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The Chess Garden [PDF / Epub] ☉ The Chess Garden ❤ Brooks Hansen – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk In the fall of , Dr Gustav Uyterhoeven left the chess garden that he and his wife, Sonja, had created together in Dayton, Ohio, and journeyed to South Africa to serve as a doctor in the British concen In the fall of , Dr Gustav Uyterhoeven left The Chess Garden that he and his wife, Sonja, had created together in Dayton, Ohio, and journeyed to South Africa to serve as a doctor in the British concentration camps of the Boer War Over the next ten months he sent twelve chess pieces and twelve letters back to Sonja She set out her husband s The Chess PDF \ gifts as they arrived and welcomed all the most faithful guests of the garden to come and hear what he had written letters which told nothing of his experience of the camps but described an imagined land called the Antipodes, where all the game pieces that cluttered the sets and drawers of the garden collection came to life to guide the doctor through his fateful and wondrous last adventure Brooks Hansen offers a tale of spiritual progress disguised in the most exotic visions of the imagination And yet The Chess Garden encompasses a very real world, too Alongside the doctor s visions of the Antipodes, the story of his life gradually unfolds as well History and allegory are expertly woven until finally both lead back to The Chess Garden itself, a place where ideas give way to vision, reason meets faith, and fact and figment are finally reconciled.


10 thoughts on “The Chess Garden

  1. WILLIAM2 WILLIAM2 says:

    Second reading It is a novel, as all good novels must in part be, of subtle and beautiful patterning There are two storylines One is told in a series of twelve letters the good doctor Gustav Uyterhoeven s sends home during the year 1900 from a British run refugee camp for displaced Boer women and children in South Africa These letters, written for the children back home in Dayton Ohio, are fantasies about the doctor s travels in a magical land of games called The Antipodes A second storylin Second reading It is a novel, as all good novels must in part be, of subtle and beautiful patterning There are two storylines One is told in a series of twelve letters the good doctor Gustav Uyterhoeven s sends home during the year 1900 from a British run refugee camp for displaced Boer women and children in South Africa These letters, written for the children back home in Dayton Ohio, are fantasies about the doctor s travels in a magical land of games called The Antipodes A second storyline is of the life and times of the Uyterhoevens themselves Their history, courtship, marriage, the doctor s religious conversion as a young man, his thoughts on the great Christian activist and thinker Emanuel Swedenborg through the letter readings of 1900 The subtle patterning I mentioned before is shared by both storylines It s the glue that ties the book together.The prose reminds me of Thomas Mann in some ways It is not that strenuous but there is a certain manner in which the narrative unwinds that puts me in mind of Buddenbrooks and parts of The Magic Mountain It s easygoing opening slowly takes on rigor and greater philosophical density as it moves forward One cannot call its movement or drive propulsive in any sense, it isruminative or, better, contemplative Dr Uyterhoeven, enters into a research partnership with two colleagues in the 1850s, the team later discovers cell division For Dr Uyterhoeven life is somewhere in the chaos, untraceable, like heat in fire To my mind this echoes William Paley s enthusiasms earlier in the nineteenth century The good doctor is searching for nothing less than the what might be called an animating spiritual principle Yet he is not saying so yet The word god never passes his lips He fears the soulless rigor of his fellows at the laboratory where he works.Then we re hit with the opaque cause and effect chapter, entitled The Friedrich Wilhem Institute I see what Hansen wants here The movement from a crystalline clarity and simplicity at the start of the novel to this passage of intellectual rigor However, on second reading I found the chapter an absolute slog My impulse was to skip to letters four through seven coming up I think if Hansen wants to address issues of epistemology in his novel then he has to define his terms Like most people, I was not a philosophy major I don t want to google concepts when reading novels like I do when reading nonfiction That s because fiction is supposed to be the dream which bears us along By introducing such an erudite, turgid chapter Hansen throws cold water on the dreamer Narrative pleasure goes out the window So I have elected not to finish the second reading I m stopping at p 210 Apparently my tastes have changed since I first read this novel sixteen years ago I find I have less patience with it now I find that it is not delivering the sort of narrative joy I crave these days I m going to leave the rating at 4, however, since that was my response to the text on first reading One wants, I suppose, to be true to one s younger,na ve self


  2. Velvetink Velvetink says:

    In Ohio at the turn of this century, the wife of Dr Uyterhoeven receives a series of strange letters from her husband, who reports being shipwrecked on his way to South Africa, and landing in a fantastical country inhabited by chess pieces, dominoes and dice.Intercut with these letters, the story of his life unfolds his youth and marriage in Holland, his troubled scientific career in Berlin, the genesis of his unusual philosophy and of the chess garden History and allegory are expertly interwo In Ohio at the turn of this century, the wife of Dr Uyterhoeven receives a series of strange letters from her husband, who reports being shipwrecked on his way to South Africa, and landing in a fantastical country inhabited by chess pieces, dominoes and dice.Intercut with these letters, the story of his life unfolds his youth and marriage in Holland, his troubled scientific career in Berlin, the genesis of his unusual philosophy and of the chess garden History and allegory are expertly interwoven in this tale of spiritual progress, a novel of dazzling imagination.A wonderfully bewitching compendium of stories told in a lucid prose that is free of any stylistic gimmickry A highly absorbing and endlessly inventive antipodean adventure note to self Copy from A


  3. mark monday mark monday says:

    4 STARS AND NO REVIEW good grief, mark, get with the program you loved this book and you want other people to read this book too you want them to share your excitement, right well, write a review share that enthusiasm, you can do it mark 4 STARS AND NO REVIEW good grief, mark, get with the program you loved this book and you want other people to read this book too you want them to share your excitement, right well, write a review share that enthusiasm, you can do it mark


  4. Peter Peter says:

    This book is why I read.


  5. Shelton TRL Shelton TRL says:

    This book reminded me of Th Wizard of Oz books, as well as Wicked by Gregory MaGuire It is a fascinating study of how a sensitive physician copes with the horrors he experiences in wartime, by use of his love of chess In the fall of 1900, Dr Gustav Uyterhoeven left the chess garden that he and his wife, Sonja, had created together in Dayton, Ohio, and journeyed to South Africa to serve as a doctor in the British concentration camps of the Boer War Over the next ten months he sent twelve ches This book reminded me of Th Wizard of Oz books, as well as Wicked by Gregory MaGuire It is a fascinating study of how a sensitive physician copes with the horrors he experiences in wartime, by use of his love of chess In the fall of 1900, Dr Gustav Uyterhoeven left the chess garden that he and his wife, Sonja, had created together in Dayton, Ohio, and journeyed to South Africa to serve as a doctor in the British concentration camps of the Boer War Over the next ten months he sent twelve chess pieces and twelve letters back to Sonja She set out her husband s gifts as they arrived and welcomed all the most faithful guests of the garden to come and hear what he had written letters which told nothing of his experience of the camps but described an imagined land called the Antipodes, where all the game pieces that cluttered the sets and drawers of the garden collection came to life to guide the doctor through his fateful and wondrous last adventure Brooks Hansen offers a tale of spiritual progress disguised in the most exotic visions of the imagination And yet The Chess Garden encompasses a very real world, too Alongside the doctor s visions of the Antipodes, the story of his life gradually unfolds as well History and allegory are expertly woven until finally both lead back to the chess garden itself, a place where ideas give way to vision, reason meets faith, and fact and figment are finally reconciled


  6. Marci Marci says:

    I was immediately drawn to this book by the title, the illustration, and the summary Unfortunately as I read In the tradition of J.R.R Tolkien and C.S Lewis, Brooks Hansen offers a tale of spiritual progress disguised in the most exotic visions of the imagination , I had automatically set ridiculously high hopes for this book The book is divided into the parts that switch between Dr Uyterhoeven s letters which are amazing, and the other parts which arescience filled and less fantasy I was immediately drawn to this book by the title, the illustration, and the summary Unfortunately as I read In the tradition of J.R.R Tolkien and C.S Lewis, Brooks Hansen offers a tale of spiritual progress disguised in the most exotic visions of the imagination , I had automatically set ridiculously high hopes for this book The book is divided into the parts that switch between Dr Uyterhoeven s letters which are amazing, and the other parts which arescience filled and less fantasy I do enjoy the style that this book was written in but got distracted by so much scientific terminology and lack of connection to those who aren t necessarily scientist or whom have not studied the sciences in detailed The first part was breathtakingly beautiful and with gusto allowed me to dive into the second but coming out of the second put a damper on my enjoyment It took me a really long time, weeks in fact, of picking the book up reading a few pages and setting it down I am glad however that I did not put the book down because the end sections are quite lovely


  7. Stephanie Stephanie says:

    I had never heard of this book before my stepdaughter mailed it to her sister along with several other books she d read I am so glad I was introduced to the Chess Garden it was wonderful I m not going to get into any spoiler details here, but let me say that I am blown away by Brooks Hansen s mind The creativity that went into this novel is just amazing it is, after all, a tale heavy on fantasy But it also qualifies as historical fiction, as a good percentage of the novel is set in turn of I had never heard of this book before my stepdaughter mailed it to her sister along with several other books she d read I am so glad I was introduced to the Chess Garden it was wonderful I m not going to get into any spoiler details here, but let me say that I am blown away by Brooks Hansen s mind The creativity that went into this novel is just amazing it is, after all, a tale heavy on fantasy But it also qualifies as historical fiction, as a good percentage of the novel is set in turn of the century Europe Holland and Germany and South Africa during the Boer Wars Hansen manages to also create very believable, compelling characters in some clearly impossible situations This is one of those novels that I didn t want to end Love, love, love it


  8. Toby Toby says:

    Several stories are concurrently told about different times in one man s life As each portion of his life unfolds, we begin to understand every important stage of his spiritual growth and only then can we appreciate the deeper spiritual meaning of the letters he has written home about his fantastic travels in the Antipodes.This is among the very best books I have ever read However, I don t expect that everyone who reads this book will get as much from it as I did, at least not without deep con Several stories are concurrently told about different times in one man s life As each portion of his life unfolds, we begin to understand every important stage of his spiritual growth and only then can we appreciate the deeper spiritual meaning of the letters he has written home about his fantastic travels in the Antipodes.This is among the very best books I have ever read However, I don t expect that everyone who reads this book will get as much from it as I did, at least not without deep contemplation and possibly some further research into the works of Emanual Swedenborg a key influence in the spiritual life of Gustav Uyterhoeven


  9. Al Al says:

    I wanted to like this book Philosophy meets historical fact meets fantasy That is usually just my style but The Chess Garden fell flat Those three aspects didn t come together into a unified whole and simply dropped you off of a cliff without any transition The flow was poor to non existent and characters and story were distant and non engaging There were interesting thoughts and ideas, but they were buried under unnecessary tedium that could have been presented in a much fresher and integ I wanted to like this book Philosophy meets historical fact meets fantasy That is usually just my style but The Chess Garden fell flat Those three aspects didn t come together into a unified whole and simply dropped you off of a cliff without any transition The flow was poor to non existent and characters and story were distant and non engaging There were interesting thoughts and ideas, but they were buried under unnecessary tedium that could have been presented in a much fresher and integrated way


  10. Wendy Wax Wendy Wax says:

    This is one of my favorite books I always recommend it and, still, no one I know has read it It s amazingly abstract, visual, humorous, poignant read it and let me know what you think.


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