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3.39 of 5 stars 3.39  ·  rating details  ·  221 ratings  ·  39 reviews
Zaterdag 31 januari 1953: het historische begin van een wonderbaarlijk verhaal, de vooravond van de Watersnoodramp. Lidy neemt een kleine verplichting over van haar zuster Armanda en reist daarvoor naar Zierikzee. In een verbluffende samenloop van uitzonderlijke meteorologische omstandigheden zal Armanda het hele leven van Lidy overnemen. Zo ontvouwen zich twee levens: een ...more
Paperback, 334 pages
Published 2005 by Uitgeverij Contact
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This was a very powerful read and perhaps the only reason I did not accord her 5 stars was it seemed to falter a little in the middle. Whether it was my state of reading mind or simply the momentum was slowed, I found it a little wanting. I knew nothing about the flood of 1953 but she made it very real, and her characters with their struggles so alive. The pain of reading about Lidy's real time experience while Armanda's life sped ahead, by years even was initially frustrating, but in the end a ...more
In The Storm, Margriet de Moor interweaves the stories of two sisters. One sister is called Lidy. She visits the birthday party of a little girl in a small village on Schouwen Duivenland. While Lidy visits this party, the entire region is flooded during the North Sea Flood of 1953. The other story is that of Lidy’s sister Armanda, who we follow over the course of the years following the flood. Armanda tries to cope with the grief over her sister going missing. She also tries to rebuild her life, ...more
Erika Mager
Wieder einmal ein echtes "Magriet de Moor"-Buch! Und wieder einmal feinfühlig ins Deutsche übersetzt von Helga van Beuningen.
Fantastisch wie ein erschütterndes Großereignis wie die Flut von 1953 vermittelt werden kann, indem die Autorin wie mit einer Lupe nur eine Familie in den Blick nimmt. "Wenn es nicht wahr ist, ist es doch gut erfunden." - Ja der Plot wirkt konstruiert, ja die Personen verhalten sich nicht immer plausibel - aber doch ist es toll, wie hier die Beziehung zweier Schwestern übe
When I found this book at a flea market, I didn't knew the author nor the book. And I didn't how much I would learn about a natural disaster that happened in the Netherlands in 1953, through a novel about two sisters who decide to switch their identity for a weekend. It's well written and never melodramatic. The story remained captivating until the end and for the first time I could imagine how awful it must have been for the 1836 victims. You should know that I'm living in Belgium, small neighb ...more
Ik ben met plezier aan dit boek begonnen en ik heb het ook met plezier uitgelezen. Ik heb dit boek met heel veel plezier gelezen, het is een ontzettend leuk boek met veel verassende wendingen. Ik ben er met plezier in begonnen, het leek me een interessant boek, en ik heb het niet weg kunnen leggen voordat ik het uit had. Mijn eerste indruk van het boek is nog hetzelfde, alleen door het dieper nadenken over het boek heeft het boek voor mij wel meer inhoud gekregen. Het boek heeft echt een ontzett ...more
Trapped in her Sister’s Shoes: Storm by Margriet de Moor

Abridged version of my review posted on Edith’s Miscellany on 24 January 2014

Winter is the season of storms in Europe and everybody living in coastal areas of the North Sea can certainly tell you a thing or two about it. The two biggest storm catastrophes of the twentieth century happened in the Netherlands on 31 January 1953 and in Hamburg on 16 February 1962. Both times cyclones caused huge tidal surge which broke dikes and cost the live
Translated from Dutch by Carol Brown Janeway, The Storm isn't quite the storm that you might think it should be based on the book name. Sisters Armanda and Lidy decide to trade places and go to events that the other had already made plans to go. Sounds like the classic tale of twins trading places, right?

Well, not really. While they do look very much alike, Armanda and Lidy are several years apart. Lidy is married and has a toddler. Armanda is 18; and she really wants to go to the party that Lid
Wat een interessant boek, 'De verdronkene' van Margriet de Moor. Niet briljant geschreven, dan dan weer wel. Maar goed gecomponeerd.

Het verhaal
Armanda haalt haar twee jaar oudere en sprekend gelijkende zus Lidy over om in haar plaats een bezoekje af te leggen aan haar petekind. Het is 31 januari 1953. Lidy raakt vermist tijdens de watersnoodramp en Armanda neemt de plaats in van haar zus: ze trouwt met Sjoerd, de man van Lidy, zorgt voor Nadja, het dochtertje van Sjoerd en Lidy als ware zij haar
Die Schwestern Lidy und Armanda sind Anfang 20, Armanda wohnt noch im Haushalt der Eltern, Lidy mit Ehemann Sjoerd und Tochter Nadja nur ein paar Häuser weiter. Während düster wirkende Andeutungen und eine Hochwasserwarnung im Radio ein nahemdes Orkantief ahnen lassen, fährt Lidy zu einem Kindergeburtstag auf der niederländischen Insel Schouwen, die kleine Nadja wird von den Großeltern und von ihrer Tante betreut. Lidy nimmt den Wetterumschwang und das auffällige Verhalten von ein paar flüchtend ...more

“They looked alike. Everyone thought so. They were tall girls with narrow, strong shoulders, always a little bent, which gave them a worried appearance that was quite misleading. And if they had turned round at that moment the double portrait would really have been striking: dark hair, almost chestnut-black, falling smoothly down their backs, exposing delicate little ears, and cut in a straight fringe that concealed the forehead completely. Nobody would ever see their foreheads. But everything
Two sisters trade roles for a couple days so that one can attend a party and one can leave town to visit her sister's godchild. The latter unknowingly heads straight into the worst storm and flood that the Netherlands have seen in centuries. The woman's fate is known early on, so the plot is driven by an inevitable set of events, following both sisters' experiences. The sister that remained home grapples with her responsibility for the situation and the sister in the storm struggles for her life ...more
Jolanda Pikkaart
De rand van het water stond nog op het behang van het huis van mijn oma. De familie van mjjn vader woonde in Zeeland. Mijn interesse was gewekt, en Margriet sleurde mij mee, het wassende water in.
A thought-provoking book about the devastating 1953 flood near Dordrecht that drowned over 1800 people. This flood caused Nederlanders to rethink their ability to hold back the sea, prompting them to build a giant sea gate, and abandon several town.(We sometimes hiked about remnants of ruined communities' foundations at low tide when living in Dordrecht. Coincidentally I finished reading this book the week that Hurricane Sandy struck NYC and NJ. There were many media references to the Dutch deci ...more
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Historical fiction by Netherlands classical singer turned award winning novelist. The story of two twinlike sisters whose individual lives lose their boundaries and become one in the wake of a freak winter hurricane in 1953, the worst natural disaster to strike the area in over three hundred years. Alternating perspectives advance the story, slowly unraveling the details of one sister’s death in the storm, as the other sister moves on living for both in the following decades.
Opher Donchin
The book does an amazing job realizing for the reader the devastation that was wrought by the 1953 flooding of The Netherlands. The interplay between the national scale and the personal scale makes the experience very vivid. STill, there was something missing with in the basic quality of the writing for me that keeps the book from getting higher marks. It was like I could feel the author there, the whole time, manipulating the characters as suited the needs of her story.
2 1/2 stars. I really liked parts of this, but this is another novel I feel would work better as a collections of stories or vignettes. Part of my trouble getting involved had something to do with translation or culture, I think. It was hard for me to follow the motivations and reactions of characters. Because of that, frankly, I kind of skimmed the last few chapters. I know. I feel bad about it.
Sharon Zink
I did not like this book. A woman is caught in a flood in the Netherlands. Her sister marries her husband; mothers her daughter; has two more children; divorces the husband; and finally lands in a nursing home. Sandwiched between this story is the story of the unfortunate sister's last days and hours. At the end she comes back to her sister in the nursing home. It wasn't very significant to me.
Kennelijk heet dit boek in vertaling "de storm" i.p.v. de verdonkene. Maakt wel iets uit, want het gaat tenslotte om de verdronken vrouw en daar is de storm alleen de oorzaak van. Wel komt die storm veel aan bod en het wordt goed verteld. Margriet de Moor weet het verhaal van de twee zussen, waarvan een a.h.w. het leven van de ander (de verdronkene) afmaakt, heel plausibel te maken.
'De verdronkene' maakt de stormvloed van 1953 in Zeeland wel heel aanschouwe(n)lijk. Lidy verdrinkt eigenlijk twee keer: haar lichaam in de Oosterschelde en haar ziel in het hart en het hoofd van haar zus. Na de eigenlijke verdrinking wordt het verhaal van de zus minder helder en wordt het wat teveel uitgerekt. De begrafenis op Westenschouwen zou een sterker einde geweest zijn.
I gave this 2 stars because I hate it when I skim whole paragraphs just to get through a chapter (or two or three or eight). And I skimmed a lot to get past the boring bits. I felt like I need a degree in low country urban planning to understand some of the descriptions. At least I learned some new words like "polder". I already knew about dikes.
Lucy Montgomery
This book was okay. While the premise was interesting, the book itself was mostly just a sad story. The writing, translated into English, is beautiful, there are some moving passages and unique issues covered. It might be good for a book group discussion, but I can't really recommend The Storm as an enjoyable read.
I liked the writing mostly. But this book borders on a 1 star for how it went to hell in the end. The last chapter was unreadable and I didn't care. The Lidy chapters ended tediously with cliffhangers that you could see coming a mile off. I felt like the author was trying to make me look stupid.
I stated this book because it was the monthbook of boekgrrls and it seemed interesting enough :)

However I didn't finish it. The story didn't grasp me and after 90 pages I kinda had enough. It seems that the book got better later on, but I had to return it to the library so I didn't try again.
Mar 03, 2012 Ella rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Monica
Goed geschreven verhaal over de overstroming in Zeeland in 1953. Twee zusjes waarvan de een in plaats van de ander bij het begin van de storm naar Zeeland reist. Het zusje wat thuis blijft lijkt verplicht het leven van haar verloren zus te gaan leven.
Terrifying story of a flood that wipes out an entire island of over 1800 inhabitants, the story of the love between two sisters who are best friends, the story of marriage and jealousy, of never-end wanting to have the life of someone else.
Geweldige roman. Je voelt en ruikt de zilt stormende vloed en de vergáánde menselijkheid, ook de raak beschreven beklemmingen in de na-tijd. Mooie combinatie van historische en psychologische roman, met nadruk op het laatste aspect.
Loved the depictions of the storm's approach and devastation. Much of what occurred was reminiscent of Katrina. I found the story of the sister caught in the storm to be stronger than the story of the sister left behind.
This started out so well, but toward the middle I became bored and confused. Perhaps something was lost in translation and due to my unfamiliarity with the landscape. I couldn't make myself finish it.
Kim Piddington
Even though the author informs the reader about the death of one of the main characters very early in the book-we don't learn HOW until almost the last page, which kept me turning them.
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Margriet de Moor was born in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, in 1941. She comes from a Catholic family with many children and grew up with nine siblings, six of them girls. The theme of sisterhood was to become a common theme in her work. She studied Piano and Song at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, and was especially interested in the music of avant-garde composers such as Schönberg, Satie and D ...more
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