De verdronkene

De verdronkene On The Night Of January A Mountain Of Water, Literally Piled Up Out Of The Sea By A Freak Winter Hurricane, Swept Down Onto The Netherlands, Demolishing The Dikes Protecting The Country And Wiping A Quarter Of Its Landmass From The Map It Was The Worst Natural Disaster To Strike The Netherlands In Three Hundred YearsThe Morning Of The Storm, Armanda Asks Her Sister, Lidy, To Take Her Place On A Visit To Her Godchild In The Town Of Zierikzee In Turn, Armanda Will Care For Lidy S Two Year Old Daughter And Accompany Lidy S Husband To A Party The Sisters, Both Of Them Young And Beautiful, Look So Alike That No One May Even Notice But What Armanda Can T Know Is That Her Little Comedy Is A Provocation To Fate Lidy Is Headed For The Center Of The Deadly Storm Margriet De Moor Interweaves The Stories Of These Two Sisters, Deftly Alternating Between The Cataclysm And The Long Years Of Its Grief Strewn Aftermath While Lidy Struggles To Survive, Surrounded By People She Barely Knows, Armanda Must Master The Future, Trying To Live Out The Life Of Her Missing Sister As If It Were Her OwnA Brilliant Meshing Of History And Imagination, The Storm Is A Powerfully Dramatic And Psychologically Gripping Novel From One Of Europe S Most Compelling Writers

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  • Hardcover
  • 258 pages
  • De verdronkene
  • Margriet de Moor
  • English
  • 07 May 2019
  • 9780307264947

10 thoughts on “De verdronkene

  1. says:

    Even though the author informs the reader about the death of one of the main characters very early in the book we don t learn HOW until almost the last page, which kept me turning them.

  2. says:

    This book opened up in a very interesting way, and had initially what I thought was an interesting plot line And it seemed like the author just blew it early on in the book The setting is the Netherlands, 1953 There are two sisters aged two years apart and they are emotionally close to one another I think the older one Lidy is 23 and Armanda is 21 Lidy is married to Sjoerd for 2 years and they have a one year old daughter To avoid spoilers I won t go into detail on the events that transpired in the novel now after looking at my review in its totality I guess I give some stuff away me bad But a terrible thing happens to Lidy and it wasn t actually supposed to happen to her it was supposed to happen to Armanda Armanda did not know she was putting her sister in harm s way it is important to point that out But when all was said and done, the calamity that befell Lidy should not have happened to her it should have happened to Armanda had she just let things have taken their normal course, but she didn t She as best as I can tell wanted to have a fling with Lidy s husband and so she hatched a plan so that Lidy would go out of town.and actually it should have been Armanda who should have been out of town And what happens out of town is a catastrophic event that actually occurred in the Netherlands, The North Sea Flood of 1953, a flood storm surge that I guess was a once in several hundred years event You don t need a crystal ball to be a bit worried for Lidy, do you How would you feel if you wanted to have a fling with your sibling s mate that s probably bad enough and you arranged things so that a trip you were supposed to take out of town ended up with your sibling making that trip so you could have a fling with your sibling s mate and then you find out that a storm surge tsunami of epic proportions befalls your sibling Do you think you just might feel a teensy weensy bit guilty Well, not Armanda I think the plot line would have been interesting and believable if de Moor had run with that angle for the rest of the novel The book goes back and forth between Lidy and Armanda for the rest of the novel Does Lidy make it out of the storm surge alive Does she ever get back home What happens between Armanda and Lidy s spouse, Sjoerd, if anything Maybe other reviewers will spill the beans but I won t After the initial part of the book that I did find quite interesting, the remainder of the book 3 5ths I found to be a bit boring There were too many technical details about the hurricane and about how dikes and flood gates are and are not supposed to work and how the moon is related to tides If there was less detail all of that would have been interesting Too much for me Mind you, I read The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger, and I found the description of that storm, the build up to it to be enthralling Anyhoo once again I predict when I look at other reviews I will be the outlier On the back cover are rave reviews for this book translated from Dutch by Caroline Brown Janeway, 2010 , such as A technically perfect novel, informative and compelling, exciting and contemplative De Standaard The reader is alternately drive forward at gale force and subjected to the calm of reflection Margriet de Moor is a master of her craft Tages Anzieger Zurich The descriptions of The Storm are extraordinarily powerful, yet de Moor never strains for effect She is at the height of her powers here Love and death are the two great themes of literature The Storm weaves them together seamlessly Frankfurter Allgemeine ZeitungFootnote 1 here is a link if you want to read about the cataclysm Footnote 2 this is interesting there was a movie drama about the Great Flood of 1953 called The Storm Dutch De Storm , a 2009 Dutch disaster film by Ben Sombogaart Footnote 3 Sebastian Junger in The Perfect Storm 1996 describes the physiologic effects of the act of drowning yikes and that is described in this book also Footnote 4 I just pulled out my copy of The Perfect Storm and in it was an index card sent to me by the bookseller It was humorous.I guess I must have ordered the book from him and paid him 40 when I received it in the mail, it came to me in terrible condition his typewritten note reads 29 October 99 Jim, Sorry about the book The Perfect Storm it looked like it was in the storm I enclose check for 40 Sincerely Carl XXXX

  3. says:

    In The Storm, Margriet de Moor interweaves the stories of two sisters One sister is called Lidy She visits the birthday party of a little girl in a small village on Schouwen Duivenland While Lidy visits this party, the entire region is flooded during the North Sea Flood of 1953 The other story is that of Lidy s sister Armanda, who we follow over the course of the years following the flood Armanda tries to cope with the grief over her sister going missing She also tries to rebuild her life, marrying Lidy s husband and taking care of Lidy s daughter.I had planned to read a novel by Margriet de Moor for Dutch Lit Month in my effort to read a balanced ratio of female to male authors Initially, I was going to read First grey, then white, then blue which is her debut novel, but it appears to be out of print in English By then, I had started coming across this stunning cover of The Storm over at Regular Rumination and Olduvai Reads We all know how persuasive covers can be. Another reason to decide on reading this one instead of De Moor s debut was that, as a recently released translation, it was bound to be readily available in English Oh, and of course, the subject matter of The Storm did sound interesting as well.I am definitely glad I read The Storm, as it has that emotional quality which means you will find yourself thinking about it for days after you have read it Wondering about Lidy s and Armanda s lives. Wondering about the what ifs and if there might have been any better but probably also worse alternatives.I did find myself caring about Lidy s story than Armanda s Perhaps that is inevitable when a story that follows a person in an almost hour to hour ordeal is contrasted with one that follows a character over a number of years The former allows a portrayal of each surge of hope and each devastating blow, while the latter can do the same, but only by providing glimpses of certain moments, which are then interspersed by long periods of time about which you learn nothing directly.Nevertheless the shifting perspective does not lead to a division of the novel into two separate parts Perhaps because in Lidy s story there is a lot of reflection on her family, including Armanda And Armanda s story is caught up in the search for Lidy, and the grief over Lidy, as a missing person This meant that while I found Lidy the appealing character, I never found myself wishing for the parts in which Armanda s story took precedence to be over The novel remains a clearly defined whole, which is laudable as the shifts in perspective also mean shifts in setting and time.The one difficulty I did have with The Storm was that it took quite some time to get used to De Moor s prose At first, I had to puzzle over some of the sentences, which can be quite long look who s talking And it was only after 40 pages or so that I felt myself comfortably slide into the story However, once I did, I did not want to stop reading Review originally posted over at Iris on Books

  4. says:

    This was a very powerful read and perhaps the only reason I did not accord her 5 stars was it seemed to falter a little in the middle Whether it was my state of reading mind or simply the momentum was slowed, I found it a little wanting I knew nothing about the flood of 1953 but she made it very real, and her characters with their struggles so alive The pain of reading about Lidy s real time experience while Armanda s life sped ahead, by years even was initially frustrating, but in the end a really interesting and effective strategy for developing her stories I loved the ending too It perfectly fit to complete the story and while a resolution is tritely satisfying, it seemed necessary Or at least I appreciated it this time rather than viewed it as a weakness.This was a book that puts lesser reads to shame I always feel a little guilty being hyper critical of an author as cannot imagine constructing a novel, at all Yet this is the sort of book I revel in reading, something magical, that can be fallen into,something worth applauding and appreciating for the gem it is why should lesser reads be applauded simply for existing or for being mediocre I love the cover, again with the cover but I find the packaging of a book descriptive of it s innards I am curious about the translation also wonder in the original language how it compares How much does this translator add to the reading experience something unknown by me.Eerie and disturbing but unique and worthy of reading.

  5. says:

    When I found this book at a flea market, I didn t knew the author nor the book And I didn t how much I would learn about a natural disaster that happened in the Netherlands in 1953, through a novel about two sisters who decide to switch their identity for a weekend It s well written and never melodramatic The story remained captivating until the end and for the first time I could imagine how awful it must have been for the 1836 victims You should know that I m living in Belgium, small neighbouring country of the Netherlands and that books about natural disasters are not the kind of reading I prefer I m glad I found and read this book I didn t realise till now that a tsunami can happen in our countries and doesn t only happen far far away It s a small world.

  6. says:

    This book was okay While the premise was interesting, the book itself was mostly just a sad story The writing, translated into English, is beautiful, there are some moving passages and unique issues covered It might be good for a book group discussion, but I can t really recommend The Storm as an enjoyable read.

  7. says:

    Loved the depictions of the storm s approach and devastation Much of what occurred was reminiscent of Katrina I found the story of the sister caught in the storm to be stronger than the story of the sister left behind.

  8. says:

    They looked alike Everyone thought so They were tall girls with narrow, strong shoulders, always a little bent, which gave them a worried appearance that was quite misleading And if they had turned round at that moment the double portrait would really have been striking dark hair, almost chestnut black, falling smoothly down their backs, exposing delicate little ears, and cut in a straight fringe that concealed the forehead completely Nobody would ever see their foreheads But everything could be read in the two pairs of eyes merriment, sadness, mockery, indifference, passion, and also the speed of their shifting moods, yet what conveyed itself most clearly was that the two sisters appeared to see the world in exactly the same way, and to judge it Lidy and Armanda are sisters Lidy, 23, is married with a young daughter, and Armanda is just 18 and somehow manages to persuade her sister to exchange lives for a day Lidy leaves for Zeeland to attend a birthday party, Armanda stays in Amsterdam to look after Nadja and Sjoerd How are they to know that this is the very night of the storm of 31 January 1953 that would sweep away 1,836 people, 120,000 animals, and 772 square miles of land at one stroke The sound of a storm defies words Or rather, the effect it has The world makes noises There isn t a moment of peace in which it isn t creaking or rustling or banging or talking and uttering every possible nuance of a lament until sometimes it even sings Some of these noises can wait a little, but others are absolutely urgent It is an odd feeling, reading this book.The chapters alternate between present and past of sorts The music of Lidy s story is slow, gradual, as she awaits the storm, the flood The time ticks by slowly as the floodwaters rise, and her fate looms The chapters with Armanda stride on briskly, first it is just as the storm hits, then the aftermath and the tragedy, and then 18 months later at Lidy s memorial service.I suppose that is the intention For you to grieve along with Armanda and the rest of the loved ones, then be struck as you return in the next chapter to Lidy waiting for the flood, high up in that attic room, knowing there is nothing she or anyone else can do As a result, your heart is pulled towards Lidy waiting her death But Armanda s life too has changed, she has outlived her sister, but feels haunted by her presence Do you know what I sometimes still think Lidy s just gone for a day, and she s relying on me to live her life for her, all organized and proper, and that s exactly what I m damn well doing The Storm, or De Verdronkene, was an emotional, unforgettable read.

  9. says:

    Trapped in her Sister s Shoes Storm by Margriet de Moor Abridged version of my review posted on Edith s Miscellany on 24 January 2014Winter is the season of storms in Europe and everybody living in coastal areas of the North Sea can certainly tell you a thing or two about it The two biggest storm catastrophes of the twentieth century happened in the Netherlands on 31 January 1953 and in Hamburg on 16 February 1962 Both times cyclones caused huge tidal surge which broke dikes and cost the lives of thousands of people A novel dealing with the flood disaster in the Netherlands and its impact on the lives of the surviving is The Storm by the Dutch writer Margriet de Moor The opening scene of The Storm is set in Amsterdam on the morning of 31 January 1953 An omniscient third person narrator tells the stories of the sisters Lidy and Armanda, the first twenty three and married with a child, the latter twenty one, shy and a bit jealous of everything her older sister has When Lidy instead of Armanda sets out for the small town of Zierikzee several hours to the South disaster takes its course It s the night of a winter storm of unexpected power and Lidy is in its centre After a long and desperate fight for survival she drowns in the floods This short and thrilling period of Lidy s life is set against the long and rather ordinary existence of Armanda in well ordered circumstances that follows the events because Lidy s body isn t found The worries of her family change into grief as the hopes to find her alive shrink Before soon Armanda takes the place in Lidy s little family, but for the rest of her days she feels like she were continuing her sister s instead of her own life.Reading The Storm by Margriet de Moor has been an interesting and instructive pleasure as well as a sad and moving experience And of course I highly recommend the book For the full review please click here to go to my blog post on Edith s Miscellany.

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    I picked up this book for my first stop on the Reader s Room Backpacking Across Europe Summer Reading Challenge I don t tend to read disaster stories, so I probably wouldn t have chosen it if Utah public libraries had a better selection of translated fiction side complaint there isn t much I miss about Texas, but the diversity of the DFW Metroplex is a big one Only in beginning this challenge did I realize how much harder my reading is going to be in MormonLand But I m quite glad this is the book I ended up with, as it was unlike anything I ve read before, in both style and substance.At the end of January 1953, a major storm flooded the North Sea More than 1800 people were killed in the Netherlands as well as about 300 in England and at least 200 at sea as hundreds of thousands of acres were suddenly underwater.This book begins on January 31, hours before the storm hit It s the story of Lidy and Armanda, sisters whose lives are permanently separated and, in a way, permanently merged on that day.I can t actually describe the book very well, which is something I m realizing now that I m attempting to do it It follows both sisters approximately equally, though one timeline ends up covering several decades and the other only one day It s full of logistical detail that I m sure many people would find superfluous, but even as I sometimes found it tedious, I never questioned its inclusion in the book Maybe it s because one of the things you can t help realizing, as you follow the Brouwer sisters stories, is how the most desperately mundane facts like changes in the air pressure northwest of Scotland can completely subsume our lives.

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