This is a hard one. Man, this book was difficult to read. The ending of the book is no secret, in fact it was national news in '03. I put off finishing this book for months anyway, because I wasn't ready.
The Perfectionist is about Bernard Louseau, the three star rated Michelin chef-owner who committed suicide in 2003. Knowing the ending is crashing in on you from the outset makes reading the book a funeral procession to the end. You don't want to get to know Bernard or like him because you know that you will lose him in the end. But the author, Rudolph Chelminski, does his job well. He gets through your guard. Bernard Louseau was, apparently, an incredibly likable guy.
I don't want to give you the impression that the book is all doom and gloom. Actually, Chelminski keeps a positive tone throughout the book. He also refrains from alluding to or foreshadowing what is to come.
This is a darn good book. But it is hard to get through. If you have any intention toward fine dining or restaurant ownership I would suggest you read it. It is a very strong cautionary tale and hopefully help prevent any other lost life.
- I replaced Leah's broken laptop screen, I am truly amazing...
- The big order is placed, full steam a head for the secret project. I know. You are so curious by now.
- Selling off the stuff I no longer need or use is very liberating, hope I don't become a reverse pack rat... I like my stuff.
- It is an old saying, but true, that suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. There are always people around you who will help you, and there are phone numbers to call if you need to talk. Don't kill yourself.