English and Dutch books you should read (part II)
Curated by Paulien Cornelisse
'The first poem I ever read by Ingmar Heytze was on the back of the VPRO Gids. I was still a kid, but I caught myself thinking as an adult: I should remember this name for later, and here the opportunity has arisen.' — Paulien Cornelisse
'A book about the future, in which nature on earth only occurs in reserves. This sounds rather dystopian but there is also a very hopeful element in this story, which I will not reveal. But let me just say that it has to do with communication.' — Paulien Cornelisse
'I think this is the finest collection of Van het Reve essays there is. In every essay he analyzes a widely held belief. For example: At Philips they could make a lamp that burns for years, but they don't, because then they won't sell any more. Very rational but also funny, Van het Reve explains why this is nonsense.' — Paulien Cornelisse
'I have read The Bureau with great pleasure. Voskuil's alter ego Maarten Koning describes how he functions as an office slave in the micro-society of Het Bureau. In De Buurman we read how Maarten is actually caught up in complicated social situations at home. Because they now take place at home, they feel even more inescapable than in Het Bureau.' — Paulien Cornelisse
'Photo comics are mostly swoony romantic stories from the 1970s and 1980s. Ype Driessen takes the entire genre to a higher level with an autobiographical photographic novel. He analyzes his own fears and neuroses in a very funny way. I think this book is unique in the world.' — Paulien Cornelisse
'A nice collection of summer stories. Van Lonkhuyzen observes in such a surprising manner that I read the book in one sitting. Also important: I think it's the only adult book that comes with a sticker sheet.' — Paulien Cornelisse
'For me a recent, but memorable discovery. George Saunders' short stories often have an interesting form but the story that they tell is always good.' — Paulien Cornelisse
'One of my favourite writers and I think this is her best book. A presentation of short stories written so naturally that I think: she must have experienced this herself, otherwise she wouldn't write it like that. However that's not true, she can just write really well.' — Paulien Cornelisse
'A true story about a British politician who is destroyed over a homosexual affair - which is still illegal in England in the 1960s. There is also a good mini-series of this book (starring Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw) however this book is even better. In an often humorous way, Preston describes how the world is connected by clumsiness and coincidences.' — Paulien Cornelisse
'A wonderful essay by Carl Wilson, who hates Celine Dion. Since Dion is extremely popular worldwide, he tries to investigate how it is possible that he cannot feel the love for her. It is a beautiful and touching attempt to examine his own snobbery. In the meantime, you also learn a lot about the phenomenon Celine Dion and immediately question all your own examples of "good taste".' — Paulien Cornelisse
The sequel to the bestseller Taal is really my thing. And then there is more than the title suggests. The successor to Taal is really my thing (2009) is again full of useless, yet amusing analyzes of our language use. This is not a P.S. but an update.
Language is really my thing is the mega-bestseller by Paulien Cornelisse with equally hilarious and recognizable observations about our language use.
Cavia works in the Communication department. In short humorous chapters, we get to know her and her colleagues. Stella from Human Resources. Ruud the creepy head of the finance department. And Harm-Jan from the IT department, who has been keeping a tamagotchi alive since 1999. The Confused Guinea Pig is a funny and moving book, indispensable for anyone who has ever had colleagues or perhaps still has them.