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A pilgrimage to La Paz

June 4th, 2014  |  by  |  published in English texts, mensenrechten, politiek | Comments Off on A pilgrimage to La Paz

A pilgrimage to La Paz

“We look like a bunch of pilgrims gathering to start a pilgrimage to Canterbury.” “You may be right about being pilgrims, but you can’t compare this sweltering place to a fourteenth century English tavern.” We all laughed. In a way the young man was right: four unconnected people had flocked together. First we were sitting […]

C.P. Snow, The Light and the Dark

June 1st, 2014  |  by  |  published in Boeken Janantoon | Comments Off on C.P. Snow, The Light and the Dark

C.P. Snow, The Light and the Dark

The Light and the Dark focuses on Roy Calvert, a young, brilliant, wealthy and attractive scholar of Oriental languages whose recurrent bouts of melancholy eventually lead him to court death as a World War Two bomber pilot. Originally published second in the “Strangers and Brothers” series, it was placed fourth when Snow rearranged the sequence for the 1972 omnibus edition. Lewis Eliot is the first-person narrator, as in all the “Strangers and Brothers” novels; but Calvert is the main protagonist.

C.P. Snow, Strangers and Brothers II

June 1st, 2014  |  by  |  published in Boeken Janantoon | Comments Off on C.P. Snow, Strangers and Brothers II

C.P. Snow, Strangers and Brothers II

I could not find the Macmillan edition of the second volume of the Strangers and Brothers omnibus, so I bought the American edition.
The second volume contains:
— The Masters
— The New Men
— Homecomings
— The Affair

C.P. Snow, Strangers and Brothers I

June 1st, 2014  |  by  |  published in Boeken Janantoon | Comments Off on C.P. Snow, Strangers and Brothers I

C.P. Snow, Strangers and Brothers I

This is the first part of the omnibus edition of the Strangers and Brothers sequence. C.P. Snow revised all the novels for this edition. The novels appear in chronological order. This volumes contains an introduction by C.P. Snow and a complete and impressive list of characters for the eleven novels. This volume contains:
— Time of Hope
— George Passant
— The Conscience of the Rich
— The Light and the Dark

C.P. Snow, The Search

May 19th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Boeken Janantoon | Comments Off on C.P. Snow, The Search

C.P. Snow, The Search

Nicolas Tredell: The Search, C.P. Snow’s third published novel, traces the awakening, pursuit and eventual loss of a sense of scientific vocation. It followed two excursions into genre fiction, and is the kind of realistic novel with which Snow would become primarily associated: it explores the friendships, rivalries and enmities between men in a highly competitive and demanding professional world and also examines, to a lesser but significant extent, their erotic and emotional relationships with women. The Search dramatizes and analyzes the complex dynamics of hope, ambition, idealism, disappointment and failure in ways which anticipate Snow’s eleven-volume “Strangers and Brothers” series, but it is more than a trial run for the latter: it stands as a substantial novel in its own right and addresses some science-related issues more fully than any of his later fiction.

de geneugten van het herlezen

March 31st, 2013  |  by  |  published in Engelse literatuur, Nederlandse literatuur | Comments Off on de geneugten van het herlezen

de geneugten van het herlezen

Soms heb je gewoon geen zin om iets nieuw te lezen. Ook al staan er honderden ongelezen boeken in je bibliotheek, dan nog grijp je naar een boek dat je al eens gelezen hebt. Of zelfs meerdere keren. Herlezen is een beetje zoals tv kijken. als tv kijken Mensen die dagelijks naar tv kijken weten […]

Nicolas Tredell, C.P. Snow

January 7th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Boeken Janantoon | Comments Off on Nicolas Tredell, C.P. Snow

Nicolas Tredell, C.P. Snow

C.P. Snow The Dynamics of Hope Nicolas Tredell taal: Engelsgepubliceerd door: Palgrave/Macmillaneerste editie: 2012bindwijze: gebondenisbn: 978-1-137-27186-0pagina’s: 217 verworven via: Amazon

the new men

May 21st, 2012  |  by  |  published in Engelse literatuur, English texts | Comments Off on the new men

the new men

Every so often I reread one of CP Snow’s novels. I don’t know why exactly. Perhaps because in the first place he is such a keen observer of how people live together: the political — in the widest possible sense — struggle to prevail. The way societies organise themselves, the way they meet new problems […]

reading CP Snow (again)

August 3rd, 2011  |  by  |  published in Engelse literatuur, English texts | Comments Off on reading CP Snow (again)

reading CP Snow (again)

In Man with a Blue Scarf Martin Gayford reports Lucian Freud saying about Thomas Hardy: “I like him so much I even read his boring novels, because they seem boring in the way real life is boring.” I have much the same feeling regarding CP Snow. Lately I have been rereading In their Wisdom, The […]



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