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CollectionsYour library (4,806), Read 2014 (23), Read 2013 (131), Best 2013 (16), Film 2013 (37), Audiobook (30), Kindle edition (19), Graphic novel (10), Bande Dessinée (Franco-Belgian comics) (292), American Comics (101), Read 2012 (102), Best 2012 (11), Parkert hos Peter (227), FT (42), Quotation (7), Jan´s (uninformed) favourites (3), Read but unowned (74), Currently reading (9), Gitt bort (16), Favorites (59), All collections (4,991)

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Tags20th century (1,445), Novel (1,064), English (832), pb (814), Norwegian (760), French (602), Children (586), Comic book (457), 19th century (407), FS (314) — see all tags

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About meMiddle-aged medical doctor with a lifelong passion for books. Married, three children, one grand-child. Among absolute favorites are Don Quixote, A Midsummer Night´s Dream, The Tempest, Midnight´s Children, Gulliver´s travel, The Lord of the Rings, Jeeves & Wooster, Don Camillo, The life of Pi........... In short books that either uses or combine humour, satire and allegory to make up a mirror of the human condition in a language that in itself pleases the eye and the ear. I also find some comic-book to range among the best book ever written - Goscinny I am sure, will survive, as Herge, for different reasons though. I need a daily dose of poetry and find a growing interest in biography.

About my libraryA non-systematic collection of books that I have read and cannot bear to give away.... yet. I have reduced the collection many times, by hundreds...but it continues to add up. They say that there is no such thing as a Canon anymore, but I find that among the survivors of the frequent raiding in my library, surprisingly many of the books have already endured decades and centuries. The collection is ecclectic, from how-to-do-books connected with the spare-time occupation here-and-now and comic books used to brush up french contemporary dialogue in an easy way to the great art of bande dessinèe, the heavy volumes of modern classics, facsimiles of books produced in the middel ages, and literature more than 2000 year old. My literary interest cannot easily be divided genre-wise, reflecting (hopefully) that great books trancend both their time and genre and comes in many disguises.
Books associated with my profession are not, and will not be, listed.
I added "audiobook", "Read 2012" and "Read but unowned" as a new categories in 2012.
January 2013: New category "Film 2013"
October 2013: New category "gitt bort" to record what leaves the library.

GroupsBBC Radio 4 Listeners

Favorite authorsW. H. Auden, Jane Austen, Hilaire Belloc, Italo Calvino, G. K. Chesterton, Charles Dickens, John Donne, Alexandre Dumas, Franquin, William Golding, René Goscinny, Giovanni Guareschi, Tessa Hadley, Georg Johannesen, Rudyard Kipling, Henrik H. Langeland, C. S. Lewis, Yann Martel, A. A. Milne, Ogden Nash, Arto Paasilinna, J. K. Rowling, Salman Rushdie, Miguel de Cervantes, Saki, José Saramago, William Shakespeare, Robert Louis Stevenson, Jonathan Swift, Wisława Szymborska, J. R. R. Tolkien, Sigrid Undset, P. G. Wodehouse (Shared favorites)


Favorite librariesBergen Offentlige Bibliotek

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LocationBergen, Norway

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Member sinceJul 21, 2006

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Hello Mikalina,

Thanks for the reply. Did you find Why I Became a Catholic by Matlary in English, then? Could you send me the isbn for it (if it's in English)....well, now I noticed it in your recently added books, and it's in Norwegian so I've answered my own question

Our book club has read many memoirs, some autobiographies, and as much fiction as possible...some of the fiction is YA (young adult level), but we don't care! We've read books by Rumer Godden (An Episode of Sparrows), Flannery O'Connor, Dorothy Day, Mother Teresa of Calcutta and lots of others. One of my favorite books I have ever read was read by the group, but most of the readers did not care for it: The Door in the Grimming by Paula Grogger. I have quite a few copies - I really think it should be re-issued. It's such an unusual story, lots of layers -- rather along the lines of Master of Hestviken, in my opinion (which is another of my favorite books of all time)

Hello Mikalina,

I read the Undsetiana book, Beyond the Gate. Oh, I just LOVED reading all those little details of her life! I have so tried to picture her life - her home, her children, how on EARTH she managed to write the tomes she did, with all her responsibilities, and, apparently, little help from her husband.

I am part of a book club for nine years now, that reads works by Catholic, women authors. We've read (in English) Kristin Lavransdatter and Master of Hestviken by her, and dozens by other writers. We're planning on reading one of her "contemporary" works. I am partial to Ida Elisabeth, but there are others to consider too. Currently, for my own enjoyment, I am reading her Catherine of Sienna. It's wonderful!

Have you read Janne Haaland Matlary's book, A Love Story? (I'm not sure what its original, Norwegian title is) I believe it's been translated into English, but have not been able to find it yet.

Takk sa mye! Yes, I learned a bit of Norwegian, from my grandmother and I took it in college some thirty years ago. What a strange & sad turn of events that her son would marry someone with Nazi connections.
I've read almost everything Undset wrote that's been translated, although not her debate with Hamsun. I have her three children's books for young people which she wrote during the war while she was in the United States. Happy Times in Norway really has a lot of her family in it. A question I'm very curious about is, does she have any living descendants?
Hello again,
What do you think of Skille's book about Sigrid Undset? It was recently translated into English, and I hope to read it soon.
I'm hankering to get Saga of Saints (Undset) and I see you're one of the three LTers who have it. It's where I first heard of Saint Sunniva, my LT name, in fact. That's my original reason for visiting your library, and saying hello. Now I see you have Ida Elisabeth too. I really liked that book, but here (USA) anyway, the contemporary reviews for it were not favorable.
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