"De stille kracht" (= Dutch for "the hidden force") is a book from Apart from having a clever plot, Couperus' book also provides a clear insight in the Dutch. Couperus began his literary career with the novel Eline Vere which is set in The [(De stille kracht)] Arabic / transl. from Dutch by Raed Naqshbandi. Buy De stille kracht (Dutch Edition): Read 1 Kindle Store Reviews -


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Van Oudijck; unfortunately, Doddy fell for him at a very tender age and has pretty de stille kracht couperus wasted any opportunity she might have had such as going to school back in the Netherlands in pining for him.

Another character of interest is Eva Eldersma, who is married to a too hard-working assistant of Van Oudijck. She is frustrated by her husband's focus on his work, but unlike most doesn't go in for the easy affair she could have she, too, has a devoted admirerand instead tries to make the best of life here, putting on entertainments and de stille kracht couperus like.

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But even Eva's efforts only go so far, and she too is overwhelmed. She comes to recognise the hopelessness of recreating European culture of the sort she was used to music, literature here. The big blow is the de stille kracht couperus and hot weather, which literally rots and destroys almost everything -- but the rot of course goes much further than the physical.


But it takes a lot for her to finally complain: Why do we bring all the paraphernalia of our costly civilization with us, considering that it will never de stille kracht couperus Why don't we live in a cool de stille kracht couperus hut, sleep on a mat, dress in a kain pandjang and a chintz kabaai, with a scarf over your shoulders and a flower in our hair?

All your civilization by which you propose to grow rich And, indeed, The Hidden Force is a story about the futility and cost of colonialism. Couperus shows some of the cost to the local population, as the resident must also deal with the much-admired local nobility which is also tending towards degeneracy, helped along by alcoholism and a gambling habitbut it's the failure of the colonialists themselves that is central.

They suffer, they are bored, and while they can get together for a good cause the larger picture is one of growing decay moral and otherwise. Van Oudijck is a good administrator, handling some difficult situations well -- yet even he is, by the end, a completely de stille kracht couperus man.

Eva, too, leaves Labuwangi -- her husband having been more simply broken, by overwork -- and on her way home visits Van Oudijck, who has once again latched onto a woman de stille kracht couperus makes do as best he can -- a fitting scene showing what their world has come to There's also a 'hidden force' at work in the book -- or several.


de stille kracht couperus One is of a supernatural variety: But Couperus doesn't go too far overboard with the supernatural and for the most part it is a believable touch, as the locals are also very superstitious. Couperus firmly believes that colonial rule only reaches the surface: But, down in its soul, it had never been conquered, though smiling in proud contemptuous resignation and bowing submissively beneath its fate.

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Deep in its soul, despite a cringing reverence, it lived in freedom its own mysterious life, hidden from Western eyes, however these might seek to fathom the secret Certainly, Couperus does a good job of showing the inability of even the best-meaning Dutch to do right, as when Eva wants to take in one of the daughters of her maid -- an experiment that lasts only two days, after which the mother takes the girl back because Eva called the girl 'Melati' rather than her given name, Mina The cultures remain irreconcilable, the colonial experiment doomed to failure.

Couperus winds things up rather quickly and a bit awkwardly, as the characters disperse, with some too quickly out of mind and de stille kracht couperus Theo, for example. But even in the resolution there are some nice touches, the catastrophe not quite complete but tied together well.

De stille kracht couperus with their direct surroundings people only understand random scraps of an intangible whole, what they call life is nothing but a ripple in the pond of the world. His insight into the tragedy of European colonialism made Couperus a great writer.

And his sympathy for the hybrid, the de stille kracht couperus and the ambiguous gave him a peculiarly modern voice. It is extraordinary that this Dutch dandy, writing in the flowery language of fin-de-siecle decadence, should still sound so fresh. World Literature Today Photo:

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