The Book of Happenstance



A middle aged lexicographer, Helena Verbloem, travels alone to Durban to assist in the creation of a dictionary of Afrikaans words that have fallen out of use Shortly after her arrival, her apartment is burglarized, and her collection of precious shells, shells that she had been collecting for a lifetime, is stolen Meeting with indifference from the local police, she decides to investigate the crime on her own, with the help of her new friend from the Museum of Natural History, Sof While investigating the crime, Helena reflects on the life she s lived her ex husband, her daughter, her lovers, her childhood and begins to fall in love with her married boss, Theo Verway.An alternately sublime and satirical meditation on love, loss, and obsession, Ingrid Winterbach s The Book of Happenstance is an emotionally affecting masterpiece from one of South Africa s most exciting authors. Free Download [ The Book of Happenstance ] By [ Ingrid Winterbach ] – e17streets4all.co.ukThe Book of Happenstance

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  • Paperback
  • 254 pages
  • The Book of Happenstance
  • Ingrid Winterbach
  • English
  • 23 May 2018
  • 193482433X

10 thoughts on “The Book of Happenstance

  1. says:

    July 2011Several months before the death of her boss, Helena Verbloem s apartment is broken into, her seashell collection is stolen, and the thief leaves a turd on her carpet It s an unusual crime, and so unremarkable the police barely seem interested in the case If only the author felt the same way But Helena is determined to find her stolen shells, and between days spent helping her boss, Theo Verwey who has not died yet , catalogue old and obsolete words in Afrikaans for a book he plans t July 2011Several months before the death of her boss, Helena Verbloem s apartment is broken into, her seashell collection is stolen, and the thief leaves a turd on her carpet It s an unusual crime, and so unremarkable the police barely seem interested in the case If only the author felt the same way But Helena is determined to find her stolen shells, and between days spent helping her boss, Theo Verwey who has not died yet , catalogue old and obsolete words in Afrikaans for a book he plans to write but never gets a chance to, because he dies , she halfheartedly searches for clues of her own She doesn t accomplish much, but she does spend a lot of time observing her co workers, thinking about things, and getting late night phone calls from a man who met her twenty seven years ago She also thinks about death, as she and Theo who will die later spend a long time in the D section of the Afrikaans alphabet, cataloging words dead words, that is and phrases for death There is dood ...

  2. says:

    Goodreads asks, What did you think A look at my rating and my status updates will give you an idea In a single, brutal word boring The story in this book is dull Little happens in it, and what does occur doesn t amount to much of anything Some of it seems pretty random, too and while I appreciate an author who can riff on reality and produce the strange out of the mundane, Winterbach showstaste for, well, happenstance I guess the title of this book assumin...

  3. says:

    The Effects of Infelicities and Writer s ErrorsIf an author is superficial about character, thoughtfulness, introspection, or inner life, that will become apparent sometime between the opening pages when nothing much other than descriptions and subject matter are visible and, say, halfway through the book when a character will have developed, if the character is ever to develop In this case I stopped reading on page 78 out of 254 The principal character is strangely bereft when someone ste The Effects of Infelicities and Writer s ErrorsIf an author is superficial about character, thoughtfulness, introspection, or inner life, that will become apparent sometime between the opening pages when nothing much other than descriptions and subject ...

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  5. says:

    I am grateful to have received this book in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway The Book of Happenstance is about a lexicographer named Helena Verbloem who has her most prized possessions, her shell collection, stolen from her apartment We meet Helena s interesting friends, acquaintances, and co workers as she takes the investigation of the crime upon herself The book offers an interesting look at the issues of love, obsession, death, and a search for meaning in life Ingrid Winterbach s writing I am grateful to have received this book in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway The Book of Happenstance is about a lexicographer named Helena Verbloem who has her most prized possessions, her shell collection, stolen from her apartment We meet Helena s interesting friends, acquaintances, and co workers as she takes the investig...

  6. says:

    The Book of Happenstance begins with loss, as a linguistic specialist s home is robbed and defaced, with her precious sea shell collection stolen While it may appear a minor crime, the shells and the concept of personal loss becomes an underlying theme that weaves the story along and helps address the issues of science, language, and relationships Going beyond a crime novel, there are elements of social commentary in it that examine the causes and effects of cultural changes.Helena is a lingui The Book of Happenstance begins with loss, as a linguistic specialist s home is robbed and defaced, with her precious sea shell collection stolen While it may appear a minor crime, the shells and the concept of personal loss becomes an underlying theme that weaves the story along and helps address the issues of science, language, and relationships Going beyond a crime novel, there are elements ...

  7. says:

    I really enjoyed this delicate, beautiful book The back summary makes it sound like a mystery, which it is and isn t there s a whodunit element, certainly, but it slike an unconventional love story about the mystery of loss the loss of people, the loss of things, and the loss of words and the mystery of what it is appropriate to catalog, mourn for, search for, or let go I loved the author s use of and obvious love of language, which I suppose means that I love the translator too I really enjoye...

  8. says:

    What a b o r i n g book I grew up in South Africa and spoke Afrikaans so was eager to read this acclaimed novel The Book of Happenstance is a book where nothing happens Any attempt at tension between love and loss, scientific and emotional, etc feels desperate and does not work here The character is as empty as her shells which are stolen And the whole thing just does not come together For the Goodreads reviewer who wonders if something got lost in translation, I don t think this is t What a b o r i n g book I grew up in South Africa and spoke Afrikaans so was eager to read this acclaimed novel The Book of ...

  9. says:

    I didn t love the book, obviously My sister in law read it loved it She laughed and loved the authors writing style Therefore I deducted, perhaps you need to be an somewhat of an intellectual to really appreciate this book Which, I just discovered, I m not Shocking, to my system really This book has a lot of etymology Afrikaans words language And it s as if she vomits her O.C.D thoughts and stupid shells and so muchon every page How s that for a review Oh, and I didn t l...

  10. says:

    perhaps i am against the stream here but i just loved this book of asking , is it fate or just chance that allows one to be the slave or the owner, to call the shots or get slapped around, to be the victi...

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