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The Discovery of Heaven begins with the meeting of Onno and Max two complicated individuals whom fate has mysteriously and magically brought together They. What stayed with me over the years after reading this brick of a novel on just about every philosophical uestion any man has ever asked himself intentionally choosing gender here by the way was a vague envy of the angels observing humankind while it is struggling in the dark They KNOW while we have to guess What a disadvantage that gives us Do they exist No clue for humanity so all the power remains with those who know they exist It struck me that if I were a believer in Christian myths I would have to hold a very deeply rooted grudge against the power play of the divine creatures in chargeAs an educator I have learned to lead by giving support and by showing those in my care why I am expecting what I am expecting at what speed my students are supposed to develop and with what tools they are supposed to work I have learned to build a scaffold around the learning process to give clear and logical guidance and anxiety free space for making mistakes Well those heavenly creatures with a lot power than I will ever be able to use in a classroom are doing the exact oppositeThey play and manipulate and enjoy the stupidity of those kept in deliberate limbo No my dear angels you are little devilsDiscovering heaven means appreciating our faulty earth

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Re all such uests begin and end Abounding in philosophical psychological and theological inuiries yet laced with humour that is as infectious as it is wilf. REVIEW FROM 2005Long and extremely complex novel very hard to categorise and incredibly wide ranging and ambitiousWomanising astronomer Max Delius son of a Nazi collaborator who had his Jewish wife Max s mother killed note this is almost autobiographical as Mulisch had a Jewish maternal family killed in camps and a collaborator father meets by chance with absent minded linguist Onno uist son of an ex Prime Minister and the two strike up a deep almost exclusive friendship which they only open to musician Ada Brons Ada has a child actually by Max having had a relationship first with Max and then Onno although all characters believe it is probably by Onno When Ada is put into an irreversible coma in a car crash Max is seduced by her mother Sophia and racked with guilt that he might be the child s natural father he proposes successfully that the two of them bring up the child Max is eventually killed by an asteroid when he realises an apparent error in astronomical data and further the errors which mean special relativity and uantum mechanics breakdown in the fraction of a time after the big bang could in fact be explained by another body the implication is heavenWhat seems like chance to the characters most particularly the meeting of Max and Onno is in fact carefully choreographed by unnamed beings the implication is that they are angels one junior and the other very senior Through their discussions we find that humanity via Francis Bacon made a pact with the devil in which he gave them scientific progress Gradually they have taken on most of the powers of God and his angels the last remaining area being the ability to create life itself which with the decoding of DNA underway is imminent Accordingly and this only really emerges in the later stages God has decided to remove the 10 Commandments from earth and take them back to heaven and then leave earth to its own devices MaxOnno have a remarkable friendship they seem to believe they are super men and spark each other in many forms of religiouspoliticalmoralphilosophical musings including a trip to Cuba to watch Ada play in a cultural programme where they accidentally become delegates at a international subversiveterrorist conference this conference eventually costs Onno his place in a coalition government years later as well as being where uentin is conceivedThe part where uentin grows up with MaxSophia in an eclectic mix of characters in a set of flats built into an old castle is the hardest to follow and least enjoyable I found it hard to differentiate the characters or understand the many artistic musings Onno goes into hiding when his political career is ruined and Max then dies and uentin decides to seek out OnnoLast part of the book is the uest of Ouentin firstly to find his father and then to locate a mysterious Citadel he sees in his dreams While exploring Rome he concludes that the ten commandments were not in fact lost but were removed from the temple at Jerusalem by the Romans and then stored in a church in Rome He then locates the two tablets and returns them to Jerusalem Part contains much on history of church architecture of Rome and Jerusalem but is interestingREVIEW FROM 2008The book is compelling and in fact at times breathtaking in its sheer scope and bewildering array of ideas the only criticism that can be made is that in presenting Onno Max and uentin s intellect as beyond normal a fact confirmed by the angels he is effectively crediting himself the real author of their ideas with the same genius This time around the castle part although still a little disorientating is important as the cast of characters there gives uentin the essential education he needs art history languages architecture archaeology even lock picking both to envisage and complete his task In retrospect having heard Mulisch speak on Siegfried the theme of the holocaust but beyond that and very specifically the person of Hitler is ever present in the bookAlso in the light of having read Martin Goodman s Rome and Jerusalem The Clash of Ancient Civilizations the final part and the detail on both cities becomes the culmination of the book it is meant to be

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Share responsibility for the birth of a remarkable and radiant boy who embarks on a mandated uest that takes the reader all over Europe and to the land whe. An ambitious book Intending to cover EVERYTHING So the main characters are all polymaths well read but otherwise shallow symbols really And they re male too Oh there are females characters but they conceive and then get felled by a lightning struck tree or they sneak in a younger man s bedroom and then leave in the morning without speaking Although in gender fairness a male can be sitting about to uncover the secret to the universe and a meteorite comes out of the sky and pulverizes himSorry I m just bitter because the Pittsburgh Pirates yesterday clinched their record setting 20th consecutive losing season And then there s the whole Ryder Cup thingThis book had than a few wonderful moments A father asks his son Do you believe in God uintenNever thought about it What about youThis morphs into a perfect comparison of two similar sentences defining the difference between an agnostic I don t believe that God exists and an atheist I believe that God does not exist Never uite thought about it that simplyUltimately I thought the plot couldn t keep up with the lofty ambition of the bookThey go searching searching searching for the true the only answer the key to unlock it all It s drumroll please the uh Ark of the Covenant and the Ten Commandments Raiders of the Lost Ark but without the whip and the snakes But c mon The whip and the snakes were the best part


About the Author: Harry Mulisch

Harry Kurt Victor Mulisch along with WF Hermans and Gerard Reve is considered one of the Great Three of Dutch postwar literature He has written novels plays essays poems and philosophical reflectionsMulisch was born in Haarlem and lived in Amsterdam since 1958 following the death of his father in 1957 Mulisch's father was from Austria Hungary and emigrated to the Netherlands after the



10 thoughts on “De ontdekking van de hemel

  1. says:

    What stayed with me over the years after reading this brick of a novel on just about every philosophical uestion any man has ever asked himsel

  2. says:

    I wish there was some way I could get all the time I invested in this ridiculous masturbation session of a novel

  3. says:

    Before starting this review I went back and looked at what other books I’ve dismissed with a single star Very few it turns out I’m reluctant to be so disparaging unless the book has been deeply unpleasant to read and I wish that I had not had the experience of reading it So yes that’s right Twilight gets two stars and this gets one Isn’t that a statement?I had high expectations I was thrilled to find that the previous read

  4. says:

    An ambitious book Intending to cover EVERYTHING So the main characters are all polymaths well read but otherwise shallow symbols really And they're male too Oh there are females characters but they conceive and then get felled by a lightning s

  5. says:

    A highlight of Dutch literature but a bit uneven in uality The first 400 pages are sublime especially in the drawing of the love triangle Onno Ada Max Every page is a gem and the situation sketches sometimes are very ingenious But then the stor

  6. says:

    Ok so I was incredibly excited to read this book It's one of those books I've put off for a couple of years to 'savour' the excitement I began reading and was immediately disappointed with the contrived and forcefully formal dialectic and narrative in both the prologue between two overtly sexist angels and chapter one I decided t

  7. says:

    No mere summary could cover the depths to be found within this novel Trying to summarize it would not give justice to it's brilliance and complexity It is not a book to be taken lightly as it reuires time to be set aside for

  8. says:

    REVIEW FROM 2005Long and extremely complex novel – very hard to categorise and incredibly wide ranging and ambitiousWomanising astronomer Max Delius son of a Nazi collaborator who had his Jewish wife – Max’s mother –

  9. says:

    I briefly toyed with giving this two stars given the degree of difficulty Mulisch takes on in this tome I settled on 1 star because the book pissed me off in so many ways There were the glaring errors begging for a decent editor eg the claim that 60 million Jews were killed in WWII which appears in multiple editions There was the didactic pedantic explanation of basic science concepts including those peripheral to the story There

  10. says:

    730 pages of time that I will never have backNot only was the book pretentious it was also poorly written Perhaps the translation is to blame as I read it in English Whatever the source the English text was choppy un inventive repetitive and cliché Mulisch's overuse of similes is nauseatingThe dialogue was also suspect Instead of realistic it seemed the types of smart retort one thinks of only after an argument has concludedI'm at a loss a

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