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Book Of Everything (original 2004; edition 2006)

by Guus Kuijer

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Title:Book Of Everything
Authors:Guus Kuijer
Info:Arthur A. Levine Books (2006), Edition: Tra, Hardcover, 112 pages
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Book Of Everything by Guus Kuijer (2004)

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De vader van de 9-jarige Thomas is erg gelovig. Uit naam van God straft hij zijn vrouw en zoon. Hij slaat hen. Thomas heeft zijn eigen manier van geloven en houdt hele gesprekken met Jezus. Thomas weet later wat hij wil worden. "Gelukkig". Maar hoe doe je dat? Zijn buurvrouw, waar alle kinderen bang voor zijn, omdat ze eruit ziet als een heks, helpt hem zijn angst te overwinnen, want daar begint het mee. Ook zorgt ze ervoor dat hij en zijn familie hulp krijgt. Een heel mooi boek over hoe de angst voor een orthodox geloof dat de bijbel letterlijk neemt, te overwinnen. ( )
  timswings | Sep 29, 2013 |
Oh my ... what a breathless little story. Heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. I need to read this one again a few times. I don't want to say anything about it for fear of spoiling it for someone. It's a quick read - just find it at your library and read it. ( )
  periwinklejane | Mar 30, 2013 |
This is a gorgeous book, but I can't imagine who the kid audience would be. It's like A Monster Calls, if A Monster Calls were written from the perspective of an adult looking back on his childhood, without that authentic kid voice. I think it is a book for adults to read, particularly those who might still be processing childhood abuse. ( )
  SamMusher | Mar 30, 2013 |
http://nwhyte.livejournal.com/1869271.html

It's quite a fascinating package, and very short at only 100 pages; Kuijer gives a very strong sense of a repressed Dutch society of the early 1950s, still coming to terms with the recent war and occupation (Thomas, the central character, is 9 so would have been born in 1942), combined with some startling magical realism as Thomas and the slightly sorcerous neighbour call down the plagues of Egypt on his wife-beating father. The line that sticks with me is from quite near the beginning (repeated again at the end) when Thomas first talks with the witch next door:

“Wat wil je later worden eigenlijk?” vroeg ze.
“Gelukkig”, zei Thomas. “Ik word later gelukkig.”

(“What do you want to be when you are older?” she asked.
“Happy”, said Thomas. “I want to be happy.”)

Anyway, definitely impressive enough for me to look out for more of Kuijer's work. ( )
  nwhyte | Dec 31, 2011 |
This short book is a brutally honest work of young adult literature set in Amsterdam a few years after the liberation and end of World War II. Thomas only wishes to be happy but has to deal with his fundamentalist and abusive father. The book is colored by magical realism and a touch of surrealism as Thomas is aided by witches, calls down the plagues of Egypt, and converses with a lonely Jesus. A powerful and touching book that touches on a lot of issues: childhood, family, religion, community, and kindness. ( )
  Othemts | Apr 25, 2010 |
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This should not be confused with the stage play The Book of Everything by Richard Tulloch, which is an adaptation of this novel and as such is a separate work.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0439749182, Hardcover)

Faith is joy is love is hope in this novel of exquisite power and everyday miracles, reminiscent of Barbara Kingsolver's THE POISONWOOD BIBLE.

Thomas can see things no one else can see. Tropical fish swimming in the canals. The magic of Mrs. Van Amersfoort, the Beethoven-loving witch next door. The fierce beauty of Eliza with her artificial leg. And the Lord Jesus, who tells him, "Just call me Jesus."
Thomas records these visions in his "Book of Everything." They comfort him when his father beats him, when the angels weep for his mother's black eyes. And they give him the strength to finally confront his father and become what he wants to be when he grows up:
"Happy."

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Nine-year-old Thomas receives encouragement from many sources, including candid talks with Jesus, to help him tolerate the strict family life dictated by his deeply-religious father.

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