- 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)
Love Life Paperback – 6 Apr 2007
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'a portrait of love, flawed, painful and yet true, as it is in
real life.' -- Daily Mail
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 GermanySee all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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This is a horrible book which is basically autobiographical and is meant to be a catharsis for the author to help get over his awful behaviour during his wife's terminal illness. Read morePublished on 24 Nov. 2014 by C
I could not put it down. I bought it at Amsterdam airport and read it all the way on the plane. I was reading the last chapter while waiting for the luggage in Taipei. Read morePublished on 13 July 2013 by daniela
Carmen and Danny are attractive thirty somethings with a young daughter. They work in advertising and promotion, living the good life in Amsterdam. but .. Read morePublished on 16 Jun. 2013 by gerardpeter
I read this book on a recommendation from my sister and I am glad that I Did.
It is an excellent book, very sad and touching. You'll be in tears at the end. Read more
My Dutch friend recommended this after I enjoyed reading The Dinner... I was not dissappointed. Although it was one of those stories where because of what is happening I felt... Read morePublished on 8 Dec. 2012 by Rachael Hagger
I just finished reading this book last night, and even though it was very straight forward and easy to read, I did not particularly enjoy it. Read morePublished on 7 Jun. 2010 by Annabel Lee
I don't know how to start to review this book it's so different to almost anything I've ever read before. Read morePublished on 21 Jun. 2009 by Love Books
The title sounds 'simple', but the book is amazing. I've cried reading it and I never cry with books or films or anything like that. Read morePublished on 4 Jun. 2009 by S.B.
I spent the first three quarters of this book on the verge of hating the protagonist, but the ending is so tender and beautiful that by the end I changed my mind and decided he was... Read morePublished on 19 April 2009 by Z. Harris