Review: Lieze & Tine, Daughters of the Devil

Lieze & Tine

Marc de Bel

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Author (s): Marc De BelTitle: Lieze & Tine, Daughters of the DevilISBN: 9789463832359Publishing: Van Halewyck — PelckmansGenre: novel, based on true factsEdition: hardcoverNumber of pages: 328Price: 20,00€

About the author (s):

Marc de Bel (1954) taught twenty years in the fourth grade. In 1986 he made his debut withUncle Trotter's egg, a story that never got told in class. Since then he has been a full-time author and more than 150 titles have been published by him. He regularly falls in the prizes at the Children's & Youth Jury, already receivedThe Little Cervantes preUleand several of his books were published with theInclusive Granger rewarded.

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About the book:

1968, the year in which everything became different

Also for Lieze Boeckmans, almost sixteen, who received a diary as a Christmas gift from her older brother, Jan de Zwartkijker. “To never forget that she was ever young, silly, naive and unhappy.” In boarding school with the nuns it is indeed far from fun. Fortunately, the cheerful and hip pop songs from the Top 40 brighten her up during the weekends and there is also Dirk, who recently sees her every Saturday afternoon in the library and with whom she hopes to live on a farm on the outside with their children, ponies, goats, dogs, cats and chickens.

Lieze and Tine is a book for teenagers (15+) and for those who that was in the fantastic year 1968, when indeed everything changed.

Life can never be exactly like we want it to be... — The Mama's & The Papa's

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My opinion:

The 1960s... the era of free love, flower power... but also of the war in Vietnam, teenage pregnancies, taboos and illegal adoptions.

The latest book by Marc de Bel starts in 1968 with the Boeckmans family. Lieze, Jan, Karel and their parents live in a Flemish village. The stepfather of Lieze and Jan is by profession a military and often away from home while the mother keeps a convenience store open.
When Jan acts as a conscientious objector, he is no longer welcome and moves into the wide world. He gives his sister Lieze a diary and a transistor radio for her birthday.
Lieze has a boyfriend Dirk where she hopes to start the typical house-garden tree later. Until she gets pregnant unwillingly...
Lieze's parents put her in a shelter, run by nuns, until the birth of the child. Followed by the words “it's for your own good”. From then on the agony of Lieze begins...

For many, the 1960s have been a wonderful period. For once so many others this is a period that one would rather not retell or relive. The Church stood very strong and what the Church or his disciples said was word and law. And a lot of families have been dislocated because of this. We are not talking about the girls who have unintentionally had to give up their babies in order to never find any trace of them in the illegal adoption mill that the Church had followed.

From Marc de Bel, I know that he can deliver unimaginably historical stories, which he meticulously pulls out.Lieze & Tine belongs to this category. A pageturner where you see a girl's youthful innocence torn apart. This girl who is totally innocent, becomes a play ball of the Church and faces an inhumane year. You have to be strong to survive this...
All this followed by an afterword that makes your hair rise on the back...

Lieze & Tine, highly recommended but be warned that the story will glow for a long time. Topbook!

Rating: 5+/5

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