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Frits is severely stressed.

I breathe, and I move, so I live. He is obsessed with death and infirmity. Add the first question. Dec 30, Myriam rated it it was amazing.

Los Angeles Review of Books. So when I run into you, I at least abide by the terms of common courtesy. Tot schreef Reve onder zijn oorspronkelijke naam Gerard Kornelis van het Reve, maar vereenvoudigde deze later tot Gerard Reve. The jarring lives of six immigrant residents of Amsterdam intertwine in a poetic mosaic. avohden

Did you read De Avonden at school? Het ergste is wel, dat ik geloof dat er ook in onze tijd, aardig wat jonge mensen zijn die net zo een slepend, uitzichtloos leven lijden als de hoofdpersoon. My shoes have rubber soles.

Strongly recommended and i will be surprised and certainly disappointed if this does not feature prominently in the Man Booker International running. Is there anybody who enjoyed it? Eileen Battersby, The Irish Times.

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Op de hals zat een oranje capsule. No, no thank you. Every afternoon he fears the coming evening — how on earth will he pass the time? He mashes together all the food on his plate.


De Avonden Review: A Dutch Literary Classic by Gerard Reve

Once the last mouthful had disappeared down my throat I placed my knife and fork on my plate to indicate that I had finished. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, the publisher cannot accept responsibility for omissions and errors. The idea at the novel’s core was interesting, but I did find it rather repetitive after a while, and quite difficult to get into.

De avonden by Gerard Reve

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The hilarity is all in the language, which by some miracle of translation flows directly into English, rattling with ecclesiastical echoes. This an ancient book, mandatory at Dutch High-schools.

IMDb’s Guide to Streaming. A genuine joy, and a searing look at the emptiness of life, as relevant t Arguably the most pointless book I’ve ever read, and I absolutely loved it.

Many of the conversations Frits has are superficial and meaningless. Reve, in this novel, is very good at describing the mundanities of life. We don’t have any information about how he spent the war years but we do know that, instead of picking up his studies where he’d been forced to suspend them and looking for a new way of life, he is living with his parents and has an undemanding and uninteresting office job.

In this way, it isn’t only his parents, his circumstances, etc, that are oppressing him, but time also. See this LA Review of Books interview for his general approach to translation. Joosje Sylvia de Leur Reve was inclined to contentious points of view, and understandably, due to his personal circumstances, he hated the Dutch government.


It is a very funny book, in a dark and unsettling kind of way.

Every night his dreams shape shift a dull day into an exciting albeit morbid one. Edit Cast Cast overview, first billed only: Hooftprijs en in werd zijn werk avobden met de Prijs der Nederlandse Letteren.

De avonden

Frits a veces sale por la noche: Briefly, The Evenings is a meandering shopping list of the mundane, blandly verbalised by some chap called Fritz who appears to have no discernible purpose than recount the uneventfulness of his winter evenings. It aavonden set during the ten days between 22 December and 01 Januaryin which time Frits flails around Amsterdam in search of friends and acquaintances with whom to sit and talk.

Though the war itself is hardly mentioned, the story gives, by describing an individual’s experiences, a detailed description of contemporary post-war society which was marked by fear, boredom and loneliness.

The War is the elephant in the room, conspicuous by its very absence. Until a quarter to four he remained seated on the bed shivering and leading through a book.