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Ranging from Hungary and Italy to France and England, but placed mostly in London between 1911 and 1934, this novel tells the story of a variety of Dickensian characters, from the idealistic and kind Hungarian Steve Zobrany who owns a cafe (the title refers to its name) in a grimier part of the city, to Tom Henceforth the bright but not entirely honest English youth who's very much on the make, and the shadowy figure known as Perp -- who's somewhere between Moriarty and Bill Sykes. A large cast of thieves, honest prostitutes, con men, and a journalist fill out the cast of this rolling, often wry novel published by Kersh in 1966.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   humorous Time/era of story    -   1900-1920's Life of a profession:    -   businessman, small Ethnic/Regional/Religion    -   British Crime & Police story    -   Yes Story of    -   conman stealing/fraud Job/Profession/Status story    -   Yes Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   small businessman Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Eastern European


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK    -   France    -   Eastern Europe City?    -   Yes City:    -   London Misc setting    -   resort/hotel

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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