Ek lees darem Afrikaanse boeke ook!

My twee mees gunsteling boeke in Afrikaans is:

1. “Moerbeibos” deur Dalene Matthee ***** (5/5)

Moerbeibos

Opsomming:

Silas Miggel is ‘n man van eenvoud en van eer. ‘n Bosmens wat sy mooie Mirjam op die oopte van Gouna se platrand grootmaak – eenkant, sodat hy haar kan weghou van mans. Dat hy onwettig woon op kroongrond wat vir immigrante opsy gesit is, traak hom min.

Hy is ‘n man wat sy eie dink dink en wat sy staan kan staan. Moeilikheid soek hy nie, maar moeilikheid soek hom.

Soos die spul rumoerige Italiane wat op ‘n dag op die platrand afgelaai word. Sywurmboere uit Italië wat ingevoer is om ‘n sybedryf te kom vestig, en dit op ‘n stuk aarde waar ‘n moerbeiboom verseg om in die potklei te groei.

Dat hulle die strawwe boswinter met sy aanhoudende reën en koorssiekte, met hulle kinders in tente moet sit, is maar die begin van die ellende. Hulle sukkel om hulle verstaanbaar te maak en om te verstaan wat in hierdie deurmekaar wêreld aangaan; hulle raak al hoe meer verbitter oor hulle deur die goewerment om die bos gelei en daarna vergeet is; en vir die ruigtes bly hulle doodbang.

Silas wil hulle nie daar hê nie, veral nie om sy dogter nie, maar teen sy sin raak hy betrokke by hulle lot; word hy sieketrooster en vredemaker. En planmaker. Want die Italiane wil hy op ‘n skip kry, terug na Italië.Hulle is klipmense, nie bosmense nie.

Maar Silas Miggel staan man-alleen teen die goewermentswiel, en dié rol stadig maar onverbiddelik.

En boonop raak sy meisiekind onregeerbaar: party dae verdwyn sy net en kom die aand stralend terug, en sy steek haar geheim weg soos die Bos sy lelies.

“Moerbeibos” is ‘n verhaal wat op ware feite gebaseer is. Dis vol gebeurlikhede: amusant, en soms snaaks, ontroerend, met plek-plek tragiese aksente.

Gepubliseer: 1987.

Opinie: Dalene Matthee is een van die min skrywers of selfs die enigste skrywer wat enigiemand lief maak vir die Bos. Sy het vir jare self in die Knysnabos en ander omliggende dele spandeer om navorsing te doen oor die bosmense. “Moerbeibos” is die boek wat ek die meeste geniet het uit Matthee se pen.

Dalene Matthee

Ek het ook een harde les geleer met hierdie boek: moet nooit die boeke wat jy met jou hart lief het vir iemand leen nie. Jy sal dit nooit weer sien nie.

2. “Tussen Stasies” deur Irma Joubert” ***** (5/5)

Tussen Stasies

Opsomming: 

‘n Aangrypende verhaal wat jou intrek en meesleur, karakters waaroor jy bly dink lank nadat die boek neergesit is.

‘n Treinreis, dink Jakob, is soos die lewe self. ‘n Mens is die hele tyd op pad iewers heen. Jy klim by jou bestemming af, vertoef korter of langer klim altyd weer by ‘n stasie op na ‘n volgende bestemming. Maar die trein hou aan loop, of ‘n mens afgeklim het of nie. En selfs as jy nooit weer op die trein klim nie, stoom die trein onstuitbaar voort, Behalwe as iemand ‘n treinbrug opblaas. Aspris, Per ongeluk.

Hy moes ‘n besluit neem vir haar beswil. ‘n Besluit wat aan Jakob Kowalski bly vreet. Ná  die treinrit van Pole af bly Gretl op die stukkende trappe van ‘n stukkende kerk in Duitsland agter – klein, uitgeteer met net die dokumente dat sy suiwer Aries is, haar pa ‘n gevalle SS-soldaat. En haar groot geheim. As een van die Duitse wesies kom sy Suid-Afrika toe, word sy ‘n Christen-Afrikaner-meisie. Gekoester. Gelukkig maar mettertyd word die realiteit meer reëel, word dit al moeiliker om te ontsnap na haar sprokieswêreld. En haar drome word erger  – die vuur wat sy nie kan blus nie, nie verstaan nie, waarvan sy nie kan wegkom nie. Soos van haar geheim. Net Jakob, ver in Pole, sal verstaan. Mag daarvan weet, kan miskien heelmaak.

“Tussen Stasies” is ‘n verhaal van die mens se onmag teen die noodlot wat dreig om sy geluk te verwoes. Maar dis ook ‘n verhaal van die mag van sy gees om bo dit uit te styg en te oorwin.

Gepubliseer: 2007

Opinie: 

Net soos Dalene Matthee daarvan hou om ooreenstemmings met die lewe en die bos te maak, gebruik Irma Joubert die “trein”.

Hierdie boek het ek ook smoorverlief geraak op ‘n karakter. Die enigste ander keer wat dit al met my gebeur is met “Jane Eyre” – maar dis ‘n boekresensie vir ‘n ander dag.

Hierdie boek is ook goed genavors en Joubert weet hoe om lewe in haar karakters te blaas.

Goodnight Mister Tom – MIchelle Magorian

goodnight mister tom

I absolutely love this book! Through this book I learned about the evacuation during the war. I also reached a milestone with this book by reading the thickest book with the most pages by then: 435 pages altogether!

Back cover:

Young Willie Beech is evacuated to the country as Britian stands on the brink of the Second World War. A sad, deprived child, he slowly begins to flourish under the care of old Tom Oakley – but his new-found happiness is shattered by a summons from his mother back to London.

Rating: 

5/5 Looks like all the best books takes place in some sort of war. Dear Mr Tom – every child growing up needs a person like you!

Published: 1981

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

book thief

This book came highly recommended to me by my aunt, which isn’t a total bad thing seeing that she also introduced me to “The Girl…” trilogy by Stieg Larsson.

I found this book in a second-hand shop.

Back cover:

Here is a small fact:

You are going to die.

1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier.

Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with a foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall.

Some important information:

This novel is narrated by Death.

It’s a small story, about:

a girl

+

an accordionist

+

some fanatical Germans

+

a Jewish fist fighter

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and quite a lot of thievery.

Another thing you should know:

Death will visit the Book Thief three times.

Rating:

5/5 I had absolutely no idea what this book would be about except someone that steals books. But it is all about the  circumstances and time period. I absolutely love the writing style that the book was written in. I also love the idea of the character “Death” that introduces us to the main character.

Of course anything on the topic of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust gets my vote.

Published: 2007

Book Review: “Tomorrow is a Stranger” by Geoffrey Trease

tomorrow stranger

“Yesterday is safe,

tomorrow’s full of danger,

Yesterday’s a face I know,

Tomorrow is a stranger.”

Back Cover:

Guernsey, 1940: Just as Paul and Tessa are due to start school, the unthinkable happens – Germany invades Guernsey. The school is closed, most of their friends are evacuated, German soldiers patrol the streets. Suddenly, air raids, curfews and barbed wire bring the war frighteningly close. Paul and Tessa’s friendship develops with their shared experiences: the tragic news of the sudden disappearance of their pretty Austrian teacher, Rosa Goldschmidt; as secret mission after dark to collect a black market parcel. There are the everyday problems like food and clothing shortages, especially bitter for young people growing up into adulthood, mingled with real dangers and excitements such as producing an underground news-sheet.Yet unexpected moments of humour lighten the tension and make the hardships bearable.

“Tomorrow is a Stranger” is a fresh an perceptive look at how war affects the lives of two young teenagers.

Other characters: Slippery, Miss Grimbly, Oberleutnant Kurt Fischer, Copperknob, Sergeant-major Hermann Goering, Admiral Hüffmeier, George Gasson, Uncle Perry.

Rating: 

5/5 The poem in the front of the book has stayed with me all these years. It perfectly describes any war, but also this book. The next page might be full of danger and is still a stranger.

Words of wisdom/parts I liked in the book: 

Paul: “Smoking. I don’t like them. He didn’t like that sort of argument either. When he wanted to smoke, he would. But not to kid himself he was a man.”

Tessa’s point of view of tomorrow:

“Tomorrow always came. You couldn’t stop it. But Tessa was wondering now how she could face tomorrow. It would be like opening the door to a frightening stranger. Perhaps, as in some paralysing nightmare, opening the door to a man with only a skull beneath his hat. A faceless stranger.”

Miss Grimbly’s words at the end:

“I wish I could have caught up with Mr Fischer, I wanted to tell him, it is not the man we hate, only the uniform”

Published: 1987

Other books on the Holocaust

“Surviving Hitler” 
by Andrea Warren

This account is even more terrifying than Anne Frank’s diary before she was caught, maybe because Jack Mandelbaum lived through his suffering and survived!

Back Cover:

Once again, hunger turns the men into savages. When he is finally given his slice of bread, Jack holds it tightly in his hands so no one can grab it from him.

It is 1942. Fifteen-year-old Jack Mandelbaum has just arrived at a Nazi concentration camp. Torn from his family, he now faces disease, starvations and the insane brutality of the Holocaust. How can he possibly survive?

This is the harrowing true story of Jack Mandelbaum’s experiences during World War 2, as told by Jack himself to award-winning author Andrea Warren

Rating

5/5

Published
2001

One small suitcase
by Barry Turner

Back cover

The true story of how 10,000 children escaped the Nazi holocaust.

All the leaves have lost their trees (For Hannah who said it)

“All the leaves have lost their trees”
Child, what tumbled words are these?
(Yet I grieve for my last tree:
Far away the wind bore me.) – by Gerda Mayer 1978

This is the true story of the “Kindertransport” children, who were rescued from Nazi Germany and brought to England to start new live.

Rating
3/5

Published
2003

The Hidden Children of the Holocaust – Teens who hid from the Nazis
by Esther Kustanowitz

Published

1999

“I have lived a Thousand Years: Growing up in the Holocaust”
Livia Bitton

I came across this book in a second hand shop and I just knew I had to have it!

Back cover

This is the memoir of Elli Friedman, who was thirteen year old in March 1944 when the Nazis invaded Hungary. It describes the calculated process of occupation and her gradual descent into the hell of Auschwitz in intimate, excruciating detail. She vividly recounts what it was like to be one of the few teenage inmates and the miraculous twists of fate that helped her survive against all odds.

Rating: 

3/5

First published:

1997

We came as children
ed by Karien Gershon

Published
1966

A place to hide – True stories of Holocaust Rescues
by Jayne Pettit

one small suitcase place to hide surviving Hitler thousand years we came as children

2 Book reviews on Anne Frank’s Life

“Anne Frank – Beyond the Diary” A Photographic Remembrance
by Ruud van der Rol & Rian Verhoeven

Back Cover

In this book we see the human face behind this young writer’s eloquent voice. For the first time, Anne’s life before her family went into hiding is revealed, as well as the influences that formed her strong moral beliefs… And finally, evidence of the wretched conditions that marked the last years of Anne’s life, and testimony of the last people to see Anne and Margot (her older sister) alive in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, reveal the tragedy that followed.

Thoughts

I’ve often wondered why Anne Frank’s diary became so famous. She wasn’t the only Jew whose diary has been published after the war. Is it because we don’t know what she thought and felt during her last hours on earth? Or is it because she was way ahead of her time and that she had to grow up very fast? Is it because she couldn’t live out her dream of becoming a journalist and/or a writer?

Rating

This is a good book to see what kind of person Anne Frank really was.

Published

1993

beyond the diary

“The last seven months of Anne Frank: The stories of six women who knew Anne Frank”
by Willy Lindwer

Here is perhaps the reason why Anne Frank is so famous:

Back Cover

Anne Frank’s story did not end with the final words in her Diary… Little is known of Anne Frank during these last seven months of her life. What did she think and feel? How did she endure the terrible suffering of the death camps? Our only insights come from the memories of women who shared her experiences, whose lives touched hers – at Westerbark, at Auchwitz, at Bergen-Belsen.  Each of the six women has a remarkable story to tell. A story of unimaginable horror, but also of great courage and the power of friendship.

Rating:

Another great book beyond the diary.

Published:

1998

last seven months

Book Review: “The Road less Travelled” by M. Scott Peck

road less travelled

This is one of the most helpful and enlightening books I have read in a very long time. And it is not like other self-help books: this one is actually very easy to read and not boring.

Someone lent me this book when I was feeling very down and going through a personal crisis. (actually I’m still going through a crisis).

The only possible problem with this book is that it is full of the truth… and the truth really hurts sometimes. But if you are going through a personal crisis you have to face the truth if you want to get better. And the truth is that life is pain and suffering and the sooner you accept that life isn’t really that hard anymore. The book teaches about discipline and what love really is.

One very revealing thing that I learned is that the reason we don’t get better is because we are lazy. If we face the truth it means we are taking responsibility for our problems … and it is so much easier to blame someone else.

Well, maybe you should read the book. Dr Peck explains it better than me.

Back cover:

The new Psychology of Love, Traditional Love and Spiritual Growth

Confronting and solving problems is a painful process which most of us attempt to avoid. And the very avoidance results in greater pain and an inability to grow both mentally and spiritually.

Drawing heavily on his own professional experience, Dr M. Scott Peck suggests ways in which facing our difficulties – and suffering through the changes – can enable us to reach a higher level of self-understanding. He discusses the nature of loving relationships: how to recognise true compatibility, how to distinguish dependency from love, how to become one’s own person, and how to be a more sensitive parent.

Published: 1978

Rating: 5/5

Rating:

Laaste dag van Napowrimo 2015

Dis die laaste dag van Napowrimo 2015 en ek is half verlig en half spyt. Verlig dat ek nie heeltyd verplig hoef te voel om iets te skryf nie en spyt dat ek nie elke dag iets probeer skryf het nie. Vandag se gedig wou ek al ‘n hele rukkie gelede al skryf, maar ek het nie mooi geweet hoe nie. Ek weet nie of hierdie poging sal kwalifiseer as ‘n gedig nie so kom ons sê maar dis my eerste probeerslag.

Die wag vir die koms van die pekanneute

Daar staan twee pekanneutbome
in ons agterplaas.

In die verlede was daar altyd pekanneute
As jy jou oë uitvee
word nog ‘n emmer vol.

Maar hierdie jaar was dit anders.
is dit omdat ek aspris gewag het?

Januarie het verbygegaan.
Niks.

Februarie het verbygegaan.
Nog niks.

Maart het klein groen
neutdoppies aan die takke
begin vorm.

April het die neutdoppe groter geword,
maar was nogsteeds grasgroen.

Gister sien ek vir die eerste keer
die saaddoppe het oopgebreek.
Die pekanneute hang soos ‘n prys
wat gepluk moet word.

Vandag na werk tel ek ‘n hele bakkie op.

Om pekanneute op te tel
is soos om paaseiers te soek.
Jy het ‘n goeie oog nodig.
As jy weer kyk
dan lê daar weer een
al het jy vroeër daar gebuk.

Napowrimo Day 29

A

Alice fell down the rabbit hole
Aladdin was a tramp who stole a magic lamp
Ali Baba discovered 40 thieves’ treasure

B

Beauty and the Beast
while trying to save her father she was seized
by the beast
who turned out to be a cursed prince
when the spell was broken they celebrated with a feast.

C

Cinderella was always dirty and lived in a cellar
she dreamed of meeting a rich fellar
her fairy godmother found her blue,
then she lost a shoe…

Captain Hook couldn’t cook
so he took
a cook book
and looked

Chicken Little yelled “We’re all going to die!”
the other animals asked: “Why?”
He replied: “because of the falling sky!”
the other animals thought it a lie.

D

There was once a family of seven dwarves

barfs, laughs, paths, farts, baths, starves, wharves

E

A shoemaker’s wife was very worried about her husband’s health
at night two elves finished the shoes on his shelves
the confused cobbler gained a great wealth

The Emperor wasn’t aware that his new clothes made him look naked
and that the tailors faked it
his “crown jewels” thought sacred
were displayed in front of crowds ___

F

A selfish princess played with her golden ball
she cried when it fell into a well
then from out the bog appeared a frog on a log
he said he would help her in exchange for a kiss
but the princess didn’t realize his wish
and so threw him against the wall

G

Gingerbeard Man was created in a baking pan
then ran from his maker and an animal clan
but he couldn’t outsmart a fox…

Goldilocks didn’t take heed that you should never enter bears lairs

Golden Goose once owed money to the Moose
but it was broke because it drank a lot of booze
the Moose then sues the goose
on the execution day with his neck in a noose
the goose called out for a truce.

H

Hanzel & Grethel were lost in the woods
and started eating a house of goods
the witch wasn’t in any of her good moods
so she tried to turn them into foods.

J

Jack decided to go for a walk
ended up with a giant beanstalk
At the top there lived a giant
Jack tried to be silent
but he didn’t know the giant had a good nose
so he tripped the giant – wow, that was close!

K

King Arthur and the knights of the round table
some say it was true, but some just say it is a fable

L

The Lion King wished he could sing
so he left his pride ring (circle)

M

The little Mermaid wanted to live on land
and wanted to stand
but found that she can’t
so instead she lied on the sand
and got very tanned.

N – Nutcracker and the Mouse King…

P

Peter Pan never grows old
and lives in the never-never land world
he had a big chest of gold
and protected his secret, very bold

Pinocchio wanted to be a real boy
but it turned out he was a wooden toy
so he wished upon a star
and went very far…

Q

There was once a Queen that really liked snow…

R

Rumpelstilskin was very secretive about his name
he once tricked a dame
to play a guessing game
she lost and her child was claimed

Red Riding Hood was visiting her gran in bed,
but should have listened to what her mother said.
to stay on the path she would be safe

Rapunzel had very long hair
and was locked up in a tower with no stair
A prince approached upon a dare
but looked right into the witches’ stare

T

Tinkerbell  magic fairy dust bust, gust, cussed, lust, must, rust,

Fly,

Tom Thumb sat in his dad’s horse’s ear

Fear, gear, hear, near, rear, tear

U

Ugly Duckling

Swan, gone, alone,

W

White Fang (Wit Wolf) liked to save little kids, bids, hids, lids,

Napowrimo Day 26

I tried to make a list for an A-Z Nonsense poem of Fairy tale characters, but I’m going to have to omit some letters such as: I, O, V, X, Y and Z because I couldn’t find any fairy tale characters that’s names start with those letters.

A – Alice in Wonderland/Aladdin/Ali Baba

B – Beauty and the Beast

C – Cinderella/Captain Cook, Chicken Little

D – Dwarves (seven)

E – Elves and the shoemaker, Emperor’s new clothes

F – Frog Prince

G – Gingerbeard Man, Goldilocks, Golden Goose

H – Hanzel & Grethel

J – Jack and the Beanstalk

K – King Arthur

L – Lion King

M – Magic Mirror/ Mermaid (little)/Musicians of Bremen

N – Nutcracker and the Mouse King

P – Pinocchio, Peter Pan, Puss in Boots, Peter & Wolf, Pied Piper

Q – Queen (snow)

R – Rumpelstilskin, Red Riding Hood/Rapunzel

S – Snow White, Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Sinbad, Sleeping Beauty

T – Tinkerbell, Tom Thumb

U – Ugly Duckling

W – White Fang (Wit Wolf)

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