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The Following Story (Harvill Panther) Paperback – 6 Jun 1996

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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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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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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I've read some good books this year (2016) but this one caps them all. It's an exceedingly well written story with some very beautiful language. The tale itself is both mundane and tragic, elevated to the level of great literature.

At 100 pages this is about a third of the size of a standard novel, however it contained all it needed to contain. I've read more good books spoilt by being too long than the other way around.

If you're thinking about reading this book, then stop thinking and read it
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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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Disjointed -heavy going.
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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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