fredag den 13. januar 2017

5 books to read when you're feeling blue



Læs også: 5 books to read when you're hit by wanderlust 

Jeg er ikke bleg for at indrømme, at jeg somme tider rammes af en  bølge af tristhed. Det sker heldigvis ikke særlig ofte, men en gang i mellem kan alting bare blive lidt for meget, og verden kan pludselig føles klaustrofobisk og stressende. Jeg ser det som en naturlig reaktion på travlhed og det at være menneske og som et hint om, at man måske bør stoppe op og overveje, hvad der er galt. Derfor forventer jeg ikke, at det nogensinde helt forsvinder, men for hver gang det sker, bliver jeg lidt bedre til at håndtere det. 

En af de ting, jeg godt kan lide at gøre i perioder, hvor jeg føler mig nede, er at læse. Det kræver selvfølgelig, at man har tiden til det, men selv det at læse et enkelt kapitel eller blot et par sider inden sengetid, kan være rart, da man får tankerne på noget andet og kan give slip på sig selv for en stund.

Nedenfor har jeg listet fem meget forskellige bøger, jeg vil anbefale, hvis man føler sig ked.

1. The Road, Cormac McCarthy. Hvis du er typen, der får det bedre af at vide, at det kunne være meget værre, at alting kunne se meget mere trøstesløst og sort ud, er det denne bog, du skal læse. Her kan du virkelig synke ned i det mørkeste hul, og måske det derefter er lettere at sætte din egen situation i perspektiv? 

2. En mand der hedder Ove, Fredrik Backman. Hvis du mere er typen, der bliver glad igen af god humor, et hurtigt tempo og muligheden for at få noget indestængt arrigskab ud, er Backmans historie om Ove lige det, du har brug for. Ove har, med gode grunde, set sig sur og vred på verden, men må alligevel erfare, at livet ikke behøver være helt skidt. 

3. Stardust, Neil Gaiman. Når verden er stor, grum og grim og du allerhelst bare vil væk fra det hele for en stund, er den bedste roman til denne form for eskapisme uden tvivl Neil Gaiman's Stardust. Dens magiske univers er fyldt med finurligheder og eventyr, som du kan drømme dig væk i. 

4. Lykke af Christian Bjørnskov. Om de små og store lykkelige øjeblikke i livet. Måske den kan sætte gang i tankerne og give et skub i den rigtige retning.

5. En bog fra din barndom. Det kan være hvad som helst, lige fra Peter Plys til Harry Potter eller Det lille hus på prærien. Læs en bog fra din barndom, som du nød dengang. Somme tider er den bedste kur mod tristhed at blive mindet om tidligere gode oplevelser. 


ENGLISH BELOW
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I'm not afraid to admit that I don't always feel happy. Sometimes everything just seems a bit too much, too overwhelming - and the world can be claustrophobic and stressful. I don't think feeling sad necessarily is a bad thing, sometimes it's just a hint to you that you need to take a break and think things through. That's why I don't think sadness is something you can ever get completely rid of, but you can definitely get better at dealing with it. 

One of the things I like to do when I'm feeling blue is to read. Obviously, this can only be done if you have time on your hands, but even reading a single chapter or just a couple of pages at night before going to bed can be a great way to occupy your mind with something else, so you can escape your own mind for a while. 

Below I have listed four very different books, that I recommend reading when you're feeling blue. 

1. The Road, Cormac McCarthy. If you're the kind of person who feels better knowing that someone else feels worse than you do, this is the book for you. The bleak, hollow and dark world in The Road will definitely make you feel as if it could be worse and that your life could be a lot more miserable.

2. A man called Ove, Fredrik Backman. If you're more into fun-loving stories with humour, a quick pace and the possibility for you to get some of your anger out, this is the book for you. Ove is definitely tired of the world, and with good reason, but after a while even he must realise, that it's not all bad.

3. Stardust, Neil Gaiman. If life is just too much and you want to get lost in another world, Stardust is a good choice. If you like fairy tales and the magical, this is the kind of escapism you're looking for.

4. Unfortunately this book has not been translated to English. 

5. A book from your childhood. It can be anything, from Winnie the Pooh to Harry Potter or The Little House on the Prairie, as long as it is something you think fondly of. Sometimes the best cure against sadness is to remember lovely moments from the past. 



3 kommentarer:

  1. Det er skægt, netop Harry Potter og Det Lille Hus på Prærien er to serier jeg genlæser hvért år :D
    Dem kan jeg aldrig blive træt af.
    Og En mand der hedder Ove (og andre bøger af samme forfatter) er også bare en ny forelskelse her.

    - A

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  2. Hi Ida,
    some days before I found an email from the Irish Book Club in my inbox. The editor started with the following words "God knows there is enough bad news in the world to report on...". Yes, that describes exactly the situation when feeling blue. Unfortunately, such events are growing. Your booklist is an excellent means to get into a better mood again. By the way, "A Man called Ove" is now available as synchronised movie, even so, an audio book and also as printed book in the German language. I've seen some enjoyable trailers on youtube. I know, I have to increase my budget for books. :-) I also have a recommendation. Last year I saw the Indian movie "Lunchbox". That is such a film which is able to turn your bad feeling. After that seeing it, I felt good, despite the fact that there is no happy end. The video shows a real Indian world, no Bollywood and no 1001 Nights, an India I had seen many years ago. The story demonstrates the result of a mistake in a lunchbox delivery system. It connects young Indian women to an older man, and they started corresponding through notes in the lunchbox. The most important philosophical sentence from the movie is as follows: "Sometimes the wrong train will get you to the right station". That's true! There are some English trailers or trailers with English subtitles on youtube.
    Best regards
    Wolfgang

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