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Bekijk je persoonlijke aanbevelingen
Bekijk je persoonlijke aanbevelingen
Bekijk je persoonlijke aanbevelingen
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    The sense of an ending

    Jolted by a message fom the past, the teller revisits his days as an undergraduate. He writes with ruefulness and humour about difficult episodes in close relationships. At the same time, he reflects on the nature of history, as raised in his studies then. As his story unfolds, these lines of thought parallel then converge, culminating in a moment of clarity shocking to the narrator and confronting to the reader. What begins as a personal memoir ends as a profound and powerful story that could be told of any of us. Breathtaking.
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    The sense of an ending

    Enjoyed the read but enigmatic ending.
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    Vertrouw je geheugen niet!

    Prachtige vertelling over de onbetrouwbaarheid van het geheugen. Heel mooi geschreven en intrigerende plot.
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    Nostalgic. A quick pleasant read.

    Tony remembers what life was like and how it could have turned out. He assesses how it is now that he’s older. He looks back on his past and tries to plod through his ordinary retired life in a way that is satisfying to him. The author creates a bit of a suspense by making Tony (single, divorced) receive a lawyer’s letter that prompts him to chase his past. But that wasn’t what kept me reading. It was Tony’s thoughts on the mediocrity of his life and life in general, on love in youth, on random events that affected his decisions, on the paths taken by his fellow students (full of ideas and hope at university – all robbed away by mundane life). It is a short book, pleasant and easy to read and the concept is effective. It made me reflect on why life appears more mediocre to Tony as he gets older – life itself hasn’t changed: why so much nostalgia as we age?
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    Not quite there...

    I finally found time to read this book after the fuss and award but unfortunately, I wasn't too pleased. But yes, it did leave important aspects of evoking feelings and a "so what happened next?" But the point at the end wasn't too clear (for me in any case)
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