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A Perfect Waiter (2004)
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"Erneste Is The Perfect Waiter - and his private life seems to embody the qualities he brings to his profession. But inwardly this polite and dignified man is in the grip of a violent passion: He yearns for a young waiter-in-training, Jakob, who broke his heart when he fled Nazi-dominated Europe for a new life in America with his lover, a celebrated German intellectual. Nursing a broken heart, Erneste slinks even deeper into his well-ordered world, and spends the next thirty years hardening into what had previously only been a role. After decades of silence, however, he receives a letter from a distraught and penniless Jakob asking for help. Soon, Erneste must decide if he will finally take action and help his former lover - or will dramatic news of Jakob finally destroy the memories of the great love of his youth?" "Set against the backdrop of a genteel Swiss hotel, and moving skillfully between two time periods, this exquisitely written story of a lifelong passion is rich in tension and emotion and explores the nature of love and betrayal, memory and regret."--BOOK JACKET.
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