Thursday, April 14, 2011

Gone Bamboo by Anythony Bourdain

Synopsis from

Gone Bamboo pits Henry, a CIA-trained assassin, and Frances, his hard-nosed, hard-bodied wife against two governments and a cross-dressing mafioso. Henry and Frances have gone bamboo-living an idyllic, retired life in the Caribbean-but when Donnie, a powerful capo relocated by the Federal Witness Protection Program, inadvertently jeopardizes their plan, all hell breaks loose. Despite the fact that Henry once tried to kill Donnie, the two join forces against the transvestite mob boss looking to ace Donnie. But things aren't going to be so easy...

Written in Anthony Bourdain's signature style-raucous, funny, a bit vicious, and always fun- Gone Bamboo is a feast of murder, hitmen, and the hitwomen they love. Reminiscent of Dashiell Hammet's Nick and Nora, Bourdain's Henry and Frances are a tough-talking, unlikely couple that will win you over-if they don't kill you first.

My Comments:

I feel HUNGRY when I read this book. Not hungry for words but rather hungry for food. This book is not about food but somehow food seems to sneaks into it. Gosh...the delicious description of food which Tommy cooks really had me drooling.

As for the story, to me it was and average read. This is due to too much usage of crude language and street lingo. It just turns me off. Maybe to some, the usage of crude language makes the story sound more authentic. Well, each person reserves the right to their opinion.

If you can turn a blind eye on the crude language, you might find that there are laughs to be had here. It's really funny to read how Tommy have a crush on Frances.

Overall, I would rate it as 2.5 stars


Lee said...

Hi SK, Holy Smoke! Cannot imagine the books you read every couple of days!
I bet the bookstore fellow loves you, rolls out the red carpet see you come.
Ha ha.

Small Kucing said...

Uncle Lee

LOL..I think they do too :P. Spent a fortune buying books.

There are some free e-books but I rather have my hands on hard copy of book

cleffairy said...

Hah? Read this can become hungry ah? Den ah... please keep this book away from me. LOL... last time when I read The Chronicles of Narnia oso i feel hungry... dono y.

Small Kucing said...


Probably reading too much at night

Hidayah Ismawi said...

Is it the same Anthony Bourdain (chef)? Strange question I know, but was just wondering ..

Small Kucing said...


Yes, the very same. Am surprised too that he wrote fiction

Covnitkepr1 said...

I’d also like to follow your blog in return if you’d send me a link to it.


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