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Review of The Evenings by Gerard Reve, translated by Sam Garrett


The main character Fritz lives with his parents in The Netherlands towards the end of 1946. He talks to his parents, he does stuff, listen to the radio, go to the cinema and other such, meet friend


This is a novel about boredom. Sadly I felt much the same reading it. My mind just kept wandering to other things like "Oh, Guilder is mentioned. I wonder what currency was used in The Netherlands when they were occupied by Nazi Germany". For me, a novel I enjoy means I won't get sidetracked or distracted reading it. It started well in the first few pages but could not maintain it.


Unfortunately I just didn't like it. For me this book about boredom made me feel  I bored reading it.


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