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De prins van West End Avenue (original 1994; edition 1995)

by Alan Isler

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Title:De prins van West End Avenue
Authors:Alan Isler
Info:Amsterdam Balans 1995
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:literatuur, roman, usa, joods, new york, holocaust, 12, humor, zurich, hamlet, bejaarden, rilke, cabaret voltaire, dada

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The Prince of West End Avenue: A Novel by Alan Isler (1994)

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    gust: Veel verwijzingen naar dit stuk. De bewoners spelen het stuk.
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The English Language is the star here. Isler's command of the English language implies a certain flair and panache, which is quite above-average. I detected several words which I had never heard before. For instance halcyon" (as in "halcyon time", which means roughly "time of leisure" or something like that. Yes, I've looked it up...).

There are has so many references to German literature and way of life. It isn't necessary to be a German philologist to enjoy reading this book, but it certainly heightens the pleasure.

When the play "Hamlet" is introduced I'd already fallen for Otto Körner. What he confesses about his behaviour towards his first wife, came as an absolute shock at the end of the story.

This novel is one of the best things I've ever read in recent years. The samples for Hamlet production at a New York nursing home with a predominantly Jewish inhabitants of European origin are used by the first-person narrator as an opportunity to reminisce on his own past.

"The Prince of West End Avenue" has caused a wide range of emotions in me. The machinations and intrigues around the theatrical performance of "Hamlet" of seniors in a nursing homes is simply deliciously funny.

It begins at the point where Hamlet ends and it continues with guilt, and envy..." ( )
  antao | Dec 10, 2016 |
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 Dramatic production Fiction.
  icm | Oct 3, 2008 |
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A National Jewish Book Award winner, this remarkable novel "emerges as a paradoxical tale of how to make peace with an unbearable past and the sin of pride" (The New York Times Book Review). As the residents of the Emma Lazarus retirement home prepare to stage a production of Hamlet, 83-year-old Otto Korner is forced to relive his own tragedy.

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