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1. De Pijn by Marguerite Duras - January, 5th - ****
2. Komt een paard de kroeg binnen by David Grossman - January, 15th - ****
3. De Vrolijke Wijsheid by Alexander Roose - February, 18th - ***'
4. De Blinde Uil by Sadegh Hedayat - March, 3rd, ***'
5. De druiven der gramschap by John Steinbeck - March, 25th - ****
6. Wat is de Wat by Dave Eggers - May, 21st - ***'
7. En dan, als ik weg ben by Guido Van Heulendonk - June, 3rd - ***
8. Gepijnde honing by Johan Daisne - June, 3rd - ***
9. Sofia draagt altijd zwart by Paolo Cognetti - June, 30th - ***
10. Het Grote Vuur by Cesare Pavese - July, 8th - ****'
11. Hoger Dan De Zee by Francesca Melandri - July, 15th - ***'
12. Er was eens over de mens als vertellende aap by Johan Braeckman - July, 21st - ****
This is a very weird book, very well written, nicely composed but ... it also breaks you down, slowly, determined, with glimmers of hope in between, but ending dramatically. And it's about stand up comedy!
The story doesn't let you go, so be warned. But read it, it's great, emotional, tender, compelling, sometimes witty and funny but .... is comedy always ending happily?
After reading and re-reading, reviewing, correcting, for some weeks now.... the masterpaper of my youngest daughter ... i finally finished another book.
I must admit, the first part was a struggle. A tough one. I did put the book aside, sometimes for a few days, sometimes a week and more. Not invited whatsoever to continue.
But in the end, i did read the last 300 pages in a few days. I finally wanted to know how Valentino Achak Deng would do and finally there was this connection with the book and with the main character.
I would not call it a masterpiece, but it brings you to reflect on yourself, your life and it makes you count your blessings. And compared to Valentino Achak Deng, they are endless.
It's hard to find authors better than Melandri to describe the everyday aspects of life, the devastating details, the mixed sentiments. An inevitable lovestory mellows the drama, but it ends quite surprising. 3,5 stars for the beautiful sentences, in doubt for star nr 4 but hesitating as the story could have dug deeper but didn't.