Did you make it all the way through the book? Did you feel like the last section was the hardest to read? I found it to be the slowest and most difficult part.
Much of this last section revolves around Paul, a chef friend of Hassan who dies under suspicious circumstances. In the book, we are led to believe that Paul committed suicide because he was distraught over the fact that his restaurant was being demoted to two stars. This has happened at least once in real life, according to this article in Vanity Fair. The article also reveals some of the other ways that Michelin stars can cause chefs grief. It’s amazing to think that the opinion of a few restaurant critics can change public perception of a restaurant so much that the restaurant stops being successful.
Were you sad when you read the parts about Paul? And was there part of you hoping that Hassan wouldn’t get any Michelin stars, just so he wouldn’t have to face that constant pressure?
What did you think about the ending of the book? I thought it was a little abrupt. Hassan won his final star, and then the book just finished. Were you hoping to have more closure with each character? I was disappointed with the end—I guess I thought the characters would come to more of a conclusion with each other. I don’t really know what I was looking for. I just thought that the whole book was a big journey, and then, suddenly, Hassan was finished just because he got his third star.
Did any of you check out this movie version this month? I didn’t seem to find the time to watch it, even though I think it looks really good. Check out this interview with producers Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey if you still can’t decide if you should check out the movie.
I hope you enjoyed this month’s selection. Please make sure to let me know all of your thoughts about the ending in the comments section.
In July, we’re reading The Martian by Andy Weir. I hope to hear from you then.