Nederlands (Dutch)Stories


I read much less than I would like to, and if I do read a book, it mostly is non-fiction. I think the dividing line between fiction and non-fiction is vague. I very much love descriptions of other societies than ours, that even if they're made up from a to z are presented as being 'real.' There is a list of inspiring literature on the subject of geofiction here.
     Some of my favourite writers of fiction are Franz Kafka and Willem Elsschot. I have read the complete works by the both of them, and I think all is in the range from beautiful to brilliant. Lately I'm impressed by Dimitri Verhulst.
     Myths and sagas fascinate me, for instance the Gilgameš-epic, the Edda, the Egyptian book of the dead, the Kalevala, Ovid's Metamorphoses, the Te-Tao Ching, and many others.

Laura reads

Laura reads a lot more than I do.

Graphic novels

I do not like the description 'graphic novel' very much. It sounds too pretentious to me. But I dislike the American word 'cartoons' even more (that implies that it is one big laugh, or that it is just a story about supermen), so I'll stick with 'graphic novel.'
     In graphic novels I love the first four stories about Giuseppe Bergman by Milo Manara, HP en Giuseppe Bergman (1982), Een schrijver op zoek naar zes personages (1983), Dies Irae (1984) and Dromen Misschien (1989). I think the series about Max Fridman by Vittorio Giardino is very beautiful, especially Hongaarse Rapsodie (1982). I also find the series Donald Duck very inspiring (especially the stories written by Carl Barks and those by Keno Don Rosa), and also the series Thorgal and the series about the Freak Brothers. I admire Carl Barks because of the far-fetched but still imaginable situations Donald Duck manages to get himself into, and because of the creation of Duckburg and its inhabitants. The series Thorgal by Jean Van Hamme is interesting because in it a society is portrayed in which magic has a common, everyday place, a society that doesn't keep on asking for explanations. The Freak Brothers are hilarious anyhow.

Some of my books

Some of my books. From when Laura and I moved in toghether our books are mixed.


I very much like movies with a story that put the viewers on the wrong track. I like for instance movies by Terry Gilliam, Charlie Kaufman and the Coen brothers very much.

Movies I like

Some of the movies I like.

Holiday accounts
Kautenbach, 2022Kautenbach, July 2022
Vaumery, 2022Vaumery, April 2022
Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, 2022Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, April 2022
Dordrecht, 2022Dordrecht, March 2022
Deventer, 2021-2022Deventer, December 2021 and January 2022
Aardenburg, 2021Aardenburg, July and August 2021
Vijlen, 2021Vijlen, March and April 2021
Laren, 2020Laren, August 2020
Alphen, 2020Alphen, July 2020
Schagerbrug, 2019Schagerbrug, December 2019 and January 2020
Kippel, 2019Kippel, June and July 2019
Le Vintéol, 2019Le Vintéol, June 2019
Gondenbrett, 2019Gondenbrett, April and May 2019
Harz, 2018Harz, August 2018
Glastonbury, 2018Glastonbury, June and July 2018
Mull, 2018Mull, April and May 2018
Grandhan, 2018Grandhan, March and April 2018
Portugal, 2017Portugal, August and September 2017
Slovenia and Italy, 2017Slovenia and Italy, April and May 2017
Wales, 2016Wales and England, July and August 2016
Bad Brückenau and Berlin, 2016Bad Brückenau and Berlin, April and May 2016
Tuscany, 2015Ticino and Tuscany, August 2015
Ghent, 2015Ghent, March 2015
Burgbrohl, 2014Eifel and IJssel, December 2014
Auvergne, 2014Auvergne and Black Forest, July and August 2014
Terschelling, 2014Terschelling, July 2014
Gaast, 2014Gaast, April and May 2014
Dordogne, 2013Dordogne and Mosel, August 2013
England, 2013England, April and May 2013 (holiday account)
England, 2013England, April and May 2013 (more photos)
Mosel and Eifel, 2012Mosel and Eifel, August 2012
Italy, 2012Italy, July 2012
Scotland, 2012Scotland, April and May 2012 (holiday account)
Scotland, 2012Scotland, April and May 2012 (more photos)
Zeeland, 2012Zeeland, March 2012
Westerlee, 2012Westerlee, February 2012
Como, 2011Como, November 2011
Petriano, 2011Venice and Petriano, July and August 2011 (holiday account)
Petriano, 2011Venice and Petriano, July and August 2011 (more photos)
Xhoffraix, 2011Xhoffraix, April 2011
Portugal, 2010Portugal, December 2010 and January 2011 (holiday account)
Portugal, 2010Portugal, December 2010 and January 2011 (more photos)
Hall's Green, 2010Hall's Green, September 2010
Lake Garda, 2010Lake Garda and France, July and August 2010
Zeeland, 2010Zeeland, May 2010
Bruges, 2009Bruges, October 2009
Spain, 2009France, Andorra and Spain, July and August 2009
Bergen, 2009Bergen, May 2009
Ireland, 2009Ireland, March and April 2009
England, 2008England, July 2008
Enkirch, 2008Enkirch, April and May 2008
France, 2007France, Italy and Switzerland, August 2007
Luxembourg and Val Sinestra, 2007Luxembourg and Val Sinestra, May 2007
Iens, 2006Iens, November 2006
Ardèche, 2005Ardèche and Bédoin, July 2005
Morocco, 2004Morocco, July 2004
Romania and Turkey, 1992Romania and Turkey, Summer holiday 1992
Lissabon, 1986Lisbon, Summer holiday 1986
Van lezen schrijvenVan lezen schrijven (only in Dutch)
De waan van het etmaalDe waan van het etmaal (only in Dutch)

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