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Book Title: Oeroeg|
The author of the book: Hella S. Haasse
Edition: Singel Pockets
Date of issue: 1995
ISBN 13: 9789041300034
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 715 KB
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Reader ratings: 6.2
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Beautiful book. I read it years ago for my Dutch literature class and now this is my first try on an audio book. I remember the book, small and blue, well read and worn, maybe my sister still owns it. But the audio version is special too. Beautiful, including music, instruments, wilderness sounds, various voices... A short story. Especially the beautiful language and obversations of the surroundings by Hella Haasse are magical. I changed three stars to four stars (it's also different when you do not HAVE to read it for school... ;-))
I need to read more Hella Haasse and also try more audio books (I'm thinking 'Stille Kracht' now of Louis Couperus)...
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Oeroeg – an undisputed classic of Dutch language literature – tells the story of a, perhaps naive, Dutch narrator who looks back on his friendship with a boy called Oeroeg. Both boys were born and raised in the Dutch East Indies. While the narrator is the son of a Dutch chief of a tea plantation, Oeroeg is the son of the local maid of the narrator’s household and his father works for the Dutch Chief as well. Nevertheless the boys grow up together and become friends, despite the narrator’s father who worries about his son’s relationship to the local Oeroeg. and more...
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Read information about the authorHella S. Haasse (1918 - 2011) was born in Batavia, modern-day Jakarta. She moved to the Netherlands after secondary school. In 1945 she debuted with a collection of poems, entitled Stroomversnelling (Momentum). She made her name three years later with the novella given out to mark the Dutch Book Week, Oeroeg (The Black Lake, 1948). As with much of her work, this tale of the friendship between a Dutch and an Indonesian boy has gained the status of a classic in the Netherlands. Titles such as Het woud der verwachting (In a Dark Wood Wandering, 1949), Een nieuwer testament (Threshold of Fire, 1966) and Mevrouw Bentinck of Onverenigbaarheid van karakter (Mrs Bentinck or Irreconcilable in Character, 1978) have been greatly enjoyed by several generations.
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