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Carsten (ctpress) Take and Read 2019

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Danish artist Anna Ancher, 1891.

I'm living in Copenhagen, Denmark. Working as a journalist and I'm almost always reading some classic. But new literature will slip through.

Currently reading:

The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Confessions by Augustine
21 kyrkofäder by Peter Halldorf (21 Church Fathers)

Edited: May 10, 2019, 4:14am

Books read

1. The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien (1954) reread (audiobook) 5/5
2. Kristendommens jødiske Rødder by Oskar Skarsaune (The Jewish Roots of Christianity) 3/5

3. The House at Pooh Corner by A. A. Milne (1928) 4,5/5
4. Mærk Gud af Henrik Højlund (2013) 4/5
5. The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien (1955) reread (audiobook) 5/5
6. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole (1980) 3,5/5 (audiobook)
7. Heidi by Johanna Spyri (1880) 4/5 (reread) - audiobook

Dec 29, 2018, 9:53pm

Welcome back!

Dec 30, 2018, 5:40am

Thanks, Jim. Hope I will be more active on LT in 2019.

Dec 31, 2018, 3:00am

Happy New Year Carsten!

Dec 31, 2018, 4:06am

Happy New one Carsten. Hope 2019 is a good year for you. I will be following along.

Dec 31, 2018, 11:08am

Happy reading in 2019, Carsten!

Dec 31, 2018, 7:37pm

Happy New Year Rachel, Charlotte and Anita.

Jan 1, 2019, 8:11pm

Wishing you great reading n 2019!

Jan 2, 2019, 3:55am

Thanks Mary. It can only get better this year, after my bookslump last year.

Jan 2, 2019, 6:16am

Happy 2019
A year full of books
A year full of friends
A year full of all your wishes realised

I look forward to keeping up with you, Carsten, this year.

Jan 2, 2019, 10:34am

And a happy new year to you, Paul. Hope that there will be more to keep up with on this thread this year.

Jan 4, 2019, 7:41am

Happy New Year, Carsten! Great to see you back. I intend to be back shortly, once I get a few more things in my life in order. The House at Pooh Corner, that sounds like fun. I read about the turmoil at your workplace last year, and I'm glad to see that you survived that. Take care my friend.

Jan 5, 2019, 4:20am

And a Happy New Year to you, Deborah. Great to hear you're planning on a new thread on LT. Hope you are able to get things in order in your life - I know you have been having a hard time on the home/family front, so I wish you a happier and blessed 2019.

The workflow has changed in this new year at work, you could say a demotion of sorts, at least less responsibility, which actually means less stress, better working hours, same pay, so it's not a bad deal at all :)

Oh, I enjoy The House at Pooh Corner - got it as an old hardback in a second-hand bookshop in Scotland last summer. Edition from 1942. Someone probably got this in their hands during the war. Watched the new movie Christopher Robin a few days ago, and it renewed my fondness for Pooh and the rest of the gang. Not perfect, but perfectly nostalgic.

Edited: Jan 19, 2019, 4:05am

1. The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien (1954) reread (audiobook narrated by Rob Inglis) 5/5

I can't overstate the importance of Rob Inglis' narration for the Lord of the Rings-trilogy. It's a joy to reread and for the first time listen to this saga.

Jan 19, 2019, 4:05am

2. Kristendommens jødiske Rødder by Oskar Skarsaune (The Jewish Roots of Christianity) 3/5

I’m reading a bit about the first centuries of Christianity - a fascinating time where the church had to define itself, specially how to understand who Jesus was, and how to identify itself with the mixed jewish/gentile Christians.

This book show how Christianity was very much influenced by judaism in the first century. Quite scholarly at times.

Jan 19, 2019, 7:46pm

Carsten, it's fabulous to see you! You do love your Tolkien, don't you! Kristendommens jødiske Rødder does sound quite scholarly, but interesting. Thinking about The House at Pooh Corner is interesting . I never done a re read, but I'll bet there is a lot of wisdom in the pages that I missed as a child.

Yes, 2018 was not really my year and there is a lot going on so far in 2019, but I am hoping it will be a better year. I wish you the very best too, Carsten!

Jan 19, 2019, 8:01pm

One of the oldest books that I have is The House at Pooh Corner that was my mother's when she was a child. It is falling apart, but I would not part with it for anything.

Jan 20, 2019, 4:40am

Wishing you a lovely Sunday, Carsten.

Jan 21, 2019, 5:13am

Deborah - Oh, yes, as a grand epic story nothing comes close to Lord of the Rings for me. I'm already near the end of Return of the King. The wisdom of Pooh is so understated, and I chuckle a lot. There are so many life lessons here on friendship and the enjoyment of everyday blessings.

Stasia - I understand that - hold on to that one. I just got an old copy of Winnie-the-Pooh, so I have both in old hardback copies.

Paul - Thanks - I had to work this weekend, but it was a nice quiet weekend and nothing big happening in the news.

Jan 21, 2019, 7:21am

Glad to read you had a nice quiet weekend - >20 ctpress: "Nothing big happening in the news". This report makes me want to move. Although no freedom of movement, so that's off the cards...

Jan 21, 2019, 8:15am

Charlotte - Ha, ha, yes that sentence is quite a relief these days. I guess you have been sick and tired of all the Brexit-quarrels for a long time. Watched the voting in the House of Commons the other night. Sad. Disheartening. We have a Danish election coming up probably this spring, so there will be a lot of politics on the menu this year with Brexit continuing as well.

Jan 22, 2019, 8:57pm

Canada also has a federal election coming up in the fall. I like our current PM , so I hope we aren't going to go " blue' with the Conservative party. Ugh. Watching the voting the British House of Commons had me confused for few moments. When the speaker of the house ( I think it is) counts the votes he says " Ayes Right , No's Left" and initially I thought he meant " Eye's Right and Nose Left." I'm not sure how we announce votes in our parliament, but I think we just called them " yes votes " not " ayes - or eyes.

Yes, the world is all kind of crazy right now. Trump in the USA, Brexit , Canada's hassles with the Trump administration. Oh let me just go read a good book.

Jan 23, 2019, 7:05am

>22 ctpress: It's always reassuring when you turn on the breakfast news and the banner headline is BREXIT CRISIS...

>23 vancouverdeb: I love this image of all the MPs with their eyes crossed and noses pointing...

Jan 23, 2019, 5:02pm

Deborah - Ha, ha, I had the exact same misunderstanding. Took me a while before sorting those eyes out. It was my favorite video-clip from that day.."Ayes to the.....OOOORRRRRDDEEEERRR!!!!!! Ayes to the Right...." It certainly looks bleak at the moment with all the political turmoil.

Charlotte - yes, something doesn't change these days - a neverending crisis.

Edited: Jan 23, 2019, 10:45pm

Oh I'm glad it was not just me, Carsten! I was so perplexed for a while. I'm not sure we do in parliament when they have a vote. I think you just hold up your hand for "yes" or "all in favour", and then a second vote for those against a motion. I don't think in Canada we use the word " Aye" for yes. That's "pirate talk" to we in Canada ;-)

Jan 25, 2019, 6:19pm

Deborah - In Denmark it's mostly a boring push a button. No aye or yes (or not). I'm not sure what to think of the debate in UK. I like the Danish small banter, but the loud yelling during speeches in the House of Commons must be annoying to a debate in the long run - but also i respect the lively debate.

Like this classic Bercow:

Jan 26, 2019, 12:58am

Bercow is really a drama artist, yes. Our current speaker of the house is quite calm and impartial for the most part. Our parliament can get quite heated and raucous too,but in part I think that is for the camera. Wow! I can't believe you have push button voting in your parliament. Very discreet. Our MP's vote by standing for Yea or Nay and get counted and I think names area also recorded.

Jan 27, 2019, 10:31pm

Yes, Deborah - push a button is very discreet, although not anonymous, it's recorded - the debates in parliament are usually quite boring and very polite, so it's something to see a different culture of debate in UK.

Jan 27, 2019, 11:02pm

Don't waste your time watching this whole thing, but in Canada, parliamentary debates can get pretty heated. But I think a lot of the time, yes, it's pretty boring. At least of speaker of the house is very calm. A heated exchange in Canadian Parliament.

Jan 28, 2019, 4:40pm

Certainly a lot more lively and heated than I've ever seen a Danish parliament - although your speaker is no match for Bercow. He has to practice a lot more on his loud "order" :)

Feb 5, 2019, 8:36pm

I am a fan of Bercow, I must say, because he has taken Parliamentary theatre to the next level. Wonderful drama some of the Brexit debates whatever your views on the matter.

Feb 12, 2019, 10:25am

Paul - they are indeed a spectacle for an outsider like me. We hold our breath and hope for the best for UK.

Feb 12, 2019, 10:34am

3. The House at Pooh Corner by A. A. Milne (1928) 4,5/5

“Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind.
"Pooh!" he whispered.
"Yes, Piglet?"
"Nothing," said Piglet, taking Pooh's paw. "I just wanted to be sure of you.”

Feb 12, 2019, 10:52am

4. Mærk Gud af Henrik Højlund (2013) 4/5

Translated into English: "Feel God" - Danish Lutheran priest Henrik Højlund writes about how we experience God - "feel God" in our everyday life. A book on spirituality for everyone I would say. Very direct and accessible. Not translated into English.

Feb 12, 2019, 1:04pm

>33 ctpress: Yup, holding my breath in the UK too!

>34 ctpress: Lovely quote. So touching.

Feb 13, 2019, 3:51am

Charlotte - Yes. It's those little moments of wisdom and love and friendship that makes the Winnie-the-Pooh-world so great.

Feb 13, 2019, 11:02pm

Bercow is quite something. Before the Trump administration, the USA ( not the Americans here on LT) used to be our friends. We also counted on the UK. The world order is toppling, I fear. I think if I was Theresa May, I'd just retire quietly in the background. She did not call the referendum and what a thankless task.

The House At Pooh Corner sounds like a wonderful, warm escape. Great quotations.

Glad you enjoyed Maerk Gud. It sounds lovely.

Feb 16, 2019, 5:15am

Deborah - I can't figure out Theresa May. From the beginning she should have had a clearer mandate that a majority could support and then tried to get the best deal in negotiations with EU. But now it's a total mess. No deal seems likely at this point.

With Trump freewheelin', trade wars, Brexit, Merkel on the way out, Macron in trouble there's no sign of stability any time soon.

Winnie-the-Pooh did me good :)

Edited: Feb 16, 2019, 5:31am

5. The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien (1955) reread (audiobook narrated by Rob Inglis) 5/5

One of the major differences between the brilliant movie version and the novel is the ending. There still awaits some fighting when the hobbits return to the shire. This I couldn't remember - but it was interesting to follow the Fellowship of the Ring departing one by one until the hobbits were left. And what a poetic dreamlike ending of the novel. Wow.

Feb 16, 2019, 7:52pm

I think Ms. May made a huge mistake going to the country to increase her mandate and then perform/ campaign so badly that she lost what little mandate she had.

It is heartwarming to see posts like yours, Carsten, actually wishing the UK well, as I get the impression that some of the Eurocrats in Brussels are actually revelling in the discomfiture. I don't see what the problem is with the Irish border issue. Neither side wants a "hard border" so the EU should just step back and recognise the special circumstances between the UK and Ireland. The EEC was formed as a trading community but has evolved into an attempt to govern Europe without representation. We shouldn't have left the EU but it really does need a good old shake up.

Have a great weekend.

Feb 18, 2019, 11:08am

Paul - Yes, the problem is that EU is now too big and too powerful and can regulate too much. I think the internal market or single market is a good thing, but people have grown weary of the many things the EU controls on a daily basis.

We had a similar situation in Denmark many years ago - the vote was "exit" - then we went back and got a deal to be part of EU but with some reservations - like the euro and defence and legal and some other things we are not part of. It was a clever move by our government and it worked - the new deal got a yes in Denmark. But that sort of thing can't work today.

I'm still scratching my head about Ireland border and backstop and what not. It's very confusing :)

Feb 20, 2019, 4:48pm

>39 ctpress: I can't figure out Theresa May To me she seems like someone with an old fashioned sense of duty - but that has the side effect of extreme stubbornness as she's convinced herself that the only way to fulfil that duty is to deliver on Brexit, even if that means crashing out of the EU with no deal which (virtually) everyone agrees would be disastrous. That's the only explanation I can think of for some of her actions: she can't be enjoying herself at the moment.

We've had small numbers of MPs leaving both the Conservative and Labour parties yesterday and today, but I was listening to an article on the radio on the way home that was suggesting that a no-deal Brexit has the power to completely split both parties.

Feb 24, 2019, 9:16am

Rhian - Difficult to imagine a no-deal Brexit. It wouldn't serve anybody. But of course this has already done immense damage also in UK politics. I imagine the debate will go on for years whether there was enough Brexit or too little Brexit.

Edited: Feb 26, 2019, 11:26am

6. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole (1980) 3,5/5 (audiobook)

Not sure what to make of Ignatius J. Reilly. But this tragicomic satire is hilarious. I don't think I've read a book with a more strange and fascinating character. I can understand that some would be put off by him and throw the book away. I understand those who call it a masterpiece - it won the pulitzer.

Edited: Mar 21, 2019, 2:40pm

Hello Carsten! stopping to drop a star and nod and smile at you enjoyment of Tolkien.

>15 ctpress: >40 ctpress: It's been a couple of years since I listened to Inglis' narration of the entire LOTR trilogy. It is so good. It was also my first experience with the source material. I had seen the films of course. Theodin remains a favorite character of mine and his resistance if Saruman at Orthancis key.

"'We will have peace,' said Théoden at last thickly and with an effort. Several of the Riders cried out gladly.... 'Yes...' he said, now in a clear voice, 'we will have peace, when you and all your works have perished — and the works of your dark master to whom you would deliver us. You are a liar, Saruman, and a corrupter of men's hearts. You hold out your hand to me, and I perceive only a finger of the claw of Mordor.... Even if your war on me was just as it was not... even so, what will you say of your torches in Westfold and the children that lie dead there? And they hewed Háma's body before the gates of the Hornburg, after he was dead. When you hang from a gibbet at your window for the sport of your own crows, I will have peace with you and Orthanc.... A lesser son of great sires am I, but I do not need to lick your fingers. Turn elsewhither. But I fear your voice has lost its charm."

Never have gotten hold of the simplest markups.

Apr 6, 2019, 5:34am

Wishing you a lovely weekend, Carsten.

>42 ctpress: The best way would have been to have been able to modify within the existing framework but the whole thing has gone completely potty. The people voted on a question and decided - the politicians didn't like the result and are now either not keen to put it into practice or cannot decide on how to put it into effect. The result everybody is fed up and frustrated.

We are probably going to end up with the worst of all results - a Brexit so soft that the result is we are out but stuck with all the things most people don't like. There would appear to be no majority for the other extreme either which is no deal. I do think that the catastrophe is overplayed by those against it just as its merits is exaggerated by those who advocate it. I suspect that we would have a difficult interregnum but would find our equilibrium before long. Britain is and will remain a trading nation and Europe still wants to sell its goods to us. I fear though that in the short term, led by the vindictive French, the EU may try to play tough on trade to make an example of us and discourage others from following.

Rhian is right @ >43 SandDune: all sides are split. The politicians of all persuasions have let the populace down.

Apr 6, 2019, 4:15pm

HI Carston. >47 PaulCranswick: Paul so true here in Canada too....."The politicians have let the populace down"!

Apr 23, 2019, 3:57am

Hi Carsten, hope you've had a good Easter break (or if not, that you get to take one soon).

May 10, 2019, 2:39am

A long absence or hiatus - but I still try to come back in normal reading shape before long.

Brodie - Great quote from LOTR. I love Theoden's spirit and determination.

Paul - I agree with your Brexit-analysis. It will be a soft Brexit in the end.

Mary - Sad, but true

Charlotte - Thanks - right now it's a little busy here covering the upcoming election in Denmark next month. Socialist-democrats government coming according to the polls - which will be little change from the present liberal government who is almost unrecognisable from the socialistdemocrat government :)

Edited: May 10, 2019, 3:07am

7. Heidi by Johanna Spyri (1880) 4/5 (reread) - audiobook

Ok, over the top sentimental at times and too moralistic - however I just love Heidi's innocence and sunny optimism - and the infectious effect on all around her - except Fräulein Rottenmeier.

May 10, 2019, 3:11am

* faints away* It is Carsten! We would love you to be back, especially me! Oh, and upcoming election in Denmark next month. I am glad to read that whatever happens will not change things much - providing you are happy with the current government.

Canada's provinces seem to be voting in the Conservatives , which I think is very backwards. No acknowledgment of climate change, or a willingness to pay carbon taxes, a shift towards anti - immigration , and less tolerance for diversity overall. But my province remains left of centre. It will be - well, scary when our next federal election comes up Oct 2019. While our current government is not perfect, a shift to the right would be horrifying to me.

So wonderful to see you Carsten, I imagine you have been very busy following the birth of Master Archie Harrison Sussex. What a surprise with the name!

May 10, 2019, 3:12am

>51 ctpress: I liked Heidi when I was a kid - not sure what age - but I can imagine if I read it now, I would feel as you do.

May 10, 2019, 4:13am

Good to "see" you again, Deborah. Ha, ha, yes I did write a few lines on Master Archie yesterday at work covering our "live news feed" - I guess you had a blast with the pictures of a new royal baby - yes that name was a surprise :)

Nothing substantial will change with a new government. They are competing for the same voters on the middle - climate change is a big issue in the election this time and they all want to appear very green - I think in general Denmark is quite green comparatively and have done a lot (windmills, ecology etc.) (still our farming industry needs to do more).

I'm not too happy with the liberal government as it has been very unliberal in the way it makes laws and prohibitions that target mainly the Muslim population in an effort to reduce immigration. I understand some of it, but mainly it's just harassment and not very sympathetic.

Edited: May 10, 2019, 4:50pm

Carsten it is so nice to see you back. Hope spring is treating you well. I am reading The Almost Nearly Perfect People: Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia a Michael Booth book and Denmark is the first one covered so I'm having fun reading about where you live. Hope all's well.

May 11, 2019, 4:10am

Hi Mary. I'm doing well. Found a Danish translation of the book you mention, and read some pages. This seems to be a fun read - and I might read on - it will be fun to read about the other nordic countries - I think I read somewhere that Finnish people have now surpassed us on the most happy people list and that we're not number one anymore. Well, luckily my mother is from Finland...

Edited: May 11, 2019, 6:39am

I am glad that you found the book and are enjoying it. Daughter #2 is presently living in Iceland so I am looking forward to that section too. I am enjoying his writing style so looked up his other books and Peter is reading the one on Japan right now and really liking it. We visited daughter #1 there years ago when she was living there and were very taken with Tokyo and the culture so thought the book would be a good fit. Super Sushi Ramen Express

May 11, 2019, 1:56pm

I visited Japan some years ago - and would like to go again. Still have fond memories of visiting a ryokan in the mountains with hot springs and all the traditionel Japanese dresses and food. What a great experience. Super Sushi Ramen Express. Great title.

Jul 13, 2019, 7:31pm

Miss your presence Carsten. Hope all is well.

Jul 13, 2019, 8:23pm

Me too, like Paul said! Hope all's well.

Aug 21, 2019, 7:31pm

Paul and Mary - thanks, all is well here - and I've been slowly coming back to reading more, so I hope to be back soon..

This week it's been an entertaining and busy news week - we finally got caught up in Trump-mania - like Canada, GB, Germany, France etc. have been called names - and now Denmark. Our "nasty" prime minister refuses to sell Greenland to USA. Obviously a great insult to Trump. I do think the word "absurd" is the right word.

Aug 21, 2019, 8:54pm

>61 ctpress: Great to see you back posting, Carsten.

Good for your Prime Minister. It is undoubtedly Mr. Trump that is both presumptuous and nasty.

Aug 21, 2019, 10:22pm

So nice to see you Carsten.

Aug 22, 2019, 2:50am

>61 ctpress: I did a double take when I saw that headline. Even for Trump that seemed crazy! (Although bonus that he's not coming to see you any more).
Glad to hear the reading is returning.

Aug 24, 2019, 6:02pm

Carsten I am now addicted to The Legacy aired our local t.v. station. It is doling out episodes one by one and only one per week, so I must wait patiently. The acting is superb, especially Trine Dyrholm and Carsten Bjørnlund!

Sep 6, 2019, 10:19pm

Wishing you a wonderful weekend, Carsten. My eldest daughter and her boyfriend are visiting Denmark soon. There is a possibility that she will seek employment there as he needs to finish his own studies and he may be doing that in Denmark.

Dec 7, 2019, 9:28pm

Missing you around here, Carsten. Do come back soon and update your friends.

Dec 25, 2019, 8:48pm

Thank you for keeping me company in 2019.......onward to 2020.

Dec 26, 2019, 2:17am

Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Dec 31, 2019, 7:49pm

Another resolution is to keep up in 2020 with all my friends on LT. Happy New Year!