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Onze oom by Arnon Grunberg
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Oct 06, 11

bookshelves: dutch-language-novel
Read in September, 2011

2009? Tirza is widely recommended as better. Perhaps some time I will take a look at that.

The book is way too long, 600 pages. I felt insulted by the author's unwillingness to choose his words more carefully, to write more compactly, or at least without innumerable repetitions. At some point I just skimmed.

His style doesn't bother me, I even maybe like the short sort of machine-gun-like sentences. I was not distracted by the WAY he said things.

Sometimes the self-reflection of the major seemed implausible. At one point Grunberg has the major thinking that 'something was missing - he himself was missing'.
A person like this major, I believe, could not possibly have that level of self-awareness, psychological insight, whatever.

If it were reduced to 200 pages, and only about the major, not about his 'adopted' daughter, would I then admire the book?

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