- Randers, Denmark
- member since March 5, 2010
It is okay, but not his best. I don't think he managed to give the characters any depth, like in his earlier works. I am a Grisham-fan, read almost everything, so I like this one too :-). If you're not a fan, I would recommend The Firm, A time to kill, maybe The Chamber. His best, according to me, is A painted House, not a legal thriller, but really good.
Let me know, if you read it. I would like to know your opinion.
Lasse, I am listening to Cathedral of the Sea, which I picked up from your shelf because you rated it 5 stars. Did you read it in Spanish or in English? I'm enjoying the book but I think it would be better in Spanish.
P.S. I'm following you.
Not the most fascinating Dutch novel, obviously. I've been reading about it, I don't get why it is translated in Danish. I can't imagine why anyone, outside Holland, would be interested in it.
I was waiting for your review, but was gonna give it a try. Now I don't feel the need anymore. There are other things to read.
Thanks for the update.
I finished Bang's Tine this week. It was hard to get into, but once I was, I liked it. He really managed to describe the feeling of desperation. It is a good read, about a time and feeling I'm not really familiar with. I can't imagine how it feels when you are so close on loosing everything you know, including your life.
Thanks for the help on a better understanding of the desperate time.
Those aren't considered to be his best books. If you can find The discovery of heaven, or maybe The assault, you should try them.
I´ve been searching for other writers, but they are hard to find, you´re right. Some writers you can look for, don´t know if they are translated, are Gerard Reve, Jan Wolkers or Ronald Giphart. If you´re looking for Dutch crime you might try Saskia Noort or Esther Verhoef.
I'm convinced Mulisch is translated to Danish, but I can't verify it in Wikipedia. His masterpiece The discovery of heaven is translated in many languages. It's definitely worth your time. He has written smaller books, some might be translated too.
I shall try to find some other authors that are translated, and are worth your time. Not all are.
Your explanation about the time might make it easier.
I studied Scandinavian languages and culture, my major was literature. We learned a lot about history, but my focus always was on Sweden. And even so, as an outstander it is hard to understand how a war really effects people.
In Holland we have the recently deceased writer Harry Mulish. He was (kind of) obsessed by WWII. Have you read anything by him? He was one of the big authors in Holland.