Hans Brinker; or, the Silver Skates: A Story of Life in Holland

Hans Brinker; or, the Silver Skates: A Story of Life in HollandWorst Book Ever Okay, maybe not the worst, but a really boring, awful book The actual story of Hans could be told in about fifty pages The edition I read on Google Books was nearly three hundred pages long I can appreciate it for the historical things I ve read enough books from this time period to know that the personalities of the Brinker children and some of the other boys are how the authors imagined children, and the history of Holland asides are in there to educate small children back in the day but the book was much too long and drawn out to actually be entertaining, especially for a modern reader I wouldn t recommend this at all.1 5 on here, 1 10 for myself Luxuries unfit us for returning to hardships easily endured before.That is one of the little gems which pop up throughout this classic book of children s literature Published in 1865, it was second only to Dickens that year in sales Written by an American who had never been to the Netherlands before the book was written, it has, apparently, been a much loved book handed down through the generations Although I come from Flemish Dutch ancestry, this book was unknown in my family, perhaps because it is truly an American invention Indeed, it even contains the story of the Little Boy And The Dike not Hans Brinker , which is also a pure American legend attributed to the Dutch Strange Hans is a very poor boy who lives with his mother and little sister in a run down hovel They used to have a middle class life with a healthy father, but he fell off a dike and hurt his head Comatose, he is of no use to the family who must rely on poor Hans for any income he can provide The Silver Skates are the prize to be rewarded to the fastest boy and girl in the Dutch speed races on the frozen canals Hans really wants those skates, but his love of family comes first.Although Hans Brinker is the title character, much of the book is given to the journey of a group of local well to do boys who skate through the towns, providing a narrative of the various Dutch museums, Dutch traditions, and Dutch food for the reader It all eventually comes back to the little poor family and the quest for a happy ending.I really enjoyed reading this book and its various descriptions we Americans, who after all are homeopathic preparations of Holland stockAND The Dutch have always been forced to pump for their very existence and probably must continue to do so to the end of time.The frightening possibility of being flooded in the middle of the night is never forgotten here, as the tragic floods of the past are mentioned There s also the tale of the Rasphouse, which was a cell for lazy prisoners Into this tiny space would pour a steady stream of water and the prisoner would have to pump constantly to keep himself from drowning Very interesting Mostly, I loved the family spirit and the steady get through the day background which also permeated my own parentsLittle and often soon fills the pouchwas a motto for my mother, that is, don t get seduced by the fast American lifestyle, just live the simple life and save for the future I like that My klompen still go out every December 6th, albeit with Flemish, not Dutch, tokens.As Samuel Butler versed, A land that rides at anchor, and is moor dIn which they do not live, but go aboard.Book Season Winter frozen waterways Gretel Looked At Her Mother In Troubled Silence, Wondering Whether It Were Very Wicked To Care For One Parent Than For The Other And Sure, Yes, Quite Sure, That She Dreaded Her Father, While She Clung To Her Mother With A Love That Was Almost Idolatry From Hans Brinker A Beloved Childhood Favorite For A Century And A Half And A Book That Readers Continue To Enjoy And Appreciate Long Into Adulthood Hans Brinker, Or The Silver Skates Went Through ThanEditions During The Author S Lifetime Alone First Published In , This Replica Of TheEdition Features The Exquisite Illustrations By Alice Carsey, Whose Sensitive Eye And Delicate Pen And Ink Lines Enliven The Tale Of The Poor But Virtuous Dutch Boy In A Way That Few Other Artists Have Achieved This Replica Edition Brings The Enchanting Work Of Dodge And Carsey To A New Generation Of Children Author And Editor Mary Mapes Dodge Was Born In New York City She Served As Editor Of The Children S Magazine St Nicholas, To Which She Attracted Such Writers As Mark Twain, Louisa May Alcott, Robert Louis Stevenson, Frances Hodgson Burnett, And Rudyard Kipling She Also Authored The Short Fiction Collection Irvington Stories Super naivi, bet ar ziem gi un labsird gi, k jau decembrim pien kas Un pat diezgan aizraujo i A wonderful tale of a close knit family, set in the beauty of Holland I come back to this nearly every winter A perfect read to curl up in front of the fireplace with. I m reading this to decide if it gets to stay with me or not I have a very, very bad or maybe good habit of buying books I haven t read because I ve heard they re good Or I want to read them Or they re on sale This was one such book Hey, everyone has read Hans Brinker, I should too Thus far I m really liking it so maybe it was a good thing I bought it several years ago and am just now getting around to it.September 20, 2009 I finished Yes, it took me much longer to read than normal, but I only read it when I was upstairs, with nothing to do, which pretty much never happens.I really enjoyed this book It was sweet and nice and gentle but didn t feel all girly and foofy I think my boys will like it You learn a lot about Holland and about history along the way The story plot is interesting and the characters intriguing There isn t a lot of character development, but you still get a pretty good feel for them and most of them are just such good, decent, kind people that you love them even if you don t know much about them.I think we ll read this when we study Holland And it will get to stay with me. , , , , , This is one of the greatest books for children I ve ever met Indeed you won t meet such books nowadays, not with such a beautiful language and such good lessons to teach I ve read Hans Brinker twice The first time was when I was 11 or 12 and it impressed me so much that till now it is the second association with Holland for me after the tulips So when this year I was searching for something to read during the Christmastime and occasionally saw the title among the list of other Christmas books on some website I had no doubts I should reread it Now I d like to offer a list of reasons why I believe this book to be a must read for children in particular and for anyone else who wants to remember his her childhood 1 As I ve already put itthe language is really beautiful , but at the same time it s simple enough for children to understand here I d like to stress that you ll like this book muchif you have a good imagination for the innumerable descriptions are aimed to satisfy it and enable you to see everything with the eyes of your own Here is the one I personally liked most of all Some one was playing upon the organ As the boys entered, a swell of sound rushed forth to meet them It seemed to bear them, one by one, into the shadows of the building. Louder and louder it grew until it became like the din and roar of some mighty tempest, or like the ocean surging upon the shore In the midst of the tumult a tinkling bell was heard another answered, then another, and the storm paused as if to listen The bells grew bolder they rang out loud and clear Other deep toned bells joined in they were tolling in solemn concert ding, dong ding, dong The storm broke forth again with redoubled fury gathering its distant thunder The boys looked at each other, but did not speak It was growing serious What was that Who screamed What screamed that terrible, musical scream Was it man or demon Or was it some monster shut up behind that carved brass frame behind those great silver columns some despairing monster begging, screaming for freedom It was the Vox HumanaAt last an answer came, soft, tender, loving, like a mother s song The storm grew silent hidden birds sprang forth filling the air with glad, ecstatic music, rising higher and higher until the last faint note was lost in the distance. The Vox Humana was stilled but in the glorious hymn of thanksgiving that now arose, one could almost hear the throbbing of a human heart What did it mean That man s imploring cry should in time be met with a deep content That gratitude would give us freedom To Peter and Ben it seemed that the angels were singing Their eyes grew dim, and their souls dizzy with a strange joy At last, as if borne upward by invisible hands, they were floating away on the music, all fatigue forgotten, and with no wish but to hear forever those beautiful sounds2 Strange as it may seem never having been to the Netherlands Mary Mapes Dodge created the book that made thousands of people visit this country There are some chapters which are entirely devoted to the description of Dutch cities and way of life Silver Skates isa real encyclopedia of Dutch cultureso anyone who reads it for the first time will certainly find something new and curious for himself.3 The plot is quite interesting if you don t mind many descriptions but this is NOT a page turner This isa book of atmosphereso to say, you are to take delight in reading it slowly, carefully, attentively, if you want something exiting with a complicated plot structure, than leave this book for asuitable mood.4 And of course I can t but admit that Hans Brinker or Silver Skates isa moralistic book , but it s lessons are not boring ones, they are put not only through the words, but through the situations through the characters themselves This book teaches children to be kind, generous, honest, to be grateful to their parents and true to their friends.I hope I ve said enough to persuade ou that this work is worth reading and if not, just open the first page and the book will speak for itself. Mary Mapes Dodge 1831 1905 was, at the time she wrote this novel, a widowed mom who d moved back in with her well to do family after the death of her financially embarrassed husband Herself well educated by private tutors, she originally began to write educational short stories for her own kids this led to publishing a volume of them, and the success of that book prompted calls for a novel This book, published in 1865 and set in Holland long ago when I first read it, I surmised from the content that it was probably set in the 1840s, which would be long ago to elementary school kids in 1865 , was the result Part of her purpose in writing it, beyond telling an engaging story, was to educate her youthful readers about Dutch history and culture it s a multicultural book before that concept was a buzzword Interestingly, Dodge herself had never traveled outside the U.S she got her interest in Holland, and much of her information, from two then popular books on Dutch history by John Lothrop Motley I ve read this book twice, once as a kid, and again to my wife as an adult both of us liked it 1986 is a rough guess as to the date for the second read Reaction to it from the three people in my friend circle who ve reviewed it varied sharply two gave it four stars and one didn t finish it The latter was put off by the material on Dutch history, and by the chatty style that is to say, like some other older authors, Dodge will breach the so called fourth wall at times and address the reader directly Modern literary critics deem this a stylistic no no 19th century critics didn t, and I m inclined to agree with their freer approach if a writer has reason for it and can pull it off smoothly, without overusing it, I m okay with the device I didn t find it off putting here In keeping with the author s intent, the book packs a lot of historical, geographic and cultural information in the main, this is integrated pretty naturally into the narrative, but some of the history can have an info dumpy quality Even when it did, though, I found it fascinating enough that it didn t take me out of the story of course, I m a history major For me, the exposure to Dutch historical anecdotes and folkways was actually a strength of the book.Published at the chronological dividing line between what literary scholars would later call the Romantic and Realist periods in American literature, the novel exhibits aspects of both schools Dodge has an interest in describing the life of her setting as realistically as any of the regionalist Realists did theirs but she also tells a tale that s emotionally appealing, with a struggling family that engages our sympathy and concern It s not a spoiler to say the storyline is upbeat this isn t a dark tome of moral and existential pessimism and I m not among those who imagine that novels are better if they are The author also incorporates moral examples into her writing, but this is done in a way that grows out of the events, and the writing is not ponderously didactic in the manner of a lot of 19th century children s literature Her diction is nodifficult nor ornate than that of most of her contemporaries, and shouldn t pose a real problem for any good reader.I didn t recommend this specifically for children, though I think modern kids who aren t put off by reading about characters who lived before their own time, and who aren t intimidated by the idea that the book was written in the 19th century, could potentially enjoy it But there s nothing uniquely kiddish about it, except for the fact that the main characters are mostly kids the children that Dodge was writing for were better educated andmature, and had somewhatcommonality mentally with adults, than most of their modern counterparts Some adult readers today can get into the plot Barb and I are living proof, as are other Goodreaders , and adult readers can certainly appreciate some of the deadpan humor, and the character development through telling details.In her own time, Dodge was one of relatively few American writers who were widely appreciated outside the U.S., and I think the appreciation was justified As usual, my reaction to the book falls in the middle ground but I do consider it a good, though not great, novel, and solidly like it. 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Mary was born Mary Elizabeth Mapes to Prof James Jay Mapes and Sophia Furman in New York City She acquired a good education under private tutors In 1851 she married the lawyer William Dodge Within the next four years she gave birth to two sons, James and Harrington In 1857, William faced serious financial difficulties and left his family in 1858 A month after his disappearance his body was f

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  • Hans Brinker; or, the Silver Skates: A Story of Life in Holland
  • Mary Mapes Dodge
  • English
  • 21 July 2018
  • 9781596054158

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