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Delay [Paperback]

Tim Krabbe , Sam Garrett
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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18 July 2005
On his way back to Amsterdam from New Zealand Jacques Bekker's plane is delayed, giving him four unexpected hours in Sydney. On a whim he decides to look up an old girlfriend - his first love. He arrives on Monique's street just as a stylish woman is loading a last suitcase into the back of a smart car. Thirty years vanish in the blink of an eye and before Jacques knows it he's become an accomplice to a disappearing act that will soon be front page news. But by then Jacques and Monique will be deep in the outback and well on the way to the treacherous heart of their teenage past.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (18 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747576734
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747576730
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 447,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Grounded in a tale of Mephistophelian friendship, THE CAVE ambitiously bursts its bounds, shifting Krabbe's expert structuring through Graham Greene-esque travelougue, haunting thriller and, finally, the kind of cosmic hymn to coincidence Alex Garland aimed for in THE TESSERACT' The Face 'Short, spare and unflinchingly dark' The Times 'Krabbe's carefully constructed narrative has a geometry so precise that the patterns buried under the surface emerge only in the final pages' New York Times 'Like that classic 1980s film THE VANISHING, based on a novel by Krabbe, [THE RIDER]is a story of dark obsession...Best read in one sitting, it is a book full of insight into the whys and wherefores of a sport that is frightening in its intensity' Sunday Times

About the Author

Tim Krabbe is a chess as well as a cycling enthusiast and one of Holland's leading writers. His many books include the novel The Vanishing (twice filmed, in Holland and the Unites States) and The Cave (also filmed), and the cycling classic, The Rider. He lives in Amsterdam. Translator Sam Garrett, a former wire-service correspondent, is the translator of The Rider by Tim Krabbe, The Gates of Damascus by Lieve Joris and Silent Extras by Arnon Grunberg.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good start but then it meanders 8 Mar 2006
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Format:Paperback
I was very impressed with Krabbe's "The Vanishing" and so I picked this up as soon as I saw it. Like "The Vanishing" it's a short novel and tells a simple, but compelling story. Unlike "The Vanishing" it doesn't maintain that to the end.
Jacques Bekker's flight is delayed in Sydney and he uses the time to locate his first love. He finds her just as she is getting ready to disappear from her old life. The old control she had over him comes back and he follows her into the outback.
The first three-quarters of the book are gripping but with each new set-up in the later stages a little of the tension is lost.
But Krabbe does capture the incredible remoteness of much of the outback and he paints a convincing picture of lives looking for meaning.
Overall though, it is a disappointment next to "The Vanishing".
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Well Paced Enjoyable Read. 7 Jun 2009
By M. Wood
Format:Paperback
A simple enough plot where a man meets an old flame and starts out on an adventure with her. He was infatuated and still seems to be susceptible to her ideas. So as not to spoil the plot for anyone who might want to read it I will just suumarise by saying events pile up and the nice intersection of the present and past gives the central character and the plot a little depth.

Not a challenging or educational read; but it was enjoyable and well paced.
An ideal novel for travelling or a wet lazy weekend.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A missing lover 7 Aug 2007
By Yvonne Kirk - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
A man, famous in the Netherlands, is delayed in Sydney for 4 hours on his way home. His collegues decided to take a trip into the city, and he decides to go looking for an ex-girlfriend. He finds her and she takes him with her on a ride across Australia, as she flees the law.

Fast paced the book was an easy read. Some chapters have hints of history, but the main character seemed a weak willed individual, easily bullied by an ex-love.
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast Fun Read 15 Oct 2013
By Louis Mauriello - Published on Amazon.com
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Great ending, good story. I liked the way the author told the story mostly from the viewpoint of the one character but occasionally from a third party perspective almost as if a reporter was telling the tale. The aspect of how the male character gets caught up in and swept away into the female character's world was interesting.

I read this immediately following "The Cave" and "The Vanishing" just before that, so I was well entrenched in the world that Krabbè creates and how he does so.
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