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Vertraging (1994)

by Tim Krabbé

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Vertraging by the Dutch author Tim Krabbé features two parallel story lines on the same theme. The main character, Jacques, a Dutch TV personality, decides to make a quick visit to his high school love, Moniek, while he makes a stop-over in Australia. What was intended as an ultra-short visit, develops into a long adventure as he is dragged into an adventure of Moniek evading the police on charges of embezzlement. Loaded with money, they manage to keep ahead for several weeks, until a surprise which throws them back onto themselves.

During their trip, Jacques thoughts wander to the years of their early friendship, and what transpires is that Moniek led him on, basically not much different from the way she leads him on in their current ordeal. Once, twice, three times a lady.

The title, "Delay" in the English translation, refers to the prolonged stop-over, as well as the suggestion of a delay between the love of their youth and the present consummation of that love.

Well-written, but rather conventional. ( )
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Dertig en een half jaar nadat hij op zijn bromfiets uit Amsterdam was vertrokken voor een kampeervakantie in België en Frankrijk, voelde Jacques Bekker dat de Boeing-737 die hem van Auckland naar Sydney bracht, de daling inzette.
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