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Love Life Paperback – 6 Apr 2007

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Product details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; 1 edition (6 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330447076
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330447072
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.4 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,563,917 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'a portrait of love, flawed, painful and yet true, as it is in
real life.' -- Daily Mail

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Dan and Carmen are hip, healthy and wealthy. They have their own companies, plenty of money and friends and are the proud parents of one year-old Luna… They live the cool life in Amsterdam, until beautiful and optimistic Carmen is diagnosed with breast cancer. With that their world transforms into a roller-coaster ride of doctors and hospitals. As his way of coping, the hedonistic Dan faithfully accompanies Carmen to her chemo and radiotherapy treatments, but spends his nocturnal hours crazily immersed in the nightlife and women of Amsterdam and Miami. Love Life is the account of a relationship and a terminal illness, devoid of fake sentiment and told with humour and deep humanity. And it is very much an ode to love. 'A wonderful novel about courage, helplessness and real love’ Cosmopolitan Germany

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This book sent me through a rollercoaster of emotions, as others have said. On the one hand I found it impossible to empathise with chronic philanderer Dan and was disheartened by his behaviour and the amoral behaviour of other characters who initially appeared to be decent. But at the same time the love that he bears his wife, and the way that these same people behaved in other ways, is uplifting and inspiring. Be warned: this isn't an easy book to read. It is a no holds barred description of the devastation wrought by cancer and as other reviewers have said at some points I wasn't sure if I could continue reading due to the brutal honesty of the text.

The book is easy to read and difficult to put down - not a book I'd read twice, but one I'm glad I've read, even though I disliked many of the chracters in it. It raised some questions within me about 'right' and 'wrong' and, above all, gave me faith in love, even in flawed form. Highly recommended.
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This book is an epic biography about a man, who's too much man to be faithfull to his terminal sick wife.
It's a book about a very brave, strong and life loving woman who has to deal with cancer in the best years of her life.
It's written with a great deal of humour, passion and brutal honesty.
I read it chapter by chapter. Putting it down next to me after every chapter I read. Not at the beginning but surely the last chapters. I didn't want Carmen to die. I waited for the right moment, when I was alone, no one arround, to finish the last chapter. I cried my heart out. The first time in my life a book brought me so far. And I knew I would, cause this real-life story is stirring from beginning to the end.

Stijn (a.k.a. Dan a.k.a. Ray Kluun) may be an ...hole, but most of all, he's real. He's honest and he's a man like many others. I empatize with him, inspite of all the wrongs he did. It was his way to deal with it all.

Carmen (a.k.a. Judith i.r.l.) was what most man never can't be. Forgiving.
If Carmen wasn't Carmen this book never would be a bestseller. Not Dan but Carmen shows what real love is. When she died in the book, it felt as if I had lost someone too. Someone special.

Don't judge Dan fot what he did wrong. Praise Carmen for what she proved.
The book is not about Dan, it's about absolute pure love. It opened my eyes as it comes to my relationship and as it comes to relativate my own sorrows.
The hardest part was when she said goodbye for the last time to her daughter. I have 2 young kids and can't imagine who hard it must be to say goodbye forever to them, the way she did with Luna.

I've lost my mother from cancer at the age of 8 and she was 36, just like Carmen. Thats 32 years ago now. But she's still on my mind.
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My mother recommended this book to me a few years ago, I now rank it in my top five. I knew it would be great coming from my mother, who (being honest) doesn't particularly care for books, I fell in love with it after only a few pages. I connected with the characters and found their actions and emotions believable and I found myself sharing their pain, suffering and joy. I must admit that although things happen in this book that I would normally completely disagree with, things that I could never forgive if they happened to me - but I found that I understood and even felt sympathy. I laughed out loud and cried like a baby, I have since recommended this to my friends and the rest of my family, all who have since read it agree that it is a beautiful book. I will continue to sing its praises for many years to come.
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It was a wonderfully written book, with real people with the real things that happen in life. I cried all the way through it and at one point I was even considering not reading any further because it was so upsetting. But I couldn't put this book down. It's an amazing book, please read it.
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And all the sudden everyone in the Netherlands knew Kluun (the author). He wrote this perfect and heart breaking book based on his own life. Kluun lost his wife of cancer and cheated on her to get distraction. The book is about struggle against cancer, if you need to hear one sentence.

The original Dutch title is 'Komt een vrouw bij de dokter' (the English version of the book is named 'Love Life', the movie 'A woman goes to the doctor'), which needs an explanation. The sentence is the first line of one of those typical Dutch jokes. Kluun explains that he wished that the story of him and his wife would have ended up like one of these terrible jokes.

The story is about a young and successfull married couple, Stijn and Carmen and their daughter Luna. Then all the sudden, after a visit to the PG ('dokter' or 'huisarts' in Dutch), followed by the hospital, Carmen is diagnosed with breast cancer. No need to say that their beautiful world they live in, collapses. While Carmen is starting chemo therapy and so on, Stijn does what he does best to deal with this situation he can't control; cheating on his wife.

Stijn has cheated before, which Carmen knew. She has confronted him in the past and he told her the truth. Now he's the supporting husband during the day, but at night time he turns back to his old habits; having sex with other women. Again, Carmen knows, but can handle the fact that her husband isn't the monogamous type. She knows that those women aren't important and at the end of the day Stijn will always come back to her. And to Stijn, other women are just entertainment, one night stands, women he doesn't need to see again, it's just sex.
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