The Telling Room

The Telling Room

A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World's Greatest Piece of Cheese

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Equal parts mystery and memoir, travelogue and history. A moving exploration of happiness, friendship, and betrayal, The Telling Room introduces us to Ambrosio Molinos de las Heras, an unforgettable real-life literary hero, while also holding a mirror up to the world, fully alive to the power of stories that define and sustain us.
Publisher: New York : Dial Press, 2013
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9780385337014
0385337019
9780385337007
0385337000
Branch Call Number: B PATERNITI
Characteristics: xii, 349 pages ; 25 cm

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IndyPL_SteveB Apr 03, 2019

A stirring, glowing monument to the stories of our lives, beginning in curiosity, developed in confusion, and completed in transcendence. On the surface, Paterniti’s story is about a cheesemaker in a tiny village in the Castile region of Spain. Ambrosio Molinos turned out to be a larger-than-life philosopher and storyteller, with a long tale of why he was no longer making the fabulous cheese which had won awards all over Europe. Ambrosio’s philosophy was that of a simple life where you knew the people who made the cheese, and the wine, and the food you were eating. But Ambrosio had a dark side, when he talked about his closest friend who had betrayed him and cost him the company which made the cheese.

Paterniti was so fascinated by Ambrosio, his village, and his friends, that he moved his family to Guzmán for 6 months to live the simple life and to work on a book about the cheese and its story. But also it also became his own story, as he tried to figure out what kind of life he and his family wanted to live. This is a wonderful book, full of history and philosophy, but also full of the joy of people who live together and who make what they eat.

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tjdickey
Jan 04, 2019

A story more about storytelling and life itself. In the words of the author, "So a guy tells this other guy a story about some cheese, and a murder plot, and he believes it. Then he goes to New York and sells it as a book..." Seriously, this is really a novel of self-discovery, and a philosophical reflection on the presence of myth in our lives, and a poetic paean to lost rural values and family development and village life and betrayal and vendetta ... and a *really* good cheese.

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Einer2
Mar 09, 2018

A quirky tale but I did enjoy it even with all of the footnotes etc. Some days it would be nice to escape to Guzman!

ser_library Jan 29, 2014

fun to read but it is as much about the author's family as it is about the cheese

kellnerm Jan 22, 2014

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niftygal Dec 15, 2013

EW top 10 non-fiction of 2013

ChristchurchLib Oct 14, 2013

"Having once worked as a part-time proofreader at Michigan's famous Zingerman's Delicatessen, Michael Paterniti never forgot a deliciously described cave-aged sheep's milk cheese he'd read about then. Eventually, he travelled to Guzmán, a rural Spanish village, where he discovered the amazing cheese that was "made with love" was no longer being made. The charismatic, larger-than-life farmer/cheesemaker Ambrosio Molinos de las Hera tells him he was betrayed by his partner, ruining the business. Paterniti quickly becomes enmeshed in Ambrosio's fascinating world, visiting often in order to savour his stories and dig deeper into his life; Paterniti even moves to the village with his wife and kids for a time. Chock full of footnotes and digressive passages, this leisurely yet tasty tale will best please those who enjoy the journey." Armchair Travel October 2013 http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=688525

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