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Rituals (Harvest Book) by Cees Nooteboom
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Rituals (Harvest Book) (original 1980; edition 1996)

by Cees Nooteboom

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Amsterdam of the 1950s, 60s and 70s is viewed from the perspective of Inni Wintrop, a man who leads a capricious life, floating comfortably on open possibilities. A suicide attempt fails. Indeed, all his efforts to regulate his life fail: he is an unintentional survivor.
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Title:Rituals (Harvest Book)
Authors:Cees Nooteboom
Info:Harvest Books (1996), Paperback, 156 pages
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Jesus, all I do is think about books, films and those elections I read about in the Guardian and Economist. I think about Rituals often, it must be radical. I know. Maybe I should admit my affectation for espresso and the Premier League. ( )
  jonfaith | Feb 22, 2019 |
The story follows Inni Wintrop as he wanders through life looking for Meaning (in the absence of a god) and encounters father and son, one of whom has adopted time as his savior and the other for whom Zen-like rituals lets him escape time. This has numerous interesting thoughts and ideas about life and being and the writing is of very high quality. It wasn’t, however, a particularly enjoyable read for me as the characters are ideas rather than people and I had had an easier time had this been a straight-forward philosophical essay. If you’re into Existential or Post-Modern literature, it will most likely be a better read for you than it was for me. ( )
  -Eva- | May 30, 2018 |


"The orderliness that reigned in the room was frightening. The only form of accident was the dog, because he moved. It was, though Inni, a room like a mathematical problem. Everything was in equilibrium, each thing fitted in with the other. A bunch of flowers, a child, a disobedient dog, or a visitor arriving ten minutes early would wreak havoc here. All the furniture was gleaming white, of a vindictive, Calvinist modernity. The irresponsible sunlight drew geometric shadows on the linoleum. For the second time that afternoon he felt fear." (pg. 29)

Well structured short novel with taught descriptions and strong characterization. Explores elements of existentialism, phenomenology, Catholicism, and mysticism without being didactic or esoteric. Some elements haven't aged well (e.g. objectification of all female characters by the narrator as well as the protagonist; vague "oriental" and African exoticism), and the perpetually sardonic tone of presentation begins to tax your stores of empathy as a reader - still, there is some great prose here, and despite the thin plot I found it hard to put the book down by the second section (suspense and dread propel you forward even though there are no real intrigues or surprises). ( )
  augustgarage | Oct 17, 2017 |
Gezelligheid (Dutch pronunciation: [ɣəˈzɛləɣɦɛit]) is a Dutch abstract noun (adjective form gezellig) which, depending on context, can be translated as convivial, cosy, fun, quaint, or nice atmosphere, but can also connote belonging, time spent with loved ones, the fact of seeing a friend after a long absence, or general togetherness.

raku nera: http://www.vam.ac.uk/users/node/1974 ( )
  downisthenewup | Aug 17, 2017 |
A strange man in Holland meets another strange man, befriends him, reads about his death, meets the deceased estranged son, attends a tea ceremony given by the son who then kills himself. Strange book. ( )
  ShelleyAlberta | Jun 4, 2016 |
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