The Walrus and the Carpenter

 

The sun was shining on the sea,
Shining with all his might:
He did his very best to make
The billows smooth and bright–
And this was odd, because it was
The middle of the night.

The moon was shining sulkily,
Because she thought the sun
Had got no business to be there
After the day was done–
“It’s very rude of him,” she said,
“To come and spoil the fun!”

The sea was wet as wet could be,
The sands were dry as dry.
You could not see a cloud, because
No cloud was in the sky:
No birds were flying overhead–
There were no birds to fly.

The Walrus and the Carpenter
Were walking close at hand;
They wept like anything to see
Such quantities of sand:
“If this were only cleared away,”
They said, “it would be grand!”

“If seven maids with seven mops
Swept it for half a year.
Do you suppose,” the Walrus said,
“That they could get it clear?”
“I doubt it,” said the Carpenter,
And shed a bitter tear.

“O Oysters, come and walk with us!”
The Walrus did beseech.
“A pleasant walk, a pleasant talk,
Along the briny beach:
We cannot do with more than four,
To give a hand to each.”

The eldest Oyster looked at him,
But never a word he said:
The eldest Oyster winked his eye,
And shook his heavy head–
Meaning to say he did not choose
To leave the oyster-bed.

But four young Oysters hurried up,
All eager for the treat:
Their coats were brushed, their faces washed,
Their shoes were clean and neat–
And this was odd, because, you know,
They hadn’t any feet.

Four other Oysters followed them,
And yet another four;
And thick and fast they came at last,
And more, and more, and more–
All hopping through the frothy waves,
And scrambling to the shore.

The Walrus and the Carpenter
Walked on a mile or so,
And then they rested on a rock
Conveniently low:
And all the little Oysters stood
And waited in a row.

“The time has come,” the Walrus said,
“To talk of many things:
Of shoes–and ships–and sealing-wax–
Of cabbages–and kings–
And why the sea is boiling hot–
And whether pigs have wings.”

“But wait a bit,” the Oysters cried,
“Before we have our chat;
For some of us are out of breath,
And all of us are fat!”
“No hurry!” said the Carpenter.
They thanked him much for that.

“A loaf of bread,” the Walrus said,
“Is what we chiefly need:
Pepper and vinegar besides
Are very good indeed–
Now if you’re ready, Oysters dear,
We can begin to feed.”

“But not on us!” the Oysters cried,
Turning a little blue.
“After such kindness, that would be
A dismal thing to do!”
“The night is fine,” the Walrus said.
“Do you admire the view?

“It was so kind of you to come!
And you are very nice!”
The Carpenter said nothing but
“Cut us another slice:
I wish you were not quite so deaf–
I’ve had to ask you twice!”

“It seems a shame,” the Walrus said,
“To play them such a trick,
After we’ve brought them out so far,
And made them trot so quick!”
The Carpenter said nothing but
“The butter’s spread too thick!

“I weep for you,” the Walrus said:
“I deeply sympathize.”
With sobs and tears he sorted out
Those of the largest size,
Holding his pocket-handkerchief
Before his streaming eyes.

“O Oysters,” said the Carpenter,
“You’ve had a pleasant run!
Shall we be trotting home again?’
But answer came there none–
And this was scarcely odd, because
They’d eaten every one…

– Lewis Carroll – Through the looking glass and what Alice found there

Halloween tips!

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Over een weekje is het Halloween! Tijd voor enge boeken! Eerder deze week deelde ik al de spannende boeken die ik deze maand ga lezen (klik) maar het leek me ook wel leuk om wat van mijn favoriete griezelboeken te delen.

Natuurlijk kun je de klassiekers met Halloween niet overslaan: Dracula van Bram Stoker en Frankenstein van Mary Shelley. Beide boeken zijn literaire meesterwerken. Verhalen die sterk in elkaar zitten maar tegelijkertijd ook de spanning weten te behouden.

Daarnaast is een van mijn favoriete boeken voor Halloween de bundel Through the Woods van Emily Carroll. Dit is een bundel van horrorsprookjes, maar in plaats van proza, is het een graphic novel. Een andere bundel met korte verhalen die perfect is voor Halloween, is The melancholy death of Oyster Boy and other stories van Tim Burton. Burton kennen we van films als Corpse Bride, The nightmare before Christmas en Frankenweenie (stuk voor stuk ook perfect voor Halloween, overigens). Maar hij heeft ook deze bundel met korte verhalen geschreven.

Ten slotte: Alice van Christina Henry. Een ontzettend sterk verhaal (én een adaptatie van Alice in Wonderland) die onder je huid gaat zitten.

Wat lezen jullie met Halloween?

Recensie: Alice

30196357Auteur: Christina Henry
Titel: Alice
Serie: The chronicles of Alice, #1
Genre: Horror, sproojesadaptatie
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 2015
ISBN: 9781785653308
Aantal pagina’s: 325
Gelezen: Juli 2018
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Omslagtekst:
In a warren of crumbling buildings and desperate people called the Old City, there stands a hospital with cinderblock walls which echo with the screams of the poor souls inside. In the hospital, there is a woman. Her hair, once blonde, hangs in tangles down her back. She doesn’t remember why she’s in such a terrible place-just a tea party long ago, and long ears, and blood… Then, one night, a fire at the hospital gives the woman a chance to escape, tumbling out of the hole that imprisoned her, leaving her free to uncover the truth about what happened to her all those years ago. Only something else has escaped with her. Something dark. Something powerful. And to find the truth, she will have to track this beast to the very heart of the Old City, where the rabbit waits for his Alice.
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Recensie: Furthermore

28110143Auteur: Tahereh Mafi
Titel: Furthermore
Genre: YA, fantasy, sprookjesachtig, Alice adaptatie
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 2016
ISBN: 9781101994764
Aantal pagina’s: 416
Gelezen: December 2017
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Omslagtekst:
Alice Alexis Queensmeadow 12 rates three things most important: Mother, who wouldn’t miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. Father disappeared from Ferenwood with only a ruler, almost three years ago. But she will have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive, and left can be both right and very, very wrong. Her only companion is Oliver whose own magic is based in lies and deceit. Alice must first find herself—and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss.
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Showcase Sunday XL

ShowcaseDag allemaal! Zoals jullie misschien gezien hebben, heb ik al een paar zondagen achter elkaar geen showcase geplaatst. Dat komt omdat het superduperdruk was. De afgelopen weekenden had ik ieder weekend wel iets staan. Evenementen, verjaardagen… en naast mijn toffe drukke nieuwe baan had ik geen tijd om een showcaseje te tikken. Maar gelukkig had en heb ik nog superveel recensies in mijn drafts staan, dus kon ik jullie ten minste wel iets te lezen geven!
Vandaag, om het goed te maken, heb ik voor jullie een Showcase Sunday XL! Met boeken van de Dag van het Fantastische Boek, Elfia én Yalfest. En dat zijn er nogal wat!

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Recensie: Alice in verbazië

1815778Auteur: Nicolaas Matsier
Titel: Alice in verbazië
Genre: Non-fictie, essays
Taal: Nederlands
Jaar: 1996
ISBN: 9789023435464
Aantal pagina’s: 92
Gelezen: December 2016
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Omslagtekst:
Nicolaas Matsier vertaalde Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland en Through the Looking-Glass van Lewis Carroll en oogstte daarmee veel lof. In de essaybundel Alice in Verbazië boekstaafde hij zijn verbazingwekkende ervaringen met Alice. In deze stukken ontrafelt hij op even humorvolle als diepgravende wijze de literaire kunst van Carroll en voorziet hij dit oerboek van de kinderliteratuur van prikkelende kanttekeningen. Ter gelegenheid van het verschijnen van Matsiers vertaling van The Annotated Alice – The Definitive Edition, werd Alice in Verbazië uitgebracht in een herziene en uitgebreide editie.

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Showcase Sunday!

ShowcaseHey allemaal! Vrolijk Pasen! Aangezien het nog steeds pasen is, het ook nog eigenlijk een zondag, toch? Dus ik ben helemaal niet laat met het plaatsen van deze showcase. Dat valt mee! In ieder geval heb ik wel wat toffe dingen om jullie te laten zien, dus lees snel verder!
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