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Hooge Troeven

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Hooge Troeven by Louis Couperus is a captivating novel that transports the reader to the opulent world of Dutch high society in the late 19th century. The story follows the Van Naghel family as they navigate the complexities of class, ambition, and love.

Couperus's writing is beautifully descriptive, immersing the reader in the luxurious settings of grand estates and lavish parties. The characters are richly drawn, each with their own desires and motivations that drive the narrative forward.

One of the strengths of the novel is its exploration of the societal expectations and constraints faced by women during this time period. The protagonist, Mathilde, grapples with her desire for independence and self-fulfillment in a world that seeks to limit her autonomy.

Overall, Hooge Troeven is a thought-provoking and engaging read that offers a glimpse into the intricacies of Dutch society in the late 19th century. Couperus' evocative prose brings the world of the Van Naghel family to life, making it a compelling and immersive reading experience.

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Het derde en laatste deel van de koningsromans van Louis Couperus voorgelezen ter gelegenheid van de kroning van Koning Willem-Alexander en Koningin Maxima 30 april 2013. Een verhaal over hofintriges waarin moeder en zoon elkaar willen aftroeven, maar waarin ze geen rekening houden met Othomar XII (de listige). (Samenvatting geschreven door Marcel Coenders)

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