Hjertet er en ensom jeger / The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

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Av Carson McCullers

Jeg brukte en måned på å lese denne boken, men det var kun fordi julen og strikking kom i veien, ikke fordi den ikke var bra. Dette er virkelig en nydelig historie om, som tittelen hentyder, ensomhet. Den er skrevet i 1940, men har fått sin renessanse nå. Jeg anbefaler den virkelig.

By Carson McCullers

I spent a month on this book, but that’s only because Christmas and knitting came in the way, not because it’s not good. This is a lovely story about, as you can guess from the title, loneliness. It was written in 1940, but kind of has it’s renaissance now. I truly recommend it.

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Det dyrebare

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Av Linn Ullmann. Jeg fullførte denne for en ukes tid siden, men har ikke rotet meg til å skrive et innlegg om den før nå. Dette er uten tvil en god bok, men jeg tror jeg har lest litt for mye Ullmann i det siste, så jeg har nok blitt litt lei. Hun skriver vanvittig bra, men etter min smak er bøkene kanskje litt for like. Likevel blir det litt urettferdig å dømme denne boken etter dette, for alene er den virkelig bra, kanskje en av hennes beste. Dette er en historie om familie, utroskap, alderdom og livet generelt. En ganske realistisk fortelling. Hvis du ikke har lest noe av Ullmann før, anbefaler jeg denne.

By Linn Ullmann. I finished this about a week ago, but I haven’t «had the time» to write about it until now. There’s no doubt that this is a good book, but I think I’ve read a little too much Ullmann lately, so I guess I have gotten a little tired of her books. She writes incredibly well, but my opinion is that her stories are too similar. Still, I believe it would be kind of unfair to judge this book by that, for by it self this story is just wonderful, maybe one of Ullmann’s best. This is a story about family, affairs, growing old and about life itself. A pretty realistic story. If you haven’t yet read any of Ullmann’s books I recommend this one.

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November Summary

I haven’t really read much this month as I have started knitting instead, making Christmas gifts :) I only read on the train to work and home again and in my lunch break, so one book takes forever. But it’s only until Christmas; in January I’ll be back on track.

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I did read some books though. I got to finish the Berlin Noir Trilogy with the last book A German Requiem. It was amazing, I really recommend it.

As I have just fallen in love with Linn Ullmann’s books, I got on with reading Nåde (Grace). I just love her writing, the way he jumps back and forth in time without it getting confusing.

Last I read the short story White Nights by Dostoyevsky. It’s been a while since I read Dostoyevsky but I didn’t feel like reading a thick, heavy book, so this little story was perfect.

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This is the last book in the Berlin Noir trilogy. Even thought I feel it didn’t quite measure up to book No. 2 I the series, The Pale Criminal, it certainly was close. All in all a perfect ending to a very exciting criminal trilogy. I can truly recommend this book.

 

 


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A beautiful, sad and powerful book about death and life. Linn Ullmann has a way of jumping back and forth in time without it getting confusing. I love her style of writing. This book is beautifully written and hard to put down.

 

 

 


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 A lovely short story in the true writing style of Dostoyevsky. About four summer nights, dreams, friendship, love and lust.

 

 

 

 


What about December?

I have almost finished Det dyrebare, another Linn Ullmann favorite. So my plan is to finish it in a couple of days. I have a new book in my shelf, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers, so I believe I will read this afterwards. I also hope I will find time during Christmas to read one of Charles Dickens’ Christmas classics The Chimes.

But, as I said, I am quite occupied with knitting these days, so if I only read two books in December, that’s okay.

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Hvite netter / White Nights

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Av Fjodor Dostojevskij. En deilig liten novelle i sann Dostojevskij-stil. Om fire sommernetter, drømmer, vennskap, kjærlighet og begjær.

By Fyodor Dostoyevsky. A lovely short story in the true writing style of Dostoyevsky. About four summer nights, dreams, friendship, love and lust.

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Nåde / Grace

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Av Linn Ullmann. En vakker, trist og sterk bok om døden og om livet. Linn Ullmann har en måte å hoppe frem og tilbake i tid på uten at det blir rotete. Jeg elsker skrivestilen hennes. Boken er nydelig skrevet og vanskelig å legge fra seg.

By Linn Ullmann. A beautiful, sad and powerful book about death and life. Linn Ullmann has a way of jumping back and forth in time without it getting confusing. I love her style of writing. This book is beautifully written and hard to put down.

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Et tysk rekviem / A German Requiem

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Av Philip Kerr. Dette er den siste boken i Berlin Noir-trilogien. Selv om jeg syntes den ikke nådde helt opp til bok nr. 2 i serien, Den bleke forbryter, var den neimen ikke langt unna. Alt i alt en perfekt avslutning på en spennende kriminaltrilogi. Jeg anbefaler virkelig denne.

By Philip Kerr. This is the last book in the Berlin Noir trilogy. Even thought I feel it didn’t quite measure up to book No. 2 I the series, The Pale Criminal, it certainly was close. All in all a perfect ending to a very exciting criminal trilogy. I can truly recommend this book.

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October Summary

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October has been like a true autumn month – looong. September feels like ages ago. But long and dark autumn months aren’t necessarily bad. It is more tempting than anything sitting inside with a book and a cup of tea.

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I spent almost 3 weeks reading Sangen om den røde rubin. Not because it was a boring book, it really wasn’t, but because there was so many things happening that reading wasn’t a priority.

I went on to another Norwegian writer, one of my new favorites, Linn Ullmann. Her book Et velsignet barn wasn’t as good as the first one I read (De urolige), but it was still a great read.

After these two Norwegians I felt like reading something very different, so I picked up Philip Kerr’s Berlin Noir Trilogy. I’ve read the first two books, and I just love them! Can’t wait to start No. 3.


amI really liked this book, but I believe I would have loved it even more if I had read it at a normal pace. When I am reading the same book for a long amount of time, I get tired of it, no matter how good it is. But it was a fun read. It is easy to see why there was a lot of fuss when it was first published. It is really well written, with vivid descriptions, and it’s actually quite an easy read.

 

 


 velsignetI loooved De urolige, so I wanted to read some more books by Linn Ullmann. But Et velsignet barn (A blessed child) is not quite as good. The way of writing is the same, but this one is a little bit harder to keep track of the time leaps. The story is good and quite exciting. You understand that something terrible happened a long time ago, but it’s not until at the end you understand what it was. The book is both lovely and gruesome, but all in all it was a good read. I believe I will read more of Ullmann in the future.


mfThis is the first book in the Berlin Noir trilogy. I’ve had this trilogy on my TBR for a while and I found the book at a market earlier this fall. It’s been gathering dust in my book shelf while I’ve been struggling for the courage to embark on this monstrous book of 880 pages. But I started it and was pleasantly surprised. Not only is it quite easy to read, but it is really exciting. We meet the private investigator Bernie Gunther in Berlin in 1936, so of course the story concerns a lot of the course og World War II. I really enjoyed March Violets. The only thing negative is Philip Kerr’s extreme love for metaphors, which is a little over the top. 


tyskrekviemOh my God, this book! I love it. March Violets was almost perfect, while The Pale Criminal was just the perfect historical detective novel. The story continues where March Violets ended, just a couple of years later. We’re still in the interwar period, but World War II is just around the corner. What I found a little negative in the first book, Kerr’s great love for metaphors, there is considerably less of in this book, and I feel that this gave the story a better flow. I can’t wait to start book No. 3, A German Requiem.


What about November?

First of all I am going to finish the Berlin Noir Trilogy. I imagine this will take another week. Afterwards I have a few books that I feel I should read. I’ve been wanting to read Dracula for some time and I believe November is the perfect month to do so. Also I want to read Heart of Darkness, but this will not be a priority, as I believe that’s a tough read.

Of Norwegian books I really want to find time for Jon Fosse’s Melancholia. I also think there is a good chance that I will be tempted to read some more of Linn Ullmann.

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