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  • Paperback: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (26 Feb. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140272380
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140272383
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 173,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Harry Mulisch was born in Holland and is author of the international best-seller THE ASSAULT, which has been translated into 22 languages and an award winning screenplay. He lives in Amsterdam.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Dec. 1997
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Being Dutch, I was able to enjoy this novel in its original language, and I loved it. You may not know this but, in Holland Harry Mulish is regarded as one of the best writers of our time. It is pleasing to see that this book brings Dutch literature to the attention of the international public. It certainly derserves the credit. Check out other Dutch writers, such as Hella Haasse, Tim Krabbé, Margriet de Moor or Leon de Winter. Enjoy.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Jan. 2001
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There is enough material in The Discovery of Heaven to fill several books, and a writer of lesser integrity might have split the phases of Ada, Max, Onno, Sophia and Quinten's lives into separate volumes. Instead, Mulisch expertly, if sometimes jarringly, even violently, welds them together using what would otherwise have been cliffhanger endings as startling links between episodes of quite different flavours. This literary device is crucial to the plot; it reflects the experiences and informs the reactions of the characters with precision. It is only one aspect of this intelligent novel which delights, intrigues and challenges at all levels.
It is a very Dutch story and I was repeatedly reminded of my several Dutch friends throughout. I was especially pleased with Max's humanity -- as an astronomer myself, it was refreshing to find such a character with infinitely more depth than an inappropriate white lab-coat.
The story is a fantasy of grand design, set in a tangibly real world with convincing, larger-than-life characters, resulting in fiction which carries more truth than its fair share. There are no mundane details and the character's every act is touched with subtle significance. A read to add richness to any life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Jun. 1998
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I guess I picked this book up because of the pretentious title - "The Discovery of Heaven!" , and also because I noted that it was largely based in Amsterdam, a city I love. And because I'm trying to work my way into Fiction after years of addiction to Non-Fiction. The addiction is cured, or should I say more accurately, reversed. I had forgotten how a good novel can transcend reality, but paradoxically, be more relevant to our lives than straight non-fiction. If potential readers are interested in male friendships, single parenthood, questionable paternity, astronomy, biblical studies, linguistics, european travel, history, the holocaust, amsterdam city living, theology, or just about any other topic for that matter, settle back for a few weeks (730 pages!) at night with this master tome. . This is one of those books that causes you to begin slowing down your reading pace towards the last 200 pages or so, re-reading passages, and reflecting on paragraphs, so as to postpone the painful time when you will no longer be reading it. I now find myself considering something I've never done before in my 44 years: Re-reading an entire book simply for pleasure.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Peter Neijens on 12 Nov. 2010
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Although some readers think it is a big, weighty tome, covering the big themes (philosophy, sex, the holocaust, politics) it is absolutely worth one's time and effort. This is a superb book, and I recommend it highly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Nov. 1998
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The best book I've read by Mulisch yet. Being Dutch I've got the advantage on most of the other readers because I've had the privelage to have been able to read books and essays by Mr Mulisch since the late sixties'. Harry Mulisch wrote not only this wonderful book, and the internationally acclaimed "The Assault" but a quite a few earlier books that were not translated into English. I agree fully with my fellow compatriate from Kerkrade who writes that this book clearly draws attention to Dutch litarature. Apart from the authors that my friend from Kerkrade offers to the Amazone-readers I would like to add the following names:Jan Wolkers, Lisette Lewin, Arnon Grunberg and Frans Pointl. Obviously I'm not sure these authors are available in English translations. They should be !!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Feb. 1999
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Quick note: I loved this novel; it certainly warrants all the praise. In addition to the plot intracacies & its philosphical aspects, the story moves quickly & the conclusion satisfies-- not an easy move. Eco's Foucault's Pendulum was wonderful up to the last few chapters, but Mulisch produces from start to finish. I thought he was going one way & he spun me on my head with the last exchange (I may have been in denial.) I haven't read an ending like that since Fuentes' Terra Nostra (& that narrative was not as tight as Mulisch's). Enjoy, & don't read anything about the book until you have finished. The surprises are half the delight--
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Jun. 1999
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I consider myself an avid reader. Harry Mulisch's "De Ontdekking van de Hemel" seized my attention like no other work of 20th century European fiction, except perhaps Thomas Mann's "Der Zauberberg". Not bad company.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Feb. 1999
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Having stumbled upon this book in the book store, I was mesmerized upon the completion of the first few pages and decided to buy it. It takes one to the history of mankind, morals and philosophy, sciences and religion, and most of all, it awakens the senses that lays dorment, recolouring again the things in our daily lives that's greyed out and have become a habit.
Often re-reading short paragraphs or sections could bring you to your own new thinking.
If a high school student like myself can be enlightened and deem it one of the best books I've written, the world should share it.
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