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Jan Jacob Slauerhoff (1898-1936) was a ship's doctor serving in south-east Asia, and is one of the most important twentieth-century Dutch-language writers. His 1934 novel Adrift in the Middle Kingdom (Het leven op aarde), is an epic sweep of narrative that takes the reader from 1920s Shanghai to a forgotten city beyond the Great Wall of China. Slauerhoff's narrator is a Be ...more
Paperback, 239 pages
Published August 5th 2019 by Handheld Press (first published 1934)
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Ирландецът Камерън е сякаш човек без минало, макар че тук-таме холандският класик Слауерхоф дава по малко информация за годините преди – и защо толкова силно мрази морето и иска да влезе колкото може по-навътре в неизбродимия Китай. В началото на романа той е като човек-сянка – броди из улиците, влиза в чужди животи и съществувания, вижда дъното на обществото и общува с богаташи, които духовно обаче са затънали в ист
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Emiel
May 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Een verhaallijn die, verkeerd verteld, ontzettend saai is, wordt erg mooi beschreven door Slauerhoff. Een mooi stuk proza. Minpuntjes zijn dat je af en toe je best moet doen om de aandacht erbij te houden, en dat de zinnen soms veel te langdradig worden en helemaal niet lekker lezen.
Wat ik goed vind aan het boek is de opbouw van het verhaal en de karakters. Het gaat bij de voornaamste karakters niet om hún karakter, maar meer om hun type. Cameron is geen individu, hij symboliseert de mens in het
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Jacco Hoekstra
Een zoektocht ver weg en bijna een eeuw geleden. De onmetelijkheid van China en de daar naar zingeving zoekende Ierse marconist Cameron worden beschreven in een stijl, die wisselt en aan het eind dichterlijk is. Bijzonder mooi boek.
Richard van Balen
Dit laat maar weer eens zien dat ik me eigenlijk niet moet wagen aan literatuur. Op zich heb ik me goed kunnen vermaken met het verhaal van deze schrijver uit het interbellum. Het verhaal gaat over de Brit Cameron die zijn leven op zee opgeeft en door China rondzwerft. Hij trekt daarbij van rumoerige steden aan het water tot diep geïsoleerde plaatsen in het binnenland. Vergis je niet, dit is geen spannend avonturenboek. Dit is een boek over de persoonlijke gedachten en gevoelens van deze mans.
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janine
slauerhoff is at his best in this novel about a man and his journey through china, away from the sea, and away from the western world.
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Jan Jacob Slauerhoff was a Dutch author.
He also published a few poetry works under the penname John Ravenswood.

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