambition fuels the plot in Mason's fourth novel
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Feb 07, 2012; Writer: Richard Mason; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Knopf

Piet Barol, the young protagonist of Richard Mason's thoroughly engaging fourth novel, possesses such intense social ambition that even Edith Wharton would be impressed. It's turn-of-the-century Amsterdam, and the charming Piet is hired as a tutor for the troubled son of a grand old family residing in an even grander house. Before long, members of the household fall prey to Piet's seductions. Mason's prose is lovely and rich, but the plot of History of a Pleasure Seeker — which goes to New York City during the financial crisis of 1907 as well as Cape Town, South Africa — loses a bit of oomph in the final chapters. B+

Originally posted Feb 08, 2012 Published in issue #1194 Feb 17, 2012 Order article reprints
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