A fugitive crosses his tracks (1933) by Aksel Sandemose

The story: Espen Arnakke reflects on his upbringing in the small-town Jante. My thoughts: The law of Jante is a famous cultural aspect in Norway. I therefore wanted to read the book in which it originated. I’m surprised that this book isn’t mandatory reading in Norway, because it (1) it explains a lot about Norwegian... Continue Reading →

20 books of summer ‘20

Things got a little hectic at work, but I’m here and I’m joining 20 books of summer ’20. 20 books of summer is a readthon of sorts hosted by Cathy at 746 books. The goal is to read 10/15/20 books during the summer. I’m going for the full 20 books, and then I can complain... Continue Reading →

Jenny (1911) by Sigrid Undset

The story: We follow Jenny as she tries to make it as an artist while dealing with the men in her life. My thoughts: After finishing books I sometimes read reviews to help me formulate my thoughts. After I read Kristin Lavransdatter (part I, part II, part III) I read several reviews claiming Kristin Lavransdatter... Continue Reading →

Hungry Hill (1943) by Daphne du Maurier

The plot: Hungry Hill follows four generations of Brodricks from the opening of the mines on Hungry Hill with Copper Johnny to the selling of Clonmere hall by John Henry. This book is divided into several chapters where the focus is on the current Brodricks heir/master. My thoughts: I read the two first chapters for... Continue Reading →

The Doll by Daphne du Maurier

The story: The Doll is a collection of 13 short stories, written when she was still starting out, and published under the moniker “The Lost Stories”. “I loved you too much, wanted you too much, had for you too great a tenderness. Now all of this is like a twisted root in my heart, a... Continue Reading →

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