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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; New Ed edition (6 Jun. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1860461476
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860461477
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 0.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 146,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Nooteboom is one of the greatest modern novelists" -- A.S. Byatt "The prose has such clarity, charm and lightness that you take to disorientation with pleasure" -- Michael Ignatieff Sunday Times "Sharp, elegant prose... It recalls, in tone, Vladimir Nabokov. The language is, by turns, delicately allusive and rich, even ripely comic" -- D. J. Enright Times Literary Supplement "Nooteboom has shown himself a master of ironic wisdom, but also of elated, elegiac feeling. Intricately composed and finely translated, The Following Story will still be delivering after many readings" -- Ben Rogers Independent on Sunday "Nooteboom writes beautifully. His prose is clean and precise without feeling sparse, and he manages to combine clarity with intense lyricism - Part travelogue, part love story, this is an exquisite novel" -- Rebecca Abrams Guardian

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Winner of the Aristeion European Literary Prize, this strikingly original novel is textured with the humour, pathos and expansive knowledge that have become Cees Nooteboom's hallmark.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Dec. 1998
Format: Paperback
Cees Nooteboom's The Following Story is a miraculous book. Waking one morning in a hotel room in Lisbon having fallen asleep in his house in Amsterdam, the novel's central character - classical scholar, schoolteacher, writer of pot-boiler travel guides - narrates the events that lead, through affairs and hearsay, to a conclusion that is almost silent in its prosaic devastation. The prose, throughout, is lucid and evocative, humorous and profound. Nooteboom weaves a magical yarn of death and love and the smallness of everyday occurances. And at barely 100 pages perhaps the essence of the modern novel
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Literary Reader on 16 Nov. 2007
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This book is beautifully written/translated. It's mysterious and yet the language is precise and the plot carefully structured. A short novel, but probably best read in quiet sittings. Allow yourself the time to go back and re-read passages, soak it in slowly. Lovely reading experience!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By nicholas on 19 Nov. 2010
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The author is best known in his home country, the Netherlands, and is best known outside the Netherlands for his book Roads to Santiago.
I met the author very briefly in Menorca in October 2010 and was stimulated to buy this book. He has an opinion on everything I think...
The book is short, at less than 100 pages, but is excellent.
The opening line is great: "I have never had an exaggerated interest in my own person, but unfortunately this did not imply I could not stop thinking about myself at will, from one moment to the next".
The book is dream-like almost an educated ramble in part. A tad offbeat but I liked it.
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By Phil O'Sofa on 16 Feb. 2014
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There's a lot of hype for this short novella, at least on the book cover and in the introduction, and although I read the book quickly and without ever struggling to finish it or feeling that it was boring, I didn't think it was anything special.
The writing is good but not exceptional, and the story, what there is of one, is confusing. Is the author writing from the dead, or not? I still can't answer that question. Is he Socrates reborn, as hinted? Surely not. To me the whole thing comes across as a pretentious mixture of reality and fantasy, with all its references to Greek mythology and the `beauty' of the Latin language. Still, it's short enough, so maybe worth giving a go.
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3 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Feb. 1999
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Read it again and again and again
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