Yield. When Piet Barol, the protagonist of Richard Mason’s novel, History of a Pleasure Seeker, finds himself offered the chance to indulge in any form of pleasure, he yields to the opportunity with delight and enthusiasm. Set mostly in Amsterdam in 1907, Barol is hired as a tutor to the son of a wealthy hotelier. The house is packed with beautiful objects and people, the food and service outstanding. Barol is handsome, talented and charming, and uses skills and wits to achieve what he desires. Readers who like period novels and atmospheric sensuality are those most likely to enjoy this novel.
Rating: Three-star (Recommended)
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