The Storm (2020)

The Storm 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
  • Title: The Storm
  • Author: Margriet de Moor Carol Brown Janeway
  • ISBN: 9780307264947
  • Page: 290
  • Format: Hardcover
  • On the night of January 31, 1953, 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 years.The morning of the storm, Armanda asks her siOn the night of January 31, 1953, 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 years.The 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 own.A 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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    1. Die Schwestern Lidy und Armanda sind Anfang 20, Armanda wohnt noch im Haushalt der Eltern, Lidy mit Ehemann Sjoerd und Tochter Nadja nur ein paar H user weiter W hrend d ster wirkende Andeutungen und eine Hochwasserwarnung im Radio ein nahemdes Orkantief ahnen lassen, f hrt Lidy zu einem Kindergeburtstag auf der niederl ndischen Insel Schouwen, die kleine Nadja wird von den Gro eltern und von ihrer Tante betreut Lidy nimmt den Wetterumschwang und das auff llige Verhalten von ein paar fl chtenden [...]

    2. Ik vond het in het begin erg moeilijk om in het boek te komen Het geschetste beeld van 1953 voelde verkeerd en veel te modern aan Ook de beschrijvingen van het jonge dochtertje waren onrealistisch Ik heb het nog even opgezocht, Margriet de Moor heeft zelf twee kinderen, maar het is blijkbaar een hele tijd geleden dat ze voor een tweejarige gezorgd heeft, als ze werkelijk denkt dat je een aantal dagen op een tweejarige kunt passen en ook nog rustig de hele dag aan je scriptie kunt werken.Vanaf he [...]

    3. Ik lees het met interesse en huivering Margriet de Moor schrijft erg prettig, maar soms ook wel wat academisch qua woordkeus De afwisseling tussen de zussen plus het grotere perspectief zijn goed met elkaar in balans lalageleest.wordpress 201

    4. 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, marry [...]

    5. 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 rea [...]

    6. Wieder einmal ein echtes Magriet de Moor Buch Und wieder einmal feinf hlig ins Deutsche bersetzt von Helga van Beuningen.Fantastisch wie ein ersch tterndes Gro ereignis wie die Flut von 1953 vermittelt werden kann, indem die Autorin wie mit einer Lupe nur eine Familie in den Blick nimmt Wenn es nicht wahr ist, ist es doch gut erfunden Ja der Plot wirkt konstruiert, ja die Personen verhalten sich nicht immer plausibel aber doch ist es toll, wie hier die Beziehung zweier Schwestern ber Tod und Leb [...]

    7. 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 neighbouri [...]

    8. Naar aanleiding van het 65 jarige jubileum van de watersnoodramp en op aanraden van mijn ouders die de watersnoodramp op jonge leeftijd van dichtbij hebben meegemaakt , heb ik dit boek gelezen Je hebt echt het gevoel dat je erbij was , zeiden ze toen ze het boek in mijn handen drukten En dat was waar Alle hoofdstukken van Lidy geven je een gedetailleerd beeld van de ramp van de mensen, de dieren, het landschap, de huizen De alsmaar aanhoudende gierende wind klinkt je bijna echt in je oren Maar d [...]

    9. Wat een interessant boek Het heeft mij positief verrast Spannend geschreven je weet wat er gaat gebeuren, maar toch wil je verder lezen Hier en daar anderzijds wel een beetje clich en af en toe een slordige schrijfstijl.

    10. Als lezer word je hard aan het werk gezet als je alles wilt volgen Het onderwerp, de watersnoodramp, is wel interessant.

    11. Wat een interessant boek, De verdronkene van Margriet de Moor Niet briljant geschreven, dan dan weer wel Maar goed gecomponeerd.Het verhaalArmanda haalt haar twee jaar oudere en sprekend gelijkende zus Lidy over om in haar plaats een bezoekje af te leggen aan haar petekind Het is 31 januari 1953 Lidy raakt vermist tijdens de watersnoodramp en Armanda neemt de plaats in van haar zus ze trouwt met Sjoerd, de man van Lidy, zorgt voor Nadja, het dochtertje van Sjoerd en Lidy als ware zij haar eigen [...]

    12. 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 [...]

    13. Trapped in her Sister s Shoes Storm by Margriet de MoorAbridged version of my review posted onEdith 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 [...]

    14. Ik ben met plezier aan dit boek begonnen en ik heb het ook met plezier uitgelezen Ik heb dit boek met heel veel plezier gelezen, het is een ontzettend leuk boek met veel verassende wendingen Ik ben er met plezier in begonnen, het leek me een interessant boek, en ik heb het niet weg kunnen leggen voordat ik het uit had Mijn eerste indruk van het boek is nog hetzelfde, alleen door het dieper nadenken over het boek heeft het boek voor mij wel meer inhoud gekregen Het boek heeft echt een ontzettend [...]

    15. Two sisters trade roles for a couple days so that one can attend a party and one can leave town to visit her sister s godchild The latter unknowingly heads straight into the worst storm and flood that the Netherlands have seen in centuries The woman s fate is known early on, so the plot is driven by an inevitable set of events, following both sisters experiences The sister that remained home grapples with her responsibility for the situation and the sister in the storm struggles for her life It [...]

    16. I loved this book And that is something, because usually I don t like books written in my own language Dutch Of course, the ending it was to be expected Everyone with even a little knowledge of what happened in 1953, could ve guessed it I thought this book was wonderful I loved the little, heartbreaking facts the author gives the reader, and how one story ends, while the other continues I especially loved the ending.Although The book was quite confusing sometimes, but after reading parts over it [...]

    17. The only reason I finished this book was because we had selected it for our next bookclub meeting I am truly wondering why it has such a high score on It was really hard to keep my attention with it because it was so uninteresting What did it really tell What was the author s objective I have absolutely no idea It feels like Margriet De Moor wanted to put as much stilistic grand gestures into this book as possible As a consequence, I didn t follow her at all It was like a story was being told an [...]

    18. A thought provoking book about the devastating 1953 flood near Dordrecht that drowned over 1800 people This flood caused Nederlanders to rethink their ability to hold back the sea, prompting them to build a giant sea gate, and abandon several town We sometimes hiked about remnants of ruined communities foundations at low tide when living in Dordrecht Coincidentally I finished reading this book the week that Hurricane Sandy struck NYC and NJ There were many media references to the Dutch decision [...]

    19. We had to read this book for our monthly book club, and I had to fight myself through Even though it gets better near the ending, it s still a book with many layers, which you only find out by talking about the book At first, you hate Armanda Amanda I can t even remember her name, lol because she seems so utterly heartless and lets other people decide her future But at the end this hatred shifts a bit and I got confused aswell as my co readers The worst thing is the writing though complex and an [...]

    20. Aardig verhaal gebaseerd op het dubbelgangersmotief De structuur van het boek beviel me enerzijds De verhaallijnen van Lidy en Armanda lopen heel mooi naast elkaar Waarbij het verhaal van het naderende onheil van Lidy me het meeste bijbleef Anderzijds stoorde ik me mateloos aan de aanwezigheid van De Moor in het boek Met een opgeheven vingertje legt ze de schuld van de omvang van de ramp bijna bij een paar lapzwansen van mannen.

    21. I did not like this book A woman is caught in a flood in the Netherlands Her sister marries her husband mothers her daughter has two children divorces the husband and finally lands in a nursing home Sandwiched between this story is the story of the unfortunate sister s last days and hours At the end she comes back to her sister in the nursing home It wasn t very significant to me.

    22. 2 1 2 stars I really liked parts of this, but this is another novel I feel would work better as a collections of stories or vignettes Part of my trouble getting involved had something to do with translation or culture, I think It was hard for me to follow the motivations and reactions of characters Because of that, frankly, I kind of skimmed the last few chapters I know I feel bad about it.

    23. Historical fiction by Netherlands classical singer turned award winning novelist The story of two twinlike sisters whose individual lives lose their boundaries and become one in the wake of a freak winter hurricane in 1953, the worst natural disaster to strike the area in over three hundred years Alternating perspectives advance the story, slowly unraveling the details of one sister s death in the storm, as the other sister moves on living for both in the following decades.

    24. The book does an amazing job realizing for the reader the devastation that was wrought by the 1953 flooding of The Netherlands The interplay between the national scale and the personal scale makes the experience very vivid STill, there was something missing with in the basic quality of the writing for me that keeps the book from getting higher marks It was like I could feel the author there, the whole time, manipulating the characters as suited the needs of her story.

    25. The best thing about this book was that it took place in a country I have not read much about The Netherlands The description was tantalizing look alike sisters trade places for a weekend then one is unexpectedly caught in an awful storm and flood and thought to be dead The author writes in detail about the dead sister s last hours in such a manner that I found myself thinking perhaps she did survive after all The disappointment when I realized she did not ruined the whole book for me.

    26. De verdronkene maakt de stormvloed van 1953 in Zeeland wel heel aanschouwe n lijk Lidy verdrinkt eigenlijk twee keer haar lichaam in de Oosterschelde en haar ziel in het hart en het hoofd van haar zus Na de eigenlijke verdrinking wordt het verhaal van de zus minder helder en wordt het wat teveel uitgerekt De begrafenis op Westenschouwen zou een sterker einde geweest zijn.

    27. I liked the writing mostly But this book borders on a 1 star for how it went to hell in the end The last chapter was unreadable and I didn t care The Lidy chapters ended tediously with cliffhangers that you could see coming a mile off I felt like the author was trying to make me look stupid.

    28. I gave this 2 stars because I hate it when I skim whole paragraphs just to get through a chapter or two or three or eight And I skimmed a lot to get past the boring bits I felt like I need a degree in low country urban planning to understand some of the descriptions At least I learned some new words like polder I already knew about dikes.

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