Mr Menthol

By Frank Krake

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Mr Menthol recounts the extraordinary life of Joseph Sylvester, the man who brought toothpaste to Holland. A sensation upon its Dutch publication, the book is both an account of a magnetic entrepreneur and a charged, triumphant tale of interracial love.

Fleeing extreme racism in the United States, Sylvester sets up in Holland, selling what was then a novel product: Menthol Toothpaste. Amsterdam-dwellers crowd his market stall to see the man in the debonair top hat with the blindingly white smile. Among them is a Dutch model, Rose, who will eventually become Sylvester's wife.

Their love is the central force of the book, surviving social discrimination and the horrors of Second World War: Sylvester is sent to a Nazi prisoners' camp, managing to secure his own escape by growing close to the guards. In the wake of this traumatic period, they manage to slowly rebuild their lives, running a successful rabbit farm until Sylvester's death.

Rich in historical detail and weighted with profound emotion, Mr Menthol was a bestseller in Holland, as well as being shortlisted for the prestigious Dutch Hebban Award for Best Non-fiction in 2016.

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Format Paperback
Imprint Arcadia Books
Publication Date 13 Sep 2018
ISBN 9781911350385
Number of Pages 364

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