Month: July 2012

Once upon a time…

Once upon a time… how many stories begin with these words? When I hear them, I nestle in my reading chair, ready for an adventure on the page. An adventure back to bygone times, where princesses were held captive in towers or slumbered for a hundred years, where dragons lived in remote caves and could be slain by brave knights, where the twinkling dust of magic is as factual as the ground beneath my feet or the tree crowns above. What bliss to still believe so!

Kadaverdoktoren – Lene Kaaberbøl

1894: En ung kvinde findes død; hendes familie tysser det ned. Ved undersøgelse af kvinden finder kadaverdoktoren, Dr. Karno, mider i kvindes næsebor. Kort tid efter kvindens begravelse, findes hendes præst død og lagt på is, ligeledes med mider i næseborene. Grundet et brækket ben, må Dr. Karno mod sin vilje lade sin 20-årige datter Madeleine medvirke ved opklaringen af mordene. Madeleine derimod tager med stor interesse imod opgaven, som giver hende mulighed for at bryde ud af tidens kvindebillede og ind i den videnskabelige sfære. En hæsblæsende jagt efter svar følger. Historien følger læseren på bonede gulve, til et kloster med pigeskole, undersøgelseslokaler og laboratorier, en hytte i en skov og universitetet i Heidelberg – alt sammen på troværdig vis. Plottet er malet med fin pensel og holder hele vejen igennem. Balancen mellem overnaturlige og religiøse forestillinger og den spæde videnskab er finurlig og fint afpasset til bogens tempo. Madeleine er troværdig i hendes kvindelighed, interesse for videnskaben og evne til at samarbejde med både kommissær og professor. ”Kadaverdoktoren” er én af de bøger, …

State of Wonder – Ann Patchett

Deep in the Amazon, the secretive and suspicious Dr. Swenson is developing a drug for a Minnesota pharmaceutical company. Anders, a research scientist, is sent there to get an update on the development and dies of a fever. Marina, likewise a research scientist, is sent to the Amazon in his wake with the same goal. Furthermore, she searches for answers regarding Anders’ death. Marina’s journey leads to not only remote indigenous village in the Amazon, but to her past as a gynecologist, which ended abruptly, and to her childhood with an Indian father. The forte of “State of Wonder” is the exotic milieu of the Amazon, the completeness of the characters, and the very realistic conundrum regarding development of medicine for the people or for profit.  Each character is in fact in a state of wonder – sometimes intriguing, enticing, or tragic. Marina is a wonderful character with a reserved buoyancy that is reversed during her stay in the Amazon. Ann Patchett excels at creating interesting characters with emotional depth that e- or devolves through …

Wonderful New Discovery

A novice blogger, but a blogger none the less very much to my own surprise. I am the kind of person with an old-fashioned wristwatch and minimal technical knowledge. Just the other day I somehow rebooted my cell to the factory setting and lost every phone number. I do not own an ipad or kindle and do not want to. I love books as objects as well as sources of entertainment and knowledge. I am starting this blog to share my lifelong interest of reading and hope you will join me.