á Hundehoved º Download by ☆ Morten Ramsland Dette er en af de st rste positive litter re overraskelser, jeg har v ret ude for For det er herligt at l se stor litteratur, som man ved, er fantastisk men nogle gange skal man tage fat i den bog p reolen, som vennerne har talt om syv af mine Goodreads venner har l st den og giver den fire i gennemsnit , og som man har h rt s meget godt om.
S det gjorde jeg og jeg blev i den grad imponeret over, hvordan Ramsland f r fortalt en historie om en families sl gtshistorie Det er ikke fordi, historien indeholder de store sp ndingsmomenter og g der, der skal opklares, det er bare velskrevet og velfortalt Kort fortalt Det fungerer.
Undervejs i min l sning fik jeg s dan en lyst til at genl se Everything is Illuminated af Jonathan Safran Foer Noget i Hundehoved mindede mig om Foers debut fra 2002 Sl gtsfort llingen og m ske ogs skrivestilen og de fort lletekniske kneb, der bliver brugt s som magisk realisme.
Hvad enten du endnu ikke har fundet alle de b ger, du skal have l st her til sommer eller blot mangler en god bog at l se i, s f dine fingre i Hundehovedet og g i gang.
Jeg har i hvert fald f et afkr ftet en eller to fordomme omkring samtidig dansk litteratur, og det er jo slet ikke s skidt endda.
Beoni,contrabbandieri,spacconi I Parenti Non Si Scelgono,toccano In SorteE Quelli Capitati Ad Asger Eriksson Sono Proprio BislacchiAccorso Al Capezzale Della Nonna,Asger Si Trova A Ricomporre La Saga Della Sua Famiglia Dagli Anni Trenta A OggiCapotrib Askild,ingegnere Navale Dedito A Traffici Illeciti,sopravvissuto A Buchenwald,che Passa La Sua Vita Tra Bettole E CantieriAl Suo Fianco Nonna Bjork,custode Delle Storie Familiari,frequentatrice Segreta Di Sale Da Gioco E Collezionista Di Scatolette Piene Di Aria Fresca Di BergenLa Coppia Ha Tre Figli Knut,anima Corsara Dagli Strani Tatuaggi Che Ha Ereditato Dal Padre L Attaccamento Alla Bottiglia,Anne Katrine,sovrappeso E Cardiopatica,e Niels,Orecchie A Sventola,partorito Nella Latrina Di Casa E Da Sempre Impegnato A Tirarsene FuoriE Infine C Asger Che Tormentato Sin Dall Infanzia Dalla Paura Delle Cantine Laggi ,al Buio,c Testa Di Cane,un Mostro PericolosoSulla Scia Di Irving E Hoeg,Morten Ramsland,la Nuova Stella Della Letteratura Danese,ci Regala Un Romanzo Traboccante Di Magia,realt ,poesia,umorismo E Vita The most fantastic Danish read I have ever read Highly recommended for any man trying to remember how it was being a boy and any boy trying to figure out what it means to grow up read about 100 pages It was somewhat interesting darkly wryly funny, but dysfunctional family stuff is not what I want to read right now Plus, Askild s nightmares he was having from his time as a German prisoner were haunting me too.
There s only one thing I enjoy than reading and that s reading lists describing books I haven t yet read And there s one thing I enjoy even than that which means that, logically, there are two things I enjoy than readingad infinitum my OCD purrs with priapic prolepsis when an online bookstore emails through a link to a 24 hour super sale Oooh yes, 10,000 books to trawl through, many at 95% off Hours of cross referencing, researching, checking reviews on Goodreads,checking whether they are on sale elsewhere, weighing up whether spending two dollars on a book compensates for a below par review, deciding whether I really do want to be that person who has coffee table books meticulously angled to all points of the compass in a randomly scattered manner just because that oversized hardback on ancient Egyptian graffitti has been discounted by 50 I normally end up with a 10 kilo haul of dross, dogends and literary detritus However, every now and again, a gem appears in the pick n mix, making the whole process super special Doghead was one of those seriously surprising, seriously unexpected and seriously Danish books that came out of the blue It s simplywell, it was a surprise for me, so.
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ditto read it You won t be disappointed.
Happy families, as Tolstoy noted, are so much alike that they make for dull fiction It s dysfunction we want And in his first novel to be published in English, the Danish writer Morten Ramsland has served up a sm rg sbord of dysfunction.
As the novel s narrator, Asger Eriksson aka The Liar, The Latchkey Kid, The Bastard Boy, The Danish Shrimp, and The Bandit , notes at one point in his saga of three generations of his family, There was Anne Katrine, who was robbed of her mother s love There was Leila, who lost both her parents There was Niels Junior, with his ears and his corset There was Knut, with his broken nose There was Madam Mother s reproachful grief, Grandmother Elisabeth s illness, and Grandfather Hans Carlo s galloping tumor There was Great grandfather Thorsten s bankruptcy There was Grandma Bj rk with her alcoholic husband, and there was Grandpa Askild with part of his index finger missing and those bloodhounds on an eastern German plain Who would blame this Dane for being melancholy The Eriksson family is dragged all all over the Scandinavian landscape by the roguish, bullying head of the clan, Grandpa Askild And yet, this is a raucous, high spirited novel, laced with dark humor and creepy stuff out of Scandinavian folklore And while Mr Ramsland has been likened by blurbists to John Irving, he never goes over the top or sinks into sentimentality the way Mr Irving sometimes does The novel s title brings to mind the movie My Life as a Dog, and it has some of the same boy s eye view, off kilter observation of an eccentric world.
Above all, the novel is a tribute to the power of narrative, the preservation of memories, however distorted and embellished, that makes a family into a coherent unit At the end of the novel, Asger reflects that none of us realized that the stories were the glue holding our family together, because it was only after they vanished that everything began to disintegrate, and slowly we were scattered to the winds To return to Tolstoy, every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way But it s the way they share the unhappiness that makes them family.
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8 CDs ready for us to listen to on the next road trip.
Which we did, stuck in slow moving traffic through the Alps, stuck in the queue to get through the ticket machines at the Brenner pass, stuck in the traffic around Stuttgart, cruising the autobahn past Koblenz and Cologne.
I m not very good at listening to books, it turns out I got on much better when I found a printed insert in the box with the family tree of the Svenssons and the Peterssons, and could check on who these people were in relation to one another Hard to keep names straight in your head without those black and white marks on the page.
It gave us some laughs But it s also hard to quite work out what it is all for, when you hear one half on the way south and the other half on the way north, three weeks later What s the point of it all I guess it says something about me that I was surprised when I read the flyleaf of this book and saw that it was described as a story about a wildly dysfunctional Norwegian family I didn t think they were all that dysfunctional it s just that the author describes their dysfunction in such a mesmerizing way Of course, my own family would never be the poster family for functional Ramsland weaves his story back and forth in time so that we begin to understand what makes each character significant we begin to understand why certain subject such as the stolen coin collection continue to pop up in family conversations We begin to see why Grandpa was not quite a war hero, fat Anne Katerine was not just a harmless old aunt,and how Jug Ears s character was formed by his unusual appendages I m actually reading this for a second time which is unheard of for me It s that interesting a novel, that crazy a storyI want to make sure I didn t miss a thing.