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En de beer ging over de bergen

3.74  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,450 Ratings  ·  213 Reviews
Satirisch sprookje, waarin een Amerikaanse beer een romanmanuscript vindt, ermee naar een uitgever gaat en rijk en beroemd wordt, terwijl de eigenlijke auteur, een vereenzaamde professor, de trekken van een beer krijgt.
Paperback, 230 pages
Published 1999 by Thomas Rap (first published September 1st 1996)
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"A bear stole my book."

And so begins the tale of a bear who finds a briefcase containing one would-be-writer's manuscript, steals a suit of clothing, and heads to the big city where he is instantly embraced as the latest literary darling. Comparisons to a certain manly, bearded author seem inevitable.

"Anybody ever tell you how much you resemble Hemingway?"


"Yes, who indeed. I think you might be just the one to make people forget him."

Of course, there's still the fact that even though those
Jul 30, 2013 Stephanie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unfinished
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Derek Haines
Feb 24, 2011 Derek Haines rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed ninety-five percent of this read. A fantastic plot and it kept me giggling to myself almost all the way through. Hal Jam grabbed me from the moment he stole the briefcase and manuscript. Hardly fair, but the characterization of literary agents gave me a good laugh. Great read for any writer. The only criticism I have is that the ending seemed to be all a bit rushed. I wonder if an editor was making it fit into a word count?
Jul 15, 2008 Nick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is awesome, plain and simple.

I worked at a Barnes and Noble in Wichita, KS when I bought this book. Back then I used to buy a lot of books based solely on the neatness of their cover and the quality of the binding. I'm pleased to say that this book had top marks in both categories and therefore warranted a purchase. Never did I imagine that I would find such a hilarious, scathing satire on the world of publishing and, indeed, modern society.

I thought that the title was going to be a me
May 14, 2014 Daniel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is amazing. I read it in my late teens; I read it in my late twenties; and I have read it a third time in my mid-thirities. Every time I have read this book, I have loved it.

Reading it now, what strikes me is the word-play that Kotzwinkle employs to both underline the ridiculous situation he has created and the fun that can be had thereafter. The phrase, "because he was a bear," works time and time again to great effect.

I am sure that I will return to this book again--and that I will,
John Frankham
Jan 21, 2014 John Frankham rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I couldn't be bothered to write my own review of this puerile, pretentious book. The following is the previous review that fits my views best:

I really didn't care for this book. It started off amusing but really went downhill for me. If this is supposed to be a modern fairytale then the only conclusion I can make from it is that crime pays. The author does not appear to think much of the publishing/entertainment industry, politics, or women. Come to think of it, he doesn't seem to think much of
Jan 06, 2010 Blair rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know which character I'm supposed to sympathize with; if any. I can see the similarities drawn between this book and "Forrest Gump". Hal Jam (the bear) floats along without saying much but is still handed the keys to the kingdom. In the end I felt sorry for Art Bramhall, who we are led to believe has found happiness with his character assassinated, his identity stolen and the loss of a chance of millions of dollars. No, he's happy in the forest having traded places with the bear. I didn' ...more
Cute and fluffy. (copied review) You might think that a writer best-known for novelizing the movie "E.T." would find a satire on the book publishing industry hitting a bit close to home, but William Kotzwinkle seems quite comfortable with the task in this comic fable. In Kotzwinkle's merry send-up, the author of the hit novel "Desire and Destiny" is a bear, a real bear, who after finding the manuscript under a spruce tree and attaching his nom de plume, Hal Jam, becomes rich and famous overnight ...more
Mar 03, 2008 Terina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I thought the idea of this book was interesting and unique. A bear finds, steals, and passes off as his own a book written by a professor. The chapters alternate between the bear who is pretending to be human and the professor who is becoming more and more like a bear. The reactions of the people around the bear are funny . . . they hear long self serving answers in the bear's short, nonsensical answers. This is great commentary on the nature of fame, publicity, and even the academic profession. ...more
Mar 11, 2016 Isa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un livre original et divertissant, une critique du paraître et du monde de l édition.
Apr 18, 2016 Hiroto rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Didn't like I, didn't find it funny but contemptuous with all its characters. The bear was okay and sometimes kinda funny, but honestly nothing hilarious or even subtle.
Oct 09, 2011 Cindy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't FINISH the book; I finished READING the book. There is a difference. It had been on my TBR list for so long, I forgot why I put it on there. Guess the back blurb..."complicated satire, hilarious fun, and barbs of steel amid fields of whimsy" called out to me some years ago. I shouldn't have answered.
Basic premise of the book: A bear finds a manuscript in a briefcase in the woods, and pretends he is the author. Jeepers. That should have stopped me right there.
I've found that anything des
Oct 21, 2008 Dan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
Amusing. It's a little bit Being There, a little bit "Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote" (Jorge Luis Borges), perhaps even a little "The Emperor's New Clothes." Although the novel is for the most part a satire on celebrity obsession, it includes some useful exploration of the theme of identity.
May 19, 2010 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to John by: Dot Roberts
Shelves: bookcrossing, humour
A Bookcrossing book passed from Dot. A funny story of a bear that steal a manuscript that turns in to a best seller. Everyone around him is so wrapped up in his celebrity that they don't recognize that he is a bear. The book pokes fun at all sorts of modern life.

If you like this type of story try reading Happiness: A Novel the story of another best seller that spins out of control - very funny. It was originally titled "Generica"
Sep 02, 2015 Gord rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dave Bidini recommended ( Kotzwinkle, so I chose to look him up. The Bear Went Over the Mountain is laugh out loud funny and seems to be a brilliant satire on being a writer--a successful writer.
Aaron Kent
Jun 12, 2015 Aaron Kent rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
this is the funniest book i've read in a long time.
Adam Duclos
Feb 11, 2016 Adam Duclos rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Pia Ferrara
Apr 27, 2014 Pia Ferrara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
La recensione è anche su Fantasy Magazine:

E se ce l'aveste fatta? Se dopo numerosi tentativi fallimentari foste riusciti a scrivere il romanzo dei vostri sogni? Quello che vi spalanca le porte dell'Olimpo della letteratura e vi fa schizzare il cima alla classifica degli autori di best seller? Riuscite a immaginarlo? Bene. Provate ora a immaginare se il frutto delle vostre fatiche vi venisse sottratto. E provate a figurarvi nientemeno che un orso nell'atto
Dec 17, 2008 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is so funny and quirky that you just have to read it. I heard about it on an NRP interview about books to cure the winter blahs -- and they were right on.

The premise is that the main character is a bear who finds a lost manuscript and takes over the authors life. Everyone thinks the bear is "fresh" and "wordly" and wants to ride the coat tails of this up and coming new "author."
Eric Susak
Jan 15, 2014 Eric Susak rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This magical-realist take on stolen identity is not only comical, it also analyzes how one's nature and preconceptions influence their understanding of the world.
Jessica McFarland
An amusing modern parable regarding a bear that discovers a manuscript in a suitcase under a tree. The bear decides to have the manuscript published so he can enjoy the easy life of a human, and heads off to the big city. Meanwhile the real author is devastated by the loss of his masterwork, and begins to embrace the simple life of an animal. Through meeting publishers, groupies, celebrities, and politicians, Kotzwinkle skewers the pursuit of fame and the literary elite, while questioning what i ...more
Mar 28, 2016 Dale rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great satire of human obliviousness, identity, and the modern publishing world, and it succeeds on all counts. When a bear in Maine finds a novel in a briefcase under a tree, he embarks on a journey to see where it might lead. The result is a grand farce as the bear becomes the new author of the year, and seeks to adapt to his new identity, while the people around him react according to their personal slants. Meanwhile, the real author turns ever more bear-like, regressing to his primi ...more
Jul 15, 2014 Kirsty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my Dads favourite books, so after a little push from him, I agreed to give it a go. It made me think of Forest Gump and The 100 year old man who climbed out of his window....

'The bear' ended up living an amazing life mostly through chance, and with little understanding/knowledge of how fortunate he was to have lived and experienced the things he did.
I enjoyed that naivity of the bear and the humour in those around him who interprested the impossible. If you like a little black hu
Jan 30, 2014 Andrea rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ein Bär klaut also ein Manuskript und kommt als Schriftsteller groß raus. Kann man aus dieser Idee einen lustigen Roman machen? Natürlich nicht. Natürlich lache ich, wenn sich ein Bär im Restaurant auf dem Boden wälzt und die Frauen denken "endlich ein richtiger Mann" und die Verleger "endlich ein zweiter Hemingway". Ein Witz, ein Lacher. Aber alle weiteren Witze folgen dem gleichen Schema F: Ein Bär zeigt uns, dass Frauen auf Bären stehen und Verleger auf Holzfäller. Nach spätestens fünfzig Sei ...more
Glen Engel-Cox
Sep 11, 2015 Glen Engel-Cox rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a wickedly funny satire of publishing and life, wherein a nice bear stumbles upon a manuscript in the woods and decides to become an author. As authors are notoriously eccentric, his strangeness is discounted by all (he is the next Ernest Hemingway, they say, so raw and back to nature). At the same time, the fellow who actually wrote the book is finding that his anger and depression is leading him into the woods where he is becoming more gruff than ever.

There are sections here where I wa
Mar 22, 2008 Nekouken rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humour
I adored this book. I don't know what made me pick it up in the first place, but I'm very glad I did.

First, the concept makes for a fantastic satire of publishing. I'm not sure why, but works that satirize the fields that produced them always tend to make me smile. I loved this book, I loved Get Shorty, which rags on the movie industry, and generally creative people biting the hands that feed them are nothing but fun.

Second, the story is too much fun. The bear rides a very fine line between huma
❥ Azzurra
Oct 08, 2011 ❥ Azzurra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, humor
Sono felice di dire che il libro si è dimostrato all’altezza delle aspettative.
L’orso che venne dalla montagna è un libro veramente divertente, che non scade nel banale e anzi mantiene un tono irriverente e umano in ogni riga.
Non ho mai letto E.T. e tantomeno ho visto per intero il film, nonostante sia un classico osannato (non picchiatemi! ho ancora tempo per rimediare ;), posso dire però che Kotzwinkle con questo testo ha acquisito un nuovo affezzionato lettore.
Ogni passo che ha visto il no
Aug 14, 2008 Ewurama rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It’s got to be hard to write a funny book, so I always give authors props for even trying. In the case of The Bear Went Over the Mountain, the book had its moments, but it was pretty much the same joke over and over, writ large across the plot: people hear what they want to hear; they see what they want to see; and nobody wants to be left out.

The storyline is basically this: a bear finds the manuscript of a novel hidden at the base of a tree in the woods, claims it as his, puts on a business su
Sharon Bodnar
Not what expected, not much I liked. The concept was interesting, the bear was best whenever he flashed his true nature, the people stupid and greedy. The most empathetic human was Bramhall, the author of the book that brought the bear his fame, and his devolution. Kotzwinkle did a fine job of satirizing the media and the publicity machine, but I can't help wondering how much sharper and funnier this story would have been in the hands of Richard Brautigan or Tom Robbins.
Feb 03, 2016 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So pointlessly funny, tongue-in-cheek humour. Obsessive compulsive disorder man genuflecting in front of Mickey Mouse, the skin-heads confusing Heimlich (manoeuver) with Heinrich Himmler, and of course Hal Jam himself, the bear who gave up the wilderness to pursue a life of humanity and authorship, with all the nuances associated with a bear's needs and instincts...just a brilliant waste of time reading this book!
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William Kotzwinkle is a two-time recipient of the National Magazine Award for Fiction, a winner of the World Fantasy Award, the Prix Litteraire des Bouquinistes des Quais de Paris, the PETA Award for Children's Books, and a Book Critics Circle award nominee. His work has been translated into dozens of languages.
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