- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (April 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140156011
- ISBN-13: 978-0140156010
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.5 x 19.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,331,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Last Call Paperback – 1 Apr 1991
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About the Author
Harry Mulisch is author of the international bestsellers The Assault, The Discovery of Heaven, and The Procedure, as well as other novels, short stories, essays, poetry, plays, and philosophical works.
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But Harry Mulisch is indeed someone who sometimes needs to hide his high intelligence and he fails to do so in this book. By turns bewildering and banal, the reader is left wondering what exactly is the point which Mulisch is getting at. The skill with which Mulisch executes the five "acts" has little corrolary in content: it's as if it is all form and little substance. Above all, Mulisch fails to make us really care about Uli; the focus shifts to Berta who is revealed as a more sympathetic and interesting figure.
Dixon's appalling translation does Mulisch no favours: some of her howlers must be incomprehensible to non-Dutch speakers ("everyone was hanging on her lips" springs to mind) and her intrusively nit-picking punctuation gives the prose a stop-start feel that makes reading clunky and awkward.
This is a book for Mulisch afficionados only.