February 6th, 2003

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Alstein - Axel Chanis (02-052)

Alstein - Axel Chanis (02-052)

For a couple of years this novel has been waiting on my shelves for me to read. And I have to admit, I had it down under the C. The title of the book and the author were the other way around of what I first thought. If I remember well I found it in the sale of a discount bookshop. A cheap book even cheaper then. Still, during the christmas holidays it was a nice book to read inbetween other tasks. 55 pages, never dull.

Alstein apparently is called Marc van Alstein. Flemish, poet. I had never heard of him. This novel is about a love that remains unanswered. Or is it? Is our main character the classic rebound of the young woman, who is still in love with Axel, the one who lend his name to the title. Student life in Antwerp. Is it possible to compete with the memory of the young talented composer, can students actually love or are they still too young to really know what love is. The book gives you more questions than answers. Which, IMHO, is a good thing about a book. No nobel prize for Alstein, but he wrote a good book.