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Associated Works

Best Food Writing 2003 (2003) — Avustaja — 67 kappaletta
Best Food Writing 2002 (2002) — Avustaja — 58 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu

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20th Century



I really liked this book. A real life mystery reminiscent of The Devil in the White City (not for the subject matter, but for the reality of it), I was totally engaged as much as if I had been reading a good fictional mystery. I happen to be interested in wine, so that helped, although I know next to nothing about wine -- only that I drink what I like and because of what I can afford, my taste in wine is necessarily very modest. Not so these guys in the book. Very interesting. I recommend it to those for whom forgers have a fascination, anyone interested in food and wine, anyone interested in collecting, and anyone who likes a good real-life mystery.… (lisätietoja)
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dvoratreis | 42 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 22, 2024 |
Great story for wine lovers or antiques roadshow fans. I don’t know a box wine from a chateau Lafitte, but that didn’t keep me from enjoying this book. It is both an exploration of a long con, and of the microculture of the wine world… from ultra rich who buy for the cache or the investment possibilities, to those that swoon at the taste combined with history and mystery. A fun romp
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cspiwak | 42 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Mar 6, 2024 |
Completely fascinating and compelling. I learned so much about wine and the elite world of rare wine collection. I had to flag the book throughout in order to learn moe about something I read. It was a page turner for me and really enjoyed it.
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clamato | 42 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jul 9, 2023 |
I love mysteries and I love true crime non-fiction. So, I thought this book would be a perfect fit for my interests. While I enjoyed seeing the story of the Jefferson bottles of wine unfold, I wasn't a big fan of how the book was paced.

The first thing readers should know is that this book tells more than just the story of the mystery behind the wine supposedly owned by Thomas Jefferson. It discusses the world of wine collecting, provides insight into the motivations of wealthy wine collectors, and dives into wine sales and wine forgery. I found all of these things interesting even though I'm not a wine person. But, people who are more interested in the mystery aspect of this book may not care for these insights.

The book is lengthy, with a relatively slow pace for much of the book. While plodding at times (especially when it starts talking about the specifics of the wine industry), I thought the slow pace was fine, as it felt like Wallace was trying to build the foundations of his story and build up the story until its climax.

Then, in the last few chapters, the book quickly picks up in pace until its abrupt conclusion. It honestly felt like a bit of a letdown, considering how detailed the set-up of the story was compared to the sparseness of the finale. It was as if Wallace ran out of time to finish the book . This was really disappointing to me because the book was getting somewhere really interesting - it just never got there.

The book started off very promising, in the 5-star range, but ended at a 3 due to the pacing.

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mintlovesbooks | 42 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 24, 2022 |


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