The Discovery of Heaven Read Along

It is the beginning of May and that means that this is the month in which I start hosting the Discovery of Heaven read along for my planned month of Dutch literature in June.

The Discovery of Heaven Read Along

According to Amazon, the Discovery of Heaven by Harry Mulisch is about the following:

“On a cold night in Holland, Max Delius – a hedonistic, yet brilliant astronomer who loves fast cars, nice clothes and women – picks up Onno Quist, a cerebral chaotic philologist who cannot bear the banalities of everyday life. They are like fire andwater. But when they learn they were conceived on the same day, it is clear that something extraordinary is about to happen. Their worlds become inextricably intertwined, as they embark on a life’s journey destined to change the course of human history. A magnum opus that is also a masterful thriller. “

I remember liking this a lot in high school and I am very curious to see how I will like it now.

The proposed posting schedule is as follows:

  • The weekend of 13-15 May: Part 1
  • The weekend of 27-29 May: Part 2
  • The weekend of 10-12 June: Part 3
  • The weekend of 24-26 June: Part 4

Every part is about 200 pages. As I have said before, it is okay to post on the book all at once, and I do not mind if you post earlier or later, I will try to link to all your posts.

If you are participating, please enter your blog URL in the Link-collection below. If you do not have a blog, feel free to participate in the comment-section of each post.



I hope some of you decide to participate!

27 responses to “The Discovery of Heaven Read Along

  1. Oww I’d love to but in May I have ALL my finals (like 9) and I fear I won’t have time to read and enjoy the book. However, I jot down the title and, being a philologist, I’m sure I’de feel a connection!

    Thanks, Iris!

  2. I wasn’t able to find this book, but I’ll keep reading here as I definitely want to read it.

  3. I ll join you Iris I ve a copy waiting to read may just publish end but see how I go ,all the best stu

  4. Oh drats, I forgot that was this month and neglected to bring the book with me on my trip this week. But I definitely want to join in!

  5. I thought it was going to be next month! But 100 pages in a week average should be possible, so I’ll be in too.

  6. I’m not sure I’ll be able to follow the schedule (I’ll definitely try!), but I’m in!

  7. I think I’ll join in but I might get a bit behind during BEA time. I’m looking forward to trying this out!

  8. Hoping to join in with this one although I may have to start it more June-ish than May.

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  11. I just put it on hold at my library! I might run behind on the reading schedule but I am looking forward to the readalong.

  12. I’ve two books that I have to finish before I start this, but I picked up a copy yesterday. While I’ll be running a bit behind at first, I’m definitely participating!

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  14. Would be following the comments. The book sounds interesting. I read a link Winstondad provided too. It’s going on my wish list

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