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4.04  ·  Rating details ·  8,627 ratings  ·  663 reviews
Lou is 12, Eva 36, Elsie 42, Casper 46 en Jos 71. Vijf mensen, met elkaar verbonden, vertellen hun verhaal. Over onverwacht geluk dat de dingen moeilijk maakt, over geheimen die te groot lijken, over de complexe kunst van het jong zijn, over obstakels die bergen worden, amper te beklimmen, over blijven proberen, tot waar geen mens meer verder kan. In Vele hemels boven de ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published October 31st 2014 by Prometheus (first published January 2013)
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Eva Yes, i think you can. It's very much about the struggle of leading the life you want to lead. Everybody struggles more or less and life is never…moreYes, i think you can. It's very much about the struggle of leading the life you want to lead. Everybody struggles more or less and life is never perfect, but all the characters in the book strife to make it so, It's also about happiness, and what's needed to be happy. It's not the same for everyone. What do you think?(less)
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Zoë ☆
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
N o p e XD The ending was the best part though
Anne Vivliohomme
I have never ever so desperately wanted to finish a book. Not because I wanted to know how it ended, but because I wanted this empty book to end.

Because that's how this book felt, empty. I did not feel ANYTHING, not in the happy moments, not the sad moments. It's a nice try, but not something for me, clearly.
Meike H
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read4school
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Iris
Jun 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book but it took me a while to get into (100 pages) and since it's pretty small (230 pages) it was over quite abruptly. The ending came so sudden and I would have preffered to have another chapter of Eva.

Basicly this book pulled me out of my reading slump, which was Nice! But it's not very special, it was just an okay read for me.

BTW this is a Dutch book hahs
Vic Van
Mar 22, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'd hoped that this book would blow me away emotionally, that it would trigger my own existential grief, that it would make my eyes water, but, sadly, it didn't. The story itself is fine. The writing is fluent and the text holds enough lines to reflect upon. But apparently, I was expecting too much.
Baftinella
Aug 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When starting to read the book my high expectations couldn't be accomplished ... high expectations were set by the positive feedback on the book by friends ... once beyond half way I had to change my opinion...well written book, story lines one can relate to very easily,...


Have enjoyed the book very much and will recommended it to others. Look forward to her next book.
Emy
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
If you like reading about unhappy people then this is for you. 3,5 stars.
Tingletangle
I liked he perspecitve of people with different ages on their - partly shared - lives. well written and clever how people's contemplations make up a story, in the end.
The difference between the uses of words 'you' (gij, u, je) between Flemish and Dutch made this read a special one for me (being dutch). To me, 'gij' is extremely formal and archaic, nd 'u' is formal, but in the Flemish language, it seems, it is aan informal form of you. even though I knew this beforehand, it kept on sticking out,
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Tim Verstraete
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wanted to read a book from Griet the moment I saw the interview with her on Dutch television (zomergasten) and now I finally read one ... at first, I didn't really know what to think of it but after reading this book: she definitely knows how to write ... really nice sentences. cool themes between the lines ... kinda linked it. Will try another to see if I still feel this when reading multiple books from her. Keep you posted ...
Els
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful book that really gets into the heads of the characters and by result in the head of the reader! In its simple an brief style, it describes complex emotions with great depth and accuracy, which is not easy to achieve. The book is packed with very recognizable real life situations. It really touched a chord with me and I will think about it for a long time. I am looking forward to reading more from this author.
Agnetta
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Truly magnificent book. So many questions one asks herself after reading it... very inspiring, much beauty. You wish the book would last 10 times longer and with even more voices, because you don't want to not have those people in your life anymore after you finish the book. You want to be with them more. But you have to let them go, as happens with the real people in real life.
Danny Butler
May 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
This is good writing. The various characters were somewhat confusing to me at first but I was pulled into their stories soon enough. I would have liked to see more distinct character dialogues, I got lost a few times there too. On the whole, though, this was a pleasant and quick read full of life, pain, pleasure and raw emotion.
Louis
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An intriging novel taking you on a trip into the brains of 5 different people. Although you get some sympathy/empathy with the persons the novel keeps finding interesting twitches. The book could on as far as me is concerned get a second part, as there is more to learn about the characters. Job well done!
CQ
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel almost made me cry, because every person in this novel had several diffulculties, which were not easy to overcome and were made worse some times.
The end was shocking, if you read it you will see why.
Heartbreaking ending in short...
Els
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Griet Op de Beeck is a master observer. As no other author she describes the shallow relationships of people who have issues communicating their feelings and thoughts. Her witty wisdom at the end of each chapter is hilarious and sad at the same time.
Wendy
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A book I wished I've written it myself, so 5 stars couldn't be too much ;)
Only downside of it are the numerous names I had to remember during the read...
Cécile De
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Favo book EVER
cried a lot, but this book is wonderful!
Antje segers
May 14, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Sorry didn't enjoy this book at all
isa
Apr 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: school
2.5 stars I think... read for school and didn't enjoy it as much as I expected...
Nathalie De Mulder
waw...
Veerle
Oct 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
what a book - what a book... Griet's writing style is one that sucks you into the story and won't let you finish reading until you've completed the whole book - just to leave you orphaned behind. The 5 main characters (although I 'feel' Eva is the most important one) are all meticulously described with such love, you can't do but sympathize with all the characters, whether they're acting on moral believes or not. this book is beautiful in all its misery it portrays: how everyone in the end is on ...more
Wilmar Janssen
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-bookshelf
she takes you with her in the world of 5 People, their feelings, thoughts and it is so confrontating.
Ton
Aug 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really beautiful. I like the style, the rhythm, the sentences, the voices. The narrators are brave enough to see the things as they are. And to see themselves and each other as they are. Heartbreaking.
Chantal
Jul 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
PRACHTIG!!!
Femy Dubois
Jan 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this book is beautiful!!
Sèra
Couldn't finish, will give a second and final try at a later date.
Lien Braeckevelt
Oct 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mooi.
Piet Van
Unexpected suicide of sister.
Very readable but rather psychological and relational.
Helena
Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
You can read the review here: http://embracingmybooks.blogspot.be/2...
Davy Buntinx
Jan 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sterk debuut.
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