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In my father's garden
In my father's garden | Jan Siebelink
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Winner of the 2005 AKO Literatuurprijs - a true Dutch bestseller Translated by Liz Waters Throughout his long career Jan Siebelink has brought to life dozens of characters, yet never before has he come as close to his own roots as in this new novel. In My Fathers Garden is the gripping story of a father-son relationship, in which the father becomes obsessed by a fire-and-brimstone Calvinism. Hans Sievez has a profoundly religious experience at a decisive moment in his life. He is convinced he has been in direct contact with God. During the ensuing quest for eternal life, he loses control over himself, and his contact with his surroundings. This ultimately threatens his marriage and his relationship with his two sons. The local Calvinist congregation increases its power over him. Jan Siebelink describes the battle of a man who is no match for the irrational persuasions of faith. In My Fathers Garden is a moving novel of a love that is gradually overwhelmed, but will never disappear. `In Dutch I have never read a novel so pure and therefore written so well. He deserves all the prizes we have this year.' -Vrij Nederland
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This is the heartbreaking story of the gradual but unstoppable slipping of a wounded man, who flees into the darkest Calvinism and the pain this causes in his immediate environment. It‘s also the story of the love between a man who lives for the hereafter, and a woman who wants to live now.

This is one of my favorite Dutch novels and I can recommend it for #ReadingEurope2020 (soon to be announced by @Librarybelle and me‼️)
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erzascarletbookgasm ReadingEurope2020? Sounds exciting! 4w
Cinfhen Woohoo!!! Can‘t wait for #ReadingEurope2020 and HAPPY BIRTHDAY 🎉🎈🎂🎁 💋🍷 4w
Hooked_on_books Hooray for ReadingEurope2020! I shall be signing up. I‘ve already started to comb through some of my books and reshelve them so I can find some options more easily when the time comes. 👏🏼 4w
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JennyM Happy birthday lovely! Hope you have a wonderful day x 😘 4w
Kalalalatja #ReadingEurope2020 sounds just like something that could motivate me to read more! 👏 4w
TrishB Happy birthday 🎉🎉 enjoy your day. 4w
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Cathythoughts #ReadingEurope2020 sounds really interesting... Id like to give it a try .... will watch out for your announcements 👍🏻❤️ 4w
LauraBrook Happy birthday!!! Have a wonderful day! ❤️ 4w
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Librarybelle Hooray! Great recommendation for next year. Happy Birthday!! I got your email and will make the changes later on today. 😁 4w
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BarbaraBB @BookishTrish This one is very good too. 16h
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