Holiday readings

  • Judith Hermann: Alice. Ten years ago I read a book by Hermann called: Summerhouse, later (2001, HarperCollins). I remember it as a beautiful collection of melancholic short stories. Since not reading German, I was very happy to find her latest collection of stories, Alice (2009), translated into Danish. Alice is five short stories about Alice, or five stories about the death of five men that Alice used to know. In spite of the theme it’s not very dark, I would rather called it a reflection on life and death.
  • Jean Echenoz: Ravel (Forgotten on the beach… I had still 20 pages to go) This is the second of Echenoz’s novels I’m reading this year. I really like his way of putting big thoughts into short sentences!
  • Hermione Lee: Body Parts. Reading this very well written book on an off. Have started with her chapters on Virginia Woolf: “Virginia Woolf’s Nose” (I will write more on this soon), “On being ill” and “Reading in bed”. Enjoying this book a lot!
  • Virginia Woolf: Mrs. Dalloway. Couldn’t keep myself from reading this again, after having read “Virginia Woolf’s Nose”. A small, but comprehensive book store in Stradun, Dubrovnik, had a copy for me – isn’t that just marvelous?!

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Bellezza says:

    So sad to have left the book on the beach with still 20 pages to go! I hope you can find a copy in a library or something to see how it all ends. I’m not terribly fond of Virginia Woolf, sorry to say. I know I’m in a minority here, but she has yet to strike a chord with me. The other books you spoke of sound interesting, however.

    Thank you for visiting me today’; it’s nice to see your lovely blog.

  2. Caroline says:

    I like Judith Hermann a lot, I guess I read everything she wrote but I liked the two collections of short stories better than Alice.
    I also like Mrs Dallowy. Did you ever watch the movie The Hours or read Cunnigham’s novel. Especially the movie is so beautiful.
    Too bad about the unfinished Echenoz.

    1. Sigrun says:

      I agree, I do also prefer “Summerhouse …” to “Alice”.

      Regarding Mrs Dalloway: I have watched the movie and read Cunningham, and one of the great things about Lee’s book, is that she makes an analytical comparison between the two books and the film. Her analysis is so interesting that I will also watch the movie again!

  3. Dorothy W. says:

    I loved Lee’s essay on Woolf and Cunningham, and I like your idea of watching the movie again. I’m looking forward to reading the essays in Body Parts that the American version doesn’t contain. WHY did they publish two versions of that book??

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