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Haarlem 2 Oct. 1934 • Dutch saxophonist and novelist
|ON BOB RIGTER'S BOOKSHELF|
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, 1605 / 1615
A comic study of delusion and its consequences; Don Quixote, the old gentleman of La Mancha, takes to the road in search of adventure and remains undaunted in the face of repeated disaster.
[De uitvreter / Titaantjes / Dichtertje]
Nescio, 1911/ 1915/ 1918
Ironic sketches about failed idealists.
Jan Wolkers, 1969
Love in times of free sex and 'Marxist garden gnomes.'
[Het zwarte licht]
Harry Mulisch, 1956
After a traumatic experience, a young man decides to break off his engineering studies to become an artist.
William Thackeray, 1847-1848
In Miss Pinkerton's academy for young ladies, the advantaged Amelia Smedley is in stark contrast to the poor, but sharp-witted Becky Sharp. However, fate is not always kind as their lives become entwined with the likes of the coarse bully, Sir Pitt Crawley and his brother.
James Joyce, 1922
Stylistically varied Homer-parody about the Dublin everyman Leopold Bloom, who emerges as surrogate father to Stephen Dedalus on the day his wife Molly sleeps with another man.
[Pim en Puckie]
Toon Gerhard, 1938
Dutch children's book: the adventures of two friends.
The Garden Party and Other Stories
Katherine Mansfield, 1922
A collection of 15 stories which tell not so much of specific events or of dramas, but more of the ordinary, the everyday reality of life as people live it. Many feature young women on the brink of adulthood - facing, for the first time, the realities of their constricted lives.
The Universe in a Nutshell
Stephen Hawking, 2001
Unravelling the latest amazing breakthroughs in theoretical physics, Stephen Hawking guides the reader through the evolution of Einsteinian physics to a universe of ten dimensions and a so-called theory of everything.
|BOOKS BY BOB RIGTER:|
Affair between a rich, unhappy woman and a rebellious jazz musician ends badly for all concerned.
|WHAT TO READ AFTER VREEMD?|
Jan van Loy, 2004
Two men (twentysomething) drop out of 'normal life' and go in search of absolute freedom.
The Sun Also Rises
Ernest Hemingway, 1926
One of the overarching themes of Hemingway’s stories and novels was friendship between men, and in Jake and Bill he has one of the most memorable friendships in literature, comparable to that between Achilles and Patroclus in the Iliad, or the Bible’s David and Jonathan.
The Lord of the Rings
J.R.R. Tolkien, 1954-1955
I The Fellowship of the Ring
II The Two Towers
III The Return of the King
Frodo the hobbit and his eight companions undertake a perilous quest to destroy the One Ring and break the power of the Dark Lord before he can overcome the peoples of Middle Earth.
The Wind in the Willows
Kenneth Grahame, 1908
The tales of Ratty, Mole, Badger and Toad. When Mole goes boating with the Water Rat instead of spring-cleaning, he discovers a new world. As well as the river and the Wild Wood, there is Toad's craze for fast travel which leads him and his friends on a whirl of trains, barges, gipsy caravans and motor cars and even into battle.
ADULTERY, PAST AND PRESENT
Madame Bovary: Patterns of Provincial Life
Gustave Flaubert, 1857
Emma Bovary, a young country doctor' s wife, seeks escape from the boredom of her existence in love affairs and romantic yearnings, but is doomed to disillusionment.
The Scarlet Letter
Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1850
The tale of a passionate woman in 17th-century Boston who challenges the system of moral authority and places belief in the higher law of her own heart.
The End of the Affair
Graham Greene, 1951
An adulterous atheist falters in his non-belief.
The World According to Garp
John Irving, 1978
The tragicomic life story of author T. S. Garp, son of the controversial feminist Jenny Fields. Garp's world is filled with "lunacy and sorrow," and he struggles vainly to protect the people he loves.
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Milan Kundera, 1984
Interweaves story and dream, past and present, and philosophy and poetry in the sardonic and erotic tale of two couples - Tomas and Teresa, and Sabina and her Swiss lover, Gerhart.
JAZZ IN LITERATURE
Young Man with a Horn
Dorothy Baker, 1938
Loosely based on the life of the jazz great Bix Beiderbecke, this is the tale of a trumpet player, Rick Martin, cursed by too much talent, too much ambition, and not quite enough self-discipline.
[Hoe van de trap te vallen]
Bernlef (J.), 2006
Toni Morrison, 1992
Joe Trace, door-to-door salesman, erstwhile devoted husband, shoots to death his lover of three months, 18 year old Dorcas. At the funeral, his determined, hardworking wife Violet tries to disfigure the corpse with a knife. Captures the complex humanity of black urban life.
Josef Skvorecký, 1958
The Cowards is the story of an uncomplicated, talented youth caught up in momentous historic events who refuses to be bored to death by politics - or to lie down and die without a fight.
Ralph Ellison, 1952
A black man's search for success and the American dream leads him out of college to Harlem and a growing sense of personal rejection and social invisibility.
An Evening at the Club
Christian Gailly, 2001
The sudden, irresistible reawakening of sexual and artistic passion in a middle-aged man leads to a tragicomedy of missed trains and missed opportunities.
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