A View of the Ocean

A View of the Ocean

A View of the Ocean The internationally best selling novelist playwright Jan de Hartog author of The Captain and The Peaceable Kingdom moves and inspires us with this simple elegant story of his mother and himself Sh

  • Title: A View of the Ocean
  • Author: Jan de Hartog
  • ISBN: 9780375424700
  • Page: 447
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The internationally best selling novelist, playwright Jan de Hartog, author of The Captain and The Peaceable Kingdom, moves and inspires us with this simple, elegant story of his mother and himself.She was a quiet, unassuming woman married to a giant of a man, a famous Protestant theologian and pastor, simple, bighearted and big muscled, who moved through life with gusto aThe internationally best selling novelist, playwright Jan de Hartog, author of The Captain and The Peaceable Kingdom, moves and inspires us with this simple, elegant story of his mother and himself.She was a quiet, unassuming woman married to a giant of a man, a famous Protestant theologian and pastor, simple, bighearted and big muscled, who moved through life with gusto and the commotion of a wagon train and who, but for God, might have become a pirate or a general He adored his wife and didn t like anyone else around to claim her attention Their sons saw him as a monster of egocentricity, a tyrant, a blustering bully to her he was a sensitive, shy, helpless man with a mission She believed in him from the moment they met, and under the wings of her faith in him as a philosopher, he became one During their thirty years of marriage this woman s only concern was to enable her husband to hearken to the voice of God After his death she discovered somewhere deep inside a core of drop forged steel She rose to the challenge of widowhood and, continuing his work, took his place in the world The full splendor of this tiny, frail woman s character, intelligence, and courage became evident during her World War II internment in a Japanese camp in the Dutch East Indies, when she managed to arrange a cease fire between the Dutch Army and Indonesian guerillas.After her release from prison camp, she returned to Amsterdam, and resumed her simple life, offering spiritual advice to those seeking solace Finally, she was faced with the ultimate test of her spirit a diagnosis of a cancer too far advanced for treatment.De Hartog tells us how his mother s blazing courage through it all inspired his own spiritual awakening as he found, in her final months, the strength, the power, and the acceptance to see her through to the end.

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    This is the kind of book you finish and read again. The author has written several novels that reflect his experiences in the 2nd WW, two of my favorites are The Captain and The Commodore (both good enough for saving and rereading.) This book is reflections about his life and parents which are occasioned as he tries to take car of his mother who in her eighties is dying of stomach cancer (before hospice care). If a reader is interested in the reality of experiencing evil in the world, of finding [...]

    Jan de Hartog presents a very moving account of his mother's life, beginning with the enchanting story of meeting the man who was to become her husband and ending with the pivotal experience after her death which changed his life. She was a gentle survivor with a capacity for tenderness even under extreme stress. Held in a Japanese prison camp in the Dutch West Indies during WWII, she was remembered by many of her fellow prisoners as a kind, gentle person who could persuade their guards to act h [...]

    This book is a love letter to de Hartog's mother, written posthumously. Although my mom was not a refugee camp survivor, there is no doubt that WWII profoundly affected her life. I found so many parallels to my mother's death from cancer in this book, including that one moment of clarity that de Hartog shared with his mom when she was near death. I appreciate that de Hartog spoke from his heart, not his head when writing this book.

    What a good book to read - a hard book to read because I don't think cancer is ever an easy disease to die from - but still a very good book. This is a very small book about Jan De Hartog coming to terms with his mother's mortality as she is dying and finding out some interesting things about himself and his mother as this happens. It makes you really think about the way we have hidden what happens as people die and whether there may not be a better way. De Hartog died himself in 2002.

    In its simplicity and seeming artlessness, this short, searing memoir of a mother's death from cancer achieves true pathos even as the author faces his own death, perhaps with acceptance. The unadorned work of an old master is ultimately cause for celebration.

    A poignant and bittersweet memoir. It traces the author's perception and conception of his mother from mere helpmate to his father to a courageous and faithful widower to a frail and helpless patient facing a painful death. It is at times harrowing, poetic and insightful. Not an easy read but there is something deeply human about it despite the difficult subject.

    For all its slimness at 99 pgs, de Hartog’s tribute to his mother is a gem with deep facets. He chronicled memories of his mother and his time spent nursing her as she suffered slowly from terminal cancer, his writing slow in the articulation of all the unspoken yet deeply felt anguish, doubts over his own intentions and inadequacies, and questions as to whether he was doing the right thing till the end.In many ways this brought back all the complex and unresolved feelings I have till this day [...]

    I seem to be reading a lot of books about dying these days -- "I Heard the Owl Call My Name", virtually all of Mitch Albom's books and now this one, a paean to De Hartog's mother. A growing awareness of mortality, perhaps? In any case, if there's a trend here, it's not necessarily a positive one, because of all those mentioned, this one was the toughest read. His mother did not go gently, her death was very, very hard. So the point of the book is trying to make some sense of it. The book's title [...]

    This was published posthumously and tells the story of his parents, especially his mother, including her harrowing pre-hospice death.I also had an aunt in a similar Japanese concentration camp (my father's cousin, actually, but she was Tante Nelle to me). Who knows? It could have been the same camp as deHartog's mother and she could have returned home on the same vessel.DeHartog touches the heart! And he writes exquisitely in English which is not his mother tongue.

    This book was a strange little thing - lyrical, devastating, confessional, deeply private, spiritual, irreverent. SO preachable, pastors!! De Hartog's father was a famous Dutch Protestant minister, and de Hartog's journey takes him through WWII. His mother, Lucretia, is the central character and will make you consider (or reconsider) the concept of secular sainthood.It took about an hour to read and I'm sure I'll re-read it again soon.I can't wait to discover more of his works.

    Jan de Hartog provides us with an exquisitely written account of his mother's life as he knew it and her death as he experienced it. On page 23 there is a picture of her. You can tell at once that she was a woman of great character. Her face is radiant with love, and she has poise and wit in spades, oh and beauty also. Jan's wonderful writing provides further evidence of this.

    A charming and bittersweet memoir of the author's mother. Just a slim (102-page) volume, it concentrates for the most part on the death of Lucretia de Hartog, and the legacy she almost unwittingly left her son. It was very touching.

    A brief, heartfelt, elegantly written memoir mostly about the death of de Hartog's parents, and especially his mother, who at the end preferred his inept nursing to that of the professionals. Highly recommended.

    this was not a fun book. when i picked it up i didn't realize it would be de hartog's struggle w/his mother's death. and his parents legacies, nazi germany, faith in God. not easy. worth reading.

    I has never heard of this author, which surprised me, because his style was great. I'd like to read more of his nonfiction. His writing has an impressive level of frank empathy for himself

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