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The Book of Everything by Guus Kuijer
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Feb 03, 08

bookshelves: literary-fiction, setting-netherlands, adult-fiction
Recommended to blindmouse by: Mum
Read in December, 2007

Literature, I suppose. Thomas can see things other people can't. He sees tropical fish in the freezing canal, he sees thousands of frogs when Mrs. Van Amersfoort from next door sends a plague to punish his father, and when his father hits his mother, he sees the angels weeping.

This is a fantastic little book. So small you could swallow it without noticing, but so lovely. All of the characters are simply but marvellously drawn, so that I think I'll remember them forever: Thomas, who thinks he might know that he's extraordinary; his sister Margot, who's as dumb as an onion - maybe; Mrs. Van Amersfoort, who everybody says is a witch; Thomas' painfully, pathetically controlling father; the lovely Eliza with the wooden leg ... and I could go on.
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