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Paul S in 2019: Spring

This is a continuation of the topic Paul S in 2019: What comes next?.

75 Books Challenge for 2019

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1paulstalder
Edited: Mar 19, 1:08pm Top

Pictures Suki made in Korea in 2014



2paulstalder
Edited: Mar 19, 1:07pm Top

Picture Suki made in the Black Forest in 2014

3paulstalder
Edited: Mar 19, 1:08pm Top

Pictures Suki made in Korea in 2014



4paulstalder
Edited: Mar 19, 5:29pm Top

Books read in 2019

1) Selbst wenn man alles verlieren müsste by Suzy Dind
2) Die schönsten Weihnachtsgeschichten aus Skandinavien by Gitte Haenning
3) Das fremde Kleid : Roman by Suzy Dind
4) Der wunderbare Massenselbstmord : Roman by Arto Paasilinna
5) Der Felsendom in Jerusalem und seine Geschichte by Richard Hartmann
6) Marie Curie by Ma Isabel Sánchez Vegara
7) Die Bärengeburtstagsfeier : oder: Wie man Freunde gewinnt by Wendy Smith
8) Wieder lügt Odysseus : Geschichten aus dem neuen Griechenland edited by Annette Wassermann
9) AG Pinkerton und der Augenzeuge : Eine Kriminalgeschichte für junge Leute by Heiner Gross
10) Candido oder ein Traum in Sizilien by Leonardo Sciascia
11) Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
12) Der Psalm von den zwei Wegen : Die Seligpreisung in Psalm 1 - Eine Auslegung by Eduard Haller
13) My Wörtersack : Gedicht ir Bäärner Umgangsschpraach ; spouken Wöörd by Hans Jürg Zingg
14) Die Vegetarierin : Roman by Han Kang
15) Zerstörtes Glück by Roger Graf
16) Es Dänkmool wet i käis : aus dem lyrischen Schaffen by Helene Bossert
17) Ach, diese Lücke, diese entsetzliche Lücke : live by Joachim Meyerhoff
18) Die Sternstunde by Clarice Lispector
19) A commentary on the First Epistle to the Corinthians by C. K. Barrett
20) Gregs Tagebuch : von Idioten umzingelt! ; ein Comic-Roman by Jeff Kinney
21) Kurze Geschichte des Traktors auf Ukrainisch : Roman by Marina Lewycka
22) Screwtape schreibt wieder : Neue Dienstanweisungen an einen Unterteufel by Walter Martin
23) Erastus, die Hafenratte by Heinz Böhm
24) Farantheiner by Patrick Savolainen
25) Verwaltung der Dokumente und des Archivguts eines Vereins : Vereine, Clubs und Verbände by Véronique Rebord
26) Maga und die verzauberten Ohren by Marina Ribeaud
27) Eskapaden : der achte Fall für Bruno, Chef de police ; Roman by Martin Walker
28) Die Geschichte vom Jäger, der alle Tiere auf der ganzen Welt töten wollte : 10 Geschichten by Mario Grasso
29) Doppelte Schuld : Kriminalroman by Anne Chaplet
30) Daniel Lahaii : Objekte by Daniel Lahaii
31) Das Bild als Haus des Seins : Gedanken zum malerischen Oeuvre von Karin Schaub by Annelise Zwez
32) Sturm im alten Turm : fünf junge Detektive lernen die Angst kennen by Adolf Winiger

5paulstalder
Edited: Mar 19, 5:30pm Top

some stats

books added to my libraries
January 104
February 51

books read by authors:
male 18
female 12
companies/organisations
anthologies 1

dead 8
alive 22
unknown
anthologies 1

nationalities
Switzerland 12
Germany 5
Great Britain 4
Ireland
France
Austria
Italy 1
Sweden
Finland 1
Norway
Denmark 1
Iceland
Greece 1
Spain 1

Kanada
USA 3
Brazil 1

South Korea 1
Japan
India
Israel

Australia
New Zealand

books read: languages first published
Swiss German 2
German 14
French 3
Italian 1
English 7
Swedish
Finnish 1
Spanish 1
Portuguese
Greek 1

Hebrew
Korean 1
Japanese

Brazilian 1

books first published (my editions)
1800-1849
1850-1899
1900-1919 1 (1)
1920-1929
1930-1945
1946-1959
1960-1969 4 (2)
1970-1979 4 (3)
1980-1989 1 (4)
1990-1999 6 (5)
2000-2009 8 (7)
2010-2019 8 (10)

6paulstalder
Mar 19, 1:12pm Top

Pictures Suki made in 2014



7thornton37814
Mar 19, 3:46pm Top

>6 paulstalder: Those are lovely flower pics!

8m.belljackson
Mar 19, 4:47pm Top

>1 paulstalder:

The opening photograph is a beautiful variation on a traditional sunset with the fiery column of reflecting light in the water.

Is the giant red flower umbrella also a reflection?

9SqueakyChu
Mar 19, 5:04pm Top

I'm partial to the pictures of food! Ha!

Why no Israel reads on your list?! :O

10paulstalder
Edited: Mar 19, 5:41pm Top

>7 thornton37814: Thanks, Lori, Suki made some very good pictures, and she loved flowers!

>8 m.belljackson: The picture was taken at the river Han in Seoul, on a well known spot. The umbrella is a reflection but I don't know if it was reflected on the camera or whatever. Suki took that picture and I was some meters away together with her mother

>9 SqueakyChu: Are you hungry, Madeline? The upper picture shows a fish bowl with all the side dishes, the lower shows all kind of seafood.
Well, I will read some Israel books. And, nr. 5 was about Jerusalem but written in German. I hope, that does count, doesn't it?

What surprised me, was, that I read books by 11 different Swiss authors.

11harrygbutler
Mar 19, 6:10pm Top

Happy new thread, Paul! What lovely photos to welcome spring!

12FAMeulstee
Mar 19, 7:18pm Top

Happy new thread, Paul!

13quondame
Mar 19, 7:36pm Top

Happy new thread!

14figsfromthistle
Mar 19, 9:11pm Top

Happy new thread :)

15PaulCranswick
Mar 19, 11:10pm Top

Happy new thread, Paul

16paulstalder
Mar 20, 3:28am Top

>11 harrygbutler: >12 FAMeulstee: >13 quondame: >14 figsfromthistle: >15 PaulCranswick: Thank you everybody. Thanks for visiting my thread :)

17drneutron
Mar 20, 12:11pm Top

Happy new thread!

18SirThomas
Mar 22, 12:52pm Top

Happy new thread, Paul.
Beautiful pictures, the food looks tasty, I think I will have Dinner, soon.
I wish you a wonderful weekend.

19Ameise1
Mar 22, 4:58pm Top

Happy new one and happy weekend, Paul. Beautiful pictures.

20LovingLit
Mar 23, 4:16pm Top

Hi Paul, I am lete to your threads this year! Sorry. I love Suki's pictures, they are beautiful, and I am sure a beautiful reminder of her for you.
And, 32 books already!!? You are a powerhouse :)

21paulstalder
Mar 23, 4:19pm Top

>17 drneutron: Thanks, Jim

>18 SirThomas: Hope you enjoyed your food, Thomas. :) Korean tables are always full with so many side dishes, I love it.

>19 Ameise1: Danke, Barbara

22paulstalder
Mar 23, 4:24pm Top

>20 LovingLit: welcome to my thread. Suki had a good eye for making good pictures.
The reading is fine but my problem lies more with the add-ons: too many for ever being read :) however fast I'd read

23kidzdoc
Mar 27, 11:34am Top

Great photos, Paul!

24paulstalder
Mar 27, 3:16pm Top

Thank you Darryl

25Ameise1
Edited: Mar 30, 7:59am Top

Marianne Jackson: I did not see this mourning machine. He is in a cemetery on the other side of the city of my home. I had to google it first. I came across newspaper articles that do not write very positively about this mourning machine. Here are some photos.

 

Hi Paul, I wish you a most wonderful weekend.

26SqueakyChu
Edited: Mar 30, 9:33am Top

>25 Ameise1: That seems totally weird (and offensive) to me. What kinds of things are being dispensed in that machine?!

27m.belljackson
Mar 30, 10:22am Top

>25 Ameise1:

Thank you, Ameise and Paul.

This was just so strange that I wondered what reaction people who had actually seen it would have.

It's hard to see what is inside each container. Maybe it would help people who forgot to bring seeds?

Otherwise...

28Ameise1
Edited: Mar 30, 10:42am Top

>26 SqueakyChu: >27 m.belljackson: It was a bachelor thesis by a student of the Zurich University of the Arts. The content, as far as I can tell, consists of stationery with pens, handkerchiefs, teabags, candle, folded paper ship, rosary, soap bubbles, black ribbon, etc. On each pack stands what it is meant for, e.g. Farewell letter-still have something on the heart, black ribbon- wear mourning, Rosary-connected, paper ship - mourning drift, teabags and bubbles stand for deceleration etc.
The reactions of the people are:
"Such a machine is irreverent for me." "It's all about marketing." etc.

29SqueakyChu
Mar 30, 8:39pm Top

Do people have to pay for these things?! Like a vending machine? Nope. Don't like it.

30Ameise1
Mar 31, 4:16am Top

Yes, they have to pay.

Paul, enjoy a most beautiful Sunday. I hope it's warm at your place too.

31paulstalder
Apr 1, 3:59am Top

>25 Ameise1: Thanks Barbara, for sending these pictures.

>26 SqueakyChu: >27 m.belljackson: It's a normal vending machine. For some people who keep forgetting things (like me) it may be useful to be able to get candles and handkerchiefs at the cemetery. The other items just show the helplessness many people feel about death and cemeteries. Many people do not to think about dying and suddenly they are in a cemetery and are totally lost - what should I do? What should I bring? I think that such machines show the society's unableness to deal with death and the there-after.

>30 Ameise1: I was in Winterthur at the MissioNow day representing the Kontaktmission. It was s small conference about mission. I took part in a seminary about 'Mission vs. development cooperation'. On Sunday I was invited to a fondueparty by a young couple ( we were 5 guests). It was pretty warm but we still enjoyed our cheese soup :)

32Ameise1
Apr 1, 5:47am Top

>31 paulstalder: Glad to hear that you had a wonderful weekend even eating Fondue. That would have been too warm for me now but from Wednesday on the temps are dropping.

33paulstalder
Apr 1, 2:44pm Top


There was this barrista in Winterthur from carosespresso.ch with his coffee mobile




a mini cupcake

34PaulCranswick
Apr 6, 12:41pm Top

>33 paulstalder: Seeing that, I'm off to get coffee, Paul!

Have a great weekend.

35paulstalder
Apr 6, 4:09pm Top

>34 PaulCranswick: hope you found a good coffee :)

36paulstalder
Apr 6, 4:30pm Top

statistics for March

1216 pages, 9 books,

9 books were written in German, 0 in English, and 0 in Swiss German

nationalities: CH 7, D 1, I , KOR , GB 1, USA , BRA , GR

dead 1, alive 8
male 5, female 4

oldest 1975, newest 2018 (book, my copy)
oldest 1975, newest 2018 (work, first published)

I added 71 books to my collections

that was a real Swiss reading month :)

37paulstalder
Edited: Apr 6, 5:03pm Top

spring in Basel


violas with melting snow drops

38paulstalder
Apr 6, 5:05pm Top


happy face


an Easter skeleton

39paulstalder
Apr 7, 3:45pm Top


scaffolding rods


rebar


magnolia

40paulstalder
Apr 7, 3:53pm Top

33) Katja Henkelpott by Helmut Sakowski. Katja is sent to her grandmother because her parents lost theirs jobs and havew to find new ones. She is five and wants to sort out certain things in the most beautiful village in the world (Pälitzhof in Eastern Germany). She brings eggs to the nextr city and wants to sell them in front of a big department store. But she is sent away from there. A few days later there were frogs found in the butter of the store ... Fun and refreshing read about the saucy and outspoken girl changing the life of a village :)



first published 1992 in German

41Ameise1
Apr 7, 6:03pm Top

I love your photos. Thanks so much for sharing them.

42kidzdoc
Apr 7, 10:49pm Top

Great photos, Paul!

43paulstalder
Apr 8, 4:41am Top

>41 Ameise1: >42 kidzdoc: Thank you very much

44SqueakyChu
Edited: Apr 8, 10:29am Top

> 40 FROGS?! I have to buy that butter! :D

Happy spring, Paul!

45harrygbutler
Apr 8, 10:38am Top

>38 paulstalder: >39 paulstalder: >40 paulstalder: Beautiful flowers and other interesting photos, Paul!

46paulstalder
Apr 8, 11:00am Top

>44 SqueakyChu: yep, frogs. That was the revenge of the little girl for the store managers. She smuggled them into the store. They were selling the butter in open vats :) I am not so sure about the frogs' feelings towards the new buttery environment

>45 harrygbutler: Thank you, Harry. It was fund going on a picture hunt :)

47SqueakyChu
Apr 8, 2:25pm Top

>46 paulstalder: I'm guessing that the frogs were not all that thrilled. :D

48paulstalder
Edited: Apr 12, 5:02pm Top

add-ons
161) Lilly die Tigerin : Melodram by Alona Kimhi
- Ich ziehe den Stopfen aus der Öffnung des Kristallflakons und kippe den Inhalt in die langsam sich füllende Badewanne.
- 2004
162) Something invisible by Siobhán Parkinson
- Nobody ever blamed Jake for what happened.
- 2006
163) Carlotta jagt den Coyoten : Roman by Linda Barnes
- "Mixed Pickles erinnern sich vielleicht nicht mehr, wie sie eingelegt worden sind, aber deswegen sind sie noch lange keine Gürkchen."
- 1990
164) Patty Jane's Frisörsalon : Roman by Lorna Landvik
- Patty Jane hatte eine ganze Schublade voll bunter Baumwolltücher, die mit Billigparfüm besprüht waren - Tabu und Soir de Paris und, gelegentlich, My Sin, für mich der Inbegriff des Schicks.
- 1995
165) Samenspende : Kriminalroman by Peter Hänni
- Mit leiser Verwunderung und einem Anflug von Ärger nahm Charlotte Berger zur Kenntnis, dass der Aufzug an ihrer Etage vorbeirumpelte und weiter nach oben fuhr.
- 2009
166) Reisst die Knospen ab... : Roman by Kenzaburō Ōe
- Spät in der Nacht waren zwei Jungen aus unserer Gruppe geflohen, und so hatten wir uns im Morgengrauen noch immer nicht auf den Weg gemacht.
- 1958
167) Das letzte Ritual : Island-Krimi by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
- The head caretaker, Tryggvi, stood idly by the coffee maker.
- 2005
168) Totensonntag : Kriminalroman by Andreas Föhr
- Keiner hatte etwas Ähnliches je gehört.
- 2013
169) Augustinus : die Theologie seiner Predigten über die Psalmen by Johan Bouman
- Seine Predigten hat Augustinus in der Mehrzahl in seiner eigenen Bischof-Stadt Hippo Regius gehalten.
- 2019
170) Adler und Engel : Roman by Juli Zeh
- Sogar durch das Holz der Tür erkenne ich ihre Stimme, diesen halb eingeschnappten Tonfall, der immer klingt, als hätte man ihr gerade einen Herzenswunsch abgeschlagen.
- 2001

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49paulstalder
Apr 13, 2:50pm Top

34) The Lady of the Lake by Walter Scott. Hunters chase a stag in Scottish Trossachs. Only one can keep up with the speed but his horse dies when he reaches the stag. So he has to wonder off by foot. He being James Fitz-James, the knight of Snowdoun ... a narrative poem published 1810. About the Scottish upraising of the Clan Alpine with Roderick Dhu against King James.

It is a fine language which I found not so easy to understand. Sometimes I read some parts aloud, just to listen to the sound but understanding not much ... it took me quite some time to finish that.,



first published 1810 in English

50karenmarie
Apr 17, 8:53am Top

Hello Paul!

A very belated happy new thread. The pictures you post are always so interesting - beautifully framed and detailed. Thank you for sharing.

51paulstalder
Apr 18, 6:14am Top

>50 karenmarie: thanks, Karen. Pleased to hear that you like my pictures.

52paulstalder
Apr 18, 6:47am Top

I was taking part in a conference of the Kontaktmission in the Black Forest.
They started out in 1979 with a Swiss couple going to Austria in order to found Christian churches in the Weinviertel (north of Vienna). Now there are 350 co-workes from 40 different nations working in 51 different countries. We had talks in English, German, Russian, Spanisch, Arabic, and Romanian. It was a great experience to listen to all these people how they live their faith.


a panel discussion


we were singing songs in German, English, Arabic, and Spanish

53paulstalder
Apr 18, 7:17am Top

One of the project which were presented was this water filtering machine. They collected money and developped a large water filtering machine which is basically autonomous (solar panel gives the energy). The machines are then rented out to small villages for a symbolic price. They even go out in order to mends things if it doesn't work.

54paulstalder
Apr 18, 7:23am Top

We got spoiled with Greek oil, Austrian, Liberian, and Romanian honey, pork meat from Ukrainia, apple cheese from Lithuania, Swiss chocolate ....


Ukrainian porc


Lithuanian apple cheese
Obuolių sūris

55paulstalder
Edited: Apr 18, 7:25am Top

But it was all winter when we arrived there in the morning:

56paulstalder
Apr 18, 7:32am Top

Then we went to a different place for a co-workers training/meetup for three days. There we learned more about the history of the Kontaktmission and the different working fields. And we had spring again :)

57paulstalder
Apr 18, 7:35am Top

There was a big playground for all the kids (and others, too)



58paulstalder
Edited: Apr 18, 7:40am Top

There was a joinery next to our conference home:



59SirThomas
Apr 19, 9:51am Top

A peaceful and restful Easter to you and yours, Paul.
I hope the food tasted as good as it looks - thank you for sharing the photos.

60LovingLit
Apr 20, 4:53am Top

Happy Easter :)

61Ameise1
Apr 21, 3:58am Top

Happy Easter weekend, Paul.

62paulstalder
Edited: Apr 23, 6:24am Top

>59 SirThomas: Thanks Thomas. The food was great, also the offical 'Missionssuppe' which is always served at these conferences, was very good. The German coffee could be better .... but the cakes which were offered were just great, also.

>60 LovingLit: Thank you, Megan, I wish you the same.

>61 Ameise1: hej Barbara, stupid chicken as well :)

63paulstalder
Edited: Apr 24, 4:24am Top

35) In Seinen Fussstapfen : "Was würde Jesus thun?" by Charles Monroe Sheldon. One Sunday, an umployed and homeless man shows up in Henry Maxwell's church and has a breakdown there. Maxwell, the pastor, takes him to his own home where the man dies a few days later. Because of what the man said durign church service, Maxqwell starts to review his faith and living. He decides to walk in Jesus' footsteps and ask himself the question: What would Jesus do? (WWJD). He then when preaching the following Sunday asks his churchmembers to join him a making a vow to ask Jesus what He would do, before doing anything, for a whole year. The changes in the town of Raymong and later in Chicago are tremendous. A very well told story which is more a sermon and challenged me, too, to look at my Christian life. A great novel



first published 1896 in the USA

I read the old translation by E. Pfannkuche, published 1900. Years ago I read a modern translation which didn't have such an impact on me back then.

64paulstalder
Edited: Apr 24, 4:26am Top

36) Das grosse Vorsingen by Luc Foccroulle. Berta is a frog who likes to cook. But now she comes of age in order to have an audition and then to join the choir. But her singing was miserable, so she was rejected. Lucie can sing pretty well, but she is too small - so, she too, cannot join the frog choir .... A funny story about talents and living accordingly.



first published 2011 in French in Belgium

65paulstalder
Apr 24, 4:28am Top


Berta likes to cook. Now her parents come to tell her to take part in the audition


Berta's singing is horrible


the prince's wedding

66paulstalder
Apr 24, 3:28pm Top

37) Frau Giraffe zieht um! by Guido Hammesfahr. Mrs Giraffe lives in Africa and decides one day to look for another home. So she goes out, meets different animals where she can stay till she finds a new place to feel at home ... nice pictures but not much of a true story.



first published 2018 in German

67paulstalder
Apr 24, 3:31pm Top


Mrs Giraffe stays at the crocodile's


Mrs Giraffe tries a house boat

68paulstalder
Edited: Apr 24, 3:57pm Top

38) Busse, ein himmlisches Geschenk : Gott hat Jesus erhöht durch seine Rechte, zu geben Israel Busse. Apostelg. 5, 30. 31 by Georg Steinberger. A well written booklet about repentance and penance. It starts with the verse from Acts 5,31: God exalted him (Jesus) at his right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. In German there is the word Busse (high German: Buße) which includes both, repentance and penance. One can do penance for oneself, for somebody else's sins, even do penance for a people. Interesting treaty by this Swiss evangelical counsellor (died 1904).



first published before 1900 in German in Switzerland

69paulstalder
Edited: Apr 25, 5:27am Top

At the moment there is an exhibition of life sized bronze animals on the Hörnli cemetery of Basel. There are 28 sculptures by Davide Rivalta. Buffalos, lions, bears, and rhinos. I didn't find the rhinos yet ...






70m.belljackson
Apr 25, 10:36am Top

The LION is astounding - thank you for the photographs and looking forward to the Rhino.

71paulstalder
Edited: Apr 25, 3:23pm Top

>71 paulstalder: Thanks. It will take some time till I'll find time to look for them. Tomorrow I am on a seminar in Rüti Zürich till Saturday, and they promised bad weather for the weekend, so ...


another lion laying in the grass

72paulstalder
Edited: Apr 25, 4:49pm Top

39) Ein Weiser, ein Kaiser und viel Reis : von der Erfindung des Schachspiels by Paolo Friz. The emperor requires all the rice the people harvested, so are left with almost nothing. A wise man decides to do something against it and invents a new game (chess). The emperor is so pleased with the game that he promises to give everything the wise man asks for - and he asks for single rice grains on each of the 64 fields of the game board, starting with only 1 grain at the first field, but doubling the amount everytime for the next field. The emperor gets angry at that suggestion and promises to fulfill that stupid demand and leaves angrily ... A well told and drawn story.



first published 2017 in German

There are dozens of stories of how chess was developed and the way the fields should be filled with rice or wheat or whatever. These authors put the story in the Far East.

73paulstalder
Edited: Apr 26, 3:47am Top


the wise man is explaining the new game to the emperor


the emperor is angry at the request of the wise man

74paulstalder
Edited: Apr 26, 3:56am Top

40) Warum Noah eine Arche baute by Marlene Fritsch. Noah had a dream one day in which was told by God to build an arch and get all the animals in there. He told his family and they started out doing that ... A refreshing retelling of that old Biblical story with nice drawings.



first published 2016 in German

75paulstalder
Apr 26, 4:28am Top


Noah tries to understand his dream


rain, rain, rain


God gives the rainbow as a sign never to bring such a flood again

76paulstalder
Apr 26, 5:01am Top

41) Zielpunkte besserer Volksernährung by Susanna Müller. There was a 'Hygienic Society' in Zürich which wanted to better the life of the poor in the cities. One area of work was considered healthy eating (and cooking). So, less meat, the vegetables not overcooked but even steamed, the bread (and the meat) and should be well chewed, and much less coffee and even lesser or no alcohol ... A well balanced treaty with the knowledge of the time then (1891). Susanna Müller was the author of Das fleissige Hausmütterchen THE household and cooking book for women in Switzerland well into the 1950s. My mother still used it.



first published 1891 in German in Switzerland

Interestingly, there were similar ideas about good nutrition in the American novel In His steps >63 paulstalder: and this pamphlet: a well balanced diet and abstinence of alcohol.

77SirThomas
Apr 26, 5:04am Top

>69 paulstalder:, >71 paulstalder: Thank you for sharing the pictures, Paul. They are beautiful.
I love the idea of the exhibition in a cemetery.
Cemeteries are so much more than just a repository for the mortal remains of human souls.

78paulstalder
Apr 26, 5:21am Top

>77 SirThomas: You are welcome, Thomas. The Hörnli cemetery is a nice place to be, quiet, a lot to see (graves, flowers, deer, birds) and sometimes there are interesting talks with other visitors. What I miss is a cafeteria of some kind - but it seems that people do not want to drink coffee or tea or even eat in a cemetery :)

79paulstalder
Edited: Apr 26, 5:34am Top

42) Tschüss zäme! : ein Dorfkrimi by Achim Parterre. A local businessman is found murdered outside the (ficticious) village of Gäziwil in the Emmental, with „emne Loch so gross wi ne Härdöpfu“ (a hole as big as a potato). The barkeeper of the 'Les Amis' and her guests are discussing the case and local politics, apparently there two rivalling local politicans involved, but how? ... a refreshing mystery written in Bernese Swiss German.



first published 2013 in Swiss German

80paulstalder
Edited: Apr 28, 5:16pm Top

43) Wolken über dem Jordantal by Paul Stalder. Klaus writes a reader letter in a Swiss newspaper about the Jews claiming back there money from Swiss banks and the work of Swiss in Israeli kibbuzim. He receives an anonymous letter insulting him as naïve and denying the Holocaust. Klaus then travels to Israel in order to speak with survivors of the Holocaust and people working in kibbuzim. He spends a week in Israel and writes a letter back every day and so gives an answer to this man. Very interesting reading.

The story is fictitious but the names of survivors of the Holocaust and victims in the kibbuzim are true. The author lived on a kibbuz for some time and so knows about the problems there. It is sad to still meet people who deny the fact of the Holocaust. One story especially moved me: One man Klaus met in a kibbuz is Josua, a Swiss citizen. His foster father was a farmer in the Swiss Jura, often travelling to France during World War II because he owned fields over there. One day on the way hoime he had to overtake a long convoy of Jewish prisoners driven on by soldiers to a new camp. suddenly a women steps up to the farmer's cart and hands a bundle with a baby to him with the words: 'Take him and let him live.' Then a soldier pushed her back into line. The farmer took the baby home and adopted him. Later Josua went to Israel, married another immigrant there and had children, working on a kibbuz (as a farmer) on the Libanese border. Then one day his wife and his youngest daughter was killed by a rocket attack by Arab terrorists. He later went to Yad Vashem and searched for his family. They found out what village he probably was born in in the Alsace and visited the place ...



first published 2000 in German

I am not the author, he has just got the same name ... He is a gardener from the Bernese Oberland who spent some time in Israel and wrote a few books about Israel and gardening.

81paulstalder
Edited: May 1, 2:38pm Top

statistics for April

895 pages, 11 books,

9 books were written in German, 1 in English, and 1 in Swiss German

nationalities: CH 5, D 3, I , KOR , GB 1, USA 1, B 1,

dead 5, alive 6
male 9, female 2

oldest 1891, newest 2018 (book, my copy)
oldest 1810, newest 2018 (work, first published)

I added 38 books to my collections

82paulstalder
May 1, 3:11pm Top

I paid another visit to the cemetery, here some heads of statues:


the risen Christ


a woman's head as a mosaic


angel with a bowl of flames? scents? flowers?

83paulstalder
Edited: May 1, 3:13pm Top


a man's head


an angel with a raised hand


a round head, eye and mouth just slightly engraved

84paulstalder
Edited: May 1, 3:14pm Top


an Arabic inscription in a pear
(can't read it, though)

85paulstalder
Edited: May 2, 5:36am Top

add-ons
171) Das barmherzige Fallbeil : Kriminalroman by Fred Vargas
- Nur noch zwanzig Meter, zwanzig kleine Meter bis zum Briefkasten, sie hatte es sich leichter vorgestellt.
- 2015
172) Heimatkunde von Maisprach by Karl Graf
- Maisprach oder "Maischbrg" wird erstmals 1207 als Meisprache erwähnt: Bei einem Verkauf von Gütern im Elsass durch Rudolf von Tierstein zeugt neben Konrad von Falkenstein ein "Cuonradus de Meisprache".
- 1968
173) Das giftige Herz : ein historischer Weihnachtskrimi by Virginia Doyle
- Gregor Wanner griff nach dem Messer und fragte sich, ob es nicht wirklich an der Zeit wäre, sich die Kehle durchzuschneiden.
- 2000
174) Der Poliziotto tappt im Dunkeln : Kriminalroman by Uli T. Swidler
- Franco gähnt und reisst den Mund dabei so weit auf, dass es schmerzt.
- 2012
175) Ein Diebstahl : Novelle by Saul Bellow
- Clara Velde hatte, um mit dem anzzufangen, was an ihr am meisten auffiel, kurzes blondes Haar, modisch geschnitten, auf einem ungewöhnlich grossen Kopf.
- 1989
176) Blut will Blut : thriller by Linda Barnes
- "Und? Was soll die Aufregung?" fragte Sprague.
- 1981
177) Wilhelm Tell in Manila : Roman by Annette Hug
- Er hatte ein Städtchen erwartet, einen windstillen Ort der Wissenschaft.
- 2016
178) Ole Hallesby : der Fels aus Norwegen ; Stationen eines bewegten Lebens by Sverre Norborg
- Die Dorfsiedlung Aremark liegt in der Provinz Östfold, ungefähr 150 km südöstlich von Oslo, an der Landesgrenze zu Schweden und erstreckt sich in nordsüdlicher Richtung über eine Länge von etwa 50 km.
- 1979
179) Eva von Tiele-Winckler : Mutter Eva - ein Leben aus der Stille vor Gott by Paul Toaspern
- Eva von Tiele-Winckler wurde am 31. Oktober 1866 in Miechowitz im ehemaligen Oberschlesien geboren.
- 1931
180) John Bunyan : Schriftsteller und Prediger by Alfons Sundqvist
- Vor über dreihundert Jahren erschien in England unter dem Titel "The Pilgrim's Progress" (Pilgerreise zur seligen Ewigkeit - erste deutsche Übersetzung 1685) ein Buch, das jetzt in über zweihundert Sprachen übersetzt worden ist und eines der am weitesten über die Erde verbreiteten Bücher wurde.
- 1978

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86m.belljackson
May 2, 9:05am Top

>82 paulstalder:

The Angel - could be one of the Marys with three leaves representing the Trinity...?

87paulstalder
Edited: May 3, 3:48am Top

>86 m.belljackson: possible. Thanks for the hint, but it's difficult to know what the relatives/sculptor had in mind - could be Mary of Magdala with the ointments


Mary of Magdala with her symbolic jar of ointment at Tideswell Parish Church, Derbyshire


Mary of Bethany with an ointment jar (Münster of Bern)

88paulstalder
Edited: May 2, 4:33pm Top

44) Stadt am Meer by Joanne Schwartz. A little boy wakes up every morning with the sound of the sea and his father leaving for work in the coal mine. He goes out and plays with the neighbor's boy, runs around in the town and along the coast - and one day it will be his turn going down to get the coal up .... a simple story about one day in the life of a coal miner's boy. A smooth langauge and quiet pictures.



first published 2017 in English

89paulstalder
May 2, 4:03pm Top


it's like that: house, road, rock with bush, sea


the father is working deep down in the mine


today, the sea is quiet

90paulstalder
May 2, 5:00pm Top

45) Am Abend vor dem Meer by Khaled Hosseini. A father writes a letter to his child who died on the way to Europe from Syria. He writes about the smells of the market, the family life, then the war, the deaths, then the flight, the waiting for the boat and entering that little thing - always afraid, always hopeful ... a disturbing book



first published 2018 in English

91paulstalder
Edited: May 2, 5:03pm Top


the life in the market


war came


on the boat

92paulstalder
Edited: May 4, 4:42am Top

add-ons
181) Gnade für den Augenblick by Max Lucado
- Sie können mit Gott reden, denn Gott hört zu.
- first published 2000
182) Zwölf Juden finden den Messias : wie Gott heute unter Juden wirkt by Ben Hoekendijk
- Jeff, ein Wissenschaftler der Moskauer Universität, landete mit nur zehn Dollar in der Tasche in Israel.
- 1997
183) Den Kummer sich vom Herzen singen : So entstanden bekannte Lieder by Beate Scheffbuch
- Es war die Sinnlosigkeit des Ersten Weltkriegs, die selbst optimistische Menschen unheimlich tief erschütterte.
- 1997
184) Die Kirche : 7 Gründe, warum ich sie liebe by Bernhard Ott
- Ehrlich gesagt, wenn ich vor mehr als 30 Jahren die Frage hätte beantworten müssen, warum ich die christliche Gemeinde liebe, ich hätte spontan anders geantwortet.
- 2007
185) Busse, ein himmlisches Geschenk : Gott hat Jesus erhöht durch seine Rechte, zu geben Israel Busse. Apostelg. 5, 30. 31 by Georg Steinberger
- Der Ruf Jesu ist ein Ruf zum Heil.
- before 1900
186) The minister as shepherd by Charles Edward Jefferson
- Of all the titles which have been chosen for the envoys of the Son of God, that of "shepherd" is the most popular, the most beautiful, and the most ample.
- 1912
187) Synonyms of the New Testament by Richard Chenevix Trench
- There are words whose etymology it is interesting to watch as they are transformed and consecrated by the Christian church - words that the church did not invent but has employed in a loftier sense than the world has ever used them.
- 1876
188) Rebell aus Liebe : biographischer Roman ; John Newton by Grace Irwin
- Der Hufschlag eines langsam trabenden Pferdes brachte in die winterliche Stille einen dumpfen Klang.
- 1961
189) John Wesley und die Erweckung in England by Joshua Daniel
- Es war im Jahr 1708.
- 1979
190) Harriet Beecher Stowe : Briefe und Tagebücher by Charles Edward Stowe
- Harriet Beecher (Stowe) wurde am 14. Juni 1811 in Litchfield im Staate Connecticut geboren.
- 1889

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93paulstalder
May 4, 9:20am Top

46) Abzählen : Roman by Tamta Melaschwili. Two 13-year-old girls live in Georgia during the war. They have fun together but their world is breaking down because of the war.... A strong story about children in a war - they are suffering in all ways.



first published 2010 in Georgian

94paulstalder
May 4, 3:03pm Top

since last month our foto group make challenges a bit similar to the TIOLI's. In April the challenge was to make a picture of something round


a wooden post


a basketball basket


old tyres in neighbour's garden

95paulstalder
Edited: May 4, 3:09pm Top

this month's challenge is to photograph something parallel


the round roof at the Exhibition Square in Basel


we had snow today


elixir of life ...

96paulstalder
May 5, 3:35am Top

47) Mit dem Elefantendoktor in Laos by Olivier Kugler. The author wants to draw elephants in Laos. In order to do that he has to register with ElefantAsia in order to be able to travel into the elefant's nature reserve. So he joins the vet Olivier on a tour with the mobile elefant clinic and they inspect and treat 48 elefants on this tour. A good insight into the life of elefants in Laos, including the environmental and economic-social aspects with cutting down forests in Laos. Interesting drawing technic.



first published 2013 in German in Switzerland

97paulstalder
May 5, 3:45am Top



98paulstalder
May 7, 3:59am Top

48) Ueber Zölle und Landwirtschaft : Eine sozialdemokratische Antwort an Dr. Ernst Laur by Hugo Jordi. Laur was the presidnet of the Swiss Farmers in the beginning of the 20th century. He wanted to introduce new protection duties on agricultural products and also to increase their prices. The social-democrat Jordi answers with showing that duties do not help the farmers but will increase the value of the land and through that lead to higher mortgages. Since the small and medium farms have a larger debt, there income will then diminished because of the higher mortgages. He suggests to nationalize the land and the mortgages in order to help the farmers instead of new duties which increases the prices of the goods. ... I think, we still see the same problems today.



first published 1915

99paulstalder
May 7, 11:35am Top

49) Bretonische Verhältnisse : ein Fall für Kommissar Dupin by Jean-Luc Bannalec. In Pont Aven in the Bretagne, the owner of an old hotel is found dead in his own restaurant. Commisaire Dupin is called in because the responsible commisaire is on holidays. The hotel was part of the artist school of Pont Aven around Paul Gauguin. The restaurant has over dimensional air condition and dozens of copies of Gauguin's works ... an interesting mystery in a beautiful surrounding and historical references.



first published 2012 in German

100SqueakyChu
Edited: May 8, 8:24pm Top

I’be been too busy to read your thread for so long, and there was so much to catch up on! I hope you had a lovely Easter. On the second night of Passover, we hosted a seder for twenty people in my tiny house. It was noisy with five kids, but lots of fun. It’s my favorite holiday of all.

Of your posts above, I was most interested in >89 paulstalder: “the father is working deep down in a mine”. Starting tomorrow, my husband and I will be traveling to Pennsylvania, USA, where we will be visiting an area of coal mines and former coal mines. Part of what we want to do is go down into an actual coal mine and visit a coal mining town. I know this is “Trump Territory”, but we’re going with an open mind and hope to learn about this area and its population. In preparation for the trip, I’m reading fiction about coal mining families and have found and almost completed a fabulous book of short stories about coal mining families. The book is News From Heaven by Jennifer Haigh. Fortunately I also found a novel by this author to take on our trip.

The days ahead this month will be busy with all good things so I hope to stop by your thread again sometime when things are a bit quieter for me! :)

101paulstalder
May 9, 2:54pm Top

Welcome Madeline, I spent a quiet Easter at home. Easter Monday I spent with my sister and our mother. Friends of mine have been to Israel and told me about the Passover seder they experienced there.

We don't have many coal mines in Switzerland, and they are all pretty small and quickly empty. >88 paulstalder: The book is actually published in Canada originally and about a coal mine in Nova Scotia.

102paulstalder
May 9, 3:08pm Top

50) Ganz aus Gnaden by Charles Haddon Spurgeon. A well written treaty about grace and salvation: what God did in Jesus brings along our salvation, not any work or wisdom I bring along. A clear presentation of the gospel by this 'prince of preachers'.



first published 1886 in English

103paulstalder
May 13, 2:59am Top

51) A mercy : a novel by Toni Morrison. Florens, a slave girl in 1690 sets out to find the black smith who could heal her mistress. The novel tells the stories of, basically, four unhappy women who cannot live the life they want or should, they are caught in their time, no escape ... Not an easy read, not an always coherent plot, with heart breaking tales of natives, slaves, and unhappy whites in colonial Virginia. A fine language, which made me consult a dictionary occasionally.



first published 2008 in English

104paulstalder
May 14, 12:18pm Top

52) Die Legitimität des Apostels : eine Untersuchung zu II Korinther 10-13 by Ernst Käsemann. In 2nd Corinthians the apostle Paul defends his legitimacy as an apostle. His enemies say that he is weak, especially in person in Corinth and that he has worked no wonders. Paul explains them that to be weak in Christ brings along God's power and strength, and since the Corinthians are his work through the Holy Spirit, they experienced his deeds and charismata... A very good treaty of the different views in these chapters, and very useful for my preparations for the next bible study lectures I will give in our church.



first published 1942 in German

105paulstalder
May 17, 4:36am Top

53) Ali : ein Kinderbuch by Hans Roelli. Ali is a beautiful white camel. One day he meets the princess of Persia and she rides on him, but then a thief kidnaps him ... a nice children's book



first published 1949 in German in Switzerland

106paulstalder
Edited: May 17, 4:42am Top


Ali goes to the palace of the princess


Ali was kidnapped and is put on land in a foreign country

107paulstalder
May 20, 11:10am Top

54) Die Sehnsucht ihrer Mutter : Roman by Francine Rivers. Marta grew up in Steffisburg BE in Switzerland. She was abused by her father and hated him. Therefore she left home as soon as possible. She learned to manage a household and then a whole pension. She moved to Montreux VD, then Paris and London, and finally to Canada and the USA. When she became a daugther who was very weak as a baby, she pushed her to be strong and so pushed her away from her as well ... Will she be able to cross the gap she created? A good family history novel on the background of two world wars and the subject of how to care best for your daughter.



first published 2010 in English

108paulstalder
Edited: May 23, 5:21am Top

55) Erinnerungen eines Amerikaschweizers im 19. Jahrhundert by Oswald Studer. Daniel Schmid is born in 1834 in Buchs near Zürich and dreams of an adventurous life. With some other young people he emigrates to the USA in 1854 on board of the Shelter. He has not much luck looking for a job, then ends up in Cincinnati OH and works as a clerk. He marries a German woman. Then when the American Civil War starts, he joins the 9th Ohio Infantry Regiment. He fights in in the battle of Shiloh (Cumberland Army). At the end of the war he served in the army as a clerk then went back to Cincinnati and worked again as a clerk for different breweries. His wife betrayed and left him and he had then many more different jobs and places to live. He always sent letters home to Switzerland and also sent his memoires which were published in 1973.



first published 1973 in German in Switzerland

109paulstalder
May 26, 3:56pm Top

56) Zwölf Juden finden den Messias : wie Gott heute unter Juden wirkt by Ben Hoekendijk. Ben Hoekendijk, a Dutch author, went to Israel in order to meet different Jews who all believe Jesus to be the Messiah. He meets Jews who grew up in the USA, in Israel, Yemen, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, Brasil, and made the aliya, the immigration to Israel.
Evan Thomas was born in New Zealand and became a 'Messianic Jew' there. Later he immigrated to Israel. 12 years he served in the Israeli army. Now he is working with Jewish and Arab Christians to practice forgiveness and reconciliation.
David H. Stern was born in Los Angeles CA. He studied at Princeton and then was part of the hippie movement at that time and a leading figure in a 'commune'. He studied different religions till he found his messiah. He published The Jewish New Testament.
Batya Segal was born in Jerusalem by Yemenite Jews. After army service she was looking for a job and found one in a printing office, there she had to prepare a Hebrew New Testament for publication. Therefore she had to read that book and found her Messiah in Jesus. She is writing worship songs in Hebrew.
A fascinating read. These are all people who were looking for truth and had to come to turns with their Jewish beliefs and Jesus' claim to be the Messiah. These people have all different backgrounds and professions, some unemployed and untrained, some learned people who studied the Talmud, some poor, some very rich people.



first published 1997 in English

110paulstalder
May 28, 11:07am Top

57) Das Bauernjahr : 12 Bauernpredigten by Oswald Studer. A collection of 12 sermons about some verses in the Bible which deal with farming and nature. Jeremiah 17,7-8: the tree planted near the water; an orchard needs water in order to grow, so the farmer needs the water of life (the word of God); Genesis 3: the weed; there is always weed in our fields which needs to be weeded, so our souls need weeding from sinful thoughts ... solid sermons for the farmers after World War II, linking 'natural' things with spiritual ones.



first published 1948 in German in Switrzerland

111paulstalder
May 29, 1:00pm Top

58) Der Schatten des Golem by Éliette Abécassis. Zelmira, a little girl in Prague, often wanders into the Jewish ghetto. One night she witnesses how Rabbi Judah Loew creates the Golem out of clay. the Golem should protect the Jews in the Ghetto from attacks. Zelmira is fascinated by this creature and tries to start some kind of relationship with it ... A creepy story with a historical reference, and very good illustrations by the Parisian artist Lacombe



first published 2016 in French

112LovingLit
May 30, 6:18am Top

>73 paulstalder: I love these images!

>94 paulstalder: these too :) I love the idea of setting photographic challenges.

113paulstalder
May 30, 11:36am Top

>112 LovingLit: Thanks for coming by and the compliment

114SqueakyChu
Edited: May 30, 11:38am Top

>94 paulstalder: I love these images!

Me, too!

115paulstalder
May 31, 4:18am Top

>114 SqueakyChu: Thanks, Madeline :)

116paulstalder
May 31, 4:20am Top

>111 paulstalder:


Zelmira


Zelmira's father, an alchemist who tries to create helpful medicines

117paulstalder
May 31, 4:21am Top


Rabbi Loew creates the Golem


Zelmira starts to like the Golem

118paulstalder
Edited: May 31, 4:22am Top


Rabbi Loew visits Tycho Brahe

119paulstalder
Edited: Jun 18, 10:53am Top

59) A commentary on the second epistle to the Corinthians by Charles K. Barrett. A sound commentary on this Pauline epistle. Strong on the Greek and very helpful with quotations by many other commentators. Did serve me well for my Bible study lectures I gave in my church.



first published 1973in English

120paulstalder
Edited: Jun 1, 4:07am Top

statistics for May

2358 pages, 16 books,

14 books were written in German, 2 in English, and 1 in Swiss German

nationalities: CH 3, D 3, F 1, CDN 1, GB 2, USA 2, NL 1, AFG 1, GE 1

dead 6, alive 9
male 10, female 5

2 books by the same Swiss dead author

oldest 1915, newest 2018 (book, my copy)
oldest 1886, newest 2018 (work, first published)

I added 24 books to my collections

121paulstalder
Edited: Jun 18, 10:52am Top

60) Porträt einer Neu-Altstadt, durch welche ein Fluss läuft : Aluminium-Relief von Dani Karavan 1965-1971 am Geschäftshaus Henric Petri-Strasse 22 in Basel by Reinhold Hohl. The architects Diener & Diener of Basel rebuilt their main office. One side of the building has a 10 to 3 m front, which they wanted to decorate with a mural or relief. They saw the relief of the Knesset in Jersualem 'Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem' and so they asked Dani Karavan, an Israeli artist, born 1930 in tel Aviv, to create a relief for them. Karavan then lived and worked in Florence, Italy, and did several drafts. He fabricated the molds and casted the different aluminum platesin Florence and sent them to Basel. He put in different 'signs', 'symbols', 'pictures' which show different aspects of Basel. Somewhere should be a sentence aluding to Herzl's commetn about the new state of Israel not being a legend anymore - I haven't discovered that phrase yet.



first published 1971 in German in Switzerland

122paulstalder
Edited: Jun 4, 2:34pm Top


a head reminiscent of a picture of Paul Klee, below the chemical industry, making pills and stuff, and everything is 'catalogued' (catalog drawers, and a book at the bottom at the middle left )


a Basilisk, the three honorary 'sgins'/'creatures' of the guilds of Lower Basel (lion, griffin, wild man) on a raft in the river Rhine, a Hebrew insciption (one will betray me), above a scroll with symbols (planets, elements, etc.) attributed to Paracelsus

just the 2 parts to the left of Karavan's relief

123paulstalder
Edited: Jun 5, 4:07pm Top



today is our wedding day

124harrygbutler
Jun 5, 5:29pm Top

>123 paulstalder: A radiant bride! Praying for comfort for you on your anniversary, Paul!

125paulstalder
Jun 6, 4:25am Top

>124 harrygbutler: Thankyou Harry. That was a great day !

126m.belljackson
Jun 6, 11:00am Top

>123 paulstalder:

What glowing joy!

127paulstalder
Edited: Jun 10, 3:05am Top

>126 m.belljackson: yes, that was it then.

128paulstalder
Edited: Jun 18, 10:52am Top

61) Carlotta jagt den Coyoten : Roman by Linda Barnes. Carlotta is a private eye in Boston MA. One day an illegal immigrant shows up and asks her to her green card back from the police who found that card on a corpse in the Fens. But then this woman is killed also and Carlotta tries to find out why. But she trusts the wrong man: because this INS officer looks so good, she fully trusts him, but her hormones are wrong ... nice story with this stubborn detective



first published 1990 in American English

fun fact: Linda Barnes has the same birthday as I have (6.6.)

129paulstalder
Edited: Jul 1, 5:03am Top

62) Stella maris by Isabella Feimer. Eva is travelling in a space ship, escaping from a dying Earth. The captain is in a coffin put asleep. She lives from memories of war near Rome (probably World War II), and from the ship. A dystopian poetic story.

Feimer dives into a 'sea of words' and develops a kind of a short version of mankind's history (she mentions Paradise, Adam and Eve, Isaiah and other such literature). But there is no aim and no hope (no Messiah) in the story. She alludes to the lamb being quiet before the butcher - but then writes that with smiling at death he defies death. Another sentence is that humans have the 'right to love and violence'. She uses almost only commata, no full stops. I didn't get warm with it.

The title can allude to Mary (Ave stella Maris...), to mermaids, to a Jesuite spaceship, or jellyfish or ?



first published 2017 in German in Austria

130paulstalder
Edited: Jun 18, 10:51am Top

63) Spätsünder : Roman by Alex Gasser. Franz Huber is a retired officier of the Swiss army when he was approached by a commission of the Swiss secret service. He was delivering and getting information. But then when contacting someone in Germany, he and his informant nearly got killed. And it gets even more dangerous ... A Swiss spy novel, a fun read, by a Basler author



first published 2018 in German in Switzerland

131SqueakyChu
Jun 13, 11:07pm Top

.123 Such a beautiful picture!

132paulstalder
Jun 14, 4:25pm Top

>131 SqueakyChu: thanks, she was wearing a traditional Korean dress at the wedding - and the same dress was made into her burial gown.

133paulstalder
Edited: Jun 14, 4:55pm Top

64) Der Missionshund Lumpi by Sheila Groves. Lumpi the dog lives in the house of the German and Swiss missionary kids in Singapore. One Easter Sunday, he was left alone in the garden. Then a thunderstorm came and Lumpi became so afraid, that he ran away. The kids were searching for him several days and started to pray for the little dog ... A nice children's story about missing, finding and prayer - based on real events.



first published 1988 in English in Singapore

134paulstalder
Jun 14, 4:33pm Top


this is Lumpi (Loompy) - when afraid he usually hides under the bed


the kids and the house parents discussing the missing dog - the kids praying

135paulstalder
Jun 14, 4:59pm Top

65) Broto by Adèle Ellis. Broto, an Indonesian little boy, helps his neighbour to take care of the geese. One day he was left alone to do the job. Then another boy asks him to come to the river to have a swim. When Broto comes back, the geese are gone, he can find them all but one ... A children's book about a parallel experience to the prodigal son.



first published 1988 in English in Singapore

136SqueakyChu
Edited: Jun 15, 10:08am Top

>132 paulstalder: Is there a meaning to the red and pink colors? Is it customary for a Korean woman to be buried in her bridal gown?

137paulstalder
Jun 16, 8:43am Top

>136 SqueakyChu: no, the colors do not carry further meanings than being part of the decorations. It was a traditional Korean gown, not made especially for a bride. And it is not a tradition to wear that at the burial. For Suki (and us) it was fitting.

138paulstalder
Edited: Jun 18, 10:51am Top

66) Liebe pur : Erzählung by Yael Hedaya. The man and the woman meet at a blind date which was arranged by a mutual friend. On the way to the woman's flat they meet a stray dog which they take into the flat and into their lives. Each protagonist has different needs and ideas of love .... There are no names throughout the whole story. And a lot of doors are opened and closed, each physical door also symbolizing a mental/spiritual one. The story is told from interchanging reports by each protagonist from his/her/its viewpoint. Detailed but easy read.



first published 2000 in Hebrew

139SqueakyChu
Jun 16, 9:52pm Top

>138 paulstalder: Yeah. The book I'm reading now by the same author is so detailed! That must be a particular characteristic of this author's writing. It's good, but it will take me forever to finish it. :D

140paulstalder
Jun 18, 10:41am Top

>139 SqueakyChu: one of the advantage of long books is the longer time you can 'live' with these characters.

I was invited to a wedding last Saturday. There I met a Canadian lady who asked me if I am English because of my accent :) I am pretty happy with such a comment about my English :)

141paulstalder
Jun 18, 10:50am Top

67) Noch ist es Zeit : von der dörflichen Enge ins anrüchige Zürcher Niederdorf ; Roman by Rolf Waller. Roger wants to leave his village and the narrow mindedness of that small community. He moves to Zürich where he meets people who show him the big city life with alcohol and women. Then he meets this shy woman, but his alcoholism and bad friends start to destroy that relationship ... a readable novel about coming to the city and learning to adapt there, a bit superficial sometimes.



first published 2017 in German in Switzerland

142SqueakyChu
Jun 18, 7:16pm Top

>140 paulstalder: Nice comment about your English!

143paulstalder
Jun 19, 3:16am Top

>142 SqueakyChu: It is, isn't it?

145paulstalder
Edited: Jun 22, 11:26am Top

68) fromm und frau : Anfragen zu gestern, Antworten für morgen by Luise Löbbe-Laabs. A theological and church historical treatise about women in the church. Starting off with Genesis when Man and Woman were created differently but given the same tasks. There were leaders, prophets etc. in early Jewish history. Later on the men became more prominent and pushed women aside and thought them to of be lesser worth. Jesus changed that again and treated men and women on equal footing. He pointed out the sinfulness of men when they brought an unfaithful woman to him: Those without sin may throw the first stone. Women first brought and believed the message of Jesus' resurrection - the men did not believe at first. Paul took all that up when he was writing that there is 'no Jew nor heathen, no male nor female in Christ ...'. But he also made some counselling remarks to women: don't overdue it and keep the peace in the community. And he told man to give his life for his wife. There were teachers, preachers, apostles etc. among the women of the early church. Later in church history especially Paul's remarks for the women, were taken absolutely and became a law - forgetting the other writings of Paul (especially those addressing men only). The Reformation were trying to reverse these ideas again and put women again side-to-side of men, the same did the early Pietists. And we are still struggling with overcome but not Biblical ideasa about women.
I found that a very balanced and sound book about this subject.



first published 1994 in German

146paulstalder
Jun 24, 4:11am Top

69) Z'Basel an mym Rhy : Streifzüge durch Basel und die Regio by Johann Jakob Jenny. JJJ published several articles about Basel and its surroundings in the CIBA magazine (Chemical Industry Basel) in the 1960s. He explored the city of Basel and gives historical, cultural, and architectural insights. He also gives tips about skiing (ski hiking rather) in the Alsace, and hiking in the Black Forest and the Jura. Then he has a whole chapter about all the castles and ruins surrounding Basel. Some things he describes are not around anymore and the way of skiing changed dramatically since then. But some good historical insights. He especially criticizes the thenrampant idea of pulling down old buildings and replace them with new ones instead of renovating them.



first published 1965-67 ? in German in Switzerland

147paulstalder
Jun 24, 12:10pm Top

70) Über den Wolken = Par dessus les nuages : 97 Bilder in Kupferdruck "Incavo" by Eduard Spelterini. Spelterini was an Italian Swiss (born1852 as Eduard Schweizer). As a school boy, he read a book about balloon rides. later became a balloonist and went with his balloon to different funfairs. He then was the first to 'fly' over the alps and also one of the first persons to make pictures from above. A very nice picture book of air photography.



first published 1928 in German in Switzerland

148paulstalder
Jun 24, 12:25pm Top

Über den Wolken by Eduard Spelterini


Zürich


Matterhorn and Aletsch glacier


Johannesburg, South Africa


El Ashraf, Egypt

149charl08
Jun 24, 4:04pm Top

Fascinating photos there Paul - thank you for posting them.

150thornton37814
Jun 24, 6:51pm Top

>148 paulstalder: I'm especially fond of the Swiss ones. They kind of remind me of this black and white photo book we owned when I was a child. It was called Around the World in 2000 Pictures, I think. I remember the book was yellow with a black spine. It was pretty thick. There were generally 2 photos on each page with a tiny bit of narrative. I spent hours pouring over that book.

151paulstalder
Jun 25, 4:16am Top

>149 charl08: you're welcome Charlotte. Here are some more pictures by Speltereini:
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Eduard_Spelterini?uselang=de

>150 thornton37814: hej Lori, I have similar memories. I still like such photo books to pour over

152paulstalder
Jun 26, 3:18pm Top

71) Nein! Nein! Ich steig' in kein fremdes Auto ein! : ein Bilderbuch für kleine und grosse Leute ab 4 Jahren by Petra Lazik. Marie and Max are on their way to the kindergarten when an unknown man in a sports car asks them about the way. Max would like to go with the man, but his sister says 'no'. A book for children to make them more sensitive and courageous to say 'no' when they feel 'not right'. A helpful book.



first published 2007 in German

153paulstalder
Jun 26, 3:28pm Top

72) The singing top : tales from Malaysia, Singapore, and Brunei by Margaret Read MacDonald. Stories, tales, legends from different ethic groups from peninsular Malaysia and Borneo. Fascinating read. There are also some children's songs and games from these peoples.
- Once a Thai king wanted to conquer China but didn't know where China was. He came with his army all the way to Singapore. When the Chinese this danger, they took the oldest ship they had, planted trees on board, put metallic needles as cargo and manned it with oldest seamen there were. When the Thai conqueror met them he turned home because he thought that China is far too much away - if these men were young when they started - the trees were their food and the needles were iron bars - no chance he would reach China during his life time :)



first published 2008 in English

154paulstalder
Jun 28, 5:41am Top

73) Nicht verzweifeln - beten! by Helga Anton. Helga is a professional woman of prayer. She tells about her experiences she made in her life with prayer. How often she prayed for the sick or lonely or depressed and experienced a powerful intervention by God. In this book she also tells of her deadly sickness when she water on the lung and several heart attracks. A very herlpful, councelling book.



first published 2003 in German

155paulstalder
Edited: Jun 30, 3:15pm Top


a popcorn with a tambourine


popcorn dancer

156paulstalder
Edited: Jun 30, 3:15pm Top


an elderly popcorn


a praying popcorn

157paulstalder
Edited: Jun 30, 3:16pm Top


a waving popcorn

158paulstalder
Edited: Jun 30, 3:43pm Top


I made some black garlic - three weeks cooking in the rice cooker makes them black, sweet and sticky :)

159charl08
Jun 30, 3:43pm Top

3 weeks?! Continuously? It must taste very nice to be worth it.

160paulstalder
Edited: Jun 30, 4:03pm Top

>159 charl08: yes, there are people who let them only 12 or 14 days in the cooker. They look 'nicer' then but I think that the taste is not as good as mine :) . They have a sweetish and smooth taste - and the transpiration the next is almost zero. My colleagues could never tell, when I ate garlic or not :) . The trouble is that they become quite sticky and when taking off the skin, you get black fingers :)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_garlic

161paulstalder
Jul 1, 4:44am Top


black garlic

162paulstalder
Jul 1, 5:41am Top

statistics for June

2142 pages, 14 books,

12 books were written in German, in 2 English, and 0 in Swiss German

nationalities: CH 5, D 3, F , CDN , GB 2, USA 2, NL , A 1, IL 1

dead 5, alive 9
male 5, female 9

oldest 1928, newest 2018 (book, my copy)
oldest 1928, newest 2018 (work, first published)

I added 43 books to my collections

163thornton37814
Jul 1, 11:16am Top

Happy July, Paul! Hope the month is filled with good reads!

164paulstalder
Jul 1, 11:56am Top

>163 thornton37814: thanks for the good wishes, Lori

165SqueakyChu
Edited: Jul 1, 12:18pm Top

>156 paulstalder: Those popcorn pics are hilarious. I like the elderly popcorn the best. Blue ribbon!

>158 paulstalder: Darryl (kidzdoc) cooks with black garlic. You'll have to tell him how it's made. It's really expensive in my (organic food only) grocery store. It's about $10/pound.

166paulstalder
Jul 1, 2:28pm Top

>165 SqueakyChu: and I pay 40 Swiss cents per bulb, well and the electricity for 3 weeks

167paulstalder
Edited: Jul 5, 11:08am Top

I made some pictures from St. Paul's Church in Basel, built 1898-1901 by the architect Karl Moser




the archangel Michael defeating the dragon/snake

168paulstalder
Jul 5, 11:11am Top


a lion's face


the architect put his name in the middle arch : M O S ER

169paulstalder
Jul 5, 11:13am Top


the big window with Christ in the middle, surrounded by the four evangelists

170paulstalder
Jul 6, 5:11am Top

74) Theo Tonnentier und das grosse Hennenrennen by Betina Gotzen-Beek. The cows and the hens were quarreling over the question: what is more important: milk or eggs? So Theo decided to organize some sports games in order to settle the questions. But the race ends in a draw ... A lovely children's story with animals, and many little details by the illustrator.



first published 2013 in German

171paulstalder
Edited: Jul 6, 5:27am Top


the racing


fighting hens and cows

172paulstalder
Edited: Jul 6, 5:36am Top

75) Faroe-Islander saga : a new English translation by Robert K. Painter. This is a new translation of the old Icelandsic saga, Faereyinga saga, written in 13th century. It tells the story of the first settlers on these islands and the dealing with the Norwegians, who ruled in the Faroe islands then. It is basically a story of power and war: the battle between Sigmundur Brestirsson and Thrandur of Göta and their families. Interesting reading



first published 2016 in English

173charl08
Jul 6, 5:50am Top

>160 paulstalder: I had no idea. Learning all the time :-)

174paulstalder
Jul 6, 5:59am Top

>173 charl08: that's why we are part of LT, always learning from each other :)

I started a new cooker full of garlic bulbs - now the whole balcony is smelly ...

175thornton37814
Jul 6, 8:10am Top

Interesting architecture up there!

176kidzdoc
Edited: Jul 6, 4:58pm Top

I haven't tried any recipes that include black garlic yet, but there are a couple in Ottolenghi Simple that call for it. As I mentioned on my thread I do own a functional Japanese rice cooker that I haven't used in years, so I can use it to prepare black garlic later this month.

I watched this YouTube instructional video on making it. I think she cooked hers for two weeks. I have a protected patio, so I'll give it a try outdoors starting next Saturday.

https://youtu.be/L0Lwqp7Rkhw

177FAMeulstee
Jul 6, 5:32pm Top

>172 paulstalder: Congratulations on reaching 75, Paul!

178SirThomas
Jul 7, 6:01am Top

75 books YAY!
Congratulations on reaching the great milestone, Paul.
>155 paulstalder: - >157 paulstalder: edible arts with imagination - I love the idea.
The black garlic sounds great - it could be a reason to buy a rice cooker.
>167 paulstalder: - >169 paulstalder: beautiful pictures, thank you.
I wish you a wonderful sunday.

179thornton37814
Jul 7, 2:41pm Top

Congrats on 75!

180quondame
Jul 7, 5:17pm Top

75 congratulations Paul!

181drneutron
Jul 8, 10:49am Top

Congrats!

182paulstalder
Jul 9, 7:05am Top

>175 thornton37814: yes, it is worthwhile having a close look. Moser used different patterns for the different windows, pillars and towers

>176 kidzdoc: go ahead and try it out. I 'killed' another rice cooker by cooking the garlic because the thing didn't have a button 'keep warm' :(

>177 FAMeulstee: thanks Anita

183paulstalder
Jul 9, 7:08am Top

>178 SirThomas: thanks, Thomas, for the praise of my pictures :)
I had to eat two bowls full of popcorn to find these few presentable popcorns :)

>179 thornton37814: >180 quondame: >181 drneutron: thank you very much

184paulstalder
Jul 9, 7:19am Top

We have here an interesting exhibition of photographs of Jerusalem. One of the deaconesses is a good photographer and often travels to Israels. This time she exhibits about 30 pictures under the title 'Faces of Jerusalem'





185paulstalder
Edited: Jul 9, 7:27am Top

76) "Gesichter Jerusalems" : Fotografien von Schwester Sabine Höffgen ; Begleitheft zur Ausstellung 30. November 2018 bis 15. August 2019 by Sabine Höffgen. Sister Sabine has a good eye for catching lively impressions of everyday life in Jerusalem. The booklet also contains a bit of the history of the Diakonissenhaus Riehen and contributions by different people who lived and/or still live in Jerusalem, and Nomi Shemer's text of the song 'Yerushalayim shel Zahav'.
The exhibition is really worth it.



first published 2018 in German in Switzerland

186kidzdoc
Jul 9, 8:17am Top

>182 paulstalder: Will do! I'll let you know how it goes.

187Ameise1
Jul 21, 4:52am Top

Congrats on reaching 75, Paul. Wishing you a wonderful Sunday.

188charl08
Jul 21, 8:26am Top

Congrats on the 75 Paul. The Israel exhibit of photos looks impressive.

Hope you've not gone off popcorn with all the searching for photographic ones!

189quondame
Jul 21, 2:57pm Top

Congratulations on reading 75 books!

190paulstalder
Edited: Jul 25, 4:02am Top

>186 kidzdoc: I just blackened my next load of garlic - good results.

>187 Ameise1: thanks, Barbara

>188 charl08: I ate some more popcorn, Charlotte, without taking pictures of them :)

>189 quondame: thanks, Susan

191paulstalder
Edited: Jul 25, 4:08am Top

I have been away some time. One week I was sailing around the Lake of Constance (Bodensee). That was a great experience. It's the first time I have been on a sailing yacht. I didn't read much during that time, but I found a great book café in Lindau (Bavaria) https://www.librarything.com/venue/113470/Buchcaf%C3%A9-Augustin. A bit similar to Tmol Shilshom in Jerusalem https://www.librarything.com/venue/19939/Tmol-Shilshom-%D7%AA%D7%9E%D7%95%D7%9C-...

Fotos will follow. I made hundreds of pictures and sorted out quite many.

192paulstalder
Edited: Jul 26, 3:11pm Top

one week I was sailing with 4 others on the Bodensee with this boat


our yacht, the Speranza (Hope)




restore.coach, the organisation behind these sailing trips

193paulstalder
Jul 26, 3:13pm Top


looking to the German side


off Constance

194paulstalder
Edited: Jul 26, 3:18pm Top

---


when in harbour you always have to take down your flag; when entering a foreign harbour you always hoist the flag of the guest country

195paulstalder
Jul 26, 3:21pm Top


sunrise


sunrise


full moon


sun set --- somebody putting his feet in front of my lenses

196paulstalder
Jul 26, 3:24pm Top


the harbour of Lindau -- with the largest light house in a European lake


our skipper and me drinking some wine on the last evening

197kidzdoc
Jul 27, 6:48am Top

Great photos, Paul!

198paulstalder
Jul 27, 3:37pm Top

Thanks, Darryl

199Ameise1
Jul 29, 7:33am Top

Wonderful photos, Paul. I guess it was better being on the lake with these hot temps.

200paulstalder
Jul 29, 8:10am Top

>199 Ameise1: Thanks Barbara. Luckily it wasn't so hot then. At least once a day we stopped the yacht and went swimming.

201Ameise1
Jul 29, 8:42am Top

>200 paulstalder: Sounds good. :-)

202SirThomas
Jul 29, 11:53am Top

Wonderful photos, Paul.
One of our next trips has to go back to Bodensee. I had completely forgotten how beautiful it is there.

203charl08
Jul 29, 11:53am Top

Glad to hear you had a good break. The book cafe sounds amazing!

204paulstalder
Jul 30, 3:20am Top

>201 Ameise1: It felt good :)

>202 SirThomas: Thanks, Thomas. The Bodensee has many nice places to visit, that's for sure

>203 charl08: I had a poppy and raspberry cake. And they have about 30 mugs for tea, so, chose your tea bag and your mug and go to the counter to get the hot water :) they also have some coffee table books in the washrooms

205paulstalder
Jul 30, 3:42am Top

77) Die Geschichte der Bodenseeschiffahrt um Lindau by Werner Dobras. There were ships crossing the Bodensee already when the Romans arrived. The Bavarian Lindau, as an island, had early on a harbour and since the 17th century a Lindauer family had the sole right of transporting goods and persons from Lindau to other harbours. Lindau created some kind of monopole for shipping, no other ships were allowed to load or unload goods without paying a lot of many to the shipping company. So, when the steamboat era started, the sail shipping company of Lindau very much prevented steamboats from landing in Lindau. So the staemboat companies started in Konstanz and Friedrichshafen and Lindau fell behind economically. Later the Swiss founded a steamboat company and the Austrians as well. Today Lindau is still an important harbour but basically for transporting passengers and private yachting. Lindau has the biggest lighthouse in inland waters in Europe. The entrance of the harbour is also famous for its stone lion (6 m high, on a podium looking into the lake).



first published 1994 in German

206paulstalder
Jul 30, 4:24am Top

78) Die krasse Geschichte einer ungewöhnlichen Freundschaft by Susanne Wittpennig. The 14-year-old Maya grows up well protected in a rich family. She is very good in school but unpopular in her class. The other kids mock her quite often. Then one day the best looking boy in town is transfered from another school because of misbehaviour there. His clothes are torn and he behaves so cool. He was born in Sicily and doesn't know his father. His twin brother is on drugs. And he comes to sit next to Maya.... A romantic coming of age novel for young adults. About being oneself and looking at the heart of a person and not just on the outer role one plays, and about friendship and trust.



first published 2004 in German in Switzerland

207paulstalder
Jul 30, 4:47am Top

79) Die kleine Spinne Widerlich by Diana Amft. Widerlich (Disgusting) is a little spider who wants to know why humans are afraid of them. She goes round and asks different other spiders. She ends up with the idea that people are basically afraid of things they don't know - if people would know more about spiders, they would not be afraid of them. ... Nice little picture book



first published 2011 in German

208paulstalder
Edited: Aug 1, 9:58am Top

80) Der Schreiber : Roman ; Silas by Francine Rivers. A biographical novel about Silas, the companion of the Apostles Paul and Peter. The author used all the smallest hints in the New Testament in order to create quite a good picture of Silas, and added some aspects which could be possible.



first published 2007 in English

209Ameise1
Aug 1, 4:42am Top



Hi Paul, I wish you a nice 1st of August. I know Basel had its fireworks yesterday. For years, we are once again at home on a national holiday. But we will take it easy, a fine dinner with my mother-in-law in our garden and for the fireworks spectacle will provide all the others in the area.

210thornton37814
Aug 1, 8:31am Top

>208 paulstalder: That type novel was quite popular in the 1970s. A lady in our church used to pass her copies on to my grandmother, and I'd usually read them while I was at her house.

211paulstalder
Aug 1, 10:51am Top

>209 Ameise1: thanks, Barbara, same to you :)
I have stayed put yesterday and heard the fireworks indoors. I noticed that there were far less rockets than in the previous years, but many more vulcano fireworks were fired. Tomorrow I will celebrated my mother's 89th birthday in the Schiff in Rheinfelden.

>210 thornton37814: there are such novels about Biblical figures around here, too. some are very good, others are superficial. Francine Rivers takes some liberties about identifying Silas with the rich young man who turned away saddened because he wanted to keep his riches ... well, it could have been him.

212Ameise1
Aug 1, 11:48am Top

>211 paulstalder: Congratulations to your mother. Enjoy the lunch with her.

213paulstalder
Edited: Aug 1, 1:12pm Top

81) I escaped the California Camp Fire : California's deadliest wildfire by Scott Peters. 14-year-old Troy and his younger sister stay alone at home when their parents enjoy an evening out - hooray for junk food and tv. But later in the night they realize that the power is gone - no light but fire in the distance and text messages about a fire and he should get out of there as soon as possible. He put his sister and the pets in the car and did his best driving the car out of town. But the fire jumped them ...

A nice, readable story of a young teenager doing some good thinking and so saving himself and his sister from the deadliest fire ever.

There are some statistics about the fire at the end of the book.



first published 2019 in English

my first Early Reviewer review

214paulstalder
Aug 1, 3:00pm Top

statistics for July

934 pages, 8 books,

6 books were written in German, in 2 English, and 0 in Swiss German

nationalities: CH 1, D 4, F , CDN , GB , USA 3, NL , A , IL

dead , alive 8
male 3, female 5

oldest 1994, newest 2019 (book, my copy)
oldest 1994, newest 2019 (work, first published)

I added 77 bookmarks and 34 books to my collections

215paulstalder
Edited: Aug 1, 3:35pm Top

special treat at the Tattoo Basel 2019: the Canadiana Highland Dancers dance to music by the Red Hot Chili Pipers from England

and a good piece by a pontoon bridge regiment from the Ukraine

the Kilgore College Rangerettes from Texas together with the US Army Europe band and chorus

the 22-year-old Lisa Stoll with her alphorn - just great

a group of pokemons dancing to music by the Red Hot Chili Pipers

Top Secret Drum Corps !!

217paulstalder
Aug 2, 4:26am Top

82) Die drei gerechten Kammmacher : Novelle by Gottfried Keller. There lives a just comb maker in Seldwyla. He is industrious, modest, and very content. He doesn't complain about the poor wages he gets nor the meager food he gets. Then two other such hard and modest working men appear and they all stay content in the same room. Till one day the youngest thinks of marrying ...
A story Gottfried Keller told to show that it is impossible to live in peace together when there are upright people living together in close circumstances. First published in 1856, so the style is a tedious at times, but it is a rewarding read for showing how similar characters start to rub against each other.



first published 1856 in German in Switzerland

218SqueakyChu
Edited: Aug 2, 11:09pm Top

Congrats on reaching 75 books, Paul.

>213 paulstalder: Sadly, I have a very dear friend who lived in Paradise, California and had to evacuate during the Camp Fire. Her home wasn't burned because it's made of adobe and has a tile roof, However, her husband was not well at the time of their escape. I heard they've returned to their home in a changed and empty community. I have to write to her this week to see how she's faring. I don't call because I'm hard of hearing. I hope things are going okay for her now.

So happy to know you are now an Early Reviewer! :D

I have gotten some pretty terrific books from this LT program. I also made friends with a publisher (Andrew Gifford of sfwp.com) just from having read a book his uncle wrote years ago that I received as an Early Reviewer. Now he mails me books directly! I try to review them myself or pass them along to other readers in my BookCrossing meetup group.

219paulstalder
Aug 3, 5:11am Top

>218 SqueakyChu: Thanks Madeline

It was a dramatic read and from what I read elsewhere that fire must been devastating.

It is a pity, they do ship books to Germany but not to Switzerland, so I am 'stuck' with ebooks. I have no kindle nor any other device, so I have to read these books on my laptop, which is not 'reading' to me :)
I should have received another ebook as well, but that was not sent to me (yet?).

220Ameise1
Aug 3, 5:38am Top

>219 paulstalder: I've got a kindle years ago from my inlaws due to Early reviews. I prefer real books but during the last two years I use my ereader much more because of travelling.

221SqueakyChu
Edited: Aug 3, 11:20am Top

>219 paulstalder: Yeah.I hear you about e-reading. My daughter gave me a Kindle, and said I'd like it better than I thought I would. i used it to read a few books; then I slowly gravitated back to real books. Now I can't remember when I last read an e-book, nor do I have much of a desire to do so. Maybe that might also have something to do with the slow deterioration in my vision (nothing dramatic, only growing cataracts), but I think print is easier on my eyes than screen. Anyway, I spend way too much time on my desktop and my iPhone as it is. Real print seems so much gentler.

I think it's very kind of you to read those ER books for LT publishers. It means a lot to writers. Andrew Gifford says he prefers reviews from people like us rather than from the "professionals" who are paid to review books just prior to or at the time of their release. I can only think of one real "dud" of a book (about Israel, interestingly enough) that I ever received from LT ER. Most of the books were good to great. A few were simply outstanding. The first of those that comes to mind was the book is. I Shall Not Hate by Izzeldin Abuelaish which you would probably also love. It's a book of tolerance and brotherhood in a time of stress and hatred.

>220 Ameise1: I prefer to read real books during travel because, as a BookCrosser, I just leave the finished books at the place where I finish reading them! :D Not only that...I often bring an excess of books on trips to place in book boxes or Little Free Libraries. :D
https://www.bookcrossing.com

222paulstalder
Aug 5, 3:43am Top

>220 Ameise1: Maybe I should tell my kids to get me a kindle for Christmas and I would probably use it (if I'll get another early review book, that is). Having less weight to carry around is definitely an advantage. It is also easier to read in twilight or even nighttime because the ereader has its own light source.

>221 SqueakyChu: I would miss a paper book - the feel of it, the turning of the pages ... but if get it as a gift ...

I don't feel competent about reviewing books. When people ask me what books I would recommend, I always hesitate. I read because of reading, well sometimes I want to learn something. When reading I notice sometimes the world view / faith of the author and the integrity of the characters - and to put that into a review is too much for me, I cannot express these so well (coherent).

223paulstalder
Aug 5, 4:02am Top

83) Sez Ner : Romanisch und Deutsch by Arno Camenisch. Four men are living on the alp below the Piz Sezner (in the Grisons). One sommer they take care of the cows and the pigs of the community from the valley below. The author tells about everyday situations of the senn, the second senn, the cowherd and the swineherd. The making of cheese, the tracing of a run-away-cow, the cooking, the different utensils they use and mend (or lose), the visits of the farmers and tourists. These are all written in small paragraphs, the time that has passed between paragraphs may vary from a minute to several days, connections are lose, all given in short, concise sentences. The whole book is printed in Romansh (Raeto-Romanien) and German on facing pages each.
It was fun to try to read aloud the Romansh part - and then compare it with the German. Somebody called the novel 'a festival of languages'.



first published 2009 in Romansh and German in Switzerland

224PaulCranswick
Aug 5, 8:02pm Top

>222 paulstalder: My wife bought me a Kindle, Paul, and although I liked loading it with books, I didn't feel it could take the place of a paper book. The reading experience is just not the same for me.

225paulstalder
Aug 6, 3:23am Top

>224 PaulCranswick: yes, I guess Suki would have liked to get me a kindle if only I would bring less books home :) Space is the only advantage of such a devise I can see in my case. Reading a paper book is much more fun, 'experience' for me.

226paulstalder
Aug 6, 3:24am Top



seen in Lindau :)

227SirThomas
Aug 6, 5:37am Top

>226 paulstalder: I love it.
Such advertising is great.

>222 paulstalder: >224 PaulCranswick: >225 paulstalder: I love paper books, too.
But there are situations where an ebook-reader is useful, especially on holiday.

228paulstalder
Aug 6, 6:10am Top

>227 SirThomas: there is another advertisement on the other side of the window saying: 'Shock them even more - you have been to a bookstore !'

229figsfromthistle
Aug 6, 7:48am Top

I as well prefer paper books. I enjoy going to the bookstore and perusing the shelves :)

230SqueakyChu
Aug 6, 10:30am Top

>222 paulstalder: It's pretty cool to write reviews. Think of it this way. It's what you liked or did not like about a book that is a note to yourself so that whenever you aren't quite sure about a book, you can refer back to what you wrote as a reminder to YOURSELF!

That is actually how I started writing reviews. I kept them on my PC (back in the very early days of the internet and the personal computer) because someone suggested that I write myself notes about what I completed reading. Ar first, I thought that sounded silly. Then I started doing it and used those notes to help me recommend books to others.

Sometimes I've forgotten about a book completely. My notes told me whether or not I even liked it.

Then along came LT. I started writing (er, sharing) reviews in order to see if I could win an ER book. My reviews were really for me., I was simply sharing them with others.

What you write on your thread are reviews. If you add them to the book's page, you share your thoughts more widely with other LTers and can even have the chance to win more ER books. Y

Think about it! Just write to YOURSELF!

231quondame
Aug 6, 4:03pm Top

>208 paulstalder: In English 'The Scribe' statifies August TIOLI 6: Read a book with an inside part of the body in the title!

232paulstalder
Aug 6, 4:34pm Top

> 229 That's definitely an adventure I do not want to miss! Especially coming across a free book case or library and getting something which I'd never had looked at in a bookstore ... there are true trouvailles to find. There is just no free-kindle-shelve on the road somewhere, is there?

>230 SqueakyChu: I started to write reviews here in LT, too, Madeline. I just wanted to give a short note what I liked about the book and to keep a note for further reference when I need to refresh my memory, similar as you did.

But I never regarded these remarks as reviews :) One thing is, I don't like to comment on questions of style and comparisons with other authors, books or genres.

Let's see what comes along. I apply again for one or two ebooks this month and I will read them, and review them as good as I can.

>231 quondame: Thanks for the hint, Susan. But can I enter the challenge with the original title and not with the title I read? So far, I always entered the title of the book in the language I read it in. You think, it's possible to enter the other language's title?

233quondame
Aug 6, 7:36pm Top

>232 paulstalder: Check with Citizenjoyce, I think Anita may have done so for other challenges, though maybe a word in the name wasn't at issue. It seems good to me, but I've had ideas that seemed just as good bounced.

234SqueakyChu
Aug 6, 9:08pm Top

>232 paulstalder: Since it is a review, as long as you comment what you liked and did not like about a book, that’s all you need. After all, you’re not a paid professional book critic writing for a national magazine! :D

235paulstalder
Aug 7, 3:10am Top

>233 quondame: Thanks, I will ask Citizenjoyce

>234 SqueakyChu: I am pleased not to have to do that for payment. It would change my attitude to my reading, I guess.

237paulstalder
Yesterday, 1:08pm Top

84) Pachinko by Min Jin Lee. Sunja lives with her mother on a small island off Busan in South Korea. Then a rich fish broker seduces her and she gets pregnant, but because he has a wife in Japan already, she refuses to have anything to do with him anymore. Then pastor Isac from the north comes a long and has pity on her and her unborn child. He marries her in order to save her the shame of giving birth as an unmarried woman. Then they move to Japan where Isac serves in a Christian Korean church in Osaka. That was in 1933.She gives birth to Noa and then another boy, Mozasu. Noa studies law, Mozasu starts in the Pachinko, gambling business. ... An epic family story about Koreans living in Japan, being treated as second class.



first published 2017 in English

Even today, the Koreans born in Japan are still treated as foreigners and it is diffcult for them to find decent jobs. During the occupation of Korea by the Japanese, the Japanese forbid the use of Korean (script and words), and forced the Koreans to accept Japanese sounding names. Koreans born in Japan have still to register at the foreigner's office for a permit to stay when the become 14, giving also their fingerprints, and have to repeat that process every 3 or 4 years.

Pachinko is a gambling game. There are metallic balls following down the machine, hitting different obstacles and then - hopefully - fall into a special hole, giving the player additional balls. He then can use them again or change them for goods or money.

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85) Denn am Sabbat sollst du ruhen : Roman by Batya Gur. An elderly psychoanalyst is found dead in the Psychoanalytical Institute in Jerusalem. She came earyl to the Institute because she was about to give a special lecture to all the members of this training institute. Chief Inspector Michael Ohayon is called in. Only members of the society have access to the premises, the revolver belongs to one of these members, and, the paper the analyst wanted to read is nowhere to find ... A pretty well written whodunnit by this Israeli author. It's the first mystery introducing Michael Ohayon, smoker and coffee addicted, divorced police man. Many characters and a lot of psychoanalytical talk.



first published 1989

The Hebrew title is similar to the English, but there the hint about Sabbath/Saturday is lost. The German title translates as 'Then you should rest on a Sabbath'. The whole mystery never mentions why there is almost no traffic on a Saturday and so on, the Jews in the book are all secular.

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