Waiter dishing dirt on patrons, colleagues
MATIAS Faldbakken previously published a violent-sounding satirical trilogy, billed as Norway’s answer to
by Bret Easton Ellis. It was slated for translation in 2010, but appears to have been quietly dropped.
Instead, he’s making his Englishlanguage debut with this amiable comedy about a stressed waiter in a top-end Oslo restaurant that’s slowly hitting the skids.
The unnamed narrator’s anxiety isn’t helped when his friend leaves him in charge of his young daughter, Anna, promising that she’ll do her homework as long as she doesn’t fall in with the hard-drinking regulars.
Watching him dish dirt on customers and colleagues is good fun – but you sense a more earnest point, too, as he snatches rare downtime to scroll nervily through the jumble of disaster footage and cat videos flooding into his phone, making the faded grandeur of his 19th-century establishment a symbol of broader, post-internet worries over what we’ve lost. |