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Joe Speedboot by Tommy Wieringa
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Jan 09, 09

bookshelves: dutch-literature
Read in October, 2008

I read the last half of this book on the train from Paris to The Hague, and it was so absorbing that I managed to block out the weirdo on stimulants across from me, and the guy who swayed to the sound of the music that came leaking out of his massive earphones kitty corner to me.

This book's in Dutch, written in a page-turning kind of way. I found that I cared about the characters and their fates and cringed whenever bad things happened to them. The narrator is a teenager in a wheelchair who can't speak, and whose main working body parts are his mind and his right arm. Joe Speedboot is his friend who leads him out of his very small life, and into the fast-paced world of tournament armwrestling, a subject the author actually made me care about.

This would make a good film.
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