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The Happy Housewife (2000)

by Heleen van Royen

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Although I alread had decided that I had read enough books by Helleen van Royen that I didn't really like, last week I listened to De gelukkige huisvrouw. I was doing some boring work and listening to a not too difficult story was a nice addition. Although the story was not as light as I expected it to be.

Leah has done well and is happily married with Harry, broker. But Harry wants a child. Leah agrees. The delivery is difficult and Leah gets a psychosis. That seems to come from the trauma of the suicide of her father when she was 13. She never processed this.

I found it interesting to follow her therapy although I doubt about how well it is based in reality. It can also be the tone of the audiobook, where the word 'mouring' was pronounced in an annoying way. I could have done without all the details of the delivery of Harry jr and the way Leah speaks could have been nicer. On the other hand, I could have guessed this beforehand knowing the author.

All in all quite an interesting book on trauma, but my opinion about work by Heleen van Royen is not changed. It's just not for me.

http://boekenwijs.blogspot.com/2011/09/de-gelukkige-huisvrouw.html ( )
  boekenwijs | Sep 13, 2011 |
To be honest, I expected this book to be a semi-coherent collection of thinly-veiled porn scenes spiced up with quick wit, from the pen of a fervent proponent of vagina power. I was sort of right. The quick wit's in there. And there's definitely a multitude of references to vaginas of all sorts, shapes and sizes. And it might even be said to contain some porn, but this book is nowhere near the raunchfest I thought it would be. What I did end up reading was a quick witted modern view on women, men, life, death, birth, trauma and relationships, all within the covers of this relatively slim book. I feel stupid for harboring suspicion now and this has definitely been an eye opener. I'll be reading more from Mrs. van Royen and I'm rethinking some of my other convictions regarding Dutch literature. Foolish me. ( )
  Crayne | Jul 4, 2011 |
Very nice book, the writing style is really fast, funny and direct. Can't wait till the next book by Van Royen. ( )
  Zonda | Aug 11, 2007 |
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Dit boek is voor jou. Toen ik het schreef, heb ik steeds aan je gedacht. Misschien heb je het geleend, misschien heb je het cadeau gekregen, misschien heb je het gekocht. Ik hoop het laatste. Hoe dan ook, het is nu van jou. Je mag ermee doen wat je wilt. Het bestaat uit 80962 woorden. Ik zou het op prijs stellen als je ze allemaal leest. Het verhaal begint op bladzijde 7.
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