torsdag den 1. september 2016

Månedens gang: august



August har været en måned fyldt med nye gøremål, oplevelser og rejser, men mest af alt har den stået på tid med familie og venner. Jeg har gået lange ture og spist brunch med gode venner, haft besøg af min barndomsveninde og hendes vidunderlige lille datter, blevet inviteret i byen af mine forældre og spist overdådig tre-retters menu (med crème brûlée til dessert - haps!), været en weekend i solskins-Snaptun hos min farmor og farfar og en dag i Handbjerg hos min mormor, og ikke mindst har jeg tilbragt mange timer i armene på E. Selvom der ikke skulle siges farvel, men i stedet vi ses har det været hårdt. Det har dog bekræftet mig i, at jeg har en fantastisk base, et hjem og omgangskreds. Somme tider ser man sit eget liv i et helt andet lys, når man kommer lidt på afstand af det. 

I august har jeg læst 6 bøger, og jeg har anmeldt én af dem. Udover den, har jeg blandt andet læst Min Kamp 5 færdig, og jeg mangler dermed kun den sidste i rækken. Jeg har genlæst Den Lille Prins, og jeg har læst Kiplings berømte  - og overraskende - Junglebogen.  

Augusts bedste litterære oplevelse er nok The Pearl af John Steinbeck. Det er en meget kort roman - måske i virkeligheden mere en novella, men den er så stemningsfuld, at den næsten vibrerer i hænderne på en. 

I læseklubben læser vi The Vegetarian af Han Kang. Jeg vendte den sidste side her til morgen, og bogens mystik har endnu ikke lagt sig. Det er en af de bøger, hvor man aldrig helt ved, hvad der foregår, men hvor netop dét er årsag til, at man ikke kan lægge den fra sig. Jeg glæder mig til at høre, hvad pigerne i læseklubben synes om den. De har været så søde at indvillige i at sende mig en lille opdatering efter de har mødtes. 

Næste måned står delvist uplanlagt hen. Vi har besluttet, at vi vil udforske det sydlige England og rejse fra by til by i små to uger, inden vi vender tilbage til London og starter på studiet, men det er også det eneste vi har planlagt. Jeg kan lide den spontanitet, denne rejseform tillader os, og jeg er spændt på at se, hvilke eventyr der venter på os langs Englands sydlige kyst. Jeg har ikke taget en eneste bog med til England, og jeg har indtil videre begrænset mig og kun købt en enkelt herovre, selvom hylderne bugner med fristelser. Mon ikke jeg skal købe en enkelt eller to mere inden vi drager sydpå ;-) 



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August has been a month of change, but most of all it's been a month spent in the best company - with friends and family. I've went for long walks with friends, had a visit from a childhood friend and her beautiful daughter, spent a weekend with my grandparents and been invited to dinner by my parents (and had the best crème brûlée for desert!). 

In August I've read 6 books. I finished My Struggle 5, I re-read The Little Prince, and I read Kipling's famous - and surprising - The Jungle Book

The best literary experience must be John Steinbeck's The Pearl. It's such a short novel - maybe more a novella - but its atmosphere is so intense and vibrant you can almost feel it in your fingers while reading it.

In the book club we're reading Han Kang's The Vegetarian. I only just finished it this morning and the mystique still hasn't left my body. It's the kind of book where you never really know what is going on, but that's exactly why you keep reading. The girls in my book club are kind enough to update me with their thoughts on the book when they've met and talked about it.

Next month is not really planned yet. We've decided to take a trip to the South of England and travel from city to city without planning too much ahead. I like the spontaneity this kind of journey  gives us and I'm excited about the adventures ahead. I haven't brought any books with me and I've only bought one so far, so I might have to stop by a store and buy a couple more before we leave ;-) 

1 kommentar:

  1. Hello Ida,
    it is a really nice idea to partly change your blog into a travel diary. So we can participate in your adventures in Britain. The daughter of a friend of mine was faced with quite similar problems as you have described - buying rye bread and avoiding not get killed by left-hand traffic. Of course, your monthly summaries are very captivating, too.
    You have re-read a book, in spite of you’re not a big fan of re-reading books. But „The little Prince“ belongs to the books worth re-reading again and again. Some time ago you asked me why re-reading books. It is not easy to answer. I’m not quite sure, possibly
    -it is because of with the years growing knowledge of connectedness of things and own experiences lead to a deeper understanding of the re-read books,
    -the wish of remembering on gone times,
    -the wish of reading well-written sentences again,
    -the “addiction” of reading books from the English-speaking world in English
    -in need of confirmation of the own view of life (the re-read books deliver a useful kit of paranoid skills :-D ).
    A remark to Henry Marsh’s „Do no harm“. It is a very honest description of daily healthcare practice and his doubts. I believe it takes courage to write such a book. I think we have a very good German translation, but I feel I should re-read it in English.
    You included nice pictures again. The latter shows the Naval Museum and the city skyline of London seen from the Greenwich Park, doesn’t it?
    Have a nice stay in Britain.
    Kind regards.
    Wolfgang
    PS: Being in London with a black coffee and reading stories by Roald Dahl produces a good mood. I saw a picture of Instagram.
    I recommend The London Eye. Seeing London with a bird’s eye is marvellous. It is not a cheap pleasure, but it is worth.

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