Golden Treasure

Golden Treasure

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  • Hardback | 32 pages
  • 220 x 290mm
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Dutch; Flemish
  • Col.ill.
  • 0192796488
  • 9780192796486

Review Text

Wheat is the golden treasure that the sea captain brings back from his long voyage, but the "Proud Lady" of Stavoren, who sent him, has never known the hunger of her people and does not recognize its value. Scornfully she has it thrown into the harbor where it takes root, blocking the entrance but forever remaining barren. The people abandon Stavoren, the lady herself is forced to flee; and where does she find refuge but with the captain who accepts her remorseful apology. (The same legend appears in The Owl's Nest, p. 985, J-357.) The paintings are not as hot and heady as those Jaap Tol did for The Bird Tree and The Sea Horse: the seascapes are vast and open to the elements, the small figures quite volatile; only in a couple of the interiors does an unattractive torpor set in. This needn't be a picture story; as told (see above) it's equally effective, perhaps more so - the hauteur of the lady and the hunger of the townspeople are to be sensed rather than seen, and so is the symbolism of the wheat. (Kirkus Reviews)show more