The Storm

The Storm

Book - 2010
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On the night of January 31, 1953, a mountain of water, literally piled up out of the sea by a freak winter hurricane, swept down onto the Netherlands, demolishing the dikes protecting the country and wiping a quarter of its landmass from the map. It was the worst natural disaster to strike the Netherlands in three hundred years.

The morning of the storm, Armanda asks her sister, Lidy, to take her place on a visit to her godchild in the town of Zierikzee. In turn, Armanda will care for Lidy's two-year-old daughter and accompany Lidy's husband to a party. The sisters, both of them young and beautiful, look so alike that no one may even notice. But what Armanda can't know is that her little comedy is a provocation to fate: Lidy is headed for the center of the deadly storm.

Margriet de Moor interweaves the stories of these two sisters, deftly alternating between the cataclysm and the long years of its grief-strewn aftermath. While Lidy struggles to survive, surrounded by people she barely knows, Armanda must master the future, trying to live out the life of her missing sister as if it were her own.

A brilliant meshing of history and imagination, The Storm is a powerfully dramatic and psychologically gripping novel from one of Europe's most compelling writers.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2010.
Edition: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 9780307264947
0307264947
Characteristics: 257 p. ; 25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Janeway, Carol Brown

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Dec 27, 2010

When two sisters change places for one day the results are tragic and life changing. The book is translated from dutch and I think that maybe a factor in the story line being interesting and gripping detail but at times the line of the plot seems to get lost and there were parts of the book that seemed to wander and was not easy to follow.
Worth the read just for the detail about the flood and the survival stories.

alleycat May 16, 2010

Oh my! I absolutely *loved* this novel. Orignially published in Dutch at least 5 years ago and only just translated into English this year, this is the story of two sisters, Lidy and Armanda, set in the backdrop of the 1953 hurricane-like storm which caused devasting floods in the Netherlands, parts of which lie below sea level. This is high-tragedy in the true sense (by that I mean the ancient Greek form of tragedy ... i.e., that one marches blindly toward and utterly oblivious to one's own tragic demise). Strikingly fatalistic and multi-layered, this would make a great book club read.

I must say, there were passages in this novel that left me breathless (I actually gasped as I read them). Be prepared for some exquisite, but devastating imagery. I am haunted, though so grateful to have read it. Highly, highly recommended.

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alleycat May 16, 2010

Lidy and Armanda are two young and beautiful sisters who, being only two years apart in age, look very much alike - so much so, in fact, that Armanda (the younger) asks her sister Lidy to take her place at her god-daughter's birthday party, a good day's journey away by car. Lidy goes somewhat relunctantly, leaving behind her husband and young daughter. Armanda's little comedy of sorts turns tragic, as a hurricane-like storm hits parts of the island causing devastating flooding, and Lidy must struggle to stay alive.

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