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De avonturen van Simplicissimus (1669)

door Hans Jakob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen

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"No two dances were the same. Each one was beautiful because it was different - just like how Sydney's body was also beautiful because it was different. Sydney Mesher was born with ten toes and five fingers. But it was her toes that her mum noticed first. 'I can tell she's going to be a dancer,' she said. And it turned out Mum was right--after years of hard work, Sydney eventually danced her way onto the famous stage of Radio City Music Hall, becoming the first Rockette with a visible disability. This warm and inviting picture book...takes young readers along on Sydney's journey--through the joyous ups as well as the crushing downs--and tells the story of how through it all, she kept dancing."--Front cover flap.… (meer)
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She kept dancing is an inspiring true story about Sydney Mesher. Sydney was born missing a hand. As she grew up, other kids would stare and bully her for her limb difference. However, she loved dancing and kept dancing no matter what! She went to school for dance and took as many dance classes as she could. She even got to perform at a concert for BTS! Sydney broke her foot and really struggled to use crutches. In addition to struggling with the crutches, Sydney struggled with not being able to dance. However, she remembered all the times she persevered and kept her head up high! Sydney would go on to become a Rockette and inspire young children with disabilities to continue dancing! I loved this book! Sydney's perseverance to continue when people did not believe in her is inspiring! This book shows children that any dream is possible even if it may be difficult. The illustrations in this book portrayed Sydney's emotions perfectly and I actually felt like I could see her dance across the page! I would recommend this book for any elementary student! ( )
  amydalin | Jul 23, 2024 |
Sí, es una novela picaresca, en el sentido de que el protagonista, de incierto nacimiento, tiene que buscarse la vida y lo mismo le va bien que mal. Simplicius Simplicissimus (es un nombre impostado, porque él mismo ignora su verdadero nombre hasta más o menos la mitad del libro) es educado por un eremita y luego pasa la mayor parte de su vida en el ejército, cambiando de bando como de camisa y con épocas más o menos largas dedicado a otras cosas variopintas, como pide el género. Esta edición incluye una "Continuatio", publicada años después en vista del éxito del libro principal. Hacia el final de este y en la propia "Continuatio" el nivel va bajando sensiblemente, con largos sermones, situaciones imaginarias o inverosímiles y, al final, una estancia en una isla desierta, claro antecedente de Robinson Crusoe. Los primeros libros, más realistas y animados, me han parecido más divertidos. ( )
  caflores | Jun 5, 2022 |
A very mixed bag of story. Its split into five sections plus some extra stories which we'll call the appendix but before getting into the parts a brief general overview.
So the writings good and very easy to read at least in the translation i had. I think the translator is a 'William Heinemann' but that could be the publisher, i got it from Project Gutenberg.
Its mostly a biography and history with satire and comedy elements, there tends to be some quite witty lines every so often.
One of the best things is the sprinkling of whackiness, once in a while a wizard, fortune teller, ghost, witch or other bizarre character will show up in this otherwise normal story, which for me was always a pleasent experience.
Sidenote, the version i had skipped a couple of pieces, one involving our hero seducing some women and the other a trip to an underwater kingdom! Really! of all the stuff that could have been left out of this he skips the fish people.. that was annoying.

Oh yes before i forget this is set during the Thirty Years War which i know nothing about. However based on this book it seems to have involved at least two factions of germans as well as the Swedes, and a little bit of involvement from some croatians and maybe some Swiss, possibly some French aswell.

One of the odd things is that no one here seems to be fighting for a cause they switch sides at the drop of the hat. Theres no patriotism, its a very in the trenches viewpoint which is pretty intresting.
Lastly the protagonists personality and especially his religious tendencies vacillate wildly and ridiculously throughout.

Anyway on to the individual parts/books:

Book 1: Out hero starts off as a lovable idiot like Forest Gump or the [b:The Good Soldier Švejk|7629|The Good Soldier Švejk|Jaroslav Hašek|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1468884268s/7629.jpg|318160], which allows him (and the reader) to get through some truly horrific war scenes. The term 'rape and pillage' doesn't even come close.
By far the most brutal and interesting parts of the story.

Book 2: Our hero changes from lovable idiot to an innocent and religious savant , like an Omish Sheldon Cooper.

Book 3: Another change this time into a military genius, like some combination of Sharp, Robin Hood and Omar Little from 'the Wire'. I did not see that coming.
Also all of the horrors of war are now completely forgotten about since our hero is now a soldier. It becomes the most Disneyfied version of a military conflict.

Book 4: Retiring mostly from the army our hero takes on about every job known at this time of history. Its a bit of a mess but there is some good satire here and there.

Book 5: The story continues to drift about and seems to get faster and faster. Seriously, at one point we end up back in the army promoted, fight in a battle, wounded, retired again and moved to Switzerland; in the space of about 2 pages.
I guess the author must have been getting as impatient to end this thing as i was.

Appendices: But later a few additional stories were found, the main one being a desert island adventure. I kind of skimmed these but the island story does have some more of those wacky moments which i like.

Overall, a lot of little bits of stories strung together, the early books probably superior to the latter ones but the author has a lot of neat bits scattered throughout. ( )
  wreade1872 | Nov 28, 2021 |
My friends and I read CV Wedgwood's history of the Thirty Year War a few years back I noted that Dame Cicily cited this meandering picaresque a number of times. I read it off and on through a cold spring and felt that it would've benefitted from editing. There a rasher of episodes that claw up in my subconscious from time to time. ( )
  jonfaith | Feb 22, 2019 |
Simplicissimus is the best-known German prose work of the baroque period. Like all great picaresque novels, it's made up of an unapologetically random succession of events, so many that between them they cover just about every possible literary mood - bucolic, military, nautical, comic, tragic, allegorical, satirical, didactic, fantastic, contemplative, religious, atheistic, luxurious, ascetic - everything from fart-jokes to scholarly discourses about the evils of worldly goods, not excluding battles, journeys to the centre of the earth, shipwrecks on desert islands, Miltonic debates between the devils in Hell, a witches' sabbath, and a Parisian erotic episode that seems to have been lifted from a 1970s French porn film. And then there are the two chapters in which a piece of toilet paper tells our narrator its life-story, illustrating the labour theory of value...

Essentially, it's the life-story of a small boy cast adrift in life when a random party of soldiers robs and destroys the farm in the Spessart on which he's grown up. He's taken in by a friendly hermit, who is amused to discover that the little shepherd-boy doesn't even know his own name - he's always just been "der Bub" (the lad). The hermit decides that the only fitting name to give him is Simplicius. Later, when the boy finds himself in the army for the first time, he needs a surname as well, and becomes Simplicius Simplicissimus. But by that time he isn't quite so simple any more.
Even though it's around 750 pages long, the pace is sometimes pretty hectic, and you will be doing quite well if you can keep track of how many times he is obliged to change sides between the Swedish and Imperial armies. Things are at their craziest in Book V, Chapter XXII, where, after the narrator has spent a couple of chapters doing nothing in Moscow (Moscow?!? - how on earth did he end up there?) waiting for the Czar to give him a job, in the space of two pages at the end of the chapter he is captured by Tatars, sent to the Far East and sold to the King of Korea, makes his way back West via Japan and Macao, but is captured in the Indian Ocean by Moslem pirates, sent to serve as a galley-slave in the Mediterranean, set free after a battle with the Venetians, and returns home to the Black Forest after making a pilgrimage to Rome. (The original 1668 book ended shortly after this, rather out of breath, but Grimmelshausen then added a sixth book, the Continuatio, where things get even more out of control.)

Fortunately it isn't always quite that extreme, especially when Grimmelshausen happens to be writing about something he knows about personally. Or has a detailed source to crib from - plagiarism was not so much frowned upon then as it is now, so even the battles we know he fought in himself are often described in the words of other writers.

Of course, all that colour, hectic movement and the remoteness of the baroque world he is writing about make it a fascinating read for us, but the thing that really sets it apart is the sheer energy and down-to-earthness of much of the language. When he's not putting on the voice of some hypothetical scholar - even then, it's often hard to tell when he's showing off his erudition and when he's mocking the way scholars see the world - Grimmelshausen talks to us exactly as you would expect someone from the depths of rural Germany to do. Hard, fast, simple prose, as few French or Latin words as possible, and plenty of earthy dialect expressions. Thomas Mann considered Simplicissimus a narrative work of extraordinary genius, and if you look at it sideways with one eye half closed you can convince yourself you can see something of what he took from it - Mann's discursive randomness is much more focussed and targeted than Grimmelshausen's, but it's obviously a development of the same way of seeing the progression of a story. Interesting! But pretty crazy, really. ( )
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