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Hotel Noir [Read] ➬ Hotel Noir By Casper Silk – Welcome to the Hotel Noir peerless gem of hospitality and sole holder of a Michelin star on the island of St Germaine When the controversial American author Francis Stein is stabbed to death in the ho Welcome to the Hotel Noir peerless gem of hospitality and sole holder of a Michelin star on the island of St Germaine When the controversial American author Francis Stein is stabbed to death in the hotel's environs the search for his murderer takes islander Bat Manley north to the other half of Stein's double life south to St Germaine's vice ridden slums and finally into the realm of the psyche where the blind see and the dead speak A kaleidoscopic striptease of the human soul Hotel Noir will make you sweat.

  • Paperback
  • 204 pages
  • Hotel Noir
  • Casper Silk
  • English
  • 27 December 2016
  • 9780983861225

7 thoughts on “Hotel Noir

  1. Charlie Charlie says:

    Several years ago I made the long pilgrimage to Lido Italy a small island across from Venice where the Hotel des Bains stands timelessly wrapped by wooden verandas and famous for its association with author Thomas Mann and his novel Death in Venice Why am I telling you this? Because much like Gustav von Aschenbach an aging writer who turns to Venice hoping for spiritual fulfillment which leads ultimately to his demise Silk's character Francis Stein also a writer escapes to St Germaine because the beat suits him The parallels or likeness of the two stories are intriguing and as this could be risky given the classic works of Mann and me being such a fan I was elated to read on and impressed by the characterization and dimension of the story From the opening page I was captivated by the writing style and to prove my eagerness I read forty percent of the book in a single sitting I was not far into the book when I drew the comparison of Hotel Noir to Death in Venice This time the similarity to a classic novel ended with an affirmative nod instead of a ghastly shriek St Germaine like Venice is a decaying island plagued by an epidemic and both tales have male leads who become obsessed with exuisite flawed and much younger characters They uestion what is love what is taboo and are euivalently and beautifully doomed Hotel Noir focuses on dignity and reputation as well as genre social and economic ineuality It is a very well written and studied work that I'd recommend for leisure book club or comparative paper It reads easily enough to hold interest but yet has layers of depth that can offer discussion and debate

  2. Jack Chapman Jack Chapman says:

    The Hotel Noir exists on an island perhaps the French Caribbean but certainly isolated from the rest of Western civilization an island doomed through circumstances and apathy to slide from tourist paradise to narcotic hell Among the enigmatic and enervated characters spending the season at the Noir is the book's main narrator a once famous American writer a Jewish intellectual from Boston who is annually drawn to this laid back alien world His work dried up decades before after the premature death of his wife but he retains some literary reputation and maintains a small circle of friends on the island including an out of favour local politician and a tragic young prostitute This lost soul prefers to escape the weekly literary salons arranged without any conviction by the hotel's proprietress Madame Blanc where speakers regularly insult bore and bemuse the hotel guests and instead compulsively visits the slums of the island His relationship with the prostitute he has known since her innocent but impoverished childhood is ambivalent and repressed he buys hard drugs to salve her addiction while wracked with guilt and planning eventually to take her to a rehab clinic in the States but only ever calling her 'the nameless one' to deny any possibility that she might become an emotional replacement for his wifeThe essence of his story is told accompanied by fantastic asides eccentricities and the content of his dreams It was a few dozen pages in before I properly registered the novel was written in the 1st person present tense normally I have to say my least favorite person and tense combination but here it really does serve a purpose and work successfullyThen at the half way point the narrative switches to segments written by Bat – a local journalist writing a biography of the 'slain American writer' It seems the semi literate anonymous letters he had started receiving contained than empty threats We learn that the writer had been murdered on one of his forays into the dark underbelly of the island while avoiding a New Year's Eve hotel party But no one police or politicians including his old friend who has now been returned to power seems to care too much about the crime or the motive the event was just part of the island's existential fate There is much fine prose in the telling of the story it's leisurely development mirrors the languid decline of the hotel and the 'polyglot polychrome society' outside its genteel privileged walls The environment and acceptance of decay reminds me to a degree of JG Ballard's lost fantasy worlds – this is an island of the imagination that may represent something wider than a geographical locality It is compellingly readable throughout although the second narrator is less intrinsically gripping than the main one though perhaps structurally essential and the whole book is a delight A special mention must go to the character of Madame Blanc a grotesue both controlling and uninvolved around whom the hotel and perhaps the island revolves Typically in the face of the hotel's decline she considers as a casual aside replacing the library with a video arcade or perhaps a meditation center with its own resident yogiIn the end the meaningless death of our narrator and the demolition of the hotel raise profound uestions that are left to the reader to answer The Hotel Noir has been sucked back into the jungle like some lost Aztec city “People like to see things fall down” it's the “Spirit of the times”

  3. Reading Reindeer Reading Reindeer says:

    I reviewed a copy provided to me by the publisher on July 30 2012 via the Goodreads Group Making Connections in exchange for my fair honest authentic reviewReview of Hotel Noir by Casper SilkI consider this novel literary fiction in the vein of Graham Greene a study of a small island culture not so much forgotten by time as strangling in the chords of its own history and of the chains inflicted by the burgeoning drug culture combined with eternal poverty Francis Stein is a failed literary lion widowed years ago when his beloved pregnant wife died of a brain aneurysm taking her life and that of their unborn son Francis remains a rather solitary figure a writer of philosophy rather than a novelist he retains some wealth but the direction of his heart and moral creed have put him on a serious cliff edge Francis like Germaine the shepherdess saint from whom the island takes its name and who figures over and over throughout the story is a person too good for his life every step he takes seems to cause only misdirection confusion and misunderstanding His moral path is mostly righteous yet he finds himself accused repeatedly of the worst crimes of which he is not guilty blackmailed and threatened with grievous bodily harm His is one of those lives which becomes irretrievable and irredeemable a man who is a virtual Sisyphus rolling a stone up the mountain only to find the boulder continually rolls back onto his head and smashes him

  4. Chris Galle Chris Galle says:

    Hotel Noir The only decent hotel on a small Caribbean island The place is definitely in decay but that hasn’t stopped Francis Stein a controversial American author from wintering there for twenty five consecutive years He seems to have settled in also with the locals He’s different from other tourists he has what they call ‘an islander’s soul’ Why then is this man found stabbed to death on New Year’s Eve? Who did dit? Maybe “simply the natives’ way of controlling the tourist population An occasional knifing tends to scare people off for a season or two” Or is there to it? Intriguing uestions that make this novel certainly a good read The portrait of Francis as a man with a moral mission was as convincing as the evocation of the atmosphere of this tiny island with its ambivalent attitude towards tourists I particularly liked the way how each chapter added another piece to the puzzle Maybe I missed some humour but what else can one expect in a novel with this title? Fans of the ‘noir’ genre will love this

  5. Mirrordance Mirrordance says:

    It would not be fair to rate it I didn't even finish it I obstinately struggled a month to go on with it but reading it felt like something due which was as it was an early reviewer copy and not something I was longing to do Slow too slow i just kept reading it not finding the gist of the thing I'll just leave it there for a while and hope for a second fortunate and fruitful reading

  6. Collin Collin says:

    I enjoyed the writing much better than the story It just didn't turn out to be the murder mystery who done it I was expecting

  7. Germaine Shames Germaine Shames says:

    This review says it all

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