Reading in January
I haven’t done much blogging in here the last few weeks, so this is a summing up of the books I have read during January.
We never talk about my brother by Peter S. Beagle is a very good collection of short stories.
In the stories we meet an angel who wants to be a muse for a painter, a news anchor who’s really an angel of death, a not very wise king, a nice american librarian who gradually turns into a real frenchman, a unicorn hunt, kids playing ball on the street, a woman of many shapes, the man who became the lover of the elven queen, two very different beings meeting on a foreign world and a man and a ghost fighting a poetic duel.
Every story had its own setting and its own style. I haven’t read anything by the author before, but I have to read more by him.
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The Road by Comac McCarthy is really, really good.
I had this book lying around a while before reading. I knew it was the story of a father and son walking trough a landscape devastated by some kind of worldwide disaster, probably a war. So I expected it to be a very sad story. And it is. But it’s such an intensely beautiful story. A story about love between a father and son, about surviving against all odd, and oddly enough a story about hope. I’m not going to write much about what happens in the book, the people I’ve linked to futher down in this post does that.
The language is also beautiful. Short sentences without any extra words makes everything very intense, I rarely seen fear made that real with that few words. The book is translated into Norwegian but I read it in English and had the pleasure of looking up a few of the words used in the book. I have to admit it, I’m enough of a nerd to think learning new words are fun.
The Road has won the Pulitzer prize for fiction 2007 and has been made into a major motion picture.
Other people like it too:
Den 4.parallell : Lasarusfenomenet by Kjetil Johnsen is a thriller for young adults. Norwegian Emma looses her family in a car accident in Nevada. Her father was doing research in quantum physics and has taken his whole family with him to the US. When Emma wakes up from the accident whe finds herself in a world that is subtly wrong. Hillary Clinton is president, her uncle behaves oddly, her best friend doesn’t know her and someone is chasing her. What kind of research was her father actually doing? This is a Norwegian book that hasn’t been translated into English so Norwegian readers can click the book cover to read more about it.
If I stay by Gayle Forman is about Mia who also looses her family in a car accident (a bit of a trend in my reading this week). After the accident she is rushed to hospital, and during her time in coma she has to decide between staying or dying. She thinks about her life with her family, freinds and boyfriend before the accident. She also thinks about what it will be like living on without her family and about what it will be like for the people who loves her if she decides to die. The frequent jumping back and forth in time could have been confusing, but it really works well. The book could also have been really sentimental and sad. It is sad, but not too much, and it’s also frequently funny. Mia has a good relationship with her family and many fond memories of them. Well worth spending some time with.
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