History of a Pleasure Seeker

History of a Pleasure Seeker

Richard Mason
General Fiction
Knopf
Hardcover, 288 pages
$25.95

This book, while not necessarily for the faint at heart, is simply an enjoyable read. Set in Amsterdam in 1907, the book's main character, Piet Barol, is a classic, seductive, golden boy who comes from modest means, but rises with the help of good looks and some common-sense charm that carries him a long way. Piet's goal is to make enough money to live a life of means. Through a passionate affair, a compassionate relationship with his student and a trusting relationship with his employer, Piet finds a way to do just that.

While the reader may never know exactly how they feel towards this character of Piet, they will most definitely feel seduced by him. Mason does a beautiful job painting a picture of turn of the century Europe. If you are looking for an easy read that will simply take you to another world; this is your book!