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3.44  ·  Rating details ·  196 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews
A visit from the Queen, a tragic accident, a divided family: a masterful new novel from the prize-winning Gerbrand Bakker.

On a summer's day, June 17th 1969, everyone is gathered in front of the Polderhuis to welcome Queen Juliana. The young sons of farmer Kaan wave their flags enthusiastically. Just as the monarch is getting into her car to leave, their mother and little
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Published May 2009 by Uitgeverij Cossee (first published 2009)
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Rebecca Foster
I loved Bakker’s The Twin, but struggled to connect with this one. The first chapter and the last three (starting with “June”) are the best – I felt that the core 1969 material about the Queen’s visit and the family’s tragedy would make for a great short story or novella, but the bulk of the novel is languid contemporary moping about the ongoing effects on the Kaans. It took me forever to figure out who all the characters were and keep them straight (brothers Jan and Johan, for instance), and th ...more
Jul 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literary
June – A tender story

June is the second book by Dutch author Gerbrand Bakker which is a masterful and tender novel how the ripples of a tragic incident has spread throughout the family and into the local community through the generations. It also asks us to look at ourselves and how would we respond to such a tragic incident and the death of a child, and how it would affect you and those around you.

The Story begins and ends with the appearance of Queen Juliana and an official visit to the distri
May 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dutch
Wat een schrijver! Bakker schrijft in de stijl van Alex van Warmerdam's films, met soortgelijke absurde, schurende dialogen
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
è la seconda volta che leggo qualcuno che parla di ironia a proposito di un libro di Bakkar, in questo caso nella postfazione di Elisabetta Svaluto Moreolo. Io proprio non ne trovo, ironia. Trovo piuttosto tristezza e solitudine, ogni personaggio vive nella sua bolla di dolore, diversità, sogni sfumati, tempo che passa e non lenisce le piaghe lasciate dalla vita. E non trova per nulla conforto nell'ironia. Bel libro, malinconico, ironico manco per nulla.
Nov 27, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: literature
This book was quite disappointing. I really like the writing style of the author, which was great again in this book. But the story itself was incredibly bad. The story was really slow, nothing really happened. Only Dieke, a little girl was nice to read about. I would not advise other people to read this book.
Billy O'Callaghan
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Iris Windmeijer
Ik vind dit boek geen spannend boek, maar wel een ontzettend mooi boek. Er gebeuren geen typisch spannende gebeurtenissen, het boek draait vooral om de dood van Hanna en dan bovenal over de verwerking hiervan. Ondanks dit zijn er toch veel open plekken in het boek en blijf je wel lezen.
Het boek is deels autobiografisch, dit vind ik heel knap van Bakker. Het lijkt mij ontzettend moeilijk om zo’n dramatische gebeurtenis uit je leven te beschrijven, al kan dit wel goed zijn voor het verwerkingspro
Sep 29, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Bakker’s latest novel to be translated into English is bookended by the appearance of Queen Juliana of the Netherlands on a tour of some small Dutch towns and we are privy to her thoughts and feelings as she carries out her duties. For me these episodes were the highlights of the book and it was all downhill after this amusing opening. The narrative takes up again 35 years later at a farmhouse in one of the towns she visited. We gradually meet the members of the family, all of whom have been dee ...more
May 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: autobiography
There's something strange about Gerbrand Bakkers books... it's about listen to a song. It takes time to really like the book. The more you think about the book, the better it gets and that's exactly the thing with this book 'June'. It tells the story about the Kaan-family. A stiff Dutch farmers family in West-Friesland. Years ago something terrible happened, but no one in the family ever talked about it. Sorrow should be locked away, never to come out. Only the mother tries to show a little emot ...more
May 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
Zoals ik er nu op terug kijk kabbelde het boek 270 bladzijden voort. Het hadden er evengoed 100 kunnen zijn, of 720. In schrijfstijl lijkt het erg op Boven is het stil, hoewel me dat veel meer aansprak. In Boven is het stil draaide het verhaal om een vader en een zoon, maar in dit boek gaat het over een heel gezin.
De sfeer is weer goed beschreven, het platteland, de stilte en vooral de warmte. Vader en moeder dragen met hun zonen op hun eigen manier het verdriet met zich mee dat is ontstaan na h
Anne-Marie van den Bosch
May 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Gerbrand Bakker kan mij wederom bekoren. Door zijn schrijfstijl die verstild, ingetogen, veelzeggend is weet hij binnen een heel klein gebeuren ontzettend veel over te brengen.
Ook in dit boek staat de tijd weer even stil op twee verschillende dagen (elk maar 1 dag): een dag dat je met de Koningin meereist (heeeerluk wat een twist) en een gebeurtenis, en een dag bij een stug eigenheimer boerengezin (met schattige Dieke) en een bijna uitgestorven dorp (behalve de fantasievolle "begraafplaatsbewaa
Storia afosa, come la temperatura dell'estate in cui si svolge la vicenda.
Nel 1969 la regina sta visitando la campagna olandese. Un paese uguale all'altro, un sindaco uguale all'altro, un ricevimento uguale all'altro. A spezzare la monotonia una donna e una bambina, arrivate in ritardo, e che per questo attirano l'attenzione della sovrana. (view spoiler).
Quarant'anni dopo le famiglie toccate dalle vicende d
Ruth Brumby
An exploration of the effects on a family and a community of the death of a child, run over by the baker's delivery van, running late because of the local celebration of Queen juliana's visit. The events of that day in june reverberate through the decades and generations, unspoken about, undealt with. The structure of the book, with one specific moment, such as a fragment of radio broadcast, repeated in the experience of two different characters, moving time on in overlaps, reflects the ripple e ...more
Vanessa Gorga
Apr 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
Un evento che inizialmente si deduce attraverso una serie di flashback, man mano viene spiegato sempre più minuziosamente da più punti di vista, compresi quelli del fornaio e dei fratelli Kaan. Una tragedia che fa da collante in una trama apparentemente scarna, priva di eventi ed emozioni, ma che poi siamo in grado di ricucire alla perfezione, raccogliendo i vari pezzi e mettendoci nei panni dei protagonisti e delle loro piccole manie. Un senso di vuoto emotivo aleggia sull’estate afosa della ca ...more
Peter D
May 22, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netherlands
Het boek begint aardig met levendige en soms humoristische beschrijving van een bezoek van koningin Juliana aan een Noord Hollands dorp. Daarna trekt Bakker het verhaal naar het heden en dat is een stuk minder interessant. Het is niet boeiend beschreven en hier en daar gekunsteld (vooral de dialogen met het meisje Dieke en haar gedachtenwereld zijn niet overtuigend). Aan het eind wordt het verhaal opnieuw naar het verleden geplaatst en direct wordt de aandacht weer gepakt en vastgehouden. 4 ster ...more
Jul 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Word to the wise- DON'T READ THE DUST JACKET BLURB. It is a total spoiler. Avoid reviews too. Go in fresh if you can. Bakker teases the reader by letting key information out very patiently and methodically, therefore you have to wonder what the publishers/reviewers were thinking by giving so much away. This novel came out in English translation six years after its release in Holland and after the huge success of his later work; in particular, The Twin. It is not quite as strong as The Twin or Th ...more
Mar 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, library
A Dutch family surviving after the tragic death in 1969 of young sister/daughter coinciding with the visit of the Queen
Much of present day narrative has an underlying building sense of foreboding for me mirroring the dense heat and the potential for a coming storm
moving view of everyday life for now grown-up family whose heart has been ripped out, in particular the mother who feels her life's disappointments stem from lack of a daughter and who retreats to the attic over the barn on occasion to
Dolf Patijn
Jul 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Het ongewoon warme weer hier in Ierland werkte sfeerverhogend bij het lezen van dit boek. In het boek gaat het namelijk over een erg warme junimaand. Een sfeervol boek maar ik vond het iets minder dan "boven is het stil" en "de omweg". Af en toe kwam ik iets tegen dat naar mijn mening niet helemaal werkte. Zo maakt volgens mij een jong kind niet de observatie dat de bakker een schraal gezicht heeft dat niet bij zijn koopwaar past. Maar misschien heb ik het mis.
Jan 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
mooi aangrijpend boek over hoe de verschillende familieleden en andere betrokkenen omgaan met een tragisch auto ongeluk waarbij een tweejarig meisje overlijdt, en hoe dat 40 jaar later nog steeds hun leven beheerst. Afwisseling tussen verschillende personages is soms wat ingewikkeld maar wordt gaandeweg het verhaal duidelijk. Het perspectief vanuit een kind is erg goed en mooi geschreven.
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
The writing can be confusing to follow along. It took me awhile to figure out who was who in the Kaan family. I like the point of view of Queen Julianna and the passages where Dieke Kaan, a 5 year old girl. The writer did a very well to write in the point of view of a 5 year old. I wanted to read more about Dieke and her adventures.
Jun 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: holland
Es war ein schönes Buch.
Bakker erzählt immer ganz ruhig und lässt dem Leser immer viel Raum.
Die Königin war vor 40 Jahren im Dorf, aber das Erscheinen der König gerät in den Hintergrund der Familie Kaan. Die Familie ist zerbrochen warum und wie wird in dem Buch ganz leise und nebenbei erzählt.
May 06, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Vinderen af IMPAC-prisen 2010...ikke min favoritbog, men sådan går det nogle gange, når man vælger bøger på random måde. Lige præcis, hvad jeg ikke kan lide ved denne historie, er svært at sætte fingeren på, men en del er skrivemåden.
Nov 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Ik hou van het taalgebruik van de schrijver. Ik heb tot nu toe van al zijn boeken genoten. De gebeurtenissen op de lome, hete junidag veranderen de levens van alle betrokkenen, tot de oude koningin toe.
Mart-Jaap Van leeuwen
Jun 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: ontspanning
Goed geschreven boek, zeer sterke opbouw, thema spreekt me minder aan. Bevreemdend om te lezen hoe verschillend mensen binnen één gezin omgaan met emoties en het verwerken van verlies. Maar ongetwijfeld roept dit voor veel mensen herkenning op.
Donal O
Jul 27, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A bit drab, slow moving and uneventful.
Nov 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
evocative; beautiful prose. Challenging, too.
Feb 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Prachtig boek, mooi verhaal, maar vooral mooi door de kleine details, de ring, de meesjes. Zeer de moeite waard.
Jun 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Valerie Preston
Jul 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Enjoyed the authors other books but found it difficult to feel connected to the characters. I found this disappointing
Jacques Mebius
Nov 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Somewhat disappointing specially when compared to Boven is het stil. Still enjoyed some passages very much and overall style.
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