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De buurman (edition 2012)

by J.j. Voskuil

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The novelistic prose of J. J. Voskuil bears similarities to the minimalistic music of the Dutch composer Simeon ten Holt, or, in turn, the music of the Indian ragas. The novels are very long, consisting of an endless repetition, with minor variations, of small events, and a very thin, or insignificant plot. In De buurman the main plot elements are arguments between Maarten and Nicolien, mutual visits to the neighbours, and observations of the neighbours, their actions or the results of their actions.

As in many other novels by Voskuil, the character Maarten Koning often appears as an objective, dispassionate and melancholic observer, while his wife, Nicolien, appears as a hysteric and choleric character.

De buurman describes the rise and fall in the relation between Maarten and Nicolien, and their new neighbours Pieter Stallinga and Peer. While Nicolien opens her arms and heart to embrace the two gay men regardless of any misgivings and without prejudice, Maarten cannot overcome his inbred suspicion and haughty disdain. As, eventually, the relation turns sour, the question is who is to blame?

De buurman is an exploration of character. It is an excellent read, but possibly not for everyone. ( )
  edwinbcn | Aug 16, 2013 |
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