A brief, sweet book, rich with dreaming and gentle
philosophizing, Lost Paradise is best read at a leisurely clip all in one
afternoon. To split its 150 pages (with generous margins and small trim size)
would be to lose the thread a remarkably gossamer thread that could easily
be broken by a day of work or night of sleep. Placing trust in ideas and
ruminations, Cees Nooteboom does away with the trappings of traceable plot lines
and solid characters until the very end, when the myopic lens through which
we've been peering clicks into focus and reveals the tableau that we've been
squinting at all along.
What seems at first like a writer being bossed about by his characters, and in the process getting bogged down by their exclusive meditations, becomes an often beautiful show, in which the puppet is revealed to be holding the strings, and proves deft ...
About the Author
Born Cornelis Johannes Jacobus Maria Nooteboom in The Hague in 1933, essayist, poet and novelist Cees Nooteboom (pronounced sace, rhymes with face, note-boom) is one of Holland's most renowned authors. He has won the Pegasus Prize, the Constantijn Huygens Prize, the Aristeon European Literary Prize, and has been frequently mentioned as a candidate for the Nobel Prize. Although first published in 1955, none of his work was translated into English until 1983. Lost Paradise is his ninth novel to be translated into English (partial bibliography at BookBrowse).
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