Dancing Lessons for the Advanced in Age (Hardcover)
"The world is a beautiful place, don't you think? Not because it is, but because I see it that way."
The title is the first thing I noticed about this book, but it definitely wasn't what kept me reading it - the writing itself took care of that. This entire novel is ONE sentence. This is a book meant to be devoured in one sitting - you may not stop to catch your breath. Hrabal is a master and he does something really special here.— O.B.
An old man, a shoemaker who once wore a pince-nez and carried a stick with a silver mounting because he wanted to look like a composer, tells the story of his life to six youn, beautiful women basking in the sun. One drunken thought triggers another. Amorous conquests alternate with sundry mishaps and in the exuberant telling acquire the same weight and substance as earth-shattering events. To say nothing of the historical perspective, which the self-styled "engineer of human feet" bends at random to suit his mood. Dancing Lessons for the Advanced in Age displays the inimitable Czech master at his playful best.