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Rene Hasekamp

I read books (and place a review here afterwards) in the following categories Mystery/Detective, British literature (mostly older books, from Gutenberg.org), Adventure, some Dutch lieterature and more.

My top favorite writers are John Galsworthy, Wilkie Collins, Charles Dickens, but among my five-star reviews you will also find (debuts of) contemporary writers. A recent example is Gillian Flynn. I mostly read ebooks.


Currently reading

King Bhumibol Adulyadej: A Life's Work
Dominic Faulder, Nicholas Grossman
Progress: 96/400 pages
The Jacques Futrelle Megapack: 47 Tales of the Thinking Machine and Others
Jacques Futrelle
Progress: 905/1417 pages

An important book

Schindlers Lijst - Han Visserman, Thomas Keneally

This is doubtless an important book. It is a very reliable account of the holocaust, because the author interviewed (be it several decades later) as many "Schindler Jews" as he still could find and were willing to tell their stories. I could at times not read more than a small number of pages, because of the many horrible events that are described. I did not give it the fifth star, because the book is written in a highly descriptive style, with not much dialogue. This makes is not easy to read.
Is it better than the film? Let me say this. The book starts earlier than the film and continues until the death of Schindler. So it contains more information about Schindler and the people around him. On the other hand, the film is a really brilliant adaptation. All essential event are included and, where necessary, slightly simplified to make them understandable to the movie visitor. You best read the book as well as see the film.