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the Complete Review
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Bonita Avenue

Peter Buwalda

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Title: Bonita Avenue
Author: Peter Buwalda
Genre: Novel
Written: 2010 (Eng. 2014)
Length: 536 pages
Original in: Dutch
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  • Dutch title: Bonita Avenue
  • Translated by Jonathan Reeder

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Why we haven't reviewed it yet:

Fun but unwieldy; too impatient with its back-and-forth storytelling

Chances that we will review it:


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Review Summaries
Source Rating Date Reviewer
The Independent . 17/4/2014 James Kidd
The Telegraph A 22/4/2014 Anthony Cummins
The Times . 26/4/2014 Kate Saunders
Die Zeit A 5/3/2013 Peter Henning

  From the Reviews:
  • "Buwalda, like many contemporary novelists working in the school of hyper-realism, artfully embeds his digressive narrative technique into the story itself. (...) For the most part, however, its claustrophobic fictional universe feels curiously, and pleasingly, old-fashioned. (...) No one is especially likeable, but Buwalda knows how to tease his reader with addictive story lines." - James Kidd, The Independent

  • "(A) new writer as toe-curling as early Roth, as roomy as Franzen and as caustic as Houellebecq. Donít let me forget to mention Jonathan Reederís note-perfect English translation" - Anthony Cummins, The Telegraph

  • "Buwalda hat ein Buch geschrieben, das gerade durch seine bewusste Weiterdrehung des Erzählens und Nachdenkens über Familie ins Irrwitzige, ja Irrationale und Groteske jene tiefliegenden Wahrheiten ans Tageslicht holt, an die mit traditionellen Erzählmitteln bislang offenbar nicht heran zu kommen war. Das macht es groß und unerhört." - Peter Henning, Die Zeit

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About the Author:

       Dutch author Peter Buwalda was born in 1971.

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