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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

Anna Karenina (Official Tie-In Edition)

Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy, Louise Maude, Alymer Maude This is a great book. And it is very well written. We get to know not only what is spoken between people, but also what they think when they say speak. In that way we learn everything about the main characters. The story is about love and marriage in the Russia before the revolution. One can hardly say more about the storylines without giving too much away. We follow three couples quite extensively, and we learn what they think about married life. Not the slightest mentioning of sex, but nevertheless with a high erotic value at times. This too is brilliant. Modern authors could learn from this! Because the thoughts of the characters is so extensively described, the story is a bit slow at times, but just at times. Tolstoy keeps our attention throughout the book. The only criticism I could give, is that some parts (about hunting and farming) have little to do with the story, and did not interest me much, but where they are mentioned, they are of great importance to the main characters, and should be mentioned for that reason. Anyway, a great novel by a brilliant writer.