Month: April 2013

Books…are like lobster shells, we surround ourselves with ’em, then we grow out of ’em and leave ’em behind, as evidence of our earlier stages of development. Dorothy L. Sayers (1893 – 1957), The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club, 1928

Topsy-turvy Life

Life definitely has its twists and turns or as someone once said, life is one damn thing after the other and my life is pretty topsy-turvy at the moment. By ‘at the moment’ I really mean for quite some time, beginning with the choice to have a child alone and my son is now almost two years old. The funny thing is that one choice leads to other choices and before long I find myself in a completely different world than before. As I write these words, I am in the middle of my three hour commute to work with the sun rising over the fields in lovely pastels and me on the train zooming by. I begun a new job at the art museum Ordrupgaard, which specializes in French impressionism. I am currently living in my childhood home, which embodies comfort and support, but I am looking for a new home closer to work. You would think that a long, long commute would give me oceans of reading time – I thought so, but …

Lille Duduk og Store Godok

En listig lille bog med underoverskriften: en opbyggelig fortælling for de små, men “Lille Duduk og Store Godok” er ikke så uskyldigt, som en bog, hvor fortælleren er John Silvers papegøje, lyder. Dog finder jeg heller ikke, at fortællingen giver alt religiøst en overhaling, som bagside kommentaren får det til at lyde. Jeg vil snarere beskrive “Lille Duduk og Store Godok” som en eventyrlig fortælling, hvor mødet med troende mennesker og en spøgse Mr. Solong spiller en væsentlig rolle for papegøjen, der her i historien kalder dig Duduk. Store Godok eller som jeg læste det God-OK er Gud eller i hvert fald en gud, som almægtighed ikke kan eller må betvivles. Med andre ord en sandhed så stor og ikke mindst magtfuld, at der ikke må stilles spørgsmål ved han. Scener, hvor Godok nævnes, minder mig om Inkvisitionens storhedstid. Som pendant hertil er Mr. Solong, der i væremåde og spydige tale minder mig om Mr. Mephistopheles. “Lille Duduk og Store Godok” har mange tråde til kendte eventyr og Duduks udvikling kan på sin vis beskrives …

“So you must not be frightened if a sadness rises up before you larger than any you have ever seen; if a restiveness, like light and cloudshadows, passes over your hands and over all you do. You must think that something is happening with you, that life has not forgotten you, that it holds you in its hand; it will not let you fall.” ― Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

Local Girls – Alice Hoffman

By now my readers should not be surprised by a review of yet another Alice Hoffman novel, but “Local Girls” is not the center of Hoffman’s authorship. Here she is more socially conscientious than I prefer for the “everyday’s magic” author. “Local Girls” is a series of titled chapters about Gretel and the people in her immediate circle. I have read other reviews, wherein the book is characterised as a collection of short stories, but I read it as a novel. Writing about reviews, other reviews (I realize that is a very generic term) are less than enthusiastic about “Local Girls”, but one of the features I liked in this book is the way, Hoffman writes around the central character of Gretel and the themes that in different ways influence the different characters. Responsibility is one of the central themes in my opinion. Gretel dreams of leaving the suburbian hell of Franconia but stays to take care of her cancer-sick mother. The mother shirks responsibility for her kids, caving in to cancer, but her cousin …