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Feb 07, Eric Boot rated it it was amazing. I admire the attempt to examine the effects of cognitive decline in the first person. This is poignantly executed, until his decline is too great to make sense of anything.

The reader is also disconnected at this point, and I felt the story would have had even greater impact I admire the attempt to examine the effects of cognitive decline in the first person.

The reader is also disconnected at this point, and I felt the story would have had even greater impact had the rambling ended the way it did, but much sooner.

A brisk, well-written read. Aug 15, Suzan Suus Leest rated it really liked it. From my blog 3. As an English translation does exist, I feel justified writing this review in English. It should however be noted that I could not find an English copy online below pounds. Out of Mind centres around year-old Maarten who figures out he has been having trouble remembering lately. This story beautifully describes his and his wife's struggle with getting older.

As this is quite a short From my blog 3. As this is quite a short book, it will be no surprise I read this book within 24 hours. At one point, around page , I put it down as it was time to go to bed. However, it took me a while to disconnect with the fictional world, and mostly the protagonist. For some reason I remained in his mindset for some time, thinking I was the one with dementia. I clearly understand this sounds crazy, but I guess the only thing I can conclude from that is how phenomenal this author writes.

It has been a while since I've been so engrossed in a novel - identifying with a character so much while he is so completely unlike me. When I continued reading in the morning, it felt different. Because of Maarten's change in character, I felt completely disconnected, and although of course I cared for him, I could no longer feel the empathy I felt the previous night. It took much effort to get through the last pages mainly due to the writing style. Now I understand that this can easily be some literary device: the author allowing us to detach from the protagonist just like a.

He does to himself, and b. The world around him does. However, it did drag on too long for me considering the full length of the story. Therefore, rather than rating it 4 stars, it'll have to do with 3.

Dec 26, Gabriel rated it it was amazing Shelves: Memory, one could say, is our psychological cornerstone: it defines who we are and will become. It allows us to function with coherency in everday life. But what happens when memory becomes unreliable, or worse, deteriorates? It charts the mental decline of Maarten, a year-old Dutch expat living in the US with his wife and dog.

Bernlef's novel depicts with raw brutality the process of dementia. It is unflinch Memory, one could say, is our psychological cornerstone: it defines who we are and will become. It is unflinching. Its demonstration of the destruction dementia can wreck on the individual, not merely in the story it tells which is moving, poignant, any other emotional descriptive you can think of but in the novel's structure: frequently breaking the narrative, increasingly so as the novel continues; the prose first-person present tense often repeats points already discussed, or ignores them completely Maarten will sometimes wonder who someone is, after just being introduced , but this is never done in a manner that is clunky or obtuse, but rather it feels natural and demonstrative of the novel's themes.

In many ways, Out of Mind is possibly one of the greatest novels I've ever read. It is a simple story, but its simplicity lends it an universality that a reader of any age and walk of life can appreciative, as the thematic content has touched the hearts of many. To paraphrase Joyce, "If I can get to the heart of one man, I can get to the heart of all men.

It is not often that I finish a book in one go. Hersenschimmen is a story about a man called Maarten who lived in the Netherlands, in a city called Alkmaar. So far this book could've been about me! The main character moved to Boston at some point in his life and when the story begins we find Maarten retired in his home at the age of This is not a happy story. In fact, it is a rather sad one.

Maarten is suffering from the early stages of dementia. It starts innocent enough with him forgetting It is not often that I finish a book in one go. It starts innocent enough with him forgetting to get some firewood from the shack.

After a while it goes from bad to worse, until the inevitable tragic end of the story. The story is very well written. Bernlef has a talent for writing beautiful sentences that seem to come alive in thought, rather than in speech. Also, you can really feel the love between Maarten and his wife of 50 years Vera. It is heartbreaking to read how Maarten forgets all their beautiful memories and basically his own life.

I think this book tells the story of one of the biggest nightmares any human has. To lose ones mind and get lost in a dense maze of illogical chaos of memories, leaving the body an empty shell. Death would be the milder choice Highly recommended for anyone. View all 4 comments. Jun 13, Romi Romi Reads rated it it was amazing Shelves: in-my-possession. I notice, while trying to come up with words to describe my feelings towards this story, that I just don't know the words to describe what I felt while reading it.

I got goosebumps, that's for sure, and I felt sad and scared. After I finished it, I just sat with the book in my lap, staring into the void and also at my boyfriend. I can't imagine losing the memories we built together. I can't imagine not being able to recognise him anymore.


Out Of Mind

Maarten Klein, a Dutchman who has emigrated to the US, suddenly realizes he is losing grip on his once so familiar life, whether he likes it or not. Surrounded by a landscape filling up with snow it appears all tracks are being erased as he witnesses how reality is coming apart at the seams into chunks of isolated observations. Language appears to be the only remedy he has to give sense to all these fragmentary impressions. That is why he names as meticulously as he can, all that he thinks, feels and sees. So too, had his father noted down the air temperatures in carefully kept graphs, in search of a system that must somehow lie behind the facts. The quickly deteriorating Maarten knows there have always been explanations as to the facts of his life, but now he can no longer reach them.



Bernlef , was a Dutch writer, poet, novelist and translator, much of whose work centres on mental perception of reality and its expression. He won numerous literary awards, including the Constantijn Huygens Prize in and the P. Hooft Award in , both of which were for his work as a whole. Marsman was born on 14 January in Sint Pancras and worked in a number of genres under a variety of pseudonyms, which included Ronnie Appelman, J. Grauw, Cas den Haan, S. There had already been a well-known Dutch poet named Hendrik Marsman who had died in , so this Marsman preferred to take the name of an 8th-century blind Frisian poet named Bernlef as his chief nom de plume.


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