Books

Worth The Wait – Karen Witemeyer

Image from Goodreads.com
My book review of “Worth the Wait” written by Karen Witemeyer

In my view…

This book is about a woman who lives with her son in a women’s village. Because of her past and because she met an important person she decided to live here, in Harper’s Station. This woman who is named Victoria Adams and is referred to often as ‘Tori’ [in the Dutch version though], is very ambitious and starts a shop. Every item that belongs to or is part of or is needed for a household, is a come and go in this shop. Business is going well and Victoria decides to travel to some nearby villages and stop at every house. Having a chat and maybe some business can be done and she will have more customers. In this story there is not an exact time period given in which this story takes place, but you can imagine a period like 1850, before cars were invented and people travelled by horses and carriages.

Writing style / spelling

In the book I rarely found a spelling mistake and the pace of the writing style is nice. It quickens up a bit towards the end. It is a really nice short book and is an inbetweener of a series named ‘Harper’s Station’. I did not know that when I was reading it, found out later on. You do not really notice it in the writing, only that a few people seem more familiar with each other and you think you miss a piece of history somewhere. Although towards the end these pieces are completed as well so you can read it as a standalone too.

Main characters

MAIN CHARACTER(S) EXPLANATION – NOT TELLING ABOUT THE STORY

There are a lot of characters that come forward in this short novel. The main characters are Victoria Adams, Lewis Adams, Benjamin Porter and Emma Chandler (Shaw). Other quickly mentioned character names are: Malachi Shaw, Alberta Chandler, Grace Mallory, Angus Johnson, Bartholomeüs Porter, Marlow Hutchins, Paul Crawley, Hazel McPhearson, Sarah McPhearson, Colin McPhearson, Helios, Hermes, Hercules, Maybelle, Jed Crawley, Frannie Crawley, Michael Crawley, and Daphne Crawley.

I hope you like the book too. It is worth to read it! I am not telling about the story too much– never do in my book reviews – you have to read the book yourself and make your own opinion. 

Greetings by Sophie

Book Facts:

Continue reading “Worth The Wait – Karen Witemeyer”

Books

Between Title and Position – Marja Visscher

'Tussen rang en stand' [NL] - written by Marja Visscher.
‘Tussen rang en stand’ [NL] – written by Marja Visscher. Cover copyright by publisher Zomer & Keuning, official website link in the image.
My book review of “Between Title and Position [EN] | Tussen rang en stand [NL]” written by Marja Visscher

In my view…

This partly true-life story combines history and fiction. The author has done a lot of research to this person who really existed and to the historical background of the environment. I love reading those kind of books to retrieve a kind of imagination of how people have lived back then. The story starts in the midst of the 18th century (~1753) and tells about the life of Sara Louisa du Faget van Assendelft. She lives together with her parents in The Hague, The Netherlands, in a very famous street where the nobility lived. The ‘jours’, high tea’s, card, gambling and dinner parties are an every days subject. Your title is very important and your position can be of influence. Sara decides to explore more of life than the daily routines she experiences in The Hague. Together with her best friend and neighbour Hille Staal, she travels to the southern part of South Holland. She travels to Heinenoord where her family has an estate that needs some renovation due to storms of the past couple of years. What happens there during the first few months, changes her life forever. She could lose her position, she could lose her title. And the people do treat her like a person with status, not being just one of them who comes for a mindful peace and a renovation.

Writing style / spelling

In this book I have found no writing or spelling errors. It reads very lightly and the pace is normal to quick. Now and then it lets you think and now and then it speeds up. But this also happens because of the storytelling and the gaps in time that now and then occur. Especially more towards the end of the book so the pace of reading speeds up.

Main characters

Besides Sara Louisa du Faget, there are also many other persons mentioned now and then in the story. Her parents, her best friend Hille Staal and her dad Claudius Staal. In Heinenoord lived also many people who helped with and during the renovation. These persons were: Maaike Sevenbergen, Pieter Sevenbergen, Leeuwenburgh, Dirk van der Pligt and his kids, Teun Gorissen, Louter, Barendregt, and Dreesman. All these names are typical Dutch and some names appear really often in this part of Holland, even nowadays.

I hope you like the book too. It is worth to read it! I have described the beginning of the story but I am not quoting facts of how the story exactly develops – you have to read the book yourself and make your own opinion. 

Greetings by Sophie

Book Facts:

Continue reading “Between Title and Position – Marja Visscher”

Books, Events, Pinterest

Atlas Maior – Belgica Foederata

Today I have visited a small exhibition in the National Library of The Netherlands. Wonderful books are exhibited there, accompanied with information. Nice little lessons about books in The Netherlands.

The ‘Atlas Maior’ is the largest atlas ever made. In Dutch more than 9 volumes, Latin 11 volumes, French 12 volumes, German 10 volumes and Spanish 10 volumes. Written by Joan Blaeu and published in Amsterdam between 1662 and 1672. The atlas has 594 different maps and around 3000 pages.

This is one of the maps, do you recognise some places?

Belgica Foederata (de noordelijke Nederlanden) Atlas Maior, Joan Blaeu, 1662. Copyright Edugis.nl on Pinterest
Belgica Foederata (de noordelijke Nederlanden) Atlas Maior, Joan Blaeu, 1662. Copyright Edugis.nl on Pinterest

The pinterest post:

Soon I will write about my experience of the exhibition and upload some photo’s.

Greetings by Sophie

Blog, Health, Lifestyle

Essay | Leprosy in the 12th and 21st century | Introduction to leprosy

The following parts of my essay have my own copyright in formulation of words, opinions and otherwise sources are mentioned.

The past couple of weeks I have followed the History of Healthcare course as an elective course to broaden my knowledge.
We had to give a presentation about a free chosen subject. I chose to give a presentation about the ‘Antiquity and the Olympics | Medicine in the pre Hippocratic Era’.
And as a final product I chose to write an essay about ‘Leprosy in the 12th and 21st century’.

For these blog posts I will divide my essay into four parts: ‘Introduction‘, ‘What is Leprosy?’, ‘Leprosy in the 12th century’, ‘Leprosy in the 21st century and a conclusion part’.

Greetings by Sophie

Introduction to leprosy

Leprosy exists already for centuries and it was not clearly known and investigated until the eleventh and twelfth century. During that century in the Middle Ages of Europe, leprosy took a jump in spreading of the contagious infection disease and isolating the infected persons from their environment. I have heard of leprosy for the first time when I was watching the film Ben Hur (1959) (Wyler, 1959). It touched me because why would people be banned from their homes, from their city?

At the history lessons in high school, leprosy was often explained as an aggressive disease that would cause the loss of limbs. And now and then it was entangled with the Black Plague. Following this course about the ‘History of Health Care’ I thought I should figure out what leprosy is in general and why it was such a special disease during the Middle Ages, and why it still exists nowadays.

With this essay and with this introduction and the provided index; I want to give a clear overview of the comparison between leprosy in the 12th century and leprosy in the 21st century. Through several little topics I discuss the information that is provided through lots of sources and many points of view. In the conclusion I will summarize again this comparison of the two centuries.

This essay is aimed for any human that is interested in learning a bit more about the still existing disease leprosy. It is also aimed for any student of any high school or college level, to have a general correct knowledge and recognition about this disease. It can happen to anyone and therefore it should be more aware among the ever-growing world population.

Written by Sophie van den Akker,

Rotterdam, January 2017

Figure 1: 'Jesus heals a leper' Copyright Wolfmueller.files.wordpress.com
Figure 1: ‘Jesus heals a leper’ Copyright Wolfmueller.files.wordpress.com
Bibliography
  • Wyler, W. (Director). (1959). Ben Hur [Motion Picture].
Blog, Events, Lifestyle

24th Birthday!

30 november 2016

Yeey today is my birthday! Today it was 24 years ago that I was born, on a monday evening and it was snowing.

The last day of the month november, a day in the month of the Sagittarius.

Today

Today it is around 5 degrees celsius and it was a sunny day.

When is your birthday?

Back in history

What happened on 30 november, in 1992 and before and after

Fact: Winston Churchill is born on 30 november 1874

Holidays and observances:

Thanks to Wikipedia

 

Greetings by the birthday lady Sophie

Animals, Events, Travel

Tyrannosaurus Rex in Naturalis Biodiversity Center

Hello Trix! The queen of the Tyrannosaurus Rex

The Tyrannosaurus Rex is finally in The Netherlands! In Naturalis Biodiversity Center – shortly known as Naturalis – in Leiden. Last week I have visited this special exhibition named ‘T. Rex in Town’. And shortly we call the dinosaur Trix.

The project

It all started back in 2012 when the director of Naturalis Edwin van Huis said: “We should really have a T. rex.”. The project started wit researchers from Naturalis traveling through the United States. Looking for a T. rex. A skeleton was found in Montana in September 2013 and the project became bigger, the bones were carefully excavated and prepared by making plaster molds and packed them carefully into big wooden crates. Every piece had its own crate, specification, number, place and live tracks.

Nearly three years later on a friday, August 26th, the T. rex arrived in Leiden. And accompanied by the police colonne, the paleontologist Anne Schulp and biologist Freek Vonk; Trix arrived at Naturalis. The queen of the dinosaurs with a length that reaches 12 metres, the scale who shows the dinosaur weighed 6000 kilos at least, you can now visit in Naturalis!

Read on…

The Exhibition

Continue reading “Tyrannosaurus Rex in Naturalis Biodiversity Center”

Books

Incendio – Tess Gerritsen

Cover from goodreads.com

My book review of “Incendio” written by Tess Gerritsen

Title: Incendio [EN]
Author: Tess Gerritsen
Genre: Fiction / Mystery / Thriller
ISBN: 9789059652453
NUR: 330 – Spannende boeken algemeen [thrillers general]
Publisher: CPNB
Year 1st edition & read edition: 2014
Year read: 2016
Original title & language: Incendio
Read language: Dutch
Pages: 95
Places: Boston / Venice / Rome
Rating: 4 / 5 stars

I hope you like the book too. It is worth to read it! I am not telling about the story too much– never do in my book reviews – you have to read the book yourself and make your own opinion. 

In my view…

Continue reading “Incendio – Tess Gerritsen”

Books

Numero Zero – Umberto Eco

Cover from goodreads.com

My book review of “Numero Zero” written by Umberto Eco

Title: Numero Zero [IT / EN] / Het Nulnummer [NL]
Author: Umberto Eco
Genre: Literature novel
ISBN: 9789044628357
NUR: 302
Publisher: Prometheus Amsterdam
Year 1st edition & read edition: 2015
Year read: 2015
Original title & language: Numero Zero [IT]
Read language: Dutch
Pages: 223
Places: Milan
Rating: 5 / 5

I hope you like the book too. It is worth to read it! I am not telling about the story too much– never do in my book reviews – you have to read the book yourself and make your own opinion. 

In my view…

Continue reading “Numero Zero – Umberto Eco”

Blog, Culture

Your genealogy

Your genealogy

Today I was doing some research to my genealogy. The genealogy of my family. I do not blog about my family nor I intent to blog about them. It was not the first time I did some research, but I liked it. To search in the real old books of the civil registry. Seeing all those old manuscripts and sometimes it was written in Dutch, another time in French, a bit of Latin or even Old-Dutch. With lots of registries and information on the internet you can get access to information very quickly. But to verify the document, that it really is about your ancestors and is correct…I prefer to see it with my own eyes and I even discovered more information and dates in the real documents so I could fill up lots of missing dates.

My question to you is:

Are you curious about your genealogy?
And would you do some research?

Greetings by Sophie

Series, YouTube

The Kennedys 2011

About

The Kennedy family was one of the most legendary families during the 20th century. In these eight episode three time goes quick. This series spans three decades of the life of the Kennedys.

The Kennedys (2011) is a television mini-series that has only 8 episodes of each 44 minutes. It is named as a 4-part movie event. I have seen parts of it on television a few years ago but I have never seen the full series. I am curious so I will watch this mini-series. The production companies are mainly Muse Entertainment Enterprises and Asylum Entertainment. The places are all in Canada or the USA.

The six actors, actresses and their characters who you see through every episode are:

  • Kristin Booth – Ethel Kennedy
  • Diana Hardcastle – Rose Kennedy
  • Katie Holmes – Jackie Kennedy
  • Greg Kinnear – Jack Kennedy
  • Barry Pepper – Bobby Kennedy
  • Tom Wilkinson – Joe Kennedy

Have you seen The Kennedys, or will you watch it?

Greetings by Sophie