Ludwig Bemelmans uncovers the fabulous world of Hotel Splendide, the luxury New York hotel where he worked as a waiter.
With affection and barbed wit, Ludwig Bemelmans records the everyday chaos that reigns behind the façades of the gilded dining-room and banquet halls. He sketches the hierarchy of hotel life and its fascinating inhabitants: from the ruthlessly authoritarian maître d’hôtel Monsieur Victor to the kindly waiter Mespoulets and Frizl the homesick busboy. Bemelmans’s tales of a bygone era are illustrated with his own charming line drawings.
The Ritz Carlton/Splendide was to be Bemelmans’s home for many years, and his book about it, which first appeared in 1956, has now been reissued in a slightly truncated form together with other...Read more