This was not an easy
book to read. In many ways, it is a tradgedy, with the
protagonist being caught in an increasing web of an
extremely miserable and extreme form of Calvinism
(Protestant Christianity) as well as being at the mercy of
I enjoyed this book.
It was a fairly light thriller, believable plot (the
author's pedigree helps, I suppose) an attractive and
convincing central character and enough twists to keep
interest right until the end. I liked the way that she...
This was a difficult
book to read. In some parts of the book it seems that barely
a page goes by without Kipling making another racist
generalisation about 'Orientals'. It is not as if it just
the culture he is referring to, from early o...
I enjoyed reading De
Gevleugelde by Arthur Japon, so was looking forward to
reading this one and it is apparently his most famous book.
De Gevleugelde is beautifully written with the quality of
the prose making up for a rather weak plot....
As I worked as a
river ecologist for several years, the theme of these three
connected small novels appealed to me. There is something
about the flow of a river which lends itself to the flow of
a narrative, and this trilogy makes use of...
I have fond memories
of listening to a BBC Radio 4 adaptation of 'Cold Comfort
Farm' in the 80s and so when the book was mentioned in a
quiz the other day and that memory popped to the surface, I
eagerly checked out if I could find a che...
I tried hard to
enjoy this book, but the humour just wasn't my type. I could
see what was meant to be funny, but it just didn't appeal to
me. Maybe if you live in the Southern States of the US (and
15 years ago) it might be more amusing,...
Smith has done it again. Somehow he manages to combine a
realistic view of the negative aspects of human nature with
a clear belief of the fundamentally good nature of people as
expressed by the main characters' sympathe...
It must be less than
one percent of the books that I pick up to read, that I
don't get to the end of; even if it is a struggle, I usually
succeed. I did not make it to the end of this book. Claudia
de Breij is an amusing comedian with a ...
I hadn't read
anything from Loes Hollander before, but thanks to the
'Vakantiebieb' I got the chance this summer. I quite enjoyed
the 'Duivelspact', but I must say it wasn't really anything
special. The characters were not that interesti...