Recensie: The Plague

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Auteur: Albert Camus
Titel: The Plague
Genre: Literatuur
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 1947
ISBN: 9780241980620
Aantal pagina’s: 297
Gelezen: April 2020
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Omslagtekst:
The townspeople of Oran are in the grip of a deadly plague, which condemns its victims to a swift and horrifying death. Fear, isolation and claustrophobia follow as they are forced into quarantine. Each person responds in their own way to the lethal disease: some resign themselves to fate, some seek blame and revenge, and a few, like the unheroic hero Dr Rieux, join forces to resist the terror. In part an allegory of France’s suffering under the Nazi occupation, The Plague is a compelling depiction of bravery and determination pitted against the precariousness of human existence. 

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Recensie: De beroemde bereninvasie van Sicilië

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Auteur: Dino Buzzati
Titel: De beroemde bereninvasie van Sicilië
Genre: Fabel, Italiaanse literatuur
Taal: Nederlands
Jaar: 1945
ISBN: 9789079770250
Aantal pagina’s: 136
Gelezen: Juni 2020
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Omslagtekst:
Leonzio, Koning der Beren, is jaren geleden zijn zoon Tonio kwijtgeraakt aan twee jagers. Al die tijd is hij bedroefd gebleven, nooit meer vond hij een spoor van zijn jongen. Tot nu…

Dino Buzzati’s klassieker voor alle leeftijden verhaalt over de ijskoude winter, lang, lang geleden, die ervoor zorgde dat de hongerige beren de bergen van Sicilië verlieten en de vallei in trokken op zoek naar voedsel. Maar ook over hun gevecht tegen een leger venijnzwijnen; over een sluwe professor waarvan we niet zeker weten of hij een tovenaar is; over de snauwende Snaterkater, en, nog erger, over het verraad binnen hun eigen rangen.

Zal het de beren lukken om al deze tegenstand te overwinnen? En… zal Koning Leonzio zijn zoon Tonio ooit weer terugzien? Dit, en meer, kom je te weten in De beroemde bereninvasie van Sicilië. 

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Recensie: a girl called shameless

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Auteur: Laura Steven
Titel: A girl called shameless
Serie: Izzie O’neil #2
Genre: YA contemporary
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 2019
ISBN: 9781405288620
Aantal pagina’s: 364
Gelezen: Juni 2020
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Funnier. Ruder. Angrier. Izzy O’Neill is back in the hilarious sequel to The Exact Opposite of Okay.

It’s been two months since a leaked explicit photo got Izzy involved in a political sex scandal – and the aftershock is far from over. The Bitches Bite Back movement is gathering momentum as a forum for teenage feminists, and when a girl at another school has a sex tape shared online, once again Izzy leads the charge against the slut-shamer. This time she wants to change the state law on revenge porn.
Izzy and her best friend Ajita are as hilarious as ever, using comedy to fight back against whatever the world throws at them, but Izzy is still reeling from her slut-shaming ordeal, feeling angry beyond belief and wondering – can they really make a change?

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Recensie: The upside of Falling

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Auteur: Alex Light
Titel: The upside of falling
Genre: YA romance
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 2020
ISBN: 9780062918055
Aantal pagina’s: 288
Gelezen: Mei 2021
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Omslagtekst:
It’s been years since seventeen-year-old Becca Hart believed in true love. But when her former best friend teases her for not having a boyfriend, Becca impulsively pretends she’s been secretly seeing someone.

Brett Wells has it all. Being captain of the football team and one of the most popular guys in school, he should have no problem finding someone to date, but he’s always been more focused on his future than who to bring to prom. When he overhears Becca’s lie, Brett decides to step in and be her mystery guy. It’s the perfect solution: he gets people off his back for not dating and she can keep up the ruse.

Acting like the perfect couple isn’t easy though, especially when you barely know the other person. But with Becca still picking up the pieces from when her world was blown apart years ago and Brett just barely holding his together now, they begin to realize they have more in common than they ever could have imagined. When the line between real and pretend begins to blur, they are forced to answer the question: is this fake romance the realest thing in either of their lives?

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Recensie: Onafhankelijke Mensen

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Auteur: Halldór Laxness
Titel: Onafhankelijke mensen
Genre: Literatuur, historische fictie
Taal: Nederlands
Jaar: 1934
ISBN: 9789044512779
Aantal pagina’s: 604
Gelezen: Juni 2020
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Omslagtekst:
Onafhankelijke mensen is een moderne IJslandse saga van ongewone kracht en schoonheid, waarin de bevolking van het noordelijke eiland wakker wordt geschud door de grootse beloftes van de twintigste eeuw.

Tegen de stroom in probeert de IJslandse schapenboer Bjart van het Zomerhuis zijn zelfstandigheid te handhaven. Na achttien jaar in dienst van een lokale rentmeester te hebben gewerkt, wil hij niets liever dan zijn eigen kudde schapen hoeden. Alles zet hij daarvoor op het spel, zelfs zijn eigen bestaan en dat van zijn naasten. Slechts één persoon ontziet hij: zijn stiefdochter Asta.

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Recensie: The Double

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Auteur: José Saramago
Titel: The double
Genre: Literatuur
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 2002
ISBN: 9780099461654
Aantal pagina’s: 304
Gelezen: Mei 2020
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Omslagtekst:
Watching a rented video, Tertuliano Maximo Afonso is shocked to notice that one of the actors is identical to him in every physical detail. He embarks on a secret quest to find his double and sets in motion a train of events that he cannot control. Saramago’s novel explores the nature of individuality and examines the fear and insecurity that arise when our singularity comes under threat, when even a wife cannot tell the original from the imposter…

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Recensie: Eat Pray Love

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Auteur: Elizabeth Gilbert
Titel: Eat Pray Love
Genre: Non-fictie, reisbiografie, spiritualiteit, romance
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 2006
ISBN: 9781408891391
Aantal pagina’s: 348
Gelezen: April 2020
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Omslagtekst:
A beautiful new limited edition paperback of Eat Pray Love, published as part of the Bloomsbury Modern Classics list.

To travel is worth any cost or sacrifice. I am loyal and constant in my love for travel, as I have not always been loyal and constant in my other loves. Newly divorced journalist Elizabeth Gilbert is struggling to carve out an authentic identity in New York. Desperate to reinvigorate her life and connect with the world around her, she embarks on a modern-day pilgrimage. With warmth and humour, Gilbert chronicles a journey from Italy to India and, finally, to Bali. Each country serves as a vivid backdrop for self-exploration as she comes to terms with the choices that have hitherto defined her life, and begins to rediscover herself.

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DNF: The Little Book of the Hidden People

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Auteur: Alda Sigmundsdöttir
Titel: The little book of the Hidden People
Genre: Verhalenbundel, folklore, mythologie
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 2015
ISBN: 9781970125047
Aantal pagina’s: 118
Gelezen: Juli 2020
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Omslagtekst:
Icelandic folklore is rife with tales of elves and hidden people that inhabited hills and rocks in the landscape. But what do those elf stories really tell us about the Iceland of old and the people who lived there? In this book, author Alda Sigmundsd�ttir presents twenty translated elf stories from Icelandic folklore, along with fascinating notes on the context from which they sprung.The international media has had a particular infatuation with the Icelanders’ elf belief, generally using it to propagate some kind of “kooky Icelanders” myth. Yet Iceland’s elf folklore, at its core, reflects the plight of a nation living in abject poverty on the edge of the inhabitable world, and its people’s heroic efforts to survive, physically, emotionally and spiritually. That is what the stories of the elves, or hidden people, are really about.In a country that was, at times, virtually uninhabitable, where poverty was endemic and death and grief a part of daily life, the Icelanders nurtured a belief in a world that existed parallel to their own. This was the world of the hidden people, which more often than not was a projection of the most fervent dreams and desires of the human population. The hidden people lived inside hillocks, cliffs or boulders, very close to the abodes of the humans. Their homes were furnished with fine, sumptuous objects. Their clothes were luxurious, their adornments beautiful. Their livestock was better and fatter, their sheep yielded more wool than regular sheep, their crops were more bounteous. They even had supernatural powers: they could make themselves visible or invisible at will, and they could see the future. To the Icelanders, stories of elves and hidden people are an integral part of the cultural and psychological fabric of their nation. They are a part of their identity, a reflection of the struggles, hopes, resilience and endurance of their people. All this and more is the subject of this book. 

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Recensie: Instatravel

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Auteur: Aggie Lal
Titel: InstaTravel
Genre: Reisboeken, non-fictie
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 2020
ISBN: 9781465490100
Aantal pagina’s: 192
Gelezen: Mei 2020
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Omslagtekst:
Have you ever wanted to eat breakfast with a giraffe in Kenya? Or watch the sun rise from a Jacuzzi in the Philippines? Or ride a Vespa along the Amalfi Coast? Dream no more! Turn your fantasies into Instagram-worthy photos with help from Aggie Lal (@Aggie), one of the pre-eminent Instagram travel influencers.

Pack your bags and grab your passport as Aggie takes you on a journey to her favorite places in the world. She’ll share the best times to travel, what to do for fun in each locale, and, of course, how to recreate some of her beautiful photos. You’ll also learn what you need to take with you, how to navigate cultural differences, and how to make the most of each experience.

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Recensie: Reisbureau Wereldvreemd

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Auteur: L.D. Lapinski
Titel: Reisbureau Wereldvreemd
Genre: Reisverhaal, fantasy, jeugd
Taal: Nederlands
Jaar: 2020
ISBN: 9789026151347
Aantal pagina’s: 360
Gelezen: December 2020
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Omslagtekst:
Wanneer de twaalfjarige Flik reisbureau Wereldvreemd ontdekt, krijgt ze de kans van haar leven. Als ze toetreedt tot het Wereldvreemd-genootschap liggen er honderden magische werelden aan haar voeten! Het enige wat ze hoeft te doen, is in de juiste koffer springen. Maar wat Flik niet weet is dat het middelpunt van alle werelden, Vijflichtenstad, op het punt staat te verdwijnen. Ze moet op zoek naar een manier om Vijflichten te repareren voor het verdwijnt – en het onze wereld met zich meeneemt. 

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