Posts Tagged ‘novel’

Win A Free Copy Of UK Edition

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

In celebration of May’s launch of The Hundred-Foot Journey in the UK, the Bookhugger website is running a competition to give away a copy of the British edition published by Alma Books. Also running a Q&A with me and some writerly gasbagging.

Check it out here – and snag the free copy for yourself!

Je suis arrivé: Le Monde reviews 100 Foot

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Down below is a short and sweet review of Le Voyage de Cent pas (The Hundred-Foot Journey) in Le Monde, the establishment rag of all France.

It must be said – the French critics have been extremely generous to this impertinent outsider. Also check out these video reviews of Le Voyage de Cent pas from the colorful French critic, Gérard Collard, found here and here.

New Hungarian Publisher

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Very pleased to announce that I have a new publisher in Hungary. Athenaeum Kiado Kft publishes monster-successes like Jodi Picoult and Paulo Coehlo, so I am very pleased to be among such august company. Athenaeum will be publishing the Hungarian edition of The Hundred-Foot Journey in the fall of 2011. Welcome!

The genius of Anthony Trollope for a bargain 89 cents

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Anthony Trollope

While I have in the past greatly savored the first two volumes of Anthony Trollope’s classic oeuvre, The Chronicles of Barsetshire, I have never read the entire six volume series. Trollope’s mid 19th century novels revolve around the Church of England clergy in mythic Barchester (sounding an awful lot like Winchester,) and I started reading them back-to-back when I spotted the entire series available on Kindle for a mere 89 cents. The story essentially revolves around Mr. Harding, a good natured but slightly weak episcopal minister, trying to find his way, alongside his extended family, amongst the catty, ambitious, and manipulative ecclesiastical hierarchy plying its “business” in the shadow of Barchester Cathedral. Mrs. Proudie, the Barchester Bishop’s domineering wife, has to be among the most finely drawn and psychologically acute characters ever to find life on page. Trollope’s take on the all-powerful Jupiter and its arrogant editors is a stunningly accurate damnation of today’s media.

To be so amused, enlightened, and touched by the political machinations and backstabbing of the Barchester clergy is priceless, but to do so for the price of a Taco Bell burrito makes this Kindle offer – in my humble opinion, as Mr. Slope might say – one of the greatest literary bargains around. Here’s Trollope’s droll wit at its best, a section I highlighted late last night while reading in bed.

If you still consider my opinion of Trollope to be suspect – and I am sure I have given you ample cause to do so – then I trust you will hold in esteem the opinions of my betters. “His great, his inestimable merit,” said Henry James, “was a complete appreciation of the usual.” Or this, from Nathaniel Hawthorne, in a letter dated 1860: “Have you ever read the novels of Anthony Trollope? They precisely suit my taste; solid, substantial, written on strength of beef and through inspiration of ale, and just as real as if some giant had hewn a great lump out of the earth and put it under a glass case, with all its inhabitants going about their daily business, and not suspecting that they were made a show of.”

I rest my quill.

Radio France weighs in

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Radio France

From my editor at Calmann-Lévy in France – “Brigitte Kernel aime Le Voyage de Cent pas !”

Translation: Brigitte Kernel, a personality on the influential Radio France, loves The Hundred-foot Journey. Check out the Radio France site.

A poem in offering to the literary gods

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Poet-painter, Yosa Buson

As my novel, Buddhaland Brooklyn, is poured over at my publisher, I make a silent offering.

From one of the classic Japanese poet-painters, Yosa Buson (1716-1783), a haiku capturing the sentiment of my little book:

In a bitter wind
a solitary monk bends
to words cut in stone

Australians – they have such excellent taste

Monday, January 10th, 2011

In the shameless self-promotion category:

The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais was my favourite book of 2010 a gorgeous, beautifully written look at life, love, and food.”
––January 8, 2011. Ellen Whinnett, Sunday Books Editor, Herald Sun.

Haikai offering

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

A large waterfall by Utagawa Hiroshige

As part of my haiku series of “offerings” to the literary gods, as my novel Buddhaland Brooklyn is readied for sale, I present a poetic morsel from one of my all time favorites, Yamazaki Sokan (1464 – 1552.) The poet was one of the granddaddies of haikai no renga, which are sort of offbeat and humorous linked verses that morphed into formal haiku. Sokan had a lovely sense of humor – here’s a taste.

O thou obsequious frog
With hands spread on the ground
And croaking flatteries of such solemn sound.

Haiku From Poet-Priest, Matsuo Basho

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Poet-priest, Matsuo Basho

Matsuo Basho (1644 – 1694) is considered by many to be the finest of all Japanese poet-priests when the haiku art form was blossoming in the 17th century. Basho routinely left his village, traveling by foot throughout Japan’s countryside. For Basho taking to the road as an itinerant poet-priest was a disciplined means of renouncing his human ties, to be reminded of his cosmic solitude, all of which he exquisitely captured in haiku.

Beneath the roof,
Drops of spring rain
Trail slowly
Down the honeycomb.

Consider this a poetic offering to the literary gods as I polish my novel, Buddhaland Brooklyn.

Food For Thought

Sunday, December 5th, 2010

The James Beard-winning food writer, David Leite, happens to be of Portuguese descent, and has made an important contribution to modern Portuguese cuisine with his stunning cookbook – now on my shelf and on its way to my brother – called The New Portuguese Table. This is the book to have if you are in the market for “Seared Skate in Garlic-Pepper Oil.”

None of this I knew when Allison Parker, managing editor of David’s sophisticated foodie website, Leite’s Culinaria, first contacted me for an interview to run alongside an excerpt of The Hundred-Foot Journey. Here’s the piece Allison just posted.

Not a lot of Portuguese around with heavy-hitting food writing credentials. Funny how we serendipitously found each other. As the Hajis might say – this was destiny. Nah?

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