Guus Bosman

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Here I keep track of some of the books that I've read, often with a short review and some personal thoughts. These are only a selection since I read a lot more books for work.

I like to read book in their original languages where possible: French, German, Dutch, English and I even read three books in Bulgarian. Here is the list of books I'd like to read. See also books about technology or management, and my all-time favorite books.

I'm an engineer, and enjoy science fiction novels. Some of my favorite authors are Vernor Vinge, Terry Pratchett and LE Modesitt Jr. No overview of my reading habits would be complete without mentioning The Economist -- I love that magazine.

Books below are in order of date read; this overview starts in October 2002.



This book was a bit too much,a little over the top. Wasn't a bad read but not continuing with parts two and three of the trilogy. I don't typically read thrillers, maybe beach vacations excepted.


Nederland leest de mooiste korte verhalen

As I was going through the list of Dutch books I want to read, the 2015 book of Nederland Leest came up. Short stories -- not really what I wanted. It was a good collection, with some real gems in it, but I really wanted to read a longer novel. Anyway, as always, the stories by Nescio were amazing and I should reread his work: "Ik zit op den berg en kijk in het dal der plichten."

A.L. Snijders

Het Zwijgen van Maria Zachea

Beautifully constructed family history about a family after World War II and all the changes that happened. It's breathtaking for me sometimes, to read family histories like these, with the happy and sad moments of life, and the passage of time.

Judith Koelemeijer

De Wandelaar

A nice book about a Dutch retiree living in Paris, who comes into contact with refugees and poor people during a tumultuous time in the city. The Parisian atmosphere is present from the first page. The mysterious dog and the priest are interesting characters, as is the main character.

It was a good read but not as strong as, for example, Publieke Werken.

Adriaan van Dis

Het leven is vurrukkulluk

This was an okay book for me. Nihilistic, hedonistic, without much hope, it gave a fairly depressing view of live in Amsterdam in the 1960s. I reminded me a bit about Dubbelspel, in the way the characters go through live.

Remco Campert


Story of a the lives of four men, and their women, who are playing a game of domino in a yard in Curacao.

I like the structure of the book -- well organized -- though the ending was a bit abrupt. But a pleasant read. The book deals with differences in rich/poor, white/blank, and racial relationship on an island with a long history. It wasn't always pleasant to read about the lives of the lower-class people, which surely was the point of the author.

I read this just a week after coming back from St Maarten.

Frank Martinus Arion

Publieke Werken

What an incredible book. The structure and the composition and the language... just beautiful.

I actually started reading this book a few years ago and couldn't get past the sad passages about a young women in the Bennemin family. The book is that compelling -- it makes you feel for some of the characters, deeply.

The main characters Vedder and Anijs are complicated figures, not very sympatetic most time and definitely very flawed men. The author described their inner thinking so well.

The book turned into a real page turner for me. I was so curious to see what happened at the end, and if the immigrants would make it to America.

Loved this book.

Thomas Rosenboom


A beautiful book about the friendship of two boys, and the political changes and liberation of Indonesia.

I have known the title of this book for along time and it always intimated me. I was worried it would be as difficult as Multatuli. But in fact this was a quick and easy read.

Hella Haassen

Erik of het klein insektenboek

I've had a copy of this book in my bookshelf for years, and finally found some time to read it a few months ago. It's a short, nostalgic sort of book. My father read it to me when I was little. I had forgotten the story line but the atmosphere I had not. Beautiful.

Godfried Bomans

The Moon Is Down

I read this while sitting on the porch in Hot Springs, VA while drinking a glass of merlot. Fantastic book, obviously, it being a Steinbeck. The edition I have here didn't have a summary or even a tagline so I didn't know anything about the book. With Steinbeck, that doesn't matter.

John Steinbeck


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