Today one talks often about books, whether red or not. Books are still very popular, although it seems as if the bestsellers of today are less extensive of content then before. A book like Weinkrampf! is a combination of depth and superficiality. The deeper meaning of the story, a survival-trip by boat of a couple jewish people from Amsterdam, meanders itself literally to the last page: to the springs of evil (maybe the first page of Adolf Hitlers Mein Kampf that meanders like sort of second river of hateship through the story). One can read books or one can write about books, that's what Peter Schlemihl does, when he examines in Weinkrampf! the most controversial book from the last century.
The participants of the journey booked by Survival.org al have an outspoken opinion about Dutch politics and the royal house. The new and old members of Orange, the monarchy in all her facets, are the target of scorn and ridicule. The ups and downs of the marriage of Alexander and Maxima are reading like an exciting dedective. For a moment one forgets that's all about our future queen. One is very critical about the current political climate. Alone the episodes about the dead of reform politician Pim Fortuyn are worth reading Weinkrampf!. But sometimes one gets the impression that one can beter talk about books and read about them, then doing this oneself.
Talking about books there is only one possible conclusion concerning the novel Weinkrampf!:
Sensational and Controversial
One can say a lot about books, about the content, the structure of the story or about the headcharacters, but it will the reader who will give his opinion about the quality. First one has to read a book before having an opinion about it. The same goes for the novel Weinkrampf!.
Fortunately the writer Peter Schlemihl makes it easy for us, at least that's what it looks like. Initially the story reads in a very easy way. But after this front of clear, nearly journalistic narrative structure, there is a second kind of literary story, that of the trip to evil on the river "history", meandering through Europe and sailed by the rubber dinghy of Survival.org with as a central theme: politics and monarchy. En route the participants, jewish people from Amsterdam who have booked for the theme of "war", quarrel more then ones with each other so that the whole journey looks like an episode of Big Brother. As a reader one feels like a participant of the survival-trip, of which one rather reads the book. Weinkrampf! is this book.
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