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Ebook De Ontdekking by Eric Heuvel read! Book Title: De Ontdekking
Date of issue: 2003
ISBN: 9054259078
ISBN 13: 9789024527830
The author of the book: Eric Heuvel
Language: English
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 4.78 MB
Edition: Uitgeverij L

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This book opens with a visit. Jeroen, a teenage boy, drops by his grandmother's place to see if she has anything in her attic that he can sell for the Queen’s Day flea market. While he looks through her stuff, he discovers Holocaust-related articles and artifacts, including a yellow star. He asks his grandmother about it, and this becomes the framing narrative. During most of the rest of the book, his grandmother tells her story, which is a painful and complex narrative. The dangers and difficulties of dissent against the Nazi occupiers and their Dutch collaborators, and the dangers of collaboration with the Nazis, and the muddied in-between are all described in the portrayal of one family's experience. One of Jeroen's grandmother's brothers is actively interested in fighting for the Germans, another is in the resistance. Her father is a police officer who mostly collaborates, but not entirely. She has a Jewish best friend, Esther, and seeing what has happened to Esther and her family, she wishes to become part of the resistance, too. I will say no more so as not to give away too much of the story.

I think this book is educational and has some great qualities, but sometimes I was frustrated by the storytelling. It can be a bit contrived and the framing is perhaps a bit much. That said, I appreciate what it's trying to do, that it portrays a family that has the choice to keep their heads down and go along with those in power and just try to survive, or to take risks, some smaller, some not so small at all, all of them potentially dangerous and unnerving, in order to live in accordance with their values...I think every day we make choices, find ourselves faced with having to choose between one kind of comfort and another; between short-term gratification and safety, and actions that might bring more comfort and safety further down the road (or actions that fly in the face of a system whose most basic values conflict with our own.)

Around the same time I read "Family Secret" I also read "Irmina" which touches on some similar subject matter. It's more mature in terms of emotional depth and complexity, and not quite as optimistic (if one can write an optimistic book about Nazi occupation). I preferred "Irmina" in terms of style and tone, but reading the two together gave me a lot to think about--they are interesting to read side by side.

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Ebook De Ontdekking read Online! ERIC HEUVEL is one of the top graphic artists in the Netherlands. He concentrates on writing and illustrating educational graphic novels—three of which, including A Family Secret and The Search, have won the Dutch Comics Association’s category award. He lives in Zaandam.


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