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Tommy Wieringa

Author of Joe Speedboat

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Works by Tommy Wieringa

Joe Speedboat (2005) 1,247 copies
These Are The Names (2012) 406 copies
Caesarion (2007) 398 copies
Een mooie jonge vrouw (2014) 387 copies
The Blessed Rita (2017) 204 copies
The Death of Murat Idrissi (2017) 132 copies
Alles over Tristan (2002) 112 copies
Nirwana (2023) 61 copies
Ga niet naar zee (2010) 51 copies
Dit is mijn moeder (2019) 43 copies
Ik was nooit in Isfahaan (2006) 41 copies
Honorair kozak (2015) 36 copies
De familie onderweg (2006) 26 copies
Gedachten over onze tijd (2021) 15 copies
Portret van een heer (2011) 14 copies

Associated Works

Titaantjes waren we... : schrijvers schrijven zichzelf (2010) — Contributor — 56 copies
TXT : alles is mogelijk in zestien verhalen (2010) — Contributor — 21 copies
Nooit meer de Provence (2004) — Contributor — 5 copies

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Viel wat tegen voor een Wieringa.Vlak, geen noemenswaardig einde, rare shit.
 
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AnkeL | 3 other reviews | Apr 13, 2024 |
Tommy Wieringa writes well, but especially toward the end it isn't clear where the story is going. It seems there was no overall idea for this novella or how to end it. It remains a simple story about a man who falls in love with a very beautiful woman.

Incidentally, from the post-pandemic perspective it is interesting to note that the main character is a microbiologist, and that suggestions are made about the likelihood of a pandemic.
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edwinbcn | 17 other reviews | Jan 3, 2024 |
I was pleasantly surprised by the high-quality writing of these short essays by Tommy Wieringa. These short essays should rightly be called columns, and were written as a weekly contribution to the NRC, a daily newspaper in the Netherlands. The columns appeared between October 2018 and January 2021, each about 3.5 pages long, a total of 315 pages for the book as a whole.

The three years from 2018 to 2021 were very turbulent. There were major polotical issues which led the the fall of a coalition government, and many of the most importent political issues, such as global warming, the energy transition, decline of biodiversity, the protection of nature at the cost of farmer's interests and immigration came to maturation. Two radical politicians rose to prominence, one of whom with pronounced right-extremist leanings. The times were further troubled by the outbreak of COVID-19 and thr troubling polarization following conspiracy theorists.

Normally, I wouldn't be very interested to read political commentators, but these columns were a very good window on the most recent political developments in the Netherlands. The author has demonstrated excellent writing skills and a broad philosophical basis for tuning in on such a broad perspective of current issues.
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edwinbcn | Aug 23, 2023 |
Note: review in English, though I read the original Dutch version. Mild spoilers.

Joe Speedboot is one of those modern Dutch classics that makes it onto many a highschooler’s literature list, as did it on mine. Perhaps indicative of the student I was back in highschool, I never read Wieringa’s text though, and everything I knew about the book going into my exams was what I read in online summaries of varying quality. This is not to say I didn’t like reading, but I was a poor planner, and I simply didn’t have enough time left.
However, just reading poor summaries made me regret not having been a better planner, as the story of Joe Speedboot stuck with me.

Now, years later, I finally got around to picking up a copy and took the time to read it. As I knew the story but never read the original text, it was an odd sensation of familiarity, like coming back to a town you have visited years ago, and though much is the same, an equal amount has changed. And perhaps this sensation is fitting for the nature of the book.

Fransje Hermans is already disappointed with life, at least with how life is in a sleepy Dutch town in the nineties of the twentieth century, at thirteen. Although he may not have made the conscious decision that he wants to die, something makes him lay down in that field of tall grass with the knowledge that it will be mowed by large, industrial mowers, and something keeps him from getting up despite the sound of the mower getting ever closer.
In his own words, only one thing makes him turn back to the light after all days in a comatose state, the coming of whom he believes to be a messiah, someone who will alter life for the better, Joe Speedboot.

Joe Speedboot combines classical elements of Dutch literature, (the echo of the second world war, a disillusioned protagonist and a naturalistic setting) with fantastical events ripped straight out of a book for mischievous young boys. What books like those never show, however, is that even mischievous boys don’t stay young forever. In the Dutch nineties of Joe Speedboot, even Peter Pans have to grow up and have to deal with reality. Can a messiah exist in an ever more secularized society?

Besides being touching, exciting, humorous and gritty, in the present day Joe Speedboot is also becoming a testimony to a bygone age.
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