Review: De dochter by Jessica Durlacher

 Book review | De dochter by Jessica Durlacher | 3 stars

De dochter by Jessica Durlacher

Cover illustration: Egon Schiele
Cover design: Rene van der Vooren
Grote Lijsters 2002
ISBN: 90 01 55475 x



Hoe verwerk je de gruwelen van de Tweede Wereldoorlog. Zwijg je erover of will je ze de wereld in smijten. Max Lipschitz, een Amsterdamse uitgever, die een poos in Californie verblijft, is duidelijk de mening toegedaan dat je beter niet te veel over het verleden kunt praten. Zijn vriendin Sabine is een ’uitspreker’, iemand die de oorlogsbellevenissen van haar vader aan iedereen wil vertellen.

Bullet-point review


+ ending
+ shocking events
+ emotional

– beginning/introduction too long
– unclear plot for a long time
– Max (book is from Max’s pov)

Full Review

It takes a while, but at the end of the book it finally becomes clear why the book is called The Daughter. I would say more to this, but unfortunately that would immediately lead me into the land of the spoilers.

The book consists of three parts. The first two parts, in my opinion are too long; I would have liked it if those had been shortened quite a bit, especially the first one. After reading the first part, I still felt like I had no idea what the book was supposed to be about. Was it a romance novel, a ‘first generation after WWII’-novel, or maybe something completely different? It was unclear and the book started to appeal to me less and less.

The third part, the ending of the book, could’ve been longer. I understand why it wasn’t. This was the most interesting part of the book however, and I would’ve enjoyed more of it.

Translations: German, Italian, and Russian.


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