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Schijnbewegingen by Floortje Zwigtman
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Schijnbewegingen (2005)

by Floortje Zwigtman

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Adrian, een 16 jarige jongen, werkt tegen zijn zin in leerjongen een kledingwinkel. Samen met Marcel en Paddy werken ze voor de Griekse eigenaar, Victor Procopius.
De jongens moeten een dikke man opmeten voor een pak. Marcel moet de man helpen, maar komt na verloop van tijd ontdaan uit de pasruimte. Hij wil echter niet vertellen wat er aan de hand was. Een week later moet Adrian de man helpen bij het passen. De man lijkt echter meer oog te hebben voor de jongen.

Op een hun vrije dagen gaan de jongens een voorstelling, al waar ze in gevecht raken met een groep jongeren. Beide groepen worden door obers en de manager naar buiten gegooid. Nadat de jongens die de politie bij de winkel zijn afgeleverd, wordt Adrian ontslagen. In zijn wanhoop zwerft hij door het London van de 19e eeuw.
Na een nacht op straat te hebben doorgebracht gaat hij, tegen beter weten in, op zoek naar Augustus, de man uit de kleding zaak. Daar maakt hij kennis met de herenliefde. Na veel verwikkelingen vindt hij eindelijk de liefde van zijn leven. ( )
  EdwinKort | Jul 4, 2018 |
I absolutely loved this book. In fact, it's the kind of book I always wanted to write, or at least to exist, back during the days of the height of my Oscar Wilde obsession.
It's set in the 1890s, and it's the story of Adrian Mayfield, a young shop boy. One day, he meets a customer who will later introduce him to a whole new world - homosexual Victorian London, including the circle of men around Oscar Wilde.
It's a fantastic historical novel - as someone who knows quite a bit about that time and Oscar Wilde's life in particular I have to say the author does an amazing job playing with the people from that time, interweaving their lives with that of the main character. It's also a wonderful coming-of-age and "coming out" (as much as that was possible during that time) story, and as an added bonus there's a romance that's to-die-for - at least for someone like me who likes it slow and awkward and sweet. I cannot wait to read the sequel. Really. I'm going to learn to read Dutch so I don't have to wait that long. ( )
  atia | Sep 14, 2008 |
I was completely flabbergasted by this book. I expected it to be written by a British author, but it is in fact Dutch. The story is about Adrian Mayfield, a fourteen year old boy who lives in 19th century London. At the beginning of the story, he already knows he is gay. He refuses to help a certain customer in the clothes shop he works at, which gets him fired. From there on, we can follow Adrian's ups and downs. The novel shows a very detailed image of gay London in the 19th century. You get to really like Adrian; he is very human. A real recommendation for anyone who likes historical novels. ( )
  emhromp2 | Jun 3, 2007 |
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