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The Cook’s Temptation: A Novel by [Wayne, Joyce]
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Length: 248 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Joe Kertes, winner of the U.S. National Jewish Book Award and the Canadian Jewish Book Award for his novel Gratitude, says: “In The Cook's Temptation, Joyce Wayne takes us back to Victorian England. Her Cordelia, a fitting name, is both generous and determined. She is both of her time and ahead of it. She confronts anti-Semitism, sexism and class discrimination at a time when doing so meant risking your well-being. The triumph of this book is that it feels as modern and Canadian as it does Victorian. In telling Cordelia Tilley's story, Joyce Wayne occupies a unique perch from which she can see the world as it really is and as it can be. The Cook's Temptation is a bold and exciting novel.”

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Joyce Wayne brings to life the complexities of Victorian life, first in County Devon and then in London’s East End. The ‘big picture’ is about one woman’s life, class conflict, religious intolerance, suspicion and betrayal. The central figure is Cordelia, a strong-minded Jewish woman who is caught between her desire to be true to herself and her need to be accepted by English society.Cordelia Tilley is the daughter of a Jewish mother and an Anglican father. Her mother has groomed her for a life in English society while her father, a tough publican, has shown no tolerance for his wife’s social climbing or the conceits of their perspicacious daughter. Cordelia’s mother dies from typhoid fever, she tries to run the family ‘s establishment, she falls prey to a local industrialist, she gives birth to a son, she is tormented by her husband and his family. Finally, she is rescued by suffragette friends and sets off to start a new life in London.The Cook’s Temptation is about a woman who is unpredictable, both strong and weak willed, both kind and heinous, victim and criminal. It is a genuine Victorian saga, full of detail, twists and turns, memorable scenes, full of drama and pathos.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1754 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Mosaic Press; Reprint edition (Feb. 4 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I0BC0LS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #407,312 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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What is it like to be a hostage to the bigotry , antisemitism and religiocentrism of the English in a plague year?How does one escape from the constraints of an abusive adoptive family in a world where women are merely chattels?
Following the death of her Jewish mother, Cordelia Tilley is sold to Windice, the village squire to help pay off her loathesome stepfather's debts.
This is a revenge novel wherein the heroine turns the tables on her detractors by utilizing the culinary skills taught to her by her Jewish mother to contaminate the miscreant's food .
Cordelia has become a victim of sado masochistic practices, sexual abuse and Anglo-Christian triumphalism.
In this novel there are allusions to literature, but it is basically a page turner and potboiler with literary
The most disappointing feature of this novel is the author's scant knowledge of Jewish tradition and ritual a prerequisite for the portrayal of antisemitism directed at Jews in Victorian England.For reasons of security Cordelia and her mother have become Marranos, ( those who profess the common culture on the outside but adhere to Jewish culture covertly).
Instead of poisoning the local well to get even with her tormenters, ( as the blood libel would have it), the heroine Cordelia Tilley, contaminates the food in the local inn, an act of culinary terrorism,assuring the demise of her persecutor.
The crime goes undetected but it signals the death of the innocence of a former victim who has lost the moral high ground.
This novel is indebted to the episodic eighteenth century picaresque novel which portrays the seduction of the innocent by a libertine, and the struggle of the heroine to either fight back or accept her fate.
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I picked up the book on a Tuesday and left everything else aside for 2 days while I ravenously digested every delicious page. The tale is unique, the voice profound and the research and writing... outstanding. The story is filled with twists and turns that are not of this time or place. When I recommended it to an enthusiastic reader friend of mine, she asked what novel it was similar to, and I couldn't think of even one. It is truly a one-of-a- kind venture into an often dark, at times erotic, sometimes humorous and always fascinating family album. I highly recommend this compelling fictional novel.
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In a very Wayne-sian way, Jewish Cordelia, who is all at once, innocent-guilty, victim-killer, lover-whore, beautiful-ugly, takes us through a very Dickensian England, bringing us insights into the plight of those who live outside the mainstream. Through its many plots and sub-plots, twists and turns, The Cook's Temptation is just that. A temptation to read, salivate and savour the delectable tale she has set at our table; a veritable feast for the voracious reader.
- Jasmine D'Costa, author of Curry is Thicker than Water, Stories, and Writer-in-Residence, The Toronto Heliconian Club.
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