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Advent – Gunnar Gunnarsson

Advent - Gunnar Gunnarsson
Advent – Gunnar Gunnarsson

My book review of “Advent” written by Gunnar Gunnarsson

In my view… and the main characters

The story is about a good shepherd who, every year in the few autumn weeks and winter days before Christmas, goes up on the mountains. This shepherd named Benedikt does not travel alone. Together with his dog Leo and his buck Knoest he sets off to the smaller roads and paths that lead to the top of the mountain.

Every year herds of sheep are living on the mountain from spring until the end of autumn. Every shepherd has to look for his herd and bring them safe home in the valley before winter starts and it will be nearly too late to travel on the mountain to get home with the sheep.

Benedikt does not have his own herd of sheep. But together with Leo and Knoest he tries to bring every sheep safe back home. He helps the other farmers and shepherds who in fact too late. That something like this happens makes it a very dangerous expedition for Benedikt and his friends. Leo has as a dog a keen sense of smell and can locate the sheep way earlier than the eyes of Benedikt in a winter storm can see. Knoest has also his specialty. When a sheep is stubborn, Knoest knows how to deal with it so the sheep does follow the shepherd Benedikt who leads them all … hopefully … back home.

“A lovely story that shows the unconditional love from a man in a small community who dares to risk his life every year for the good.” – Sophie van den Akker – 12 april 2017

Writing style / spelling

This book is translated from Danish though Gunnar Gunnarsson is Icelandic. I did not discover any grammar or spelling mistakes in the Dutch version but I can not read Danish nor Icelandic.

I hope you like the book too. It is worth to read this short story! You have to read the book yourself and make your own opinion.  

Greetings by Sophie

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Maigret | Un crime en Hollande – Georges Simenon

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My book review of “Maigret | Un crime en Hollande” written by Georges Simenon

In my view…

This is one of the first novels written by Georges Simenon in his detective Maigret series. A crime has taken place in Holland, in the upper north in the little village named Delfzijl. This is near Groningen in the province Groningen, a very wide – in Dutch terms – green rustic landscape near the sea and the isles around the northern part of Holland. To have an imaginable direction about in which environment the crime in this novel has taken place. Friends, family and neighbours are together for a scientific reading given by Jean Duclos. Yes this name sounds French and he is from origin a Frenchman just as Maigret (no not Poirot from Agatha Christie, he is Flemish). Because of the involvement of this Frenchman at the crime and his vast knowledge, the Dutch police asks if Maigret could investigate to. But of course Maigret does this in his own manner and we have to take in account that this novel is written in 1931 so not any current modern technology involved. Maigret came by train from Paris.

Writing style / spelling

I have found no spelling or grammar mistakes in the Dutch translated version. The pace of the story is first quick, a lot of facts and little happenings and of course the crime. Later on it slows a bit and in the middle it is slightly harder to get through but also the landscape is described. Everything Maigret sees or where he walks on, or if he slips or when the snow is crackling, it is written. And that makes it a beautiful detective novel.

Main characters

The main characters besides Maigret are of course all the suspects, Jean Duclos included, and I don’t want to spoil the story. The Dutch police officer he is helping is named Mr. Pijpekamp and he is working at the police station in Groningen. Those three characters are the opposite of each other. Each of them and none is slightly equal except they share the love for details and told or untold speculations. The ending though did surprise me. But because the pace of the book was a little bit too slow and felt one time as repeating, I gave it only the rating 3 out of 5 stars. Beside the middle quickness it is otherwise definitely my taste with a rating of 4 out of 5 stars.

I hope you like the book too. It is worth to read it! I am not telling about the story too much– never do in my book reviews – you have to read the book yourself and make your own opinion. 

Greetings by Sophie

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Barista! | Solace – Elsbeth Witt

Cover design: Studio Marlies Visser Authorphoto: Desiree Engelage
Cover design: Studio Marlies Visser Authorphoto: Desiree Engelage

My book review of “Solace” written by Elsbeth Witt

In my view…

The trilogy is based on three young women who are baristas at a coffee bar named Barista!. In the first book was the main character Laura. That review can be found here –> Barista! | Café au Lait . In the second and previous volume the main character was Iris. That review can be found here –> Barista! | Sweet Irruption. In this sequel and the final one of the trilogy the character Sophie is the main character of the book. The other two women are still important side characters.

In my view this book is a nice final volume of the trilogy. Lots and lots becomes clear about how it all started in the first book Café au Lait and Sophie has also her own extraordinary life. A life not many would expect when you start with this series. But it is beautifully written and fits in my imagination about her character. She is my namesake but our lives are quite different. What we have in common is our love for music, smoothies and sometimes a piece of cake.

Writing style / spelling

In this sequel and final volume I have found no spelling or grammar mistakes. Nearly at the end I had trouble with a sentence, but it was no grammar mistake, I had just read the sentence too quickly.

Main characters

 

The main characters and the important side characters are mostly explained in the previous volumes. This volume is more about Sophie. She is a young mother who loves to sing, works at Barista! and needs to keep her life and that of her daughter, running with order and regularity. Some strange things and some coincidences happen that makes her head spinning. A couple of persons are becoming more important in her life. Her daughter Yasmina, her nice Nadia, a man from the past named Mitch, the brother of Laura named Matthijs and a professional guitar player named Mark. I guess the author was in a mood of giving nearly all the men in the book a name that starts with ‘M’. Anyways how all those people are related or how big the role is they play, I will not explain to avoid spoilers.

My main question after completing these series:

Do you love coffee now more than ever?

Greetings by Sophie

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The grave in the forest – Simone van der Vlugt

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My book review of “The grave in the forest” written by Simone van der Vlugt

In my view…

This little novel is about a woman who discovers a secret about her husband. The book is a literature novel but in my opinion, and definitely towards the end, it becomes more a little thriller. It is a little book you can read within an hour. The tension speeds up a little. It all starts when the couple is walking with their dog in the nearby forest and the dog goes suddenly off-road. They chase their dog and suddenly they stand still near an open space. They discover a digged hole in the forest. In crime series you would expect it to be a grave, but what is it? The end of the book gave the answer and I did not expect that.

Writing style / spelling

In this little novel I have found no spelling or grammar mistakes.

Main characters

I hope you like the book too. It is worth to read it! I am not telling about the story too much– never do in my book reviews – you have to read the book yourself and make your own opinion. 

The main character of the story is the woman Daphne. She has a relationship with Roelof  and they have a jack russell terrier named Jackie. On Christmas Day Daphnes sister Ymke, her husband Hans and their three kids come over for a nice dinner. Also a friend of Daphne named Elise and the nephew of Roelof; Martin, come over for the Christmas dinner.

The book is a nice little one to read and it is a nice addition if you have read books of Simone van der Vlugt before.

Greetings by Sophie

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Barista! | Sweet Irruption – Elsbeth Witt

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My book review of “Sweet Irruption” written by Elsbeth Witt

In my view…

This book is the second of a trilogy about Barista! In this sequel Iris seems to have a settled life. Living in a house, finished her bachelor study and even finished a masters study. But something happens that will change her life drastically. Will she find a new love? Will she start a business on her own? What are her plans anyways? What does she really want in life. After a while she makes a couple of decisions and they do not really depend on each other, but every decision affects another decision. If it all will turn out good or turn out bad – depends also on what your expectations are when you read the book – is something I leave up to you,

Writing style / spelling

This sequel has no grammar or spelling mistakes so it reads quick in a nice pace.

Main characters

The main character throughout this sequel is Iris. Iris is a graduated student in Psychology and has also finished a Master’s study. She lives together with her boyfriend and has everything settles, except that she has no job.

I hope you like the book too. It is worth to read it! I am not telling about the story too much– never do in my book reviews – you have to read the book yourself and make your own opinion. 

Greetings by Sophie

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Barista! | Café au Lait – Elsbeth Witt

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Cover copyright Xander Uitgevers

My book review of “Café au Lait” written by Elsbeth Witt

In my view…

This book is the first book of a trilogy about three women who are baristas in a coffee bar in Utrecht. A city crowded with students and lots of them studying in the medicine or psychology scene. Also these three baristas. Though they have their own life that is quite different from the other, they all come in one place: Barista! The coffeebar with their Italian boss Luigi.

Writing style / spelling

I have read this book in the summer of 2015 and I have not discovered any spelling or grammar mistakes. It is a book you can read within a few days or evenings. You read easily ~100 pages a day.

Main characters

The main character throughout this sequel is Laura. And Laura is head over heels when suddenly a handsome man steps by at Barista! Her colleague Iris is one of her best friends and she has – in contrast to Laura – quite a steady study period. Iris got her job at Barista! thanks to Laura and the Italian Luigi – the boss of Barista!

A book full of Italian coffee, now and then a cupcake and just lots of love for the job and the people around them.

I hope you like the book too. It is worth to read it! I am not telling about the story too much– never do in my book reviews – you have to read the book yourself and make your own opinion. 

Greetings by Sophie

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Numero Zero – Umberto Eco

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My book review of “Numero Zero” written by Umberto Eco

Title: Numero Zero [IT / EN] / Het Nulnummer [NL]
Author: Umberto Eco
Genre: Literature novel
ISBN: 9789044628357
NUR: 302
Publisher: Prometheus Amsterdam
Year 1st edition & read edition: 2015
Year read: 2015
Original title & language: Numero Zero [IT]
Read language: Dutch
Pages: 223
Places: Milan
Rating: 5 / 5

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In my view…

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The Scent of Almonds – Camilla Läckberg

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My book review of “The Scent of Almonds” written by Camilla Läckberg

Title: The Scent of Almonds [EN]  / Sneeuwstorm en Amandelgeur [NL] / Snöstorm och Mandeldoft [SE]
Author: Camilla Läckberg
Genre: Literary Thriller
ISBN: 9789026333293
Publisher: Ambo | Anthos
Year 1st edition & read edition: 2010
Year read: 2016
Original title & language: Snöstorm och Mandeldoft [SE], 2007
Read language: Dutch
Pages: 159
Places: Valö
Rating: 4 / 5 stars

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Somebody Else – Arnon Grunberg

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My book review of “Somebody Else” written by Arnon Grunberg

Title: Iemand Anders [NL] / Somebody Else [EN]
Author: Arnon Grunberg
Genre: Literature novel
ISBN: 9789085161035
NUR: 301
Publisher: B for Books B.V.
Year 1st edition & read edition: 2005
Year read: 2016
Original title & language: Iemand Anders [NL]
Read language: Dutch
Pages: 39
Places: New York, Poughkeepsie, Tarrytown
Rating: 4 / 5

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Holiday Friends – Linda van Rijn

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My book review of “Holiday Friends” written by Linda van Rijn

Title: Holiday Friends [NL: Vakantievrienden]
Author: Linda van Rijn
Genre: Thriller
ISBN: 978-94-6068-104-2
NUR: 305 – literary thriller
Publisher: Marmer
Year 1st edition & read edition: 2012
Year read: 2016
Original title & language: Vakantievrienden [NL]
Read language: Dutch
Pages: 105
Rating: 3 / 5 stars

I hope you like the book too. It is worth to read it as a short story. I am not telling about the story too much– never do in my book reviews – you have to read the book yourself and make your own opinion. 

In my view…

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