Recensie: Moby Dick


Auteur: Herman Melville
Titel: Moby Dick or, The Whale
Genre: Classics, literatuur, historische fictie
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 1851
ISBN: 9780142437247
Aantal pagina’s: 654
Gelezen: Oktober 2021

So Melville wrote of his masterpiece, one of the greatest works of imagination in literary history. In part, Moby-Dick is the story of an eerily compelling madman pursuing an unholy war against a creature as vast and dangerous and unknowable as the sea itself. But more than just a novel of adventure, more than an encyclopaedia of whaling lore and legend, the book can be seen as part of its author’s lifelong meditation on America. Written with wonderfully redemptive humour, Moby-Dick is also a profound inquiry into character, faith, and the nature of perception.

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Recensie: Little Women


Auteur: Louisa May Alcott
Titel: Little Women
Genre: Classics, literatuur, romance
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 1868
ISBN: 9780147514011
Aantal pagina’s: 777
Gelezen: December 2020

Grown-up Meg, tomboyish Jo, timid Beth, and precocious Amy. The four March sisters couldn’t be more different. But with their father away at war, and their mother working to support the family, they have to rely on one another. Whether they’re putting on a play, forming a secret society, or celebrating Christmas, there’s one thing they can’t help wondering: Will Father return home safely? 

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Recensie: Watership down

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Auteur: Richard Adams
Titel: Watership down
Genre: Literatuur, classic
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 1972
ISBN: 9780241953235
Aantal pagina’s: 475
Gelezen: Augustus 2020

Watership Down is one of the most beloved novels of our time. Sandleford Warren is in danger. Hazel’s younger brother Fiver is convinced that a great evil is about to befall the land, but no one will listen. And why would they when it is Spring and the grass is fat and succulent? So together Hazel and Fiver and a few other brave rabbits secretly leave behind the safety and strictures of the warren and hop tentatively out into a vast and strange world. Chased by their former friends, hunted by dogs and foxes, avoiding farms and other human threats, but making new friends, Hazel and his fellow rabbits dream of a new life in the emerald embrace of Watership Down…

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Recensie: Anne of Green Gables

16127220. sx318 Auteur: L.M. Montgomery
Titel: Anne of Green Gables
Genre: Jeugdliteratuur classics
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 1908
ISBN: 9780099582649
Aantal pagina’s:
Gelezen: Januari 2020

My dislikes: Being an orphan, having red hair, people twitting about my red hair, being called “carrots” by Gilbert Blythe. My likes: Living at the Green Gables with Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert, my bosom-friend Diana, dresses with puff sleeves, renaming Barry’s pond the Lake of Shining Waters, coming top of the class. My regrets: Dyeing my hair green. Smashing a slate over Gilbert Blythe’s head. My dream: To tame my temper. To be good (this is an uphill struggle). To grow up to have auburn hair!
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Recensie: The catcher in the rye

5107Auteur: J.D. Salinger
Titel: The catcher in the rye
Genre: Literatuur, klassiekers
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 1951
ISBN: 9780316769174
Aantal pagina’s: 277
Gelezen: Oktober 2017

The hero-narrator of The Catcher in the Rye is an ancient child of sixteen, a native New Yorker named Holden Caulfield. Through circumstances that tend to preclude adult, secondhand description, he leaves his prep school in Pennsylvania and goes underground in New York City for three days. The boy himself is at once too simple and too complex for us to make any final comment about him or his story. Perhaps the safest thing we can say about Holden is that he was born in the world not just strongly attracted to beauty but, almost, hopelessly impaled on it. There are many voices in this novel: children’s voices, adult voices, underground voices-but Holden’s voice is the most eloquent of all. Transcending his own vernacular, yet remaining marvelously faithful to it, he issues a perfectly articulated cry of mixed pain and pleasure. However, like most lovers and clowns and poets of the higher orders, he keeps most of the pain to, and for, himself. The pleasure he gives away, or sets aside, with all his heart. It is there for the reader who can handle it to keep.
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