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Sturmflut

3.31  ·  Rating details ·  461 ratings  ·  69 reviews
Ein doppelbödiger Roman um Zufall und Schicksal, Begehren und Loyalität, Identität und Verlust, das Ringen um Gelassenheit mitten im Leben, mitten im Tod

Schicksalstausch zweier Schwestern. Armanda hat versprochen, nach Zeeland zu fahren, um dort ihr Patenkind zu besuchen. Am selben Wochenende will Lidy mit ihrem Mann in Amsterdam auf eine Party gehen. So sollte es ein, abe
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Paperback, 349 pages
Published 2008 by Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag (first published 2005)
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Roel ✿
Sep 23, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Read for school
JimZ
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book opened up in a very interesting way, and had initially what I thought was an interesting plot line. And it seemed like the author just blew it early on in the book.

The setting is the Netherlands, 1953. There are two sisters aged two years apart and they are emotionally close to one another. I think the older one Lidy is 23 and Armanda is 21. Lidy is married to Sjoerd (for 2 years)and they have a one year old daughter. To avoid spoilers I won’t go into detail on the events that transpi
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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.
Iris
Jun 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Allyson
Jun 07, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Danielle
Oct 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
4otch
Feb 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sharlene
Jun 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

“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
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Edith
Jan 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
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Miri
I picked up this book for my first stop on the Reader’s Room Backpacking Across Europe Summer Reading Challenge. I don’t tend to read disaster stories, so I probably wouldn’t have chosen it if Utah public libraries had a better selection of translated fiction (side complaint: there isn't much I miss about Texas, but the diversity of the DFW Metroplex is a big one. Only in beginning this challenge did I realize how much harder my reading is going to be in MormonLand). But I’m quite glad this is t ...more
Sarah
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
Nina
Oct 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. And that is something, because usually I don't like books written in my own language (Dutch). Of course, the ending it was to be expected. Everyone with even a little knowledge of what happened in 1953, could've guessed it.
I thought this book was wonderful. I loved the little, heartbreaking facts the author gives the reader, and how one story ends, while the other continues. I especially loved the ending.
Although... The book was quite confusing sometimes, but after reading pa
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Eline Van Hooydonck
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Barbara
Apr 04, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Joanne
Jun 01, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Irene
Apr 09, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
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.
Angie
Apr 21, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Melissa
Apr 04, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sara De Mey
Mar 23, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The only reason I finished this book was because we had selected it for our next bookclub-meeting. I am truly wondering why it has such a high score on goodreads. It was really hard to keep my attention with it because it was so uninteresting. What did it really tell? What was the author's objective? I have absolutely no idea. It feels like Margriet De Moor wanted to put as much stilistic grand gestures into this book as possible. As a consequence, I didn't follow her at all. It was like a story ...more
Cynthia
Nov 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netherlands
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
Lisa
Oct 31, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Lisa
Jul 20, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Uniflame
Oct 18, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read2011, dnf, library
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.
Gail
May 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An incredible book about the North Sea flood of 1953, taking place in Zeeland, Netherlands. Many dykes were breeched causing high death tolls. This is one woman's story about that flood. It was a nail biter. I could not put it down.
Dragana
Harrowing story about falling apart: a family within the larger context of the elements.
Sarah
Mar 18, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I just couldn't get into this one.
Allison
Jun 20, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This started out well, but I got bored before the end. Maybe something was lost in the translation?
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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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