This is the autobiography of Gerard Oosterman, a man from Holland who married a lady from Finland and now lives in Australia.That may sound relatively straightforward but there were many twists and turns along the way and the book is engrossing for a number of reasons.
The first of these is his dealings with other people; not just members of his family but an assorted cast of characters including his first landlady, who made moves on the young Oosterman sometimes when her husband was in the room. Considering her husband packed a loaded shotgun, this was high risk behaviour on her part. Then there was the manager he worked for on a trip back to Holland, a man who liked to lean back on his chair while smoking a cigar, leaned back too far and lost his job soon after. This occurred in the brief period when the author thought the thing to do was have a job which entailed wearing a suit. Fortunately, this period didn’t last long. If it had done, we wouldn’t have this book.
A perceptive man, the author happily gives his his thoughts throughout the book, for example, on the cultural differences between Holland and Australia, which seem to be considerable. And his comments are always thought-provoking. I, too, have wondered why lawns are such a big deal - one of the less weighty matters he deals with.
The author writes in what is sometimes a quirky way, and had his book been produced by a traditional publisher it would doubtless have been ‘improved’. This would have been a mistake; who would want an anaemic memoir where the author’s personality is edited out? In my opinion, the expression always fits the bill.
I read the Kindle edition, but I would strongly recommend the paperback version. While the point size of text can be increased on a Kindle the size of the photographs cannot and most of them are too small to make the impact they should. As far as I can see on Amazon, they are larger in the printed version and that is the one to go for. Strongly recommended.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 3764 KB
- Print Length: 229 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Gerard Oosterman (20 April 2016)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01EM6NC0C
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 4 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,353,354 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)