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  • Posted January 1, 2009

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    Whatever your beliefs, this book will get you thinking in new ways.

    Harry Mulisch takes on life, the universe, and everything (without apology to any other writer) and creates a giant story that almost makes sense of the crazy universe we live in. With a depth of intrigue and religious mystery that was so sorely missed in pseudo-theological novels (think Dan Brown) and a heartfelt humanity that reminds me of A Prayer for Owen Meany, The Discovery of Heaven is really a discovery and exploration of the basic questions of existence. The eccentric cast of characters, caught up in a world not unlike that of the ancient Greeks, where the Gods toy with humanity for their own selfish ends, struggle to find meaning and purpose in their difficult and expansive lives. The adage "everything happens for a reason" takes on profound theological, psychological, and philosophical depth. Mulisch draws on classical mythology, religion, Freud, and literature to create a story that covers generations, decades, and continents, and at the end, leaves the reader gasping in amazement. There really are more questions than answers in life and to have a skilled novelist convey that message in a story that completely satisfies is a miracle unto itself. READ THIS BOOK!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2001

    Another Harry Mulish masterpiece

    Being Dutch, I read the book in the original language, and being a stupid technician the very intelligent parts were too much... The remaining, understandable parts for my simple soul were brilliant, an astonishing blend of truth and totaly ridiculous fiction. Many things were so very accurate and recogniseable that the fiction is taken along with is. (For me, Dutch politicians, Cuba, and the 1960's dutch decorum) Recommended to read the book BEFORE you go to the movie! Although the book counts about 800 pages, it reads in just a few days, you can't stop!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2000

    enchanting

    I read The Discovery of Heaven with constant delight. Page after page, I was completely charmed and stimulated by the characters, their thoughts, their exchanges and actions. The larger subtext of book (my interpretation only), which examined the intricate relationship and interconnectedness of events and people seemingly far removed from one another, fascinated me from the first moment of the serendipitous meeting of Max and Onno. This is a brilliant ride of a book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2008

    Harry Mulisch is smarter than I am

    This is my favorite book. Since reading this for the first time I have read each of Mulisch's other books, and recently returned to re-read the Discovery of Heaven. I enjoyed the book just as much, if not more, than the first time. Mulisch writes knowledgeably about a wide range of topics, each of which I found absorbing. It is a fulfilling and enjoyable read, and I doubt that I have read it for the last time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2005

    Loved it!

    This is such a beautiful book, everyone should read it and ideally afterwards visit Rome! I found the film slightly disappointing

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