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De Minnaars : Roman (2010)

by Vendela Vida(Favorite Author)
3.18 of 5 Votes: 4
review 1: This book's strength is in the author's ability to turn mundane events into keen observations. It's a deeply introspective book and succeeds, much the same way more introspective people I know do, at coloring subtle human behavior with insightful looks into people's motivations and thought.As far as quick reads go, I would certainly recommend this book, though I do think Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name is packed with similarly thoughtful writing but with a better story.
review 2: Don't be put off by the title - this isn't some raunchy Fifty Shades nonsense, it's actually a sensitive and well-written novella about families and coping with loss. I read it in one morning during my holiday.The fifty-something protagonist travels back to Turkey, the scene of
... more her honeymoon, alone. Her husband died a couple of years before, and she is still coming to terms with his death - and with its effect on her family. She has adult twins, one a golden boy and the other the black sheep - a recovering alcoholic/drug addict who caused her parents no end of grief.This slight volume focuses a lot on human interaction: Yvonne meets locals, forms brief relationships with them, and thinks a great deal. No longer seen through the rose-tinted glasses of her honeymoon, this part of Turkey is strange and seedy. She feels lost and alone, whether she is in Turkey or back home. Everyone around her seems to be involved in peculiar relationships, while she is left as that most awful of things, a widow. It's not heavily-plotted, but it's a powerful novel, and rings very true for anyone who has dealt with familial grief. less
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Very good book, very well-written would read again
Entertaining, but not very memorable, fiction.
horrible, poorly written, sappy ending
3.5 stars
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