The Discovery of Heaven

The Discovery of Heaven

The Discovery of Heaven begins with the meeting of Onno and Max, two complicated individuals whom fate has mysteriously and magically brought together, They share responsibility for the birth of a remarkable and radiant boy who embarks on a mandated quest that takes the reader all over Europe and to the land where all such quests begin and end. Abounding in philosophical, psychological and theological inquiries - yet laced with humour that is as infectious as it is wilful - The Discovery of Heaven convinces us that it just might be possible to bring order into the chaos of the world through a story.

Title:The Discovery of Heaven
Edition Language:English
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  • Lisa

    What stayed with me over the years after reading this brick of a novel on just about every philosophical question any man has ever asked himself (intentionally choosing gender here, by the way), was a...

  • Amar

    I wish there was some way I could get all the time I invested in this ridiculous masturbation-session of a novel back. Wasted almost two weeks of my summer attempting to wade through this self-aggrand...

  • Robin

    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 deepl...

  • Tony

    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...

  • Marc

    A highlight of Dutch literature, but a bit uneven in quality. 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 sketc...

  • Michael Hall

    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 requir...

  • Cinzia DuBois

    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 cont...

  • Gumble's Yard

    REVIEW FROM 2005Long and extremely complex novel – very hard to categorise and incredibly wide-ranging and ambitious.Womanising astronomer Max Delius (son of a Nazi collaborator who had his Jewish w...

  • Patrick

    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 err...

  • Sanjeev

    730 pages of time that I will never have back.Not 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 (Eng...