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The Later Life

by Louis Couperus

It tells the story of a wealthy Dutch family living in The Hague, focusing on the protagonist Constance van der Welcke and her struggles with her emotions and relationships. The book explores themes of family, love, and society, as Constance navigates her way through the various challenges and setbacks that life throws her way. First published in 1901, "The Later Life" is a significant work of Dutch literature and is considered one of Couperus's best novels. The book's themes and characters reflect the author's own experiences of living in The Hague, and his writing style is known for its rich language and vivid descriptions of the Dutch landscape. Throughout the novel, readers follow Constance as she deals with issues of love and heartbreak, family expectations, and societal pressure to conform. Her journey is both relatable and poignant, as she struggles to find her place in the world and come to terms with her own desires and ambitions. "The Later Life" is a timeless classic that has stood the test of time and continues to be a popular read for those interested in Dutch literature or classic novels in general. With its engaging storyline and thought-provoking themes, it remains a must-read for anyone interested in exploring the complexities of human relationships and the struggles of life in early 20th century Dutch society.

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Louis Couperus


Louis Marie-Anne Couperus was a Dutch novelist and poet. His oeuvre contains a wide variety of genres: lyric poetry, psychological and historical novels, novellas, short stori...

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