Waiter dish­ing dirt on pa­trons, col­leagues

Pretoria News - - METRO - THE WAITER Ma­tias Fald­bakken Loot.co.za (R208) DOU­BLE­DAY Psy­cho Scan­di­na­vian Misan­thropy, Amer­i­can Daily Mail

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. |

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