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Review of ‘History of a Pleasure Seeker’

Richard Mason’s History of a Pleasure Seeker seduces from page one. A lighthearted follow-up to 2009’s Natural Elements and set during the Belle Époque, this lushly told story of a beautiful young man’s attempts to get ahead teases the imagination from its first baiting sentence.

Piet Barol, dark-haired, blue-eyed, lovely-lipped, leaves his meager world of…

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