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More landscape art from Flevoland: The Green Cathedral by Marinus Boezem in Almere
178 poplar trees were planted, they mimic the size and shape of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Reims, France.
total books read in 2017: 67
own 45 / 22 library
total pages read in 2017: 17.534
Books read in February 2017 (34 books, 7.778 pages)
book 67: Kinderverhalen by Mies Bouhuys, 176 pages, , msg 277
book 66: De Cock en het duel in de nacht (De Cock 38) by A.C. Baantjer, 135 pages, , msg 276
book 65: Het bittere kruid by Marga Minco, 90 pages, , msg 265
book 64: De vloek van Woestewolf by Paul Biegel, 135 pages, , msg 263
book 63: Lang zul je leven : bakerrijmpjes by Ienne Biemans, 43 pages, , msg 254
book 62: De kleine kapitein by Paul Biegel, 127 pages, , msg 253
book 61: Nachtlicht (Inspector Banks 2) by Peter Robinson, 243 pages, , msg 248
book 60: Bij nader inzien by J.J. Voskuil, TIOLI #21, 1207 pages, , msg 242
book 59: The Poet's Dog by Patricia MacLachlan, 88 pages, , msg 229
book 58: Kwaad bloed by Marita de Sterck, TIOLI #13, 159 pages, , msg 228
book 57: Laatste verhalen van de eeuw by Paul Biegel, TIOLI #7, 222 pages, , msg 227
book 56: Heerlijke nieuwe wereld by Aldous Huxley, TIOLI #8, 301 pages, , msg 220
book 55: Dief van de duivel by Mikael Engström, TIOLI #4, 272 pages, , msg 214
book 54: Wie is Julia by Alyssa Brugman, TIOLI #5, 195 pages, , msg 203
book 53: Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín, 316 pages, , msg 200
book 52: Ver heen by P.C. Kuiper, TIOLI #16, 168 pages, , msg 192
book 51: Misdaad en straf by F.M. Dostojewski, TIOLI #2, 568 pages, , msg 183
book 50: Van den vos Reynaerde by Willem, transl H. Adema, TIOLI #11, 127 pages, , msg 176
book 49: Lasse Länta by Cor Bruijn, TIOLI #6, 176 pages, , msg 174
book 48: Man zonder land by Kurt Vonnegut, TIOLI #9, 143 pages, , msg 155
book 47: Dromen van mijn vader by Barack Obama, TIOLI #15, 415 pages, , msg 153
book 46: Lawines razen by An Rutgers van der Loeff, TIOLI #18, 160 pages, , msg 149
book 45: Walden ; Burgerlijke ongehoorzaamheid by Henry David Thoreau, TIOLI #10, 412 pages, , msg 139
book 44: De rode prinses by Paul Biegel, TIOLI #20, 128 pages, , msg 134
book 43: De verjaardag van de eekhoorn by Toon Tellegen, TIOLI #14, 36 pages, , msg 110
book 42: De verjaardag van alle anderen by Toon Tellegen, TIOLI #14, 112 pages, , msg 110
book 41: Bajaar by Martha Heesen, 124 pages, , msg 109
book 40: De eeuwigheid verzameld : Helene Kröller-Müller (1869-1939) by Eva Rovers, 602 pages, , msg 104
book 39: Overal en nergens by Bill Bryson, TIOLI #19, 287 pages, , msg 103
book 38: De Cock en de ontluisterende dood (De Cock 37) by A.C. Baantjer, 138 pages, , msg 103
book 37: Zand erover by Laura Broekhuysen, TIOLI #17, 110 pages, , msg 83
book 36: Sjanetje by Thea Dubelaar, TIOLI #12, 95 pages, , msg 54
book 35: Krik by Miep Diekman, TIOLI #1, 174 pages, , msg 42
book 34: De twaalf rovers by Paul Biegel, TIOLI #3, 94 pages, , msg 20
Books read in January 2017 (33 books, 9.756 pages)
book 33: In de ban van de ring by J.R.R. Tolkien, 1242 pages,
book 32: Fiona : In koelen bloede by Harry Bingham, 448 pages,
book 31: Fiona by Harry Bingham, 448 pages,
book 30: Het olifantenfeest by Paul Biegel, 112 pages,
book 29: Stille blik (Inspector Banks 1) by Peter Robinson, 299 pages,
book 28: Het eiland daarginds by Paul Biegel, 95 pages,
book 27: De mens is een grote fazant by Herta Müller, 126 pages,
book 26: Swing by Paul Biegel, 92 pages,
book 25: Haas by Paul Biegel, 192 pages,
book 24: Liefde (My struggle 2) by Karl Ove Knausgård, 602 pages,
book 23: Anderland by Paul Biegel, 90 pages,
book 22: Het gen: een intieme geschiedenis by Siddharta Mukerjee, TIOLI #3, 666 pages,
book 21: Tussen de wereld en mij by Ta-Nehisi Coates, TIOLI #14, 148 pages,
book 20: 7 jaren van een wielrenner by Herbert Friedrich, TIOLI #17, 366 pages,
book 19: De inspirerende wijsheid van de Dalai Lama by Dalai Lama, TIOLI #12, 191 pages,
book 18: Zout op mijn huid by Benoîte Groult, TIOLI #15, 243 pages,
book 17: Padden verhuizen niet graag by Gerard Brands, TIOLI #13, 120 pages,
book 16: Francesco by Jean Dulieu, TIOLI #7, 167 pages,
book 15: Het knoopjeskabinet by Edmund de Waal, TIOLI #2, 320 pages,
book 14: De aanslag by Harry Mulisch, 256 pages,
book 13: We moeten allemaal feminist zijn by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, TIOLI #1, 64 pages,
book 12: Dokter Zjivago by Boris Pasternak, TIOLI #5, 685 pages,
book 11: Kikker in de kou by Max Velthuijs, TIOLI #9, 28 pages,
book 10: Ik maak nooit iets mee by Guus Middag, TIOLI #8, 132 pages,
book 9: Een goudvis van tweeduizend pond by Betsy Byars, TIOLI #6, 107 pages,
book 8: Hidden Doe : Wij zijn Mesquakie, wij zijn één by Hadley Irwin, TIOLI #18, 122 pages,
book 7: De donkere kamer van Damocles by Willem Frederik Hermans, 335 pages,
book 6: Het veterdiploma by Wiel Kusters, TIOLI #19, 47 pages,
book 5: Onvoltooide geschiedenis by Boualem Sansal, TIOLI #4, 251 pages,
book 4: De wervelstorm by Ivan Southall, TIOLI #16, 178 pages,
book 3: Nachtverhaal by Paul Biegel, TIOLI #11, 159 pages,
book 2: Oorlog en vrede 2/2 by Leo Tolstoj, TIOLI #10, 769 pages,
book 1: Oorlog en vrede 1/2 by Leo Tostoj, 756 pages,
Books aquired in 2017: 6
Bajaar by Martha Heesen (e-book, Gouden Lijst 2012)
Kwaad gesternte by Hannah van Binsbergen (VSB Poëzieprijs 2017)
Tussen de wereld en mij by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Walden ; Burgerlijke ongehoorzaamheid by Henry David Thoreau
Tegen verkiezingen by David van Reybrouck
The Poet's Dog by Patricia MacLachlan
Binnen de huid by J.J. Voskuil
Terloops : Voettochten 1957-1973 by J.J. Voskuil
Reading plans in 2017
I have a large collection (now 764 books) of mostly awarded childrens & YA books. At the moment I am reading them all, mostly alphabeticly, to decide wich to keep. The ones not to keep are donated to a library in Rotterdam (where we lived until 2005).
I will try to read more of my own books, of the 244 books I have read in 2016 83 were own and 161 from the library.
I join the TIOLI (Take It Or Leave It) challenges each month.
Next one is yours
>7 lunacat: I am am enjoying every page, Jenny :-)
>8 charl08: Thanks Charlotte, because our province is fairly new (the land came dry in the 1950s/1960s) there was room enough for large lanscape art projects. I try to show one each thread.
>9 mstrust: Thank you Jennifer, at the first picture the trees are young, the other nearly full grown.
I am in awe of your reading also :)
And also, I love the green cathedral! When were the trees planted? A while ago by the looks.....
I prostrate myself in submission to your awesome reading abilities, Anita!!
Happy new thread... hmmm... if enough people say that you will need to start another new one :)
The green cathedral is interesting. Then again Flevoland is pretty interesting! I remember studying it in Geography when I was at school.
>11 kidzdoc: Thanks Darryl, maybe one day I can take you to the green cathedral :-)
>12 msf59: Thank you Mark, the idea is facinating and it turned out well in real.
>13 LovingLit: Thanks Megan, the trees were planted 30 years ago, so they are near their end now.
Next to it there is a "negative" as you can see at this picture. That can last forever as long at the grass is mowed regular.
>15 PaulCranswick: Thanks Paul, yes reading still comes easy :-)
>16 Berly: Thank you Kim, I like blue colors.
>17 sirfurboy: Yes, that is how it goes ;-)
It is a very special province, Flevoland. Because it is new land there was no traditional eshtablishment, everyone came from somewhere else. So the community is more equal and open than in older parts of the country.
Nice to know we are known enough to be studied at school.
book 34: De twaalf rovers by Paul Biegel
own, Dutch, YA, awarded, Nienke van Hichtum prijs 1973, Zilveren Griffel, 1972, English translation The twelve robbers, 94 pages, TIOLI #3
Twelve robbers, a king and a beggar are the main characters in a story with adventure and fun. The illustrations of Peter Vos are spot on.
>Hi Anita! Nice pictures of the Green Cathedral. My hubby and I have visited it, last summer. It was quite a search, involving us getting lost, and following a small track through fields full of pumpkins, but worthwhile. The poplars are big now!
Happy new thread.
Happy new thread, Anita! I like your toppers. The negative is really cool.
Hi Anita! Happy new thread, and thank you for sharing the topper, and, even more, >18 FAMeulstee: the negative space!! Fantastic.
Are they planning to plant another set once those trees have reached their end, or was it purely meant to be a temporary - if long lasting - piece of artwork?
>23 EllaTim: Hi Ella, good you were there last summer. I want to visit this month, with the bare trees it looks different I think.
Have you been to other landscape art in Flevoland (Polder Garden of Love and Fire, Observatorium, Aardzee, etc)?
>24 thearlybirdy: Thanks Birdy, it is nice to share these landscape art projects at my thread.
>25 Ameise1: Thank you Barbara, there is quit a lot of art in public space.
>26 karenmarie: Thanks Karen, it is an intriguing project that I wanted to share here.
Anita, that's a lovely art installation. But I am confused about something. Did you say that the trees are at the end of their life cycle? What kind of trees are they? I thought trees, especially large trees, usually live much longer than 30 years. Will they be replaced with another variety of tree, in the same space, do you know? It seems a lot of thought and effort went into creating that piece and would be a shame if it will just die
>27 foggidawn: Thanks Foggi!
>28 lunacat: The plan was to let nature have its way, Jenny. Most people want things to stay the way they are, so I am not sure if that is really going to happen. They could plant a second one, but that is probably up to the artist.
>29 Morphidae: It will be different, Morphy, but I can imagine that with broken and dying trees it still can be a beautiful place. It is what the artist intended...
>30 ChelleBearss: Thanks Chelle!
>32 jessibud2: Those are Lombardian poplars, Shelly, they grow narrow and fast, and don't get very old. They are used to fill a place quickly, sometimes together with slower maturing trees who live longer. The artist intended that it would be an creattion with limited life.
Ten years after the trees were planted concrete paths were added, representing the cross ribs and support beams of the cathedral.
>34 FAMeulstee: - Oh, thanks for that explanation. I don't know much about trees, to be honest but I guess that makes sense, then. Anyhow, it looks lovely!
>31 FAMeulstee: No, I wasn't aware of the other landscape art. I knew of the Green Cathedral, from a friend. We usually go birding in Flevoland, Lepelaarsplassen, Oostvaardersplassen, and we saw a sign for the Green Cathedral accidentally and decided to visit. Now that you mention them, I will look up some of the other art!
>34 FAMeulstee: The poplars were looking good, and they can live a couple more years, in my own neighbourhood Lombard poplars have been planted 90 years ago, and are still thriving. So the Cathedral will last a couple more years, I hope.
Hi Anita, happy new thread my dear and your thread toper photo is stunning. I really love the idea of a green cathedral and it looks great with a negative cathedral nearby.
>36 EllaTim: >31 FAMeulstee: You can find them all at the Land Art Flevoland website including locations.
>36 EllaTim: >34 FAMeulstee: It depends on what ground they are planted, they can get older, but the chance they fall or break gets more the older they are.
In my neighborhood the first poplars went down, they were planted in the early 1980s.
>37 johnsimpson: Thank you John, it is beautiful there.
book 35: Krik by Miep Diekman
own, Dutch, YA, no translations, 174 pages, TIOLI #1
Miep Diekman is a great storyteller. A tale about a kingdom, with a king and his 3 sons. The two eldest are twins and not very nice. The youngest, named Rik, is a nice boy. When the king dies he leaves his country to all three. The twins take each a side of the country, one the north, the other the south and they leave a small part in the middle for their brother Rik.
The first and largest part of the story was great, but in the end it felt as the writer didn't know how to end the story. It felt like it was cut at random.
Hi Anita! Happy Thursday to you.
The Lombardian Poplars remind me of Italian Cypress. I also learned a new term - fastigiate - having the branches more or less parallel to the main stem.
Thanks Karen and Birdy!
>43 karenmarie: That is a new word for me too, fastigiate, we don't have a one word translation for that in Dutch.
Happy New Thread, Anita. Fun to see the Green Cathedral up top. Fastigiate - new word for me, too. I like trees like that.
>46 jnwelch: Thanks Joe, I like those trees too, one of my favourites the Japanese Cherry 'Amonogawa', grows like that.
>47 Crazymamie: Thank you Mamie.
Tomorrow, if the weather permits, Frank and I will go to the Green Cathedral, as a birthday outing for me. I think it will be beautiful with the bare trees.
Oh, dang, I missed your birthday - happy belated! I hope it was the best one yet!!
book 36: Sjanetje by Thea Dubelaar
own, Dutch, YA, awarded, Zilveren Griffel 1980, no translations, 95 pages, TIOLI #12
Sjanetje has to stay with mrs Bloem. She doesn't like it there, but her mother is ill and her father is at sea. Her brother has Down Syndrom and stays for the time being in a home. Sjanetjes misses her parents and her brother. Her brother comes once a week, on Sundays. He is fun, but can be embarrassing at times. Through the weeks Sjanetje and Mrs Bloem get along better.
>56 jessibud2: >57 sirfurboy: >58 cal8769: >59 karenmarie: >60 nittnut: >61 aktakukac: >62 Ameise1:
Thanks Shelley, sir Furboy, Carrie, Karen, Jenn, Rachel and Barbara!
We went this afternoon to The Green Cathedral and will go out to dinner tonight.
Some pictures from this afternoon:
From left to right: side view, front view, groundplan
From left to right: picture of Marinus Boezem planting the trees (at the display), Ari in The Green Cathedral (tired of marking almost all the trees!), Frank
To clarify, Amber, when I wished Anita Happy Birthday yesterday, it was already her birthday there in the Netherlands!
Sounds like you are having a lovely day, Anita!
Looks like it was a lovely birthday outing Anita. I hope you've had a wonderful day. Happy Birthday!
Happy Birthday, Anita.
Looks like you're already having a fun one. Enjoy the dinner tonight.
Happy Birthday, Anita!!!!! I hope you have a terrific day! Those pictures are lovely.
Hartelijk gefeliciteerd Anita. I hope you´re having a great day. (had? the times are quite confusing at the top of the posts)
And thinks for the link to the Flevoland art site. Enough options for a visit, but first we have the Batavia werf on our wishlist.
>64 ronincats: Yes Roni, I had a very good day :-)
>65 lunacat: Thanks Jenny, no visitors, two phonecalls & lots of nice messages on my thread here, couldn't be better!
>66 jnwelch: Thank you Joe, yes good afternooon and diner at the Italian was very good :-)
>67 Crazymamie: Thanks Mamie, as I said to Jenny before, couldn't be better!
>68 thearlybirdy: Thank you Birdy. It was great to see The Green Cathedral with the bare trees. And Ari liked the walk there ;-)
>69 Trifolia: Dank je, Monica!
>70 EllaTim: Bedankt Ella, yes I had a great day.
(je kan de tijd veranderen, rechts bovenaan op Mijn profiel klik op Bewerk profiel en dan daar links op Accountinstellingen klikken, op die pagina kan je de tijdzone aanpassen)
>71 charl08: Thank you Charlotte, past years my birthdays get better and better, no visitors, no obligations, only doing nice things :-)
>72 7stormsKaylee: Thanks Kaylee!
>73 johnsimpson: Thank you John, it was a great day
Happy Birthday, Anita! It sounds like you had a wonderful day! I hope you got lots of books as presents! :)
>76 vancouverdeb: Pst, Deb, it was Anita's birthday
Happy weekend, Anita.
>76 vancouverdeb: Thanks Deborah, my ordered books came in today :-)
>77 avatiakh: Thank you Kerry, I like the artists imagination, a Cathedral in trees.
>78 ChelleBearss: Thanks Chelle, yes I had a great day.
>79 Ameise1: She noticed, Barbara, and thanks the same to you!
>80 DianaNL: Thank you Diana, my birthday coudn't have been better.
The books for my birthday came in today, I always get money from my parents and I buy some books.
Frank gave me two nice Islay malt whiskys, a bottle of Bruichladdich and a small bottle of Bowmore. The past year I started to drink and like whisky and I am trying some new ones. The Bruichladdich was the first I liked and I tried the Bowmore last nigt, it tastes good too :-)
The books: Bajaar by Martha Heesen (e-book, Gouden Lijst 2012), Kwaad gesternte by Hannah van Binsbergen (winner VSB Poëzieprijs 2017), my own copy of Tussen de wereld en mij by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Walden ; Burgerlijke ongehoorzaamheid by Henry David Thoreau and my own copy of Tegen verkiezingen by David van Reybrouck.
And I ordered, but didn't receive, as it will come next week:
The Poet's Dog by Patricia MacLachlan
book 37: Zand erover by Laura Broekhuysen
own, Dutch, YA, awarded, Eervolle vermelding 2003, no translations, 110 pages, TIOLI #17
Meike is the youngest of 4 sisters. She has always known there is something odd in her family, but she was never able to understand. On vacation with her sisters on the island Vlieland they finally start to talk to eachother.
The idea of the book was good, but too many loose ends to make it a good read.
A belated Happy Birthday to you! I'm glad it was such a good day!
I love the landscape art. It looks like Ari did, too! It's such an interesting concept and I hadn't seen it before.
Happy Birthday Anita!
Just stopping by to gratulate you - great you had a good day.
The Green cathedral is great, I love the association of church and nature.
>82 FAMeulstee: Happy belated Birthday Anita! Enjoy the whisky. I have been to Islay twice and visited the Bowmore distillery (as it is one Mr SandDune likes) but not Bruichladdich.
>87 SandDune: Thanks Rhian, I have tried and liked Caol Ila, Bruichladdich and Bowmore. I didn't like Bunnhabhain.
A few years back Frank went to Islay and visited almost all distilleries there.
Happy Belated Birthday, Anita! Hope you had a great day and are enjoying your weekend.
I'm not a whisky fan, but a friend raves about Talisker.
The books sound great. I'm hoping for some for my birthday too, and then have a ten year thingaversary to celebrate!
>89 msf59: Thanks Mark, today a last birthday celebration, we went to diner with my oldest brother and his wife.
>90 charl08: Thank you Charlotte, I have Tallisker on my list, I have heard praise about that one too.
I was checking your thingaversary and see I came on LT exactly one year later, it is my 9th :-D
My brother Aart, me, sister in law Angelien & Frank at the restaurant where we had a wonderful diner.
Ari was there too, but was under the table, like a well behaved dog should be: invisible for others & out of everybodies way.
>75 FAMeulstee: Dank je voor de aanwijzingen, meteen veranderd, nooit gezien!
Have fun tasting whiskys, lots of choices! And looking forward to your reviews of those nice birthday presents.
>94 EllaTim: Graag gedaan, Ella, ik kwam er ook pas na een paar jaar achter... ;-)
Two of those books I have already read and wanted to have my own copy, so my husband can read them too. Last month I read Tussen de wereld en mij and I read Tegen verkiezingen last year.
I hope to read Walden ; Burgerlijke ongehoorzaamheid this month.
review Tussen de wereld en mij
review Tegen verkiezingen
>91 FAMeulstee: That looks like a fun celebration of a wonderful day. : )
>95 FAMeulstee: I'd like to read Walden as well. The idea of going to live in a cabin in the woods is appealing. I have a small mini-cabin at my allotment, but I can't do a Walden there, lots of neighbours. Still, I'm interested.
Thanks for sharing your birthday photo, Anita! Looks like you all had fun!
Finished one book last night and two books today:
book 38: De Cock en de ontluisterende dood by A.C. Baantjer
from the library, e-book, police mystery, 37th book of 70 De Cock, 138 pages
De Cock and Vledder are faced with the grueling murder on a teacher. More are killed the same way...
These books aren't great, but always statisfactory reads with a well tied ending.
book 39: Overal en nergens by Bill Bryson
from the library, non-fiction, translated, TIOLI #19, original title Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe, 287 pages
Much fun with Bill Bryson traveling through Europe in 1990. With some memories of a similair trip he did in 1972 with Stephen Katz.
book 40: De eeuwigheid verzameld : Helene Kröller-Müller (1869-1939) by Eva Rovers
from the library, Dutch, non-fiction, biography, no translations, 602 pages
Biography of Helene Kröller-Müller, founder of the national museum Kröller-Müller.
Born in Germany, she married a succesful Dutch businessman. She started a Modern Art collection in the first decades of the 20th century with the main focus on Vincent van Gogh. She wanted to build a large museum for her collection on the Veluwe, but after the crash of 1929 she and her husband lost a lot of money, so these plans had to be cancelled. Afraid her collection could be split up and sold by her children, she decided to give the collection to the Dutch government, on condition there would come a museum for the collection. A year before her death the national museum Kröller-Müller opened.
Fun fact: Helene Kröller-Müller and her family lived a few years on Haringvliet 94 in Rotterdam. Since 1966 RSG is situated on that adress.
(RSG=Rotterdams Studenten Gezelschap, the student association where my husband and I met back in 1982).
>102 FAMeulstee: Yes, volkstuin. We do see lots of trees from the windows, but that's about it:-)
Hope you slipped Ari something yummy at the restaurant! Good photo, and looks like you've had quite a few fun reads too.
Hi Anita! Thanks for sharing the photo of you, Aart, Angelien and Frank. And Ari, too, under the table. *smile*
Hope you're having a good day with lots of reading.
>106 cammykitty: Yes of course I did, Katie, that is why Ari behaves so well when we are at a restaurant. Of all the food I get, he gets one of two little bites :-)
>107 karenmarie: Thank you Karen! Yes Ari too, that is his only inconveniance, he can't stay home alone, so we always take him with us. In case emergency he doesn't mind to stay in the car.
I have a day filled with reading, I finished 2 childrens books and one YA book.
book 41: Bajaar by Martha Heesen
own, Dutch, YA, awarded, Gouden Lijst 2012, no translations, 124 pages
Julia and her 5 sisters live with their grandma. It is in the years right after the 2nd World War. Their mother died in the last year of the war, giving birth to the twins. Their father went to Germany and never returned. Julia must take care of her youngers sisters when her grandma isn't around.
They have a horse, named Bajaar, the best time for Julia is when she can be alone, riding Bajaar.
book 42: De verjaardag van alle anderen by Toon Tellegen
own, Dutch, YA, awarded, Zilveren Griffel 1999, no translations, TIOLI #14, 112 pages
Funny short stories, each 2 or 3 pages, with matching illustrations by Geerten ten Bosch.
Almost very animal gives a party on his birthday, some prefer to spend this day in solitude, others never have a birthday.
book 43: De verjaardag van de eekhoorn by Toon Tellegen
own, Dutch, YA, awarded, Gouden Penseel 1996, English translation The Squirrel's Birthday and Other Parties, TIOLI #14, 36 pages
Squirrel has his birthday soon, he sends invitations to all animals. On his birthday he is nervous, will the others like his party?
>111 Morphidae: Ari has separation anxiety, Morphy, after a lot of training he could stay home for 2 hours when Chimay was still around. Now he is the only dog, and it came back even worse. I tried to train him again, but that went so slow, that we decided not to bother anymore, as he is able to stay in the car for a longer time. He can almost always come with us, so it is no big deal.
>112 FAMeulstee: Aw, poor guy. Maia fusses a little when we leave and when we come back but other than that, she basically just sleeps in her kennel. We try not to leave her for long or past a "potty time." She is not a good "outside dog." She's better off at home.
>113 Morphidae: Not every dog does well on his own, Morphy, we were lucky with the Chow Chows, they all didn't mind to stay at home. Ari is a real companion dog, he needs company ;-)
If Maia feels better at home, that is the best place for her to stay.
What type of dog is Ari? Sometimes I think it's the breed. From what I've heard Chows are pretty independent. Maia is a Shih Tzu/Pomeranian Cross. Both are companion/lap dog breeds. Not quite so independent but Maia doesn't do well with loud noises, dogs or people "rushing" up to her/us, etc. She prefers the quiet of home. And we do too. She gets all excited and won't calm down when out. It's a shame. She's so pettable when calm she would have made a great therapy dog.
Wishing you a belated Happy Birthday! I also love the Green Cathedral photos, and the Ari sighting! My Adrian had separation anxiety when I first adopted him, but he grew out of it after a few months. He stays in his crate with the TV on while I'm at work. I'm able to go home for lunch so he's not alone for more than 4-5 hours. If there's a day when I can't make it home for lunch, I make arrangements for him to stay with a friend.
>118 Morphidae: Ari is a Pekingese, some of them do well on their own, some don't.
Ari came to us fairly late at 3 months, his first 3 months he had been with his mother & brother and some other Pekingese. At first he was afraid of every other breed, including our Chow Chows, but he adapted very soon. I did a lot with him in the first weeks, as socialising works the best in the first 16 weeks of a dogs life. He doesn't like loud noises, but does not panick, he can handle almost anything when he is in his buggy ;-)
So it is not only the breed, but also what they are exposed to when they are young.
>119 cbl_tn: Thank you Carrie, Ari is happy to be seen ;-)
He can almost always come with us, so his separation anxiety isn't a big thing. And he doesn't mind to stay in the car, except on hot summer days, that is a good alternative. If it had been necessary, like it is for you, I would have looked into other ways to deal with it.
Adrian is lucky to have you :-)
>120 FAMeulstee: Okay, now you know we have to see a picture of Ari in his buggy.
>120 FAMeulstee: I bought a stroller for Adrian a couple of years ago. I have longer legs so I can walk a lot farther than he can. (Or at least farther than he wants to!) He loves riding in the stroller once he's walked off his excess energy.
>122 Morphidae: Frank and Ari last year & close up Ari in his buggy:
>123 cbl_tn: They are very handy, we have the same problem with Ari. He can walk very good for a Pekingese, but after two miles (3 kilometer) he gets tired. We bought the stroller after a day walking around at a floral exhibition, when I ended up carrying Ari for most of the time...
Hi, Anita! You are a reading machine, my friend. Glad you like the Bryson. I want to read more of his work. It has been awhile.
>129 LovingLit: Thanks, Megan, it is lovely to walk there, we will go again when the trees are green again.
Yes, many restaurants, bars etc. allow (well behaved) dogs, it is up to the owner what they allow. In Rotterdam, where we lived before, about 75% of the restaurants and nearly all bars would allow dogs, where we live now there are less, so we were happy to have found one nearby.
>130 Morphidae: Indeed Morphy, I know it is different in other parts of the world.
>131 msf59: Thanks Mark, I don't know if the easy reading is ever going to end, but as long as it lasts, I am going to enjoy it!
Bill Bryson is always good and funny :-)
>124 FAMeulstee: that is just adorable!! In Canada most restaurants will not allow a dog unless it is a personal service animal (eg: for the blind)
Our dogs have to stay at home alone, but they have each other for company. The one time I left our black lab in the car to run into the grocery store he ate a seat belt!
book 44: De rode prinses by Paul Biegel
own, Dutch, YA, awarded, Zilveren Griffel & Zilveren Penseel 1988, no English translation, TIOLI #20, 128 pages
The Red Princess lives at the palace with her parents, the King and the Queen. At her 12th birthday she is allowed to leave the palace for the first time for a ride in a red carriage. She is kidnapped by 3 robbers who take her far away into the wilderness. She manages to escape, but life outside the palace is SO different...
>133 ChelleBearss: Thank you Chelle, Ari is always adorable ;-)
That is the same here, even places that don't allow other dogs have to accept service dogs.
Ouch, eating a seat belt... Ari always is in the back of the car where he can't do much damage, only his cushion and he hasn't started to eat it yet.
Stopping by, only to be completely amazed by all your reading! You have got quite the momentum!
Dogs generally aren't allowed in restaurants here in Massachusetts either-- unless they are service dogs. What a cute furbaby you have!
Sorry to have missed sending birthday wishes to one of my all-time favorite 76 challenge members. You are such a dear, wonderful soul. From the first, i felt connected to you.
I hope you had a jolly day!
>136 michigantrumpet: Thanks Marianne, indeed momentum is the right word :-)
Thanks again on Ari's behalf!
>137 Whisper1: Thank you, Linda, for your lovely words, besides it is nice to stretch my birtday to a birthweek.
I had a great day. Although I love the picture, I am happy my birthday wasn't so crowded ;-)
book 45: Walden ; Burgerlijke ongehoorzaamheid by Henry David Thoreau
own, translated English, autobiography, original title Walden and On the duty of Civil Disobedience, TIOLI #10, 412 pages
Thoreaus account of the two years he spend at the shore of Walden Pond. He turned his back to society to live in hamony with Nature, building his cabin and trying to be self sufficient. A sharp observer of nature, many beautiful descriptions of the wildlife surrounding him. Interweaved with philosophical thoughts, a mixture of Christian beliefs, Hinduism and Confucianism.
He objected slavery and war, respected indigenous people, sounded somewhat grumpy on the progress of modern times (halfway 19th century, his main trouble was the railway).
On the duty of Civil Disobedience
Essay on peaceful resistance against unjust government. Thoreau refused to pay taxes for a government that accepted slavery and went to war in Mexico. My impression is that his thoughts lean heavely on Confucianism, although Confusius teaches to obey government, he encourages to stand up to a corrupt or unjust government.
Hi Anita, you are so fast, you have finished Walden already and I have hardly begun. Well, I accept my master:-)
I know nothing about Confucianism, but am curious what made you think of it in connection to Thoreau?
Years ago, I visited Walden Pond and the place where Thoreau built his cabin. There is a rebuilt replica of his original structure. In addition, there is an area where there is a carin, a group of stones, where visitors leave behind a stone for remembrance.
The entire area is lovely.
>140 EllaTim: There are some citations by Confucius in the text, Ella, and I happen to know a bit about Confucianism. Thoreau was one of the first Americans to incorporate Eastern philosophies.
>141 Whisper1: It is wonderful that the place is still there, Linda, so visitors can see where Thoreau spend his two years.
Did yo ever read Walden?
>141 Whisper1: - I visited there, too, in 2014. It really is a lovely place!
Hi Anita! Lots of good books and interesting discussions about dogs.
We were having lunch with friends last Saturday. Near the end of the meal, when David said he was going to step away for a minute or two, Terri asked him to check on Stan. I asked who Stan was, and she said that Stan was their friends' dog that they were taking care of for 2 weeks while their friends were on a vacation. David came back from checking and said that Stan was sleeping. Sure enough, when we left the restaurant we went to visit Stan in their SUV, cozy in a cute doggy bed, windows cracked, pleasant if a bit chilly temperatures, with the sun slanting in to warm him. He looked up sleepily and then went back to sleep. (He's a 14-year old Jack Russell Terrier). I thought it was rather cute.
>124 FAMeulstee: Love the photos of Frank and Ari!! I read Walden a long time ago--glad you enjoyed it. Happy Saturday.
>144 karenmarie: Thanks Karen, old dogs are always cute. I can imagine how Sam was looking up and going back to sleep.
Sometimes even Ari prefers the car, when we visit my parents. He always goes inside with us, and within 5 minutes he decides it is way too warm there and then I bring him back to the car where he will be sleeping until we return.
>145 Berly: Thanks Kim! Walden wasn't what I expected, it was better. I guess I had more a diary or something alike in mind.
>146 Ameise1: Thanks Barbara, the same to you.
Happy Saturday, Anita! I do not think I have ever read Walden. Hard to believe, right?
book 46: Lawines razen by An Rutgers van der Loeff
own, Dutch, YA, awarded, Beste Kinderboek 1954, English translation Avalanche!, TIOLI #18, 160 pages
Switserland, 1950s, a lot of snow falls in a short time. A large part of the country is in danger of avalanches.
Werner Altschwank lives in a small village. The inhabitants will be evacuated the next day, but that night the avalanche destroys some houses in the village, one of these houses is the Altschwanks house....
This was a popular book in its time, it was translated in 15 languages and a movie was made after the book.
book 47: Dromen van mijn vader by Barack Obama
from the library, translated English, non-fiction, autobiography, original title Dreams from my father, TIOLI #15, 415 pages
I wasn't aware that Barack Obama wrote this long before he became president of the USA.
Describing his life from his early years in Hawaï until his return to university (Harvard, 1988). As a descendant from a black man from Kenya and a white American woman, growing up with his mother and her parents, he struggles with racial identity. His upbringing was "privileged white", society is seeing him as "black". When his mother married an Indonesian, he lived some years in Indonesia.
After graduating in 1983 he went to work in Chicago as community organiser. That same year, Harold Washington had become the first black mayor of the city. He worked there for 3 years, when he decided he could do more if he went back to university to learn more a bout law.
Before continuing his education on Harvard Law School, Obama went to Kenya to meet his family. There he finds his "black" roots and sees the struggle of a country that has to come to terms with its colonial history.
book 48: Man zonder land by Kurt Vonnegut
from the library, translated English, non-fiction, essays, original title A man without a country, TIOLI #9, 143 pages
found on Kaitlyns thread (SnowcatCradle).
"There is no reason good can't triumph over evil, if only angels will get organised along the lines of the maffia."
Written at the time George W. Bush was president of the USA, Vonnegut writes about the many things that aren't right. Satirical rants of an old humanist, condemning the war in Irak, our addiction to fossil fuels and inequality.
I liked his view on Marx' quote "Religion is the opium of the people. ", opium/religion not as the addictive drug, but as a relief from pain, that you can use or not use, but shouldn't withheld from others who find their comfort in it.
Enlightening read that is important again with the new president...
Happy Sunday, Anita! I love Vonnegut. I don't have that title, but might bring out one of his other books. And we thought Baby Bush was bad. We should be so lucky, now!
Happy Sunday, Anita.
I'm impressed you took on reading Walden. That's some pretty dense reading. I read it in college, and remember wishing he had more of a sense of humor. :-)
Happy Sunday, Anita! I read and loved Dreams from My Father, just before Obama became president. I was just surprised he didn't talk about being born in Kenya. Kidding, of course...
>154 DianaNL: Thanks Diana, same to you!
>156 karenmarie: I read my first Vonnegut in 2011 Slaughterhouse five, Karen, then I saw A man without a country on one of the threads and it sounded good. I think it one of his last books. I am not sure Baby Bush was less evil, but the republicans sure do their best to make it look that way now :-(
>157 jnwelch: Thank you Joe, happy Sunday to you too!
Walden was a dense, but not a difficult read. Henry David Thoreau was very serious about his thoughts, sometimes nearing science but as we know now, not exactly right in some of his conclusions.
>158 PaulCranswick: Thanks Paul, almost happy Monday to you ;-)
Yes it is a good one, I think it was the last one Vonnegut wrote.
>159 msf59: Hi Mark, Happy Sunday!
It was a very well written book, he should be a writer. Wasn't that one of the rumours the Republicans spread about him?
>139 FAMeulstee: I almost started this one a while ago, and then got cold feet. Hehe. I know it is a must-read, and you have bumped it up the life with your review.
Isn't it funny how the railway as an indicator or massive social change gat his going, imagine what he'd think now!!? He may even attribute all todays' ills to the durn railway....who knows.
And I also have Dreams of my Father on the shelf! Oh dear, I have some hefty reading to do. How will I fit it all in!! (I know that is a silly question around here, as we are all struggling with that) :)
>153 FAMeulstee: I was amazed how well this book was written after reading some political books that are dryer than dust. Hopefully he will write some more now.
>149 FAMeulstee: Finally one that has an ebook edition :) Added to my ever growing TBR.
It's beautifully sunny over here in the east of England - I hope the same weather has reached you across the Channel.
>160 FAMeulstee: Baby Bush at least had competent 'handlers' and people who, except mostly for Chaney, weren't quite so venal.
>164 LovingLit: There are no "musts" in reading, Megan, only interesting books you might like ;-)
Yes, Thoreau would blame it all to modern times, darn railway, darn cars, darn factories etc. In his eyes modernisations already had gone way to far halfway the 19th century!
The Obama book was an easy read, he writes well and it was an interesting story to read.
>165 Ameise1: Thank you Barbara, only a few days before your next break, you earned your vacation!
>166 charl08: Indeed, Charlotte, it was the same to me, luckely I missed the dryer than dust ones ;-)
>167 Berly: I recommed both, Kim. I always participate in the TIOLI challenges, Obama fitted there, and then I remembered the Obama thread.
>168 sirfurboy: The writing feels a bit dated, as it was written in the 1950s, hope you like it when you get to it!
>169 lunacat: Yes Jenny, we had beautiful weather, both yesterday and today. Sunny with some remains of the snow left for Ari's pleasure.
>170 karenmarie: Probably, Karen, but Bush & Co had way to many ties to the war in Irak :-(
Yesterday my last birthday book arrived: The Poet's Dog by Patricia MacLachlan, 6 books added this year.
Today we returned from a short trip (one night) to Rotterdam. Frank goes there every month to visit his aunt, she lives in a home because she suffers from dementia. He always stays a night over, and once in a while Ari & me accompany Frank.
We statyed at Hotel Bazar and had dinner & breakfast there, both delicious!
And I delivered 17 childrens/YA books to the private library in Rotterdam-West, where I donated books last year. So now I have 17 books culled, added 6 books: still 11 books down :-)
book 49: Lasse Länta by Cor Bruijn
own, Dutch, awarded, Beste Kinderboek 1955, no translations, TIOLI #6, 176 pages
Lasse and his family live in the north of Sweden. They live in the old nomadic way, following their reindeer. Lasse's father, Olav is the head of their tribe. We follow them from early spring until the end of summer.
Lasse and his family are Sami people, in this book they are called Lapps, as they were called outside their world in this time (the book was written in the 1950s). There is also an explicit Christian moral.
>172 FAMeulstee: Well, that is true.l And going to war in Iraq was immoral, illegal, and unethical. We'll have to see what the Bloviating Orange Gasbag does - I, like everybody else, feels like he's been in office more than the 24 days that this torture has been so far.
book 50: Van den vos Reynaerde by Willem, translation H. Adema
from the library, Middledutch with Dutch translation, classic, English translation Of Reynaert the Fox, TIOLI #11, 127 pages
Dutch tale from the Middle Ages, written by "Willem die Madoc maecte" (Willem who made Madoc), translated into modern Dutch, both versions side by side on the pages.
Reynaert the Fox is summoned to the court of King Nobel the Lion. First Bruun the Bear is send to get Reynaert, when he fails Tybeert the Cat goes. Reynaert fools them both, but finally gives in when Grimbeert the Badger comes for Reynaert, he gives in (as ignoring a summon 3 times is a capital crime). He is found guilty for many crimes at the court of the King, but he outwits even the King and Queen.
>175 karenmarie: That is about the only positive thing I can think of about the present president, Karen, no direct ties to warfare...
>173 FAMeulstee: That sounds like a positive trip all round Anita. Love the idea of all those book donations. I'm sure they will be appreciated.
Happy Wednesday, Anita! Hope the week is going well. Yah, for The Poet's Dog. That one is a gem.
Good morning, Anita. Sorry, I haven't been around much. 50 books!!!! You're running laps around me. Good work. I hope you're doing well.
>124 FAMeulstee: Ari is sooooo cute, and he has a buggy!!!
>178 charl08: Thanks, Charlotte, it was a good trip. All donations are appriciated, I am glad to help a little bit :-)
>179 scaifea: Thank you, Amber, the same to you!
>180 msf59: Thanks, Mark, yep, good reading week, just finished Crime and punishment. I will read The Poet's Dog when I am finished with my planned TIOLI reads.
>181 thearlybirdy: Good afternoon, Birdy, yes still reading fast :-)
We got the buggy after I had carried Ari most of a day and I got very tiered of it. Ari loves his buggy, and so do I :-)
book 51: Misdaad en straf by F.M. Dostojewski
own, translated Russian, classic, English translation Crime and punishment, TIOLI #2, 568 pages
St Petersburg, the student Raskolnikov is depressed. He thinks he can commit the perfect murder. After the murder he gets more and more depressed and at times he gets overwhelmed by feelings of guilt. The police seems to get to him.
The book is completely written by the point of view of Raskolnikov, his thoughts, actions and interactions make you wonder if he is just crazy or a troubled soul who lost his way. The ending was a bit too sweet to my taste, but anyway a good read.
I love Dostojewski. That one I loved too. I read it in my late teens.
>184 charl08: I try to read at least one Russian classic a month, Charlotte, so I am still on track. Books on the shelves should go first, although I manage less than I hoped ;-)
>185 Ameise1: Dostojewski was a very good writer, Barbara, I was happy to read this one. Not sure if the next one will be The brothers Karamazov or The idiot.
Hi Anita, hope you are having a good week my dear, sending love and hugs.
Love Dostoevsky!! I have read many of his, including The Brothers K, but I have not read The Idiot...yet. Enjoy!
Good morning, Anita. I'm just happy knowing there's a book out there called The Idiot.
>187 johnsimpson: Thank you, John, all is well, love and hugs to you and Karen.
>188 Berly: Thanks, Berly, good to know you love Dostojewski! Still not sure wich book is going to be my next Russian.
>189 LovingLit: Mistakes happen, Megan, The Bridge looks good too!
>190 thearlybirdy: Good morning, Birdy, glad to make you happy with a book title! :-)
book 52: Ver heen by P.C. Kuiper
from the library, Dutch, non-fiction, according to GoodReads there is a hard to obtain English translation "A Mood Apart", TIOLI #16, 168 pages
The author was a professor in psychiatry, he wrote the Dutch manual for psychatry in his time.
He got serverely depressed and had psychotic delusions in the 1980s, was treated in his own hospital, but they found no cure. After a short stay back home he was admitted to an other psychatric hospital, and, oh irony, was cured with a medicine he always advised against using...
His delusions were similair to those who suffer from Cotrard's Syndrome (Fiona the main character in Talking to the dead suffers from this condition), he thinks he is dead. Not only dead, but in hell, everything he notions seems to confirm his delusions, the people who care for him are not who they seem to be, but devils who are punishing him...
After his recovery collegues urge him to write about this time, as he has an unique insight being a psychatrist and a patient.
A very interesting read, Kuiper isn't the best writer, but his story is penetrating, as I have suffered from depression myself. He also pinpoints the suffering of those who care about him, having to deal with a loved one who sudddenly goes mad.
Hi Anita, Interesting things in your thread, as always.
I looked up The Poet's Dog, a BB for me, as a book written from the point of view of a dog seems interesting.
Good luck with your next Dostojewski. I loved the Brothers Karamazov, but got completely stuck in The Idiot. I'm very interested what your experience will be!
>192 FAMeulstee: well, that sounds fascinating! What a set of insights the author must have had.
>192 FAMeulstee: Sounds a bit similar to Susan Kay Jamieson who also wrote about her own mental health as a psych expert. I like these memoirs, will have a look for the translation. Thanks Anita.
Happy Friday, Anita! I enjoyed your thoughts on Crime and Punishment. I read it many years ago and would love to do a revisit.
>197 msf59: Thanks Mark, it was agood read. Have you read any other books by Dostojewski?
book 53: Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín
from the library, e-book, translated English, original title Brooklyn, 316 pages
Ireland, 1960s, after her father has died Eilis needs a job. In Ireland there are very few jobs, so her sister Rose urges her to go to the USA. With help of a catholic priest in Brooklyn she takes the big step and starts a new life in Brooklyn.
Like with Nora Webster (who is briefly mentioned in this book), the book didn't completely pull me in. I do like the story, it could be engaging, but somehow it isn't to me.
>200 FAMeulstee: - I hadn't read the book but I did see the movie version and it was lovely.
book 54: Wie is Julia by Alyssa Brugman
own, YA, translated English, awarded, Eervolle Vermelding 2003, TIOLI #5, original title Finding Grace, 195 pages
Rachel graduated from highschool, but isn't really sure what she wants. She is hired to take care of a brain injured woman, Grace (in the Dutch translation her name is Julia), who lives near the university, where Rachel starts her first year. At first she is afraid of Grace, but gradually she starts to wonder who Grace was before her accident.
At the university she gets to know some people and a very nice boy. She finds out more about Grace and her life, and finds out more about who she is and what she wants in life.
Written with humor, this was a good coming of age book.
You've been doing some great reading here, Anita! I've always wanted to get to Crime and Punishment but haven't taken the big step yet
>200 FAMeulstee: Oh, I loved this. I wonder how well it translates though, as in English he says a lot with very little, if you know what I mean.
Heya Anita - some good reading here, and ah, the talk of dogs reminds me of when I lived in Washington DC, and there was a certain cafe that in summer would allow dogs. I think it was just on one day? And you would walk past on that day, and the outdoor tables would be swamped, dogs everywhere, dog bowls, it was hilarious and wonderful. Anyway, happy reading!
>139 FAMeulstee: >141 Whisper1: >143 jessibud2: You must come for a massive meet up and we can go to Concord MA and visit the state park at Walden!
>183 FAMeulstee: Congratulations on completing Crime and Punishment. I liked that and The Brothers Karamazov.
>200 FAMeulstee: I, too, felt "meh" about Colm Toibin's Brooklyn. I don't mind good strong descriptive passages, but this got bogged down so much in detail, that I had to force myself to finish. One instance where I can say I much preferred to movie to the book.
Hi Anita, Karen has had a good day and has got her scan appointment for Monday. Hope you have had a good day my dear apart from the sad news of the death of Dick Bruna. I hope you have a great weekend my dear and send love and hugs.
>207 charl08: I am not sure if it is the translation, Charlotte, there was a lot said with little words. Maybe I just don't like his style of writing. It all felt very distant.
>208 evilmoose: Thanks Megan, there is a similair tradition in our country. The day after the last day of outdoor swimming season, dogs (and their owners) are invited to have fun for one day in the swimmingpool.
>209 michigantrumpet: Thanks, Marianne, but I doubt I will ever travel that far ;-)
So an other vote for The brothers Karamazov
It wasn't those passages that bothered me, more that it felt like a huge distance between the characters and me. Like looking through a binocular the wrong way.
>210 johnsimpson: Thank you, John, good to hear Karen had a good day.
Yes, it is sad we lost Dick Bruna.
>212 Ameise1: Thanks, Barbara, I am glad you liked it more. I think Colm Tóibín just isn't for me, enough others to read :-)
book 55: Dief van de duivel by Mikael Engström
own, YA, translated Swedish, awarded, Zilveren Zoen 2007, TIOLI #4, no English translation, 272 pages
Shorlty after the death of his father Steppo gets in big trouble. After drinking some alcohol, made by themselves, he and his friend Hakan steal a car. His friend drives and they flee from the car when it is totally crashed. After this his friend disappears.
Steppo used to have good results on school, but since his father died, he doesn't care anymore. He is secretly in love with a girl in his class, but she has always been the scapegoat of the class, so he doesn't dare to tell his friends.
Then the owner of the stolen car finds him, a young criminal, and Steppo is in more trouble...
Anita, see that you are still reading up a storm - a book a day, at least.
Have a great weekend.
>213 FAMeulstee: On the plus side, Toibin has written loads, so finding utility you don't like him means you've got loads of space for reading other people:-)
Hope you have a good weekend.
Morning, Anita. I hope you have a good weekend. 55 books in counting, excellent work!
book 56: Heerlijke nieuwe wereld by Aldous Huxley
from the library, translated English, TIOLI #8, original title Brave new world, 301 pages
What can I say, it is a classic!
Set in future times, humanity is united and free of war. Babies are born in laboratories, conditioned from day one to their future place and work in society. People are kept happy with daily doses of drugs and sex. A few "Savage Reservations" have remained, there behind fences some native people live like in the old days.
>219 suslyn: Thanks Susan, I am so glad reading goes so well this year!
Hi Anita, hope you have had a really nice Saturday my dear and wish you a lovely Sunday, sending love and hugs.
>82 FAMeulstee: Happy belated birthday, Anita. Good people are born in February.
I have never tasted Islay whiskey but I can tell you it is a beautiful island. At one time they had 7 distilleries on Islay. My ancestors came from there and I should try a dram or two but I know I am allergic to rye whiskey so hesitate to try Scotch - my theory is that my ancestors over-indulged and so developed an allergy that was past on to some of their descendants. LOL
>222 karenmarie: Don't let my review keep you from reading Brooklyn, Karen, as many did love it.
>223 johnsimpson: Thank you John, the same to you and Karen.
>224 jnwelch: Thanks, Joe, I was in doubt between The brothers Karamazov and The idiot for my next Russian, seeing all the love for the brothers, that will be my next Dostojewski.
>225 Familyhistorian: Thank you Meg, Aquarius is the best ;-)
My husband visited Islay a few years back, and he used to be the only whisky drinker in the house.
Maybe your ancestors left because of the allergies? ;-)
book 57: Laatste verhalen van de eeuw by Paul Biegel
own, Dutch, childrens/YA, stories, awarded, Woutertje Pieterse prijs 2000, TIOLI #7, no translations, 222 pages
Short stories for children, some tense, some funny and some fairy-like. Populated with animals, kings, queens, giants and ordinary people. most of them funny. With illustrations by Fiel van der Veen.
book 58: Kwaad bloed by Marita de Sterck
own, Dutch, YA, awarded, Zilveren Zoen 2007, TIOLI #13, no English translation, 159 pages
Belgium, 1950s, Emma is send away to a catholic girls boarding school, as her sister is ill. She isn't brought up catholic, and the other girls tell her the strangest things. The nuns warn the girls about boys, but what is the problem? Emma hopes she can go home soon, but each month her parents tell her she should stay one more month... Then Emma decides she has to do someting drastic, so she can go back home.
LOL, Kwaad Blod sounds like quite the escapist read. ;) And I'll have to look for The Poet's Dog. I've read a lot of MacLachlan's books and like them quite a bit.
Ari! That tongue! He's so cute in his little buggy.
Just stopping by to drop off hugs for you, Anita, plus ones for you to pass along to Ari and Frank!
>229 FAMeulstee: I'm glad you enjoyed that one as much as I did.
>238 FAMeulstee: Not really but when I got up this morning the sun is shining. Big smile.
Yay for sunshine. Hope your Wednesday is better than your Tuesday, Barbara. At least, I think it is Wednesday today. All the days seem to be blending into each other this week. Whatever day it is it is pink shirt day here today (anti-bullying).
book 60: Bij nader inzien by J.J. Voskuil
own, Dutch, no translations, TIOLI #21, 1207 pages
Amsterdam, between 1946 and 1953, first autobiographic novel by J.J. Voskuil, published in 1963.
The writers alter-ego, Maarten Koning, starts his study Dutch in 1946, endless discussions between him and his friends about literature, existentialism, and their professors. Eventually almost all friendhips decline after graduation.
I love this author!
And with this book I finish a TIOLI sweep :-)
>241 FAMeulstee: Anti-bullying campaigns started in Canada and are held at different dates in different places in the world. Here in BC, we show our support by wearing pink shirts.
>242 FAMeulstee: Oh, I'm always so intrigued by books that aren't available in English. This one sounds great.
The pink shirts were news to me too! Good to hear about.
Voskuil's book series Het Bureau was made into a radioplay, some years ago. I still want to read the books, all my aunts were listening to the series, and very enthusiastic about it. But the 5000 pages are immense, how did you manage them?
>246 EllaTim: I just started one day in 2012, Ella, but then I had to go back taking anti-depressants that made me unable to read. I managed to finish book 4, but could not read further. Last year I picked up again with book 5 and finished the series.
It reads like a literary soap, nothing much happens, but you want to read on ;-)
I loved all his books and yesterday I ordered two more at Boekwinkeltjes.nl : Binnen de huid and Terloops: voettochten 1957-1973.
book 61: Nachtlicht by Peter Robinson
from the library, translated English, Inspector Banks 2, original title A dedicated man, 243 pages
A man is found murdered. Investigating the case, inspector Alan Banks finds he was a well loved former professor, who settled in the village some years ago. He had some minor troubles with some of the residents of the village, but nothing much for inspector Banks to go for.
Again a statisfying read, I will read more books about inspector Alan Banks.
>249 LovingLit: I hope you like Brooklyn, Megan, I rarely see films these days, so I'll skip it ;-)
I looked up The light between oceans, sounds good, I will keep it in mind.
>250 Ameise1: Hi Barbara, yes, I found Inspector Banks on your thread :-) How are you today?
>251 msf59: All nice an quiet in Lelystad, Mark, and many good books, what more could I want? :-)
book 62: De kleine kapitein by Paul Biegel
own, Dutch, childrens, awarded, Gouden Griffel 1972, English translation The Little Captain, 127 pages
The little captain lives on a stranded ship on the top of a dune. Together with some kids he rebuilds the ship. On a stormy night the little captain and his three friends sail away with the ship. Many adventures ahead!
Adventurous book for children, two more books about "The little captain" were written.
book 63: Lang zul je leven : bakerrijmpjes by Ienne Biemans
own, Dutch, nursery rhymes, awarded, Nienke van Hichtum prijs & Vlag en Wimpel 1989, no translations, 43 pages
Nursery rhymes, with illustrations by Mance Post.
Hi Anita, you are really motoring on with your reading my dear, hope you had a nice Friday and wish you a really good weekend dear lady, sending love and hugs.
Hi Anita -- book bullet with The Poet's Dog. I'm rather fond of dog stories. :-)
And I totally agree that Ari looks so cute in the buggy! My dog is the opposite of yours - she's OK here at home with her best friend, a feral cat she adopted. But she panics if I leave her alone in the car for even a few minutes.
Have a great weekend!
>229 FAMeulstee: This is making its way up my TBR pile. It's getting a lot of love here at LT.
Happy Reading weekend! I am hoping for some reading this weekend too. In between field hockey and feeding my people.
book 64: De vloek van Woestewolf by Paul Biegel
own, Dutch, YA fantasy, English translation The curse of the werewolf, 135 pages
Doctor Kroch receives a letter and a lot of gold. The name of the sender is unreadable, he needs the doctor because of a servere case of... goldfever! At first the doctor does not take it seriously, but when two robbers try to steel the gold, he finds out something odd about the gold. And there starts a wonderful fantasy story.
Originally written as a TV-play in the 1970s, it was later rewritten as a book.
book 65: Het bittere kruid by Marga Minco
own, Dutch, English translation Bitter herbs, 90 pages
A nameless girl tells the story, she is the youngest in a Jewish family of five. The book starts when they return to their home in Breda, after evacuation during the German invasion. In short chapters she tells what happend to her and her family during WWII. At the end she is the only one who survived.
A very short book, a very poignant story...
>264 Ameise1: Thanks Barbara, not as much reading as I hoped.
Yesterday we got a call from the home in Rotterdam where Franks Aunt lives and were told she has turned much worse. She suffers from dementia. Last visit two weeks ago she didn't recognise Frank anymore... So we will go there today.
Sorry to hear about Frank's Aunt. So hard a disease. I hope your trip is straightforward.
I saw your post in >265 FAMeulstee: and realised we'd talked about reading this at the same time. Sorry! My brain is more than a little scattered by the new job. I thought she says so much with so little. The optimist father saying 'it couldn't happen here' to keep his family cheery was so sad. And the boy who meets her and directs her - having read Mulisch, the bravery of it really struck me.
>266 FAMeulstee: My Gran passed away in 1994 after "suffering" in her last 18 months with daily increasing dementia. It is heartbreaking especially because occasional glimpses of the old person sometimes get through.
Thinking of you both. xx
Oh dear, dementia is so awful. I think we have to get used to this kind of illness due to getting older. I suppose our body isn't adjusted for the age we can reach. Thinking of you both and sending lots of positive vibes. Love and hugs xx
Franks Aunt was a little better today, as she did recognise Frank, but after 10 minutes she fell asleep again.
Frank and his sister are the only family left and since his sister lives in the USA, it all comes down on Frank. His aunt is over 5 years there now.
After the visit we went to museum Boijmans van Beuningen to visit the exposition "Mad About Surrealism", with works from Salvador Dalí, Max Ernst, René Magritte, Joan Miró and Pablo Picasso. Pictures will follow.
>267 charl08: Thanks Charlotte, it is a nasty desease. She went to a home at the end of 2011.
I saw you were reading Bitter herbs. As I was reading the long Voskuil book, I couldn't join you immediately. Indeed Marga Minco uses very few words to tell a lot...
>268 PaulCranswick: Thank you Paul, it is sad to see.
>269 Ameise1: I am afraid that is true, Barbara.
Hi Anita--Sorry to hear about dementia. My Mom is battling this one, too. During my last visit home, she didn't recognize me one night. I came back from the restroom after dinner and when I sat down she asked me where I grew up. Uh-oh!! I wish you good luck.
Can't wait to see the museum pictures! What a great collection of artists at the exhibit.
>271 Berly: Thanks Kim, dementia it a hard one to cope with...
I keep te pictures for my next thread, and try to keep this one until the end of the month.
Anita, I'm thinking of you and Frank as you face his aunt's decline, and wishing you both comfort and strength.
book 66: De Cock en het duel in de nacht by A.C. Baantjer
from the library, e-book, police mystery, 38th book of 70 De Cock, 135 pages
De Cock and Vledder get a funeral card, they want to attend the funeral, but find out this criminal died 3 years ago... In the next days some people who knew him get murdered. De Cock is determined to find out what is going on.
book 67: Kinderverhalen by Mies Bouhuys
own, Dutch, stories for children, awarded, Beste Kinderboek 1966, no translations, 176 pages
Stories for children, some funny, some good and a few too moralistic. I remember reading this book by myself, when I was young. Back then I loved these stories, especially the ones with horses :-)
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