Andrew's book reviews

Knielen op een bed violen
really liked it
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 ...
Rip Tide: A Liz Carlyle Novel
really liked it
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...
Kim
liked it
Kim
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...
Een schitterend gebrek
liked it
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....
Rivieren
liked it
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...
Cold Comfort Farm
liked it
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...
Isle of Dogs
did not like it
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,...
Precious and Grace
it was amazing
Alexander McCall 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...
Neem een geit
did not like it
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 ...
Duivelspact
liked it
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...


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