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Faith is joy is love is hope in this novel of exquisite power and everyday miracles, reminiscent of Barbara Kingsolver's THE POISONWOOD BIBLE.

Thomas can see things no one else can see. Tropical fish swimming in the canals. The magic of Mrs. Van Amersfoort, the Beethoven-loving witch next door. The fierce beauty of Eliza with her artificial leg. And the Lord Jesus, who tell
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Hardcover, 112 pages
Published April 1st 2006 by Arthur A. Levine Books (first published 2004)
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Manny
Manny had liked The Book of Everything so much that he decided he would read it in the original. He ordered a copy.

"But you don't know Dutch," said his friend.

"I don't care," said Manny.

"It'll be like when we went to to Ireland," said his friend. "Or when we went to Turkey. You bought an Irish grammar and a Turkish grammar, and after we came home you never looked at them again."

"We'll see what happens this time," said Manny.

The book arrived. Manny opened it and started reading. It was very diffi
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Manny
"Have you read The Book of Everything?" asked Sarah. "You might like it."

Manny said that he didn't usually read translated books. But he politely opened it and read the first page, and then the second page. Pretty soon he had read a whole lot of pages. He tried to imagine what it sounded like in Dutch, and he could almost hear the words.

"Shouldn't you be working?" asked someone.

"I've almost finished," said Manny without looking up. He wanted to find out if Jesus would stop Thomas's father from h
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Neva
Feb 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Божествена.

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"На прозореца две врабчета надуваха пискливи тромпети, без да знаят, че днес е неделя."

"Тогава ръката на баща му внезапно замахна и зашлеви майка му по бузата. Тя се олюля и пусна Томас.
На небето ангелите закриха очи с длани и захлипаха, както правят винаги когато някой мъж удари жена си. Над земята се спусна дълбока тъга... Томас чу шамара по меката буза на майка си."

"Когато боят най-сетне приключи и баща му му позволи да вдигне гащите и панталона върху парещото си дупе, Томас о
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Невена Дишлиева-Кръстева
Иска ми се тази книга да стигне до всеки човек на земята. Тя дава кураж. Има начин да съхраниш себе си, въпреки всевъзможните грозни проявления на насилието. Има начин да се изправиш срещу насилника. Спасението може да е във вътрешния ти свят, превърнал се във втора реалност. Може да е в обожанието към едно момиче - с недъг, видим за всички други, но толкова неважен за теб (с кожен крак, който "скърца" и "тъжна ръка" - защото няма пръсти, само едно кутре). Може да е в разговорите с "Исус" (всъщн ...more
Cheryl Klein
Sep 02, 2007 rated it it was amazing
I edited this book, so I'm completely biased here, but it is amazing. The facts are that it is a magic-realist atheistic translated novel set in the Netherlands post-World War II, featuring domestic violence, a protagonist who has visions, the disappearance of God, and Jesus Christ as a minor character (he's judged to be fairly useless). The truth is that it is the story of Thomas Klopper learning to be happy. It is certainly not for everyone, but it is fearless and marvelous, and its happy endi ...more
Жор
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Рецензията в "Площад Славейков": http://bit.ly/2tHgses

В „Книгата на всички неща“ въображението и любовта се изправят срещу страха и невежеството, за да разкажат историята на малкия Томас, който иска да бъде щастлив, когато порасне.

Книгата на един от най-популярните писатели на детски книги в Холандия, Хюс Кайер, изневерява на своя жанр с мрачните си теми и въпреки това е подходяща за всички деца на възраст между 9 и 99 години. Децата не са по-защитени от мрачните кътчета на реалността от възраст
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Bistra Ivanova
За моя изненада книгата всъщност наистина много ми хареса. Изключително сладък, смел, красив, вдъхновяващ начин да бъде разказана една грозна, нечестна, груба, лоша история. Толкова много красиви малки смешки, детайлчета, намигвания има между редовете, толкова добрина и човечност. Чудесен превод. Дори красиви картинки. Честно казано, картинките бяха най-голямото ми притеснение, защото от години съм фен на Joanna Concejo , преследвам нейните книжки в цяла Европа, имам най-добрите и стилът на Люба ...more
Bregje (B a Reader)
I read this for the first time when I was around ten. I remember liking it, but this impacted me a lot more when I read it again when I was 20. The writing is pretty simple and yet it tells such a powerful story. I know for sure that I will reread this many times.
Bronislava Sencakova
Každú chvíľu som tŕpla v hrôze, že to nemôže byť až také dobré a že sa autor v ďalšej vete už naozaj strápni pátosom alebo moralizáciou alebo všepravdami à la Malý princ Coelho. Nestrápnil! (Podobne ako sa nestrápňuje Backman.) A ja som do seba vpíjala riadky a stránky a ilustrácie a tak sa tešila z čítania, až mi úplne vychladla voda vo vani.

Krásna knižka, len neviem, či hlavne pre deti. (Dospelý určite postrehne dospelácku rovinu.) Autor navzdory svojmu úvodnému varovaniu naozaj napísal dojemn
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juan carlos
Jul 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un libro que te muestra una sociedad de guerra, historia que marca a través de un narrador pequeño los disturbios de un hogar fragmentado por la violencia y la excesiva creencia religiosa.

Un libro que te muestra que para vivir y ser feliz debes tumbar todos tus miedos.

La historia me gusto mucho pero el final no me termino de convencer.
Sisi Slavova
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
Прекрасна е!
Elena Petrova
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Мислех, че сърцето ми е закоравяло, но се просълзих, когато засвири Луис Армстронг. За илюстрациите нищо няма да кажа, страшен фен съм на тази жена!!!
E.H. Alger
Apr 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I went out and bought 'The Book of Everything' after reading a review in which it was described as virtually the most perfect little book ever written.

Amazingly, I wasn't disappointed. It is an exquisite little miracle. It might be written for children but I defy any adult not to be moved and uplifted by it. I've read it several times now and have fallen in love each time. It is astonishing that such a slim volume (it probably doesn't take much more than an hour to read) can contain so much - ma
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Мартин Касабов
Книга, пълна с чудеса!
Mia
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: school-books
ah thomas is so cute !

i aspire to be like margot when i grow up :0
Деница Райкова
От доста време не ми се беше случвало подобно нещо с книга.
Вчера приключих с "Книгата на всички неща" от Хюс Кайер. И останах ... безмълвна.
Не, всъщност не безмълвна, защото около мен нямаше никого, с когото бих могла да говоря.А и да имаше, едва ли щях да мога. /Също като Томас./ Не безмълвна, а .. ето, пак търся думата. Каква? Вцепенена? Потресена? Е е и това. Тази книга ме остави с чувство, което не може да се опише.
Пожелах тази книга от мига, в който научих за съществуването й. Заради много
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Nicholas Whyte
Jan 17, 2012 rated it liked it
http://nwhyte.livejournal.com/1869271...

It's quite a fascinating package, and very short at only 100 pages; Kuijer gives a very strong sense of a repressed Dutch society of the early 1950s, still coming to terms with the recent war and occupation (Thomas, the central character, is 9 so would have been born in 1942), combined with some startling magical realism as Thomas and the slightly sorcerous neighbour call down the plagues of Egypt on his wife-beating father. The line that sticks with me is
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Poupee
Dec 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Es un libro maravilloso, lloré de principio a fin, me enamoré de Tomás. Cada uno de sus diez capítulos son una bella ventana al mundo y nos muestran que realmente lo escencial es invisible para los ojos. Tal vez pueda ser un libro irreverente, como dijo el señor Golpeter, irrespetuoso e irreverente... Tal vez lo sea para algunos, para aquellos que piensan que llevar un vestido sin mangas al templo te quita el derecho de leer las lecturas, puesto que es una falta de respeto. Pero claro, su mirada ...more
Detski Knigi
Nov 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Стилът на Кайер е изчистен и елегантен, но поетичен и много мощен при внушаването на отговорите по въпроси като любовта, щастието, страха, добротата, смелостта. В сюжета почти няма да срещнете драматични обрати, а фактите за семейството на Томас са изложени без каквато и да е назидателност. Липсва лицемерие и заобикаляне на неудобни теми като домашното насилие и използването на религията за морално оправдание.

Цялото ревю в Детски книги може да прочетете тук: https://goo.gl/OxGhC7
Demet
Nov 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Children are sacred. They are innocence, beauty and wonder. Thomas is all of these things and more. He sees things no one else can, like the angels crying for his mother every time his father beats her. His heart is so big it leaps off the page and becomes a part of yours. A beautiful, heartbreaking and magical book.
PuPilla
Apr 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, in-hungarian
Ez a könyv egy gyöngyszem! A holland szerző méltán kapott neves gyermek- és ifjúsági irodalom díjat. Komoly téma, csipetnyi vallásos fűszerezés, gyermeki lélek és olyan sorok, főleg a vége fele, hogy az ember egyszerűen képtelen levakarni a jóleső vigyort az arcáról, és mégis ejt egy könnycseppet.
Iris
May 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
6 out of 5 stars. Yes, it's that good.
[Review originally posted at Iris on Books]

Before I say anything else, can I just mention that this is, easily, among my favourite reads of this year and may very well make it to the favourite books of all time list.

I mention this to prepare you for lots of gushing going on in this post. But, mind you, it is well-earned.

The Book of Everything is the story of a boy called Thomas. Thomas knows what he wants to be when he grows up: he is going to be happy. But
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Slavena
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Обърна очи към прозореца, за да помисли, защото без прозорец той не можеше да размишлява. А също и обратното - ако някъде видеше прозорец, Томас от само себе си се размисляше. После добави: "Един ден ще стана щастлив."

Тази необикновена (не)детска книга разлиствах като поредица от прозорци с мистични гледки. има магия в начина, по който се разказва за момичето с недъг, около което (през очите на Томас) се носи очарование и изключителност, вместо маргиналност; в човечността, елегантността и силни
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Olga
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-books
The heartbeat becomes uneven when Margot starts singing at the dinner table, and the lump grows in the throat when Thomas gets a wooden spoon and goes upstairs. With all my consciousness, I am trying to convince myself that this story is not a scary one, but it brings enough fear for me to go back to every other sentence and reread it hoping it may change.
I believe in the importance of discussing such topics as domestic violence in children's literature, and in the importance of doing it in the
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Joanna
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
„Książka wszystkich rzeczy” to jedna z najbardziej poruszających opowieści jakie przeczytałam w tym roku. I to wcale nie w kategorii dla dzieci, a ogólnie. Trudna tematyka jest doskonałym punktem wyjścia do rozmowy z dziećmi o wierze, ateizmie, dobru i złu. O tym że to nie wiara i religia czynią ludzi dobrymi, a ateista wcale nie musi być zły. Jest tam tez mnóstwo inteligentnego humoru i feministyczne przesłanie choć książka pisana przez mężczyznę Io powiada o chłopcu. Z powodu dość mocnych scen ...more
Amy Holiday
Jun 18, 2017 rated it liked it
It's been awhile since I finished this, and I think I'm a little confused about how I feel about it. The characters were all lifelike and compelling, even the Dad, and I was drawn in by the simple writing. But I'm a little unclear about how the story resolved itself. Maybe the reader isn't meant to know? Also, not a huge fan of the misleading title. Still, I liked it well enough. Wish there had been a little more to the ending though.
Manab
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
লেখা বযাপারটা কঠিন মানি, বাচচাদের বই আরেক ধাপ কঠিন, এই বই তায় আবার বেশ ছিমছাম, গোছানো, সুনদর। কিনতু পুরাটা সময় মনে হচছিলো, আগে কোথায় পড়েছিলাম, আগে কোথায় শুনেছিলাম, ভুলে গিয়েছি। এই আগে পড়া বযাপারটার কারণে, মানে এইসব তো সবই শুনেছি আগে, সনদেহও ছিলো না কোনো, তবুও কেনো লিখতে হবে আবার, পরতিটা ঘটনা যেনো আগে পড়া, পরতিটা পাতা, এমন কি পরতিটা শবদ।

কারামাজভের সাথে সমানতরালে পড়তেছিলাম। দুই বই তাদের সময়ের, তাদের রকমের, এতো ফের সততবেও একটার ভেতর আরেকটা বেণী হয়ে ঢুকে যাচছিলো।
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RhiannaH
An intricate story that touches upon sensitive issues including domestic violence and religion. This book would be useful to incorporate when approaching these topics as well as during discussions regarding bravery and courage. An emotional story but the continuous threads of hope and willingness to be happy by the main character maintain a healthy balance of emotions to be felt by the reader.
Ann
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Prachtig! In 1 ruk uitgelezen. Het is natuurlijk maar een klein boekje, maar wat een pareltje.
Zalig om te mogen ontdekken wat er met Thomas ís.
Favoriete zin: "In Nederland en in de rest van de wereld, tot diep in de tropen, sprongen alle knoppen los en kwamen de bloemen kijken."
Ik heb spijt dat hij uit is.
Irina
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
- Какъв искаш да станеш, като пораснеш?
- Щастлив. Искам да стана щастлив.
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Guus Kuijer is a Dutch author. He wrote books for children and adults, and is best known for the “Madelief” series of children's books. For his career contribution to "children's and young adult literature in the broadest sense" he won the “Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award “from the Swedish Arts Council in 2012, the biggest prize in children's literature. As a children's writer he was one of five fi ...more
“The angels in heaven covered their eyes with their hands and sobbed loudly, because that is what they always do when a man hits his wife. A profound sadness settled over the earth...God was silent in every language. The angels tried to dry their tears, but their handkerchiefs were so soaked through that is started raining even in the deserts.” 13 likes
“Happy," said Thomas. "When I grow up, I am going to be happy."

Mrs. van Amersfoort was about to pull a book from the shelf, but turned in surprise. She looked at Thomas with a smile and said, "That is a damn good idea. And do you know how happiness begins? It begins with no longer being afraid.”
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