Probably not, but Cees Nooteboom’s “The Following Story” comes awfully close. .. “La historia siguiente” es una de esas pequeñas novelas con las que de vez. La Historia Siguiente (Siruela/Bolsillo) by Cees Nooteboom at – ISBN – ISBN – Siruela – – Softcover. La historia siguiente / The following story by Cees Nooteboom, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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This was beautifully written and confusing most of the way. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book.

Nootebom is certainly a book where rereading would be rewarding especially when faced with an ending which it also a beginning. Nooteboom’ Ersatz Sigkiente and Ostentatious Erudition I was tricked by Nooteboom’s continuing good reputation into reading another of his novels.

Mar 16, Glenn Russell rated it it was amazing. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Sebald who can present unknown icons to me but still leave me connected to the text and completely engaged. What is “now”, by the way? View all 41 comments. Write a customer review.

The Following Story by Cees Nooteboom

May 22, El rated it really liked it Shelves: Be the first to review this item Amazon Best Sellers Rank: Does a child of 8 not have a life to remember? From the description in the nootsboom paragraph you might imagine the protagonist is a complex man. You know the kind cees book that is complex, with beautiful prose resembling poetry in its flourishes, that instead of the simple words uses an array of magically constructed phrases Discover Prime Book Box for Kids.

Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. I’ll read it again, because evidently I’m babbling to no end. One night, Herman Mussert goes to sleep in his house in Amsterdam and the following morning wakes up in a hotel room in Lisbon. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. I enjoyed the beautiful descriptions and philosophical debates, as well as the narration style that alternates between farther past, more recent past, and present. It felt dry, like the unhappy result of a creative course in which the rule is to replace simple phrases with masterfully elaborated ones.


Is it any wonder years later he wakes up in Lisbon having gone to bed the night before in Amsterdam?

Really he is not. Lq learned to continue on just reading through it, waiting for something profound to happen in my body or finally a joy to erupt as my just reward.

We do not know which “he” he is, though: Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. No one living in Amsterdam with a name like Cees Nooteboom would write a normal story about normal, everyday sorts of things. Explore the Home Gift Guide.

For a man who lives his life at an aesthetic distance, a distance he creates through his books and ancient literature, this is a complete role reversal. Mar 31, M.

The Following Story

Open Preview See a Problem? He knows books better than most people. Short and sharp, one of those books that don’t just reward but practically demand repeated readings.

Specifically on the tragic, Schopenhauer’s words are: This is a story that someone like Mitch Albom would have coated in sugar. So subtly strange and elusive, I may have to read it again, even though so much else calls. Lo bueno de Publicado en http: In the dreamlike and hypnotic “Two” Mr. The one problem with “The Following Story” is that after reading it most other books will seem like empty tales “told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.


The art lies in setting the inner life into the most violent motion with the smallest possible expenditure of outer life; for it is the inner life which is the real object of our interest – The task of the novelist is not to narrate great events but to make small ones interesting. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I can accept th Hmmm. It does not happen often.

It is swiftly move on to a deeper lever with Ovid’s poetic masterpiece, Metamorphosesending with a reflection of the life and poetry of the class For the first third of the book a novella of pagesI vacillated between three and four stars, but Nooteboom’s stream of speech prose swept me away.

La historia siguiente / The following story

In flashback and flashforward, we get the unspooling of Mussert’s personal history, a lonely ugly bookworm who only came to life in the classroom, performing Phaeton’s ride across the skies, or the very death of Socrates. Am I the same I as 20 years ago? I’m hesitant though to read more of Cees Nooteboom’s books, sigueinte I’m afraid I might have the same reaction to his writing But how a particular book can get so lost on a person like me is astounding.

They are alarmingly self-satisfied with the ratcheting accumulation of scraps they see as culture. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Nooteboom writes, beautifully, about that subject.