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Eline Vere by Louis Couperus

Eline Vere (original 1889; edition 1983)

by Louis Couperus (Author), Stephan Saaltink (Cover designer)

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Title:Eline Vere
Authors:Louis Couperus (Author)
Other authors:Stephan Saaltink (Cover designer)
Info:Antwerpen/Utrecht: L.J. Veen (zesde druk)
Collections:Your library, Currently reading
Tags:Couperus, The Hague, Love, Literature, Naturalism, Netherlands

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Eline Vere by Louis Couperus (1889)


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Ook voor Nederlands kwam ik in aanraking met Eline Vere van Louis Couperus. Eerlijk gezegd koos ik het boek vooral doordat ik ooit de film al eens gezien had, jaren geleden, en ik was daarom ook nieuwsgierig naar het boek. Ik herinnerde me niet al te veel meer over film, schijnbaar had vooral de scene waarin ze het huis van haar zuster ontvlucht erg veel indruk op me gemaakt!

Het boek gaat over Eline Vere, een jonge meid in de upper-class van Den Haag. Haar leven bestaat uit het ene naar het andere dinertje, feestje, maar bovenal is haar leven nep. Ze moet zich steeds anders voordoen dan ze is en dan ze zou willen en uiteindelijk raakt ze de grip op de werkelijkheid en de wereld steeds verder kwijt.

Ik vond dit een mooi boek. De stijl vond ik vrij theatraal, maar dat paste perfect in de setting van het verhaal. Het verhaal vond ik ook boeiend om te lezen, al lijkt het me vreselijk in zo'n periode geleefd te moeten hebben, in zo'n situatie. Het is al zeer snel duidelijk dat Eline behoorlijk depressieve buien heeft, maar haar omgeving vind dit niet ernstig of doet er althans niets mee. Op een gegeven moment is ze ontzettend gelukkig, maar daarna verdwijnt dat allemaal weer, en toen had ik zo'n medelijden met haar. De schrijfstijl verder is een beetje ouderwets, maar daar kan het arme boek zelf natuurlijk ook niets aan doen. Ik had er verder ook niet al te veel moeite mee, maar het remt het leestempo wel natuurlijk. Ik vond het eigenlijk een beter boek dan ik verwacht had, en daarom waardeer ik het ook met 4 sterren. ( )
  Floratina | Jan 23, 2014 |
Na lange tijd heb ik dit boek herlezen. Prachtig taalgebruik natuurlijk, zeer poëtische beschrijvingen en wat een leed! Dit is nou echt slow reading, een mooi inkijkje in een tijd die toch wel ver achter ons ligt. Af en toe wel erg romantisch, maar ook een hele mooie psychologische roman. ( )
  elsmvst | Sep 9, 2013 |
Did not finish.
I had to stop after about 3 or 4 chapters. The feeling of desperation, listlessness and depression became so overwhelming that I feared for my sanity and taking drastic measures myself. The writing is that good, in the sense that the novel manages to convey Eline's situation so poignantly.
Mind you, I was a slightly depressed teenager at the time, so the emotions sunk in deep.
Not recommended if you're having doubts as to the meaning of it all yourself. ( )
  Bluerabella | Apr 3, 2013 |
I read the version put out by Archipelago Books. It was a lovely book to hold. I really enjoyed its comfortable heft, the binding, the font, the overall design and texture of the cover. It may have been about the stodgier side of the Hague in the 19th century, but the book itself was a sensual delight. Every time I turned a page, I enjoyed touching the paper it was printed on. This was very fitting since there is a lot of material culture in it. There was a sameness to what people said; the details came out in how they related to each other's furniture.
This book had a pleasant fly-in-amber quality about life in The Hague for a certain class of people at a certain time, and like Andy Warhol's 'Empire' it develops it's own scale of action. Every night I climbed into this book and braced myself for the moment the lights would come on. They never did. I enjoyed it anyway. ( )
  dmarsh451 | Mar 31, 2013 |
This is a little gem, a literary classic from a great Dutch author. Situated in the late 1800s , Couperus portrays the life of the upper-class in Den Haag, which was quite something at the time. He focusses on Eline Vere, a 20-something girl who lives with her sister and brother-in-law and who regularly falls in and out of love but never can seem to find what she's looking for in this empty life of hers. She's surrounded by family and friends who also try to make somethong of their lives, some of them who succeed, others who don't. I thought it very interesting to see how Eline developped from a young innocent, slightly spoiled girl to a hysterical wreck and how her surroundigns reacted to her. This is a very beautiful, elegant, bitter-sweet study of 19th century mores. ( )
  JustJoey4 | Jun 13, 2012 |
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'Eline Vere" first appeared in 1889, and its success launched the career of Louis Couperus (1863-1923), now regarded as the greatest Dutch novelist of his time. That may sound like faint praise. It shouldn't. With this "novel of The Hague," Couperus produced one of those beautifully composed, old-style realist novels that present an entire society to us while simultaneously questioning its values. If you enjoy Tolstoy or Trollope, you really should try Ina Rilke's new translation of this superb, albeit too little-known book.
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Louis Couperus was catapulted to prominence in 1889 with Eline Vere, a psychological novel inspired by mile Zola, Gustave Flaubert, and Leo Tolstoy. Eline Vere is a young, financially comfortable heiress, who, despite being pretty and well-liked, tends to be withdrawn and subject to bleak moods. She accepts the marriage proposal of a family friend, only to later break off the engagement, convinced that her sickly but charismatic cousin Vincent is in love with her. After months of uncertainty, Vincent drifts elsewhere, leaving Eline to dream of all that she has lost in her young life. Award-wi.… (more)

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