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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

High quality writing

No More Parades: A Novel - Ford Madox Ford, Joseph Wiesenfarth

At 90% finished I start this review. This second part of the "Parade's End" tetralogy is as well written as the first part. The author gives the information about the events bit by bit, often in the thoughts of the characters. And his characters are strongly developed. Take Sylvia, the estranged wife of Tietjens. She is the most terrible person I have ever read about. So you certainly should read the other two books (and I will), if only to know how she ends up. But of course you also want to know what happens to Tietjens and Valentine Wannop (separate or together).

I am not at familiar at all with the army and customs within the army, so especially the first part was difficult for me to get through at times. But this can of course not be a reason to give this book a lower rating. This definitely must be a four star rating. Maybe one of the last two books in will even reach five stars.

In the last chapter Tietjens has a long conversation with General Campion, who is his Godfather also. Some things become clear, but why the atitude of Tietjens towards his wife is as it is, remains a mystery to me, and probably also to Tietjens. Why am I spending all this time at this review? I definitely need to read on! Now!