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All Souls' Day

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  500 ratings  ·  33 reviews
A profound and searching new work from one of Europe's major contemporary writers. Arthur Daane, a documentary film-maker and inveterate globetrotter, has lost his wife and child in a plane crash. In ALL SOULS' DAY we follow Arthur as he wanders the streets of Berlin, a city uniquely shaped by history. Berlin provides the backdrop for Daane's reflections on life as he plan ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published August 9th 2002 by Picador (first published January 1st 1998)
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I have now officially given up on this one. Maybe one day when I'm old and wrinkly or a housewife I'll have time...
There are many books that I read in the course of the year and enjoy, some that I enjoy immensely. These books I close with a sigh and indulge in a bit of reflection. Their contents pop up in my thoughts frequently over the next few days - after that, less frequently, but still occasionally stopping by.

All Souls Day is not one of those books. All Souls Day is a book which for me finished rather undramatically. There was no moment of reflection. There was an awareness, rather, that the journey i
De hoofdfiguur Daane is typisch voor Nooteboom: sterk sartreaans, een buitenstaander dus met een sterke melancholische levensvisie (gebukt onder het verleden).
Berlijn neemt belangrijke plaats in, vooral als illustratie van de moeilijke omgang met het verleden. De interventies van het koor zijn zeer geslaagd en leggen het grondthema bloot: het gewicht van het verleden.
De vriendenkring is zeer bevlogen en de discussies diepzinnig, maar het doet allemaal erg aan Mulisch’ Otto denken uit de Ontdekk
Peter Ka
Just boring. I read 150 pages but I decided I won't spend any more time on it. I haven't done that in over 15 years probably.
Arthur Daane is a Dutch expatriate living in Berlin. As we soon find out, he lost his wife and young son in a plane crash a while back. He is unmoored in just about every imaginable way - detached from his country, from his family, from himself. He has a small group of friends, artists of various types, and he has a job as a photographer. But he'd rather spend his time taking photos of people's feet on the streets of Berlin for reasons that are not clear to him.

It's a book where not a lot happen
Definitely a book which would deserve a re-read in the future as Nooteboom adresses just too many topics in a too intellectual way to grasp it all during a first read - and a fast one, as despite of the philosophical musings this is a very readable book with endearing characters. Set between Amsterdam, Berlin and Spain, the story spans personal and national history and interweaves them in the creation of a world of its own without being doctrinal: The author knows that historiography is never fu ...more
This would get five stars if it were a collection of essays or short stories - I kept noting down things I wanted to remember from it - but, as it is billed as a novel, I'm going to dock it a star for being just a bit too static and, more importantly, for not developing the side characters more: the main character (a Dutch film-maker living in Berlin) has a circle of friends in Berlin that he spends much of the novel chatting to, but they come across more as mouthpieces for various (often philos ...more
Tyler Jones
Will you like it? If, when I say "introspective" you think "dull", then probably not. But this book cast a spell on me when I first read it years ago and it has haunted me ever since. I found it elegant, thought provoking and beautiful. It is a great meditation on the relationship between the personal and the historical - using the city of Berlin as the gateway between these worlds.
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Martin Gloger
I realy liked this one, however I must confess I didnt get everything. Maybe thats one of the books you should read twice. ...more
This is a truly moving book about a man waking up from Purgatory. Arthur Daane is living in Berlin shortly after the reunification...a documentary filmmaker who has been wandering through life in a daze because of his terrible survivor's guilt--his wife and child were killed in a plane crash. He has returned to work out of necessity, but spends much of his time filming the streets of Berlin, sharing with his camera the life he can no longer share with his family. He meets a mysterious woman who ...more
Marco Cerbo
Bel romanzo, solido e profondo. Un olandese trapiantato in Germania, il suo tragico passato (moglie e figlio sono morti in un incidente aereo) vive una relazione difficile con una giovane ricercatrice di storia medievale. La trama è accompagnata dalle sagaci discussioni fra gli amici del protagonista.
Wunderbar melancholische Beschreibungen Berlins Mitte der 90er Jahren, die immer wieder an Wenders Film „Der Himmel über Berlin erinnern“, auch wenn der im Jahrzehnt zuvor spielt: Die graue Tristesse der Berliner Winters, Begegnungen mit Menschen, Melancholie, die Stimmen von Engeln, Seelen? Auch gibt es wie im Film Szenen in der Berliner Staatsbibliothek. Dazwischen wunderbare Dialoge zwischen Freunden über Geschichte, Philosophie, Kunst.
net als de ontdekking van de hemel is dit boek ingekaderd door gesprekken van wezens van hogere orde. een zusje van het boek van mulisch zou je allerzielen kunnen noemen en daarom niet zo heel orgineel voor die tijd (eind jaren negentig). het belangrijkste verschil is dat nooteboom nooit pedant wordt. je blijft sympatie voelen voor de personen die worden beschreven. een heerlijk boek dat je doet verlangen naar de tijd van voor 9/11.
Ein Dokumentarfilmer, der durch sein Leben geistert und sich in Berlin treiben lässt - eigentlich gibt es über die Handlung an sich nicht viel zu erzählen. Nooteboom beschreibt das Leben des Mannes so intensiv - und dabei gleich auch noch ein Stadtbild Berlins - noch mit Baustelle am Potsdamer Platz. Sehr lesenswert und packend
An incredible novel. Thoughtful and thought provoking. A beautiful work of art to be read and re-read. I love Cees Nooteboom, 'Rituals' is one of my favourite novels ever, I think this joins it. And I managed to finish on All Souls Day!
Wel, dit moet ik toch echt nog een keer lezen voordat ik 't half begrijp, want het is nu nog een groot mysterie. Wel een prachtig mysterie.
Lauren Albert
While a central premise of the book is cliche--two damaged people find each other--it is well done. I also found the focus on Arthur's visual world as a cameraman intriguing.
Anneliese Tirry
Een Griekse tragedie is het, een pelgrimstocht. Het is geschreven in een prachtige taal en bevat een mooi evenwicht tussen beschouwing, emotie en verhaal.
Regalado Montoya
La profundidad que alcanza el personaje es increíble, y el final es asombrosamente conmovedor, pero no eso no equilibra lo aburrido del texto.
Hollanda Edebiyatı ile yeni tanışanlara: Noteboom gibi sıkıcı anlatım ve gereksiz melankoli peşinde değil tüm Hollandalı yazarlar, pes etmeyin.
Rafet Baran
"berlin varsa kötü değildir" düşüncemi doğrulayan bir kitap oldu. nooteboom ile başlayarak hollanda edebiyatına dalsam fena olmaz la.
Elusively wonderful. Captures the inner life of middle-aged+ Europeans as confronted by life today in Europe.
Weet nog niet helemaal wat ik van dit boek moet denken, maar interessant vond ik hem zeker.
Oh Nooteboom. Brilliant and marvellous and inspiring and Berlin and snow and I adore you.
Delvis bra bok, men jag klarade inte av att läsa klart den...
Alert Holtman
Funny to read reflections about The Dutch. Well done.
Habe wie im Rausch gelesen. Ein traumhaftes Buch.
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Cees Nooteboom (born Cornelis Johannes Jacobus Maria Nooteboom, 31 July 1933, in the Hague) is a Dutch author. He has won the Prijs der Nederlandse Letteren, the P. C. Hooft Award, the Pegasus Prize, the Ferdinand Bordewijk Prijs for Rituelen, the Austrian State Prize for European Literature and the Constantijn Huygens Prize, and has frequently been mentioned as a candidate for the Nobel Prize in ...more
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