Saturday, 29 November 2014

norsk på norsk.

(A summary of the Norwegians books I have read this autumn. You better hope Grimnes and Haavardsholm will be translated into a language you know, or learn Norwegian, because you're missing out.)

Jeg, i likhet med de fleste norske bokbloggere spurtleser norsk 2014 litteratur på tampen av året for å nominere til Bokbloggerprisen. Og takket være fantastiske eBokBib, så har jeg hivd meg på. Det er heftige diskusjoner rundt omkring om hva som er lesverdig og ulesbart. Mine to absolutte anbefalinger er Skåden og Haavardsholm.

42. Kaoshjerte av Lise Forfang Grimnes (2014)
  Tags: young adult fiction, family and self, supernatural

 Lise har skrevet en engasjerende ungdomsbok om Minja som har Pippikrefter og våkner opp en dag på slutten av sommerferien full av blåmerker og husker ingenting. Bestevennen Josef er sporløst borte, og da hun begynner å sette brikkene sammen, så oppdager hun at hun har vært på jakt etter sin ukjente bestemor. Jakten fører henne til ei liten bygd hvor bestemora er avvisende, folk merkelige, men i det minste så er det iallefall en kjekk gutt der. Bygda har mange hemmeligheter, og snart blir Minja trukket ned i mørket.

 Perfekt ungdomsbok, men for meg ble det litt for forutsigbart siden jeg fort skjønte mye av tegninga (men så er jeg heller ikke i rett målgruppe). Men masse pluss for at historien er spennende, traff rett i hjerterota og at den inneholder så mye fra eventyrverden. Hvis denne finner veien til skolebiblioteket, så skal jeg pushe den på ungdommene. Håper Lise fortsatter å skrive! (Og nei, jeg gidder ikke å bruke inhabilkortet selv om jeg har fått minst to klemmer av Lise.)


44. Forvandlinger: Fabler: Fabler av Aage Storm Borchgrevink (2014)
Tags: not impressed,  supernatural, family and self, sex drugs and rock'n'roll
Her er en bok full av moderne fabler om det norske folk. Det åpner med at Kongen har fått hale og horn, og må flytte opp på loftet i Slottet og fortsetter med partifyll, ungdomsfyll, utroskap og vold. Fablene er godt skrevet, og jeg lar meg lett rive med. Den beste er uten tvil den siste. MEN, så: det forbanna etterordet. Når det plutselig går fra fabler til virkelighet og den forferdelige dagen i juli 2011. Mitt store spørsmål er selvsagt hvorfor. Hvorfor måtte disse fablene knyttes opp til terroristen? Det var ingenting som sa meg at det var dette det handlet om når jeg leste dem, og selv om det var mye som var realistisk, så var det altfor mye urealistisk til at jeg tolket fablene som troverdig. Kunne ikke fiksjon bare være fiksjon, og essayet vært gitt ut for seg selv? Da hadde denne boka falt mye bedre i smak hos meg.


45. Til Nuuk av Espen Haavardsholm  (2014)
 Tags: books about the arctic, books you should read, family and self, war and travel

Espen Hå skal til København på besøk til sin barndomsvenn Klaus og familien hans. På toget støter han på en annen bekjent fra barndommen som gjør Københavnsbesøket meget ubehagelig. Det hjelper heller ikke at Klaus er lagt inn på psykiatrisk avdeling og hans kone, Sara, vil at Espen skal finne ut hvorfor. Sara er inuitt og ekteparets tvillinger er musikere som skal til Nuuk for å holde konsert. Mens Espen er i København så møter han mange kjente, funderer over livet og litteratur og leser seg opp om Grønland.

Jeg ble sugd rett inn i historien og det ble en fantastisk leseopplevelse. Boka virker veldig selvbiografisk og reflekterende uten at det gjør noe. Skildringene er så fine at jeg fikk lyst til å sykle rundt i København.. Vendepunktet i historien er både dramatisk og hjerteskjærende, og boka har så mange høydepunkt at det er vanskelig å velge et. Masse pluss for at den er full av kunnskap, særlig om Grønland. Den minner meg på at det er på høy tid å lese Profetene i Evighetsfjorden av Kim Leine og En Afrikaner på Grønland av Tété-Michel Kpomassie, og ikke minst å reise til Grønland. Boka seiler opp som en av favorittene på nominasjonslista mi. Anbefales!

Så to gode og en ikke fullt så god. Får se hvor mange flere jeg rekker før fristen, har mange på lista over bøker jeg vil sjekke ut. Apropos det; hvorfor kan ikke eBokBib ha en vil-lese-liste funksjon? Altfor mange bøker å huske på, og jeg er for lat til å notere de ned. 

(Kjenner at det er lenge siden jeg har skrevet langt og saklig på norsk, sikkert fullt av skriveleifer).

Saturday, 22 November 2014

fuck cancer.

the Fault in Our Stars by John Green (2012)

“But it is the nature of stars to cross, and never was Shakespeare more wrong than when he has Cassius note, ‘The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars / But in ourselves.” 

Hazel Grace has terminal cancer and borrowed time. She is miserable and spends most of her days reading, so her parents force her to go to a support group for cancer kids. There she meets Augustus and they feel a mutual attraction and become instant friends. Hazel forces Augustus to read her favourite book, and he loves it and writes to the author because Hazel wants to know what happened to the characters in the book. The author then invites them to Amsterdam, where they get to taste champagne before their dreams are shattered.

I cried my eyes out. But before that, I laughed plenty. It's easy to see why half of the girls in one of my classes chose this for their book report project. And it was because of them that I read it as I was extremely bored while they were typing away their reports and not needing any helped so I picked up the book and began to read. I was hooked. 

I love the way it's written and the language. And there are so much information about everything from cancer to Amsterdam and Maslow's pyramid of needs. I'm saving the film for the next time I need a good cry.
  
“As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”

Sunday, 9 November 2014

on not reading nor writing.

the books I haven't blogged about

I cannot remember the last time I have spent so little time on books. I just don't seem to have the time nor energy to read. And I read so slow, it took over a month to finish the Lives of Others. And that would have been okay if I had read other books at the same time, but I haven't.  My main concern is that I won't be able to complete my main reading goal of reading 50 books this year. Nine books to go and less than two months left of the year. The most frustrating thing is that I don't seem able to write about the books I have read. I'm not going to care about the rest of my reading goals as long as I complete my main goal. Which means giving up on all the awesome reading circles, although I really want to read those awesome books, and I will try to read them as fast as I can (and link of course).  What went wrong? I have absolutely no idea. Anyway, here's a short summary of what I have actually read in the last few months:

36. All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy (1996)
Tags: 1001 books, books into films, state of the nation, war and travel, books you should read, family and self, love, sex drugs and rock'n'roll

Two teenagers ride from their homes in Texas into Mexico where they find jobs at a horse ranch. The first book in the Border trilogy and it is as amazing and awful as all of McCarthy's works. I'll write more once I have finished the trilogy. Read it!





38. Encircling 1 by Carl Frode Tiller (2007)
Tags: family and self, sex drugs and rock'n'roll

David has lost his memory, and his friends, ex-lovers and family write him letters to help him get his memory back. This is the first book in the Encircling trilogy and I will write more once I have finished it. It will be published in English next year, and I hope it will be as well received worldwide as it has been in Norway, despite the fact that I'm not entirely convinced this is brilliant. That is probably why I'm still only a few chapters in in book 2 and haven't picked it up in a month or so.


40. Våke over dem som sover by Sigbjørn Skåden (2014)
Tags: books not yet translated into english, books about the arctic, books you should read, family and self, books that made me cry, from the library, sex drugs and rock'n'roll

Amund is a young Sami artist who travels to Kautokeino to work on his new project and with the kids at the local lower secondary school. When he is there, he learns about the extended abuse of under age girls while he himself forms a relationship with one of the pupils he got to know in the lower secondary school. The ending is disturbing, and the underlying theme of Sami identity in the flashbacks is thought-provoking. This is high on my list of best books read in 2014. Cross your fingers that it will be translated into English or another language you understand!



41. the Lives of Others by Neel Mukherjee (2014)
Tags: man book prize, family and self, state of the nation, sex drugs and rock'n'roll

The extended Ghosh family lives in a big house in Calcutta. It is 1967 and India is seeing the start of the Naxalite movement. Supratik Ghosh suddenly disappears from the house to join the movement, and through his letters we learn how they work, while we follow the rest of the family's everyday drama and also get an insight in the family history. Why do I feel that I have read this before? Could it be because I have read both the Lowland and the God of Small Things this year? My conclusion is that writing about the Naxalite movement will get you nominated for the Booker Prize. My favourite parts of the book are the prologue, the final epilogue and the letters. The family saga was way too confusing and I don't think I have ever used the family tree as much as in this book (well, perhaps when I read Tolstoy). A lot of it could have been cut as it was just too much and not related to the plot. The book has a lot of strong points, and it was a lot of things; funny, gruesome, compelling, boring and thought-provoking. Mukherjee is on my list of the many authors I want to read more of.  I'm curious about how it will compare to the rest of the Booker shortlist, and the book was October's read in Clementine's Booker readalong.

I'm currently reading the Blindness of the Heart and it is really dark and beautiful. What am I going to read next? I have no idea, but I have 980 books to choose from + a library card.

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