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The story deals with five days in the life of Pieter, an ice-skating loving but rather lonely guy. Through a series of coincidences, though, he regains a sense of meaning in his life, and a sense of connection with his ex-wife in particular. Drie Slechte Schaatsers is a short story rather than a novel or novella. One might hope that its being published as a single book indicates a reappreciation of the short story tradition in Dutch literature, but I suspect only the commercial motives from the ...more