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The Book of Doubt Paperback – March 5, 2013

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'Written without rose tinted glasses or succumbing to cliches .. De Loo is and remains an authentic born story teller.' Rotterdams Dagblad 'Imagination and violence play a big part in Tessa de Loo's 6th novel, and the first 'big' one since THE TWINS. It is also a very relevant novel. [The Book of Doubt] takes on many contemporary themes: the clash between religions, displacement, migration, friendship. Together with the original theme of the search for identity, that makes of [The Book of Doubt] a great novel. The search for the father is described in such detail that the desert sand practically crunches between the pages.' Parool

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Tessa de Loo's novel The Twins was translated into 25 languages. She is also the author of In Byron's Footsteps (Haus). She lives Portugal and Paris and is one of the most successful contemporary writers in the Dutch language.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 540 pages
  • Publisher: Haus Publishing (March 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906598940
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906598945
  • Product Dimensions: 52.8 x 1.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,519,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By James W. Fonseca on January 24, 2015
Format: Paperback
A young man grows up in the Netherlands with a “hippie” Dutch mother and vague information about a Moroccan man who was his father. The single mother brings home a chump-of-the-month, usually a maharishi or yoga instructor type and the boy is completely rudderless. The youth’s best friend, a neighbor, is from a “real” Moroccan family and the young man appreciates that religiously-structured environment compared to the lack of structure he has at home. The two youths embark on a road-trip adventure to find the boy’s father in Morocco. The book becomes more of a travelogue than novel. It consists of several types of alternating chapters: their adventures in Morocco; reflections on the youth’s upbringing and his friendship with his side-kick, and memories of a childhood board game where the two youths created an elaborate fictional country. These board-game chapters make the book overly-long and cause it to drag in parts. The boy’s friend is gay and it’s uncertain if the other youth initially knows this or not, so it creates some comical situations in their sharing of rooms during their travels. Eventually the boy finds his father in what can only be called “the greatest disappointment ever in the genetics department.” The boy converts to Islam and the tragic ending of the story tells us something about the appeal of not just religion, but the structure that a cause provides to rudderless urban youths in any society.
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This book tells the story of a rather 'normal' Dutch boy, who gets struck by life more and more into bewildering. At the end in his desparation he sees no other solution than totally destroying his own life and that of his loved ones. However I did not feel any sympathy for his actions, I understood completely how he came to do what he did. I felt for him, though.
Not only a wonderful story, but also a warning for a lot of people. One can be pushed too hard!
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