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Book Title: Huurders en onderhuurders|
The author of the book: Hella S. Haasse
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 652 KB
Date of issue: December 2010
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Read full description of the books Huurders en onderhuurders:A large house along the park in Amsterdam is for rent. Thanks to the machinations of his former employer, the failed author Dupels and his timid wife Dora go to live there and get the permission to let the second floor and attic to other people. Dupels is a megalomaniac who has fled in some kind of fantasy that allows him not to face his own insignificance. He considers himself one of the 'controllers', a secret society of intellectuals that pulls the strings in the world, and he gives speeches to an imaginary audience while he's alone in his study.
The other characters are also pitiful. Dora is trapped in a loveless marriage because she didn't know any better. On the first floor lives Lilian, a small-time fraud who is herself cheated by much larger criminals. And in the back of the house there is the teacher Walter, who has just left his wife and receives promising students in the veranda because he thinks he can show them the meaning of life. As times passes, however, Walter realises that the pupils look down on him as an old, conservative weirdo.
In the attic lives a historian who is compiling a book on the repression of the bacchanal cult in early Rome. When you know that the two students' names are Ab Butius and Fee Spale, and that the two main characters in the historian's book are called Aebutius en Hispala Fecenia, you start to get that there is a parallel between the events in the house and a period in Roman history.
So far, the book is quite good and the characters, though sorry they are, are well depicted. But the book fails to deliver. Many things happen and the parallel with the events in Rome becomes more entangled. But what is the use of this all? In the end, the story is unfulfilling and anticlimactic, and it remains a question to the reader what the added value of this Roman parallel has been. "Corrupt and opportunistic politicians are of all times"? Oh my god, I didn't know that! What a realization.
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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