Albert's Restaurant, an ideal location for a Bibliophiles' Convention!


Haven't seen The Cook for a very long time but the scene I always remember is when the vile, uncultured Albert discovers that his wife's lover is (gasp, shock horror!) reading a book in his restaurant & roughly throws him out for committing such a despicable act - "How dare you read here" etc, Albert is apoplectic at the sight of such an outrage, such an act of 'vandalism' ... which emphasises just what a twisted, fascist creature he is! It reminded me of Nazi book-burning in the Third Reich. Michael Gambon gives an extraordinary tour de force performance in TCTTHWHL, up there with his Singing Detective triumph.

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It is generally viewed as rude to read while dining out. Albert was not being "Nazi". He was merely upholding proper Victorian manners.

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... Albert not being Nazi? For him the worst horror were jews, only topped by black jews

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