De Amerikaanse prinses by Annejet van der Zijl

De Amerikaanse prinses

Op 13 april 1927 voer Allene Tew met de Mauretania de haven van New York uit. Ze liet een leven achter zich waarin ze alles had bereikt waar ze als plattelandsmeisje van had gedroomd – aanzien, fortuin, moederschap, haar grote liefde. En ze was het ook bijna allemaal weer kwijtgeraakt. ‘De rijkste en verdrietigste weduwe van de stad’, zoals Allene door societyrubrieken werd genoemd, had die dag echter ook nog veel vóór zich, zoals een nie...

Details De Amerikaanse prinses

TitleDe Amerikaanse prinses
Release DateNov 17th, 2015
GenreNonfiction, Biography, History

Reviews De Amerikaanse prinses

  • Solita
    Love historically accurate books - and this one is no exception!It reads like it's a story the author created but it really happened...and I think this adds to the beauty of this book!It is a very easy, captivating and wonderful book!! The story flows so well and the author made a masterpiece!
  • Astrid Langeveld
    Ik zou niet zo heel snel zelf voor dit boek hebben gekozen. Ik lees boeken die over geschiedenis gaan het minst. Maar dit boek heeft mij echt verrast. Het leest makkelijk weg en het was echt bijzonder om meer te lezen over Allene Tew.
  • Teri
    The title of this book would be more appropriate as "The Many Loves of Allene Tew." This book is more about the people that surrounded Allene than it is about herself. Through most of the book, Allene is a secondary character. Allene Tew was a young woman from the late 19th century who came from a pioneering family and married into a higher social status. Although her first husband was from a wealthy family, he was not highly regarded and less so...
  • Vicki Willis
    I had never heard of this woman before, but the title peaked my interest. The book was very interesting and covered a period of time I enjoy reading about. It moved along well, but at times didn't give as many details as I would have liked. I thought I might have trouble because of the translation, but it was easy to follow. A solid read for those who like historical biographies.
  • Dettie Leestafel
    Allene Tew was voor de schrijfster interessant vanwege het feit dat ze steeds meer ontdekte over die vrouw, waarover in Europa verder weinig bekend was. Allene was een vrouw die Annejet van der Zijl dankzij haar boek over Bernard min of meer ontdekt had. Ze kwam erachter dat de vrouw vijf maal getrouwd was, haar twee kinderen op één dag verloor en erg rijk was en daardoor een gewilde huwelijkspartner voor de verarmde Europese adel was.Echter......
  • Sally
    I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book especially since I had not heard of Allene Tew.
  • Rachelle
    Rather boring read. I was relieved to discover that the last 20 percent of the Kindle book was all Author's Notes, sources, etc, because I was really tired of this book. The subject matter was certainly interesting, but the writing was so dry and devoid of life. It was little more than a recitation of facts. I never felt a connection to Allene, nor felt that she was real. She was just words on a page, and biographies are supposed to do far more t...
  • Johan
    Boeiend en bewogen leven maar minder boeiend beschreven dan ik had verwacht. Het boek bood mij onvoldoende psychologisch inzicht in de hoofdpersoon en bleef te veel aan de oppervlakte. Ook verbaasde me verschillende spel- en grammaticale fouten die een (eind-)redacteur niet had moeten missen. Waarom bijna ieder Engels citaat laten volgen door de NLse vertaling?
  • Hms
    3.5 starsOK, so this took me a LONG time to read, but I finished 75% of it in one sitting, just sayin' Because of the timeline of her life, brief histories of certain events must be included and history is not my favorite genre. I had the beginning of high society in 1880s New York, the Spanish American war, the sinking of the Titanic, the sinking of the Lusitania, the 1918 flu epidemic, WW I, stock market crash of 1929, and WW II to get through....
  • Corrie
    Bij deze blijkt mijn weerstand tegen non-fictie (of is dit fiction?) ongegrond en van de baan. Wat een fijn boek, niet alleen door de toon van Van der Zijl, ook heel leuk om over New York te lezen in de jaren 1900-1950.
  • Gina
    First of all, I would like to clarify that I read this book in English and not in the edition pictured here, but I couldn't find the English edition on Goodreads.When you mention "American royalty", most of us think of the Kennedy family, especially of the 1960's when JFK and his beautiful wife Jacqueline virtually become "Camelot". Later on, their son, John Jr. would carry on the tradition of being a public figure.Truthfully, I had never heard o...
  • Elizabeth
    So glad I read this book!!I chose this book as my Kindle First book this month when I saw that the woman whom this biography is about had married someone from Pittsburgh, which is where I live. This biography is so interesting, the woman, Allene, is an incredible person with such an unbelievable story that had it not been a biography, I would have thought it unbelievable! It also made me see my city and my country through the eyes of the past as ...
  • Stephan Zeijlemaker
    Lekker geschreven, maar het is geen roman (de karakters blijven plat) en geen geschiedenisboek (ik heb nauwelijks iets nieuws geleerd).
  • Lady Alexandrine
    "An American Princess. The Many Lives of Allene Tew" by Annejet van der Zijl is a beautifully written, fascinating biography of Allene Tew, who had such an adventurous life that it is hard to believe it really happened. She married five very different men, including millionaires, a prince Heinrich Reuss the Thirty-Third and a Russian count Kotzebue. She travelled a lot in her lifetime, she changed countries and continents, bought and sold houses....
  • Lotti
    Interessant, boeiend en informatief.
  • Susan Hamilton
    This is first and foremost a biography. The woman portrayed, Allene Tew is pretty remarkable because she was determined to live, and live well. She never gave up on her dreams and when obstacles got in her way she adapted. She was a dreamer and survivor who learned to succeed despite the restrictions on women during this time. It is also a history book. Much care is given to provide a history of America from the mid-1800’s through the mid 1950...
  • Rozemarijn
    3.5Een waargebeurd verhaal, zo uit een Edith Wharton boek. Annejet van der Zijl weet hoe ze een goed portret schetst, zo getuigt De Amerikaanse prinses. Ondanks alle uitgewerkte elementen van Allene Tew's leven blijft haar persoon toch nog in het ongewisse. Het is immers vrijwel onmogelijk om een karakterschets te maken van iemand die al decennia overleden is. De feiten van haar leven zijn bekend, maar nergens komt de kern van haar bestaan aan he...
  • Cindy Woods
    Interesting womanThis biography of an actual American princess who lived from the latter half of the 19th century until her death in 1955 is pretty good.....not great. There was ample newspaper headline information, but lacked the personal aspect of this she felt as from personal interviews, memoirs, diaries, etc... I didn't really get a full picture of this very interesting woman. I had never heard the name before and do thank the a...
  • Marjet
    Ik heb alle boeken gelezen van Annejet, maar vond dit de minste, helaas. De Amerikaanse geschiedenis op de achtergrond is aardig, zij het wat licht met een hoog Kleine huis op de prairie gehalte. Van Allene Tew zelf krijg je nauwelijks een beeld, terwijl ze toch heel veel brieven geschreven heeft. Ik begrijp het allemaal wel, in het kader van de non-fictie kunnen fictieve toevoegingen niet in een dergelijke reconstructie. Toch denk ik dat de schr...
  • Dee
    Recommend this to all feminist. A story of survival.Writing a summary of this book does no justice to the author. It is by far one of the best historical/biographical books I have read. The story of a woman who lives through the Industrial Revolution, the Great Depression, two World Wars, multiple divorces, death of loved ones & the pettiness of high society. Her head held high and her dreams untethered she moves through life with joy and optimis...
  • April Cote
    I was a bit disappointed with this biography. It as more like a brief history lesson on the time period, which was enjoyable, but made me forget I was supposed to be reading about a woman and the supposed exciting life she lived. I learned more about the other people in her life and seemed to only learn a little about Allene. I know she was married several times and rich. I learned nothing about her personality or anything that helped me to under...
  • Melissa Gastorf
    So I got this as a deal on Audible and much like a bad car accident, I couldn't stop listening. The writing is much like a thesis for a doctoral candidate, and at the end, I found at that is essentially what it was. The author is a terrible story teller. The Princess became wealthy by marrying money because she was beautiful, twice. And then married three more times. A very flat, superficial character. I would complain about wanting a refund, but...
  • lynda moore
    Would have been a good Research PaperI never got to know Allene. Lots of history facts and lots of facts about homes she bought and sold. I'm an English major and found the sentences too long and found the structure cumbersome. It forced me to re-read to see who the sentence referred to. sorry not a memorable book for me
  • Joke Kolthoff
    de biografie van een vrouw uit de kennissenkring van Bernhard. Was leuk om te lezen, vooral het eerste deel, op den duur vond ik het te langdradig om helemaal geboeid te blijven. Ik vind de andere boeken van de schrijfster beter.
  • Saskia
    Saai. Eentonig boek over onbekende vrouw die zichzelf omhoog gewerkt heeft via huwelijken met een rij superrijke mannen. Heel irritant dat Engelse citaten steeds letterlijk vertaald worden. Boek krijgt geen diepte en karakters gaan niet leven.
  • Hermien
    Een fascinerend leven. Ik heb het met veel plezier gelezen.
  • Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
    I have to admit that Alleen Tew truly had an incredible and very dramatic life. At certain points, I could not believe how unfortunate she was, despite being financially very fortunate. Her story could make a good costume drama with all the glamour of the turn of the century, and all of the pain of loss at failed marriages, the Spanish flu and World War I. To think that a simple girl from America could live such a colorful life, get married to al...
  • Ann ⛅
    Allene Tew lived during a time of rapid industrial growth and her personal experiences seemed to reflect the instability of the early 1900s, especially her choice of spouse(s). She certainly lived an extravagant life and was well travelled. By the time I reached the end of the book it seemed her life had been portrayed on a superficial level, with much historical information taken from society columns and newspapers. The reader is presented with ...
  • Elaine
    In this time of extraordinary women, it is interesting to read about someone who is largely famous for whom she married, and whom she divorced, which Allene Tew did more than a few times. We can't say that over the course of her life she became smarter about men, but she seemed to become smarter about how to make sure that her money is protected. Overall, this was a pleasant read that I would not have sought out, showing that sometimes a book run...