Found: the Dutch Stoner. A debut between Franz Kafka and John Cheever. A must-read book.
The Jane Austen of 1920's Antwerp. The success of Ida Simons is mainly due to the quality of the novel. A Foolish Maiden is still charming after half a century since it was written. The language is fresh, humoristic and sober.
Gittel reminds us of Anne Frank.
This rediscovered novel from 1959 from the Dutch-Flemish Ida Simons is this summer's Stoner.
An extraordinary novel. Musical prose. Ida Simons shows she is a self-conscious writer in this sensitive yet unsentimental novel. It is incomprehensible that this book hasn't been read for many years. There's no need to read another novel for the time being.
This is the Dutch equivalent of Stoner. The novel is remarkably timeless. The language is light and simple, sometimes even poetic and Ida Simons is especially strong in her understatement, which yields a friendly and sometimes biting humor.
Simons has an impressive lightness of touch which balances the darker theme of betrayal . . . An atmospheric inter-war study of family ties and the more fleeting affection of shallow alliances
All the makings of a word-by-mouth classic . . . Dazzlingly captures the ebullient voice of an endearingly guileless young girl as she teeters on the edge of the infinitely more precarious world of adulthood.
[A] delicious . . . waspishly witty story of family squabbles and romances from the perspective of a sharp-eyed buy innocent girl . . . Simons' achievement is such that we think . . . of Muriel Spark - even Jane Austen.