My Year with Proust: The Guermantes Way

31st March 2017 Ann-Cathrine 0

After a long summer retreat at Balbec by the sea, we return to Paris with Proust and are thrown into the heart of Parisian high society. At the centre of it all shines the Duchess of Guermantes, Oriane, supposedly based on the real Countess Elizabeth Greffulhe. Oriane is known for her style and her intellect, manifesting itself in her so-called wit which to a modern reader is nothing more than bullying remarks driven by boredom to keep people talking about her and being slightly scared of whether they will fall victim of her ‘latest’ change of heart or fancy. No one […]

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My Year With Proust #2: In the Shadow of Young Girls in Bloom

4th October 2016 Ann-Cathrine 0

Teenage hormones galore! Be warned! In this second instalment of Marcel Proust’s trip down memory lane, we follow his various endeavours to be with his two loves, first Gilberte Swann and later Albertine Simonet. Not being too proud to avoid being pathetic at times, Proust manages despite Charles Swann’s reluctance to become one of Gilberte’s best friends and a favourite of her mother’s. Through endless tea parties with him as the only boy among girls and women, he pines and yearns for Gilberte to confess her love for him. He builds thousands of imaginary castles in the sky and forgets […]

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The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

15th June 2016 Ann-Cathrine 0

What more can possibly be said about the Greek classics? How many more versions can we endure? Why can’t we just stay with Homer’s version? One answer to some of these questions is undoubtedly because the Illiad is at the foundation of the Western culture. We cannot avoid it even if we tried. The story of Helen’s elopement with Paris and the long siege of Troy speaks to everyone of us. We all identify with one or another of the heroes and heroines, and feel the otherworldly and larger-than-life lives they led. The passion, the thirst for glory and divinity, […]

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My Year with Proust – Swann’s Way

3rd May 2016 Ann-Cathrine 0

I have a reading goal this year and not just a number to reach like at Goodreads, but rather like an accomplishment in refining my world literature knowledge. That is a general goal for me and why I usually gravitate toward classics and philosophical books. This year I am attempting to read all of Marcel Proust’s In Search of Time Lost and I have recently finished the first of seven(!) instalments, Swann’s Way. (Note: I am reading the newly translated version in Danish by publisher Multivers who has also broken up most instalments into two volumes, so here I have […]

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All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

3rd February 2016 Ann-Cathrine 0

A girl. A boy. A war. It seems like you have heard it all before, and in many ways you have. An other-worldly jewel which can change your life for good or bad. You have probably heard that one too. Yet not exactly like this. With historical events as setting, the reader already knows the ending. We just wait and wait and wait… waiting to see whether these characters will be the ones who defy the Nazis, maintain their humanity, and whether they will suffer less than so many who suffered so much. In a war there is not much […]

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