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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

Much remains vague

Dans le café de la jeunesse perdue - Patrick Modiano

Although the idea for this novel is interesting,  the characters remain too vague in my opinion. The idea of the book is, that the events - fucused on a young woman called Louki - are related by four different characters, that play a part in the Life of Louki. My criticism is that their writing style and their choice of words is very similar. And at the end of the book several questions remain. For instance: we - at least I - do not know why the book ends as it does. Nevertheless the book is written so well, that it is difficult to put down. I therefore give it 3 stars.

Note: I have read a translation into Dutch, which was distributed for free with the Trouw newspaper. Some of my criticism may be caused by the translation.