Recensie: The story of Alice


Auteur: Robert Douglas Fairhurst
Titel: The story of Alice – Lewis Carroll and the secret history of Wonderland
Genre: Non-Fictie, biografie
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 2015
ISBN: 9781846558610
Aantal pagina’s: 496
Gelezen: Januari 2022

Wonderland is part of our cultural heritage – a shortcut for all that is beautiful and confusing; a metaphor used by artists, writers and politicians for 150 years.

But beneath the fairy tale lies the complex history of the author and his subject: of Charles Dodgson, the quiet academic, and his second self, Lewis Carroll – storyteller, innovator and avid collector of ‘child-friends’. And of his ‘dream-child’, Alice Liddell, and the fictional alter ego that would never let her grow up.

This is their secret story: a history of love and loss, of innocence and ambiguity, and of one man’s need to make Wonderland his refuge in a rapidly changing world.

Drawing on previously unpublished material, Robert Douglas-Fairhurst traces the creation and influence of the Alice books against a shifting cultural landscape – the birth of photography, changing definitions of childhood and sexuality and the tensions inherent in the transition between the Victorian and modern worlds. 

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Recensie: The adventures of Alexander von Humboldt (graphic novel)


Auteur: Andrea Wulf & Lillian Melcher
Titel: The adventures of Alexander von Humboldt
Genre: Graphic Novel, non-fictie, biografie
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 2019
ISBN: 9781524747374
Aantal pagina’s: 272
Gelezen: Februari 2021

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Invention of Nature , comes a breathtakingly illustrated and brilliantly evocative recounting of Alexander Von Humboldt’s five year expedition in South America.

Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) was an intrepid explorer and the most famous scientist of his age. His restless life was packed with adventure and discovery, but his most revolutionary idea was a radical vision of nature as a complex and interconnected global force that does not exist for the use of humankind alone. His theories and ideas were profoundly influenced by a five-year exploration of South America. Now Andrea Wulf partners with artist Lillian Melcher to bring this daring expedition to life, complete with excerpts from Humboldt’s own diaries, atlases, and publications. She gives us an intimate portrait of the man who predicted human-induced climate change, fashioned poetic narrative out of scientific observation, and influenced iconic figures such as Simón Bolívar, Thomas Jefferson, Charles Darwin, and John Muir. This gorgeous account of the expedition not only shows how Humboldt honed his groundbreaking understanding of the natural world but also illuminates the man and his passions.

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Recensie: a year in Provence


Auteur: Peter Mayle
Titel: A year in Provence
Genre: Reisverhaal, non-fictie, biografie
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 1989
ISBN: 9780140296037
Aantal pagina’s: 210
Gelezen: Juli 2021

Peter Mayle and his wife did what most of us only imagine doing when they made their long-cherished dream of a life abroad a reality: throwing caution to the wind, they bought a glorious two hundred year-old farmhouse in the Lubéron Valley and began a new life.

In a year that begins with a marathon lunch and continues with a host of gastronomic delights, they also survive the unexpected and often hilarious curiosities of rural life. From mastering the local accent and enduring invasion by bumbling builders, to discovering the finer points of boules and goat-racing, all the earthy pleasures of Provençal life are conjured up in this enchanting portrait.

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Recensie: Leon & Juliette

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Auteur: Annejet van der Zijl
Titel: Leon & Juliette
Genre: Kort verhaal, biografie, historie
Taal: Nederlands
Jaar: 2020
ISBN: 9789059655133
Aantal pagina’s: 95
Gelezen: April 2020

Boekenweekgeschenk 2020

De plaats was Charleston, het jaar was 1820. Hij was een jonge Nederlander die zijn verarmde vaderland was ontvlucht om fortuin te maken in de Nieuwe Wereld. Zij was een zwart meisje in een samenleving waar iemand zoals zij niet meer waard was dan een onmondig stuk vee dat naar believen gekocht en gebruikt kon worden.
In Leon & Juliette reconstrueert Annejet van der Zijl een waargebeurde negentiende-eeuwse liefdesgeschiedenis die alles trotseerde, tot de vergetelheid aan toe. 

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Filmrecensie: Tolkien

Nicholas Hoult and Lily Collins in Tolkien (2019)Director: Dome Karukoski
Biografie, drama, oorlog
Duur: 1h 52 min
Release datum: 
6 juni 2019
Nicholas Hoult, Lilly Collins, Colm Meaney e.a.
Juni 2019

Tolkien explores the formative years of the orphaned author as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts at school. This takes him into the outbreak of World War I, which threatens to tear the “fellowship” apart. All of these experiences would inspire Tolkien to write his famous Middle-Earth novels.
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Recensie: De wereld volgens Bob

18664310 Auteur: James Bowen
Titel: De wereld volgens Bob
Genre: Waargebeurde verhalen, biografie, katten
Taal: Nederlands
Jaar: 2013
ISBN: 978904434281
Aantal pagina’s: 256
Gelezen: Maart 2018

Bob is geen gewone kat. Gezeten op de schouders van zijn baasje James, is hij een bekende verschijning in de straten van Londen. James is straatmuzikant en ze treden
samen op. Overal worden ze herkend en Bob is simpelweg onweerstaanbaar. In Bob de straatkat beschreef voormalig zwerver en drugsverslaafde James hoe hij door de vriendschap met Bob een nieuwe invulling aan zijn leven kon geven. Sindsdien is Bob bezig de harten van mensen over de hele wereld te veroveren en misschien wel de beroemdste kat ter wereld te worden. Over hun belevenissen in de straten van Londen schreef James dit tweede boek.
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