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God's Gym

3.39 of 5 stars 3.39  ·  rating details  ·  738 ratings  ·  20 reviews
December 22, 2000 is a day of dramatic confluence in the life of Joop Koopman, a Dutchman living in California. It is the day he celebrates his daughter Miriam's seventeenth birthday, meets his old friend Philip - with whom he has been out of touch for eighteen years and who now works for the Israel Ministry of Defense, and crosses paths with Erroll Washington (aka Godzill ...more
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wow most disappointing ending ever, like what actually happens to Omar? Was he speaking the truth after all? bc honestly Omar was the only interesting character in this book and we don't know anything about what happens to him, whether he gets killed or not, you can write a book with an open end but you cannot let out such important things, is my copy missing some pages or is there a sequel whereof I don't know? wow I'm so disappointed rn I'd expected at least a proper end
Een boeiend boek over Joop Koopman die door een ongeluk zijn dochter Mirjam verliest. Zij verongelukt op de ochtend van haar 17e verjaardag. Zij zat achterop de motor bij Godzilla, de eigenaar van de sportschool. De motor slipte doordat er door een samenloop van omstandigheden, die als proloog uitvoerig uit de doeken gedaan wordt, olie op de weg lag. Joop besluit om het hart van Mirjam beschikbaar te stellen voor donatie.
Tussen Joop en Godzilla ontstaat een soort relatie, vooral doordat "God" z
Es una novela correcta.Y nada más.Se lee rápido.No es la mejor obra de Leon De Winter.Escoged otra.

This short novel has a lot going for it. A Dutch friend had mentioned this author, who has written a number of books, but so far only 2 have been translated into English. He is also a scriptwriter /director and newspaper columnist in The Netherlands. But it is obvious he has spent considerable time in LA where this novel is set and he evokes the West LA scene better than some American authors. I was immediately engaged by the story and the interesting mix of characters. Am not sure it really nee ...more
Das Buch habe ich über Danielas Service erhalten. Ganz wichtig beim Ausfüllen des Fragebogens war mir, dass ich auf keinen Fall so viel „Gelaber“ im Buch haben wollte. Deshalb war ich doch etwas überrascht, letztendlich ein Buch in den Händen zu halten, das bereits auf dem Klappentext mit dem Worten „buddhistische Wiedergeburtstheorie“, „metaphysischer Thriller“ und „Wege des Schicksals“ war. Das Buch hätte ich mir definitv niemals ausgesucht und ich war sogar kurz ein wenig en ...more
Not a bad book and, as the reviews on the cover say, quite gripping as long as it lasts. The book lends itself to be read in one sitting, quite like a movie. That being said, the story lines seem too forced and convoluted - at the end, it almost seems the author has had enough of it and decides to bring everything together in one shot.

Hardly memorable and not impactful at all. 'Time pass' is what we would call it in India.
Felix Pütsch
Interessante Einleitung, spannender Plot, mit überraschender Wendung. Allerdings fand ich das Ende etwas "gehetzt", es kam mir vor als ob dem Autor die Seiten ausgingen und er die verschiedenen Handlungsstränge schnell zuende bringen wollte. Auch die Personen sind allesamt karikaturesk überzeichnet. Insgesamt habe ich es jedoch gern gelesen. Die klare Sprache erinnerte mich stark an Martin Suter und Maarten t'Haart.
Nov 19, 2015 Hans rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: dutch
A lot happens to Joop Koopman, a Jew from Dutch nationality, living and working in Los Angeles as a movie script writer. His daugther dies on her birthday in a traffic accident. From then on his life is not the same. Can he trust the people he meets while dealing with his loss? Do they have their own agenda or do they genuinely want to help?

This is an entertaining book, with a fast pace and short chapters. We learn that the daughter dies very early in the book, but supported by Joop's memories,
Over het algemeen een heel aardig boek met een interessant verhaal en veel losse eindjes en onverwachte wendingen. De Winter hanteert een bevlogen schrijfstijl waardoor je het verhaal ingezogen wordt.

Ik heb me alleen wel bij vlagen gestoord aan het hoogdravende taalgebruik. Zinnen als "(...) die dromen waren meer dan alleen abberaties van de hersenen ontstaan uit electrochemische reacties.", "Hij drukte haar tegen zich aan en sprak als een gebed: 'Dit gaat nooit voorbij. Dit mag nooit voorbij g
Tjibbe Wubbels
It`s been a while since I read anything by Leon de Winter. When I saw this book at the second hand book store I remembered liking Sokolows Universum. So I picked it up. I had some nice shinkansen-rides here on my Japan holiday to read this book. And I enjoyed it a lot. Nice plot and great writing. The best parts for me were the description of the main characters feelings after losing his daughter and the development of the unlikely friendship between the main character and Godzilla. Recommended ...more
2002, set in southern California, with a main character who is of Dutch origin.
Very readable and intersting at times, but even after 2 weeks I have the greatest difficulty remembering anything about the book.

Something to do with trusting people, and how easily one can be fooled into trusting someone who tells a pack of lies. But also how some poeple CAN be trusted. Yet you can never know if you really know things about them or whether it's another pack of lies.

Side story about the Israeli intell
Peter Jakobs
My first book of de Winter - definitively I'm going to read more of his works. Excellent mix of quite different strings: death of a adolescent daughter, involvement of Mossad actions in the US, re-incarnation stories, Shoa victims' money on Swiss bank accounts...
Sep 14, 2007 Smarti rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everybody
Shelves: romaneab1900
It's a pity so few people know this book! A father searching for his dead daughter, conspiracies, the overall theme on how to cope with life: great, albeit a bit fussy at the end!
mooi boek, hoewel de proloog en de epiloog een beetje droog zijn. maar als je daar doorheen bent en het echte verhaal begint: leuk boek!
Francine Maelfeyt
Bijzonder, aangenaam om lezen, aangrijpend verhaal, psychologisch zeer goed onderbouwd.
Ein Buch, das mehrmals gelesen werder kann und sollte. Spannend und sehr zu empfehlen!
Rory Vevers
a good book, i recomend it for those who have a love for gym.
Rosanne - Books Are Better Than Pants
Leon de Winter is obnoxious in real life but he can write.
Een van zijn betere boeken. Orignele storyline
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