01-06-2013
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A painting by Montyn.

In search of freedom

“Over my bed on the wall there was a traditional picture: the broad and the narrow way. The straight and narrow path, bordered by dull matters mainly to do with ‘ora et labora’, lead to the gate of heaven; while the broad (..) went straight to hell. It abounded with pubs full of card games and rolling dice, and the people in it, who did not at all look dejected like the scarce souls treading the narrow path, indulged in all kinds of mysterious pleasures. Even though that hell inspired me with great awe, I still spent a lot of time looking at it, at that broad way…”*

This is the environment that Jan Montyn escapes from. He signs up for the Nazi youth camps. As green as grass and without the faintest idea about their ideology; he enjoys the sports.

Back in Oudewater he gets bored. When he turns eighteen, he gets a draft to contribute to the war effort. In order to avoid the drudgery of an assembly line, he joins the navy.

From then on his life becomes a sequence of bewildering and shocking war experiences. He cannot quit when the second world war ends. He signs up with the foreign legion and becomes a mercenary. He fights in Korea. Until he breaks down.

Novelist Dirk Ayelt Kooiman describes all this in 'A Lamb to the Slaughter'.  Bleak, engrossing, bewildering.

*Extract from the novel A Lamb to the Slaughter.




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Title:

Author:
Dirk Ayelt Kooiman

Genre:
novel

Time:
1935-1975

Locations:
Oudewater


Trivia: Biographical novel

 

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55tWQRRs0w (07-12-2016 14:07):
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