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  1. Marc Marc says:

    To me 'Rituals' is the best Nooteboom I've read so far Compared to his early work this is a return to realism but still with touches of alienation and absurdity in line with Sartre and other existentialists The starting point is not really uplifting a failed attempt by protagonist Inni Wintrop to commit suicide In the next parts we go back in time and see how he is confronted with different characters who try to give the absurdity of life some sense Father Romuald through Catholic rituals Arnold Taads through an extremely orderly way of life aunt Therese through a Burgundian life style and Philip Taads through eastern asceticism With his scepticism Inni Wintrop can see through the reductionism of the others and reject their choice He eventually seems to accept the world and the limitations of the human condition But is this a lasting attitude? 'Rituals' is vintage Nooteboom with a clear philosophical and existentialist focus


  2. M. Sarki M. Sarki says:

    immediately I entered a world not of my making and willingly allowed myself to engage the characters within the covers and become somewhat a friend to them My personal allowances were not wasted as good fortune greeted me at every turn the novel made Cees Nooteboom begins this work with a bit of a disparaging look upon his main character Inni Wintrop Though Inni failed at his own suicide his only marriage and avoided a working career sufficiently respectable and typical of the times he was instead vastly superior at dabbling Because of a small but suitable allowance provided by his aunt in which to live uite modestly Inni was free to enjoy his daily chance encounters with all sorts of eccentric and passionate individuals and allow life to challenge and confuse others in order that Inni himself might be entertained and educated in countless waysSurprises happen almost on every other page and Nooteboom writes in a manner relaxed and conversational in tone The novel was a joy to read and nothing in our realm of human nature was deemed off limits to discussion and further inuiry To list these delightful turns would take away some of the excitement in discovering them for yourselves as the novel progresses to its fateful end Every character is easily imagined by the reader and the enrichment in meeting new and enlightening people enriched my periods with them so much so that it was certainly painful to lose them in time to a sort of death that one cannot escape portending for oneself in the frame of a life hoped to be unanimously agreeable and worth living I cannot encourage enough the reading of this fine little book for all who take life seriously and for certain others of us who always seem to wish for no matter the size of our serving


  3. Ruta Ruta says:

    Man is a sad mammal that combs its hair


  4. Stephen Durrant Stephen Durrant says:

    This book baffles me Cees Nooteboom is a Dutch writer who is sometimes touted for the Noble Prize I've read only one of his books before The Following Story which I liked a great deal Rituals is often considered to bebetter But it did not engage me much and I'm not sure that I really understood it Here's a try Amsterdam the backdrop for this story in three parts each separated from the other by about ten years is a place of maximum freedom where one can wander aimlessly and do pretty much what one likes without serious social conseuences In the midst of such an unstructured world one is tempted to move in exactly the opposite direction constructing a life of rigid personalized rituals Two characters in this novel have done just that The first makes a fetish of schedules The ostensibly meaningless hours are structured in the most structured fashion so that life repeats in exactly the same pattern each day The second organizes his entire existence around the Japanese tea ceremony Perhaps Nooteboom is saying that the rejection of religion and social form symbolized by Amsterdam breeds a counter movement toward extreme organization and ritual Okay nifty Now maybe I can read something with a bit of a plot Sorry to be so anti postmodernist


  5. Lauren Albert Lauren Albert says:

    A strange brilliantly written book Like other reviewers have said there were so many passages that I wanted to save which is remarkable for such a short novel Do not go to this novel for plot but if you like philosophical fiction and great writing you will enjoy this


  6. Jonfaith Jonfaith says:

    Jesus all I do is think about books films and those elections I read about in the Guardian and Economist I think about Rituals often it must be radical I know Maybe I should admit my affectation for espresso and the Premier League


  7. Rein Rein says:

    At the end of the first part I thought this will probably be a three star book After the second I was uite sure it will get five And the final part pushed it down to four This is a story of two men seen through the eyes of a third two men very similar and yet absolutely the opposites of each other both trying to organize their lives around an axis of sorts a fundamental principle derived from the values they hold dear and their life experience The third man is very different from both of them we might even say the opposite of what both of them share in spite of their differences and thus the perfect narrator As long as the story seemed to be about him it did not really get going Nooteboom is a fantastic stylist very precise What I probably like most about his writing is his ability to blend the visual and the verbal a certain photographic dimension of how he articulates things no wonder photography features prominently also as a topic of his works And yet it is not imagistic at all but plays with multiple layers of language and the inner tensions of the characters all of them memorable and believableSo why not the five stars after all? The last part of the book is strongly involved with Japanese culture and I can't say Nooteboom's take on it goes very far beyond the touristic even though the pretention is there An expert on Asian art makes stupid blunders in speaking about it and someone arranging his life around the philosophy of Zen also occasionally drops platitudes about it that are not meant to be such As a prolific travel writer Nooteboom has experienced many cultures and also visited Japan another novel of his Mokusei even takes place there but unfortunately hasn't managed to avoid exoticizing its thought and culture in a way that is slightly irritating In all fairness this is me speaking in 2018 about a novel first published in 1980 when cultural conventions were uite different and Japan for many still the mysterious Other Well that's how it is All in all a fantastic writer and a faboulous read and also a reminder that no one can escape the imprints of their era


  8. Michael Michael says:

    Another one of those books whose own moments of brilliance justify–I say–my inclination to set the bar unjustifiably high and so falls short Rituals lacks little than ambition Strangely it seems this thin book would benefit from being either a bit shorter or indefinitely longer By that I mean by my estimation there is a lull or two that a harsher critic than I could deem ‘filler’ inside a small incisive book and ‘structural’ inside a substantial one Take em out; or go bigger Nonetheless an irregrettable good and uick read with a decent smattering of the seemingly reuisite Nooteboom ingredients of death and philosophy as worked through the passing pages of a lifetime


  9. christopher leibow christopher leibow says:

    I found this book on a lark in a used bookstore Dark funny painfully honest and extremely intuitive Plenty of lines to commit to memory A wonderfully serendipitous find I will reread this book many times


  10. Jos Jos says:

    Inni Wintrop is an aimless wanderer through life and alter ego of Nooteboom Rituals follows him in three distinct parts starting out in 1963 introducing him as the narrator at the age of 30 just having been left by his wife Hence he tries to commit suicide but fails miserably The novel then jumps back to 1953 where Inni meets Arnold Taads and finally in 1973 he meets Arnold's son PhilipIt's a modern variation on Hesse's Narziss und Goldmund focussing on Goldmund's respectively Inni's part The Taads symbolize Narziss the orderly almost monasterial style of life Although father and son didn't know each other they both independently have drawn the same misanthropic conclusions about mankind and withdrawn from others to find salvation in reclusion finally dissolving themselves in suicideI discovered this book by coincidence in the 90's when it was sold off As Narziss und Goldmund it struck a cord with me the pessimistic view on humans the protagonist leading a life outside the conventions of society that you have to have a plan and make a career repeatedly spontaneous sex Not that it was my life at that time but it describes a life most male twentysomethings would want to liveRereading it than 10 years later my view on Inni Wintrop is distanced It's no life any I would want to live What's still great are the deep insights into humanity and the original descriptions of characters or concepts It asks important uestions Is there a meaning in what we are doing every day the rituals we practice without even noticing them? What is the meaning of life does everything end up in a void? Nooteboom covers all facets of life that have importance religion philosophy relationships art As far as I can judge he's taking camp within the faction of existentialismJust to give one example why I can still relate to this book when Philip introduces Inni to Raku pottery this is leading to a contemplation of life's possibilities when being fourty Inni is too defined by his experiences and his cultural identity is already formed to give him a valid frame of reference or even a chance to seriously form one Coincidentally Thousand Cranes by Kawabata whom I've read for the first time last month is mentioned in this context defining my next book to tackle Following my first read I sought out other Nooteboom novels but none of them managed to build up a connection as this one did The Following Story was enjoyable All Souls' Day was a boring drag


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Rituelen [Reading] ➿ Rituelen By Cees Nooteboom – Buyprobolan50.co.uk Cees Nooteboom legt in seinem Erfolgsroman heiter und melancholisch Zeugnis ab von der weltschaffenden Kraft seines souveränen leichten wie philosophischen Erzählens seiner Fähigkeit das Sein zum S Cees Nooteboom legt in seinem Erfolgsroman heiter und melancholisch Zeugnis ab von der weltschaffenden Kraft seines souveränen leichten wie philosophischen Erzählens seiner Fähigkeit das Sein zum Schein und den Schein zum Sein zu verwandelnInni Wintrop will sich selbst töten weil er in seinem Horoskop prophezeit hatte seine Frau werde mit einem anderen durchbrennen und er der ja Löwe war würde dann Selbstmord begehen Doch wie der Tod so spielt der Strick reißt.