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1paulstalder
Aug 25, 2019, 3:08pm

Pictures Suki made in Korea in 2014




me cutting radish, guarded by the dogs

2paulstalder
Edited: Aug 25, 2019, 3:32pm

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
33) Katja Henkelpott by Helmut Sakowski
34) The Lady of the Lake by Walter Scott
35) In Seinen Fussstapfen : "Was würde Jesus thun?" by Charles Monroe Sheldon
36) Das grosse Vorsingen by Luc Foccroulle
37) Frau Giraffe zieht um! by Guido Hammesfahr
38) Busse, ein himmlisches Geschenk : Gott hat Jesus erhöht durch seine Rechte, zu geben Israel Busse. Apostelg. 5, 30. 31 by Georg Steinberger
39) Ein Weiser, ein Kaiser und viel Reis : von der Erfindung des Schachspiels by Paolo Friz
40) Warum Noah eine Arche baute by Marlene Fritsch
41) Zielpunkte besserer Volksernährung by Susanna Müller
42) Tschüss zäme! : ein Dorfkrimi by Achim Parterre
43) Wolken über dem Jordantal by Paul Stalder
44) Stadt am Meer by Joanne Schwartz
45) Am Abend vor dem Meer by Khaled Hosseini
46) Abzählen : Roman by Tamta Melaschwili
47) Mit dem Elefantendoktor in Laos by Olivier Kugler
48) Ueber Zölle und Landwirtschaft : Eine sozialdemokratische Antwort an Dr. Ernst Laur by Hugo Jordi
49) Bretonische Verhältnisse : ein Fall für Kommissar Dupin by Jean-Luc Bannalec
50) Ganz aus Gnaden by Charles Haddon Spurgeon
51) A mercy : a novel by Toni Morrison
53) Ali : ein Kinderbuch by Hans Roelli
54) Die Sehnsucht ihrer Mutter : Roman by Francine Rivers
55) Erinnerungen eines Amerikaschweizers im 19. Jahrhundert by Oswald Studer
56) Zwölf Juden finden den Messias : wie Gott heute unter Juden wirkt by Ben Hoekendijk
57) Das Bauernjahr : 12 Bauernpredigten by Oswald Studer
58) Der Schatten des Golem by Éliette Abécassis
59) A commentary on the second epistle to the Corinthians by Charles K. Barrett
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
61) Carlotta jagt den Coyoten : Roman by Linda Barnes
62) Stella maris by Isabella Feimer
63) Spätsünder : Roman by Alex Gasser
64) Der Missionshund Lumpi by Sheila Groves
65) Broto by Adèle Ellis
66) Liebe pur : Erzählung by Yael Hedaya
67) Noch ist es Zeit : von der dörflichen Enge ins anrüchige Zürcher Niederdorf ; Roman by Rolf Waller
68) fromm und frau : Anfragen zu gestern, Antworten für morgen by Luise Löbbe-Laabs
69) Z'Basel an mym Rhy : Streifzüge durch Basel und die Regio by Johann Jakob Jenny
70) Über den Wolken = Par dessus les nuages : 97 Bilder in Kupferdruck "Incavo" by Eduard Spelterini
71) Nein! Nein! Ich steig' in kein fremdes Auto ein! : ein Bilderbuch für kleine und grosse Leute ab 4 Jahren by Petra Lazik
72) The singing top : tales from Malaysia, Singapore, and Brunei by Margaret Read MacDonald
73) Nicht verzweifeln - beten! by Helga Anton
74) Theo Tonnentier und das grosse Hennenrennen by Betina Gotzen-Beek
75) Faroe-Islander saga : a new English translation by Robert K. Painter
76) "Gesichter Jerusalems" : Fotografien von Schwester Sabine Höffgen ; Begleitheft zur Ausstellung 30. November 2018 bis 15. August 2019 by Sabine Höffgen
77) Die Geschichte der Bodenseeschiffahrt um Lindau by Werner Dobras
78) Die krasse Geschichte einer ungewöhnlichen Freundschaft by Susanne Wittpennig
79) Die kleine Spinne Widerlich by Diana Amft
80) Der Schreiber : Roman ; Silas by Francine Rivers
81) I escaped the California Camp Fire : California's deadliest wildfire by Scott Peters
82) Die drei gerechten Kammmacher : Novelle by Gottfried Keller
83) Sez Ner : Romanisch und Deutsch by Arno Camenisch
84) Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
85) Denn am Sabbat sollst du ruhen : Roman by Batya Gur
86) Elephants can remember by Agatha Christie

3paulstalder
Edited: Aug 25, 2019, 5:03pm

some stats

books added to my libraries
January 104
February 51
March 71
April 38
May 24
June 43
July 34

bookmarks added
July 77

books read by authors:
male 45
female 33
companies/organisations
anthologies 1

dead 24
alive 54
unknown
anthologies 1

nationalities
Switzerland 26
Germany 18
Great Britain 8
Ireland
France 1
Belgium 1
Netherlands 1
Austria 1
Italy 1
Sweden
Finland 1
Norway
Denmark 1
Iceland
Greece 1
Spain 1
Georgia 1

Kanada 1
USA 11
Brazil 1

South Korea 1
Japan
India
Israel 1
Afghanistan 1

Australia
New Zealand

books read: languages first published
Swiss German 3
German 43
French 5
Italian 1
Romansh 1
English 23
Swedish
Finnish 1
Icelandic 1
Spanish 1
Portuguese
Greek 1
Georgian 1

Hebrew 2
Korean 1
Japanese

Brazilian 1

books first published (my editions)
1800-1849 1
1850-1899 5 (1)
1900-1919 2 (4)
1920-1929 1 (1)
1930-1945 1
1946-1959 2 (3)
1960-1969 5 (4)
1970-1979 8 (7)
1980-1989 4 (5)
1990-1999 11 (12)
2000-2009 17 (17)
2010-2019 29 (32)

4paulstalder
Edited: Aug 25, 2019, 4:50pm

countries in which the plot takes place:

A 1 (Stella maris by Isabella Feimer)
Afrika 1 (Frau Giraffe zieht um! by Guido Hammesfahr)
B 1 (Das grosse Vorsingen by Luc Foccroulle)
Brasilien 1 (Die Sternstunde von Clarice Lispector)
Brunei 1 (The singing top : tales from Malaysia, Singapore, and Brunei by Margaret Read MacDonald)
CDN 1 (Stadt am Meer by Joanne Schwartz)
CH 25 (Über den Wolken = Par dessus les nuages by Eduard Spelterini)
-- BE 2 (Tschüss zäme! by Achim Parterre)
-- BL 1 (Es Dänkmool wet i käis by Helene Bossert)
-- BS 3 (Spätsünder by Alex Gasser)
--. GR 1 (Sez Ner : Romanisch und Deutsch by Arno Camenisch)
-- LU 1 (Sturm im alten Turm by Adolf Winiger)
-- VD 2 (Selbst wenn man alles verlieren müsste by Suzy Dind)
-- ZH 4 (Noch ist es Zeit : von der dörflichen Enge ins anrüchige Zürcher Niederdorf by Rolf Waller)
China 1 (Ein Weiser, ein Kaiser und viel Reis : von der Erfindung des Schachspiels by Paolo Friz)
D 9 (Ach, diese Lücke, diese entsetzliche Lücke by Joachim Meyerhoff)
DDR 1 (Doppelte Schuld by Anne Chaplet)
DK 1 (Die schönsten Weihnachtsgeschichten aus Skandinavien by Gitte Haenning)
F 3 (Eskapaden : der achte Fall für Bruno, Chef de police by Martin Walker)
Färöer 1 (Faroe-Islander saga by Robert K. Painter)
GB 4 (The Lady of the Lake by Walter Scott.)
Georgien 1 (Abzählen : Roman by Tamta Melaschwili)
GR 5 (Wieder lügt Odysseus edited by Annette Wassermann)
I 1 (Candido oder ein Traum in Sizilien by Leonardo Sciascia)
IL 7 (Denn am Sabbat sollst du ruhen by Batya Gur)
Indonesien 1 (Broto by Adèle Ellis)
Iran 1 (Ali : ein Kinderbuch by Hans Roelli)
Japan 1 (Pachinko by Min Jin Lee)
KOR 2 (Die Vegetarierin : Roman by Han Kang)
Laos 1 (Mit dem Elefantendoktor in Laos by Olivier Kugler)
Malaysia 1 (The singing top : tales from Malaysia, Singapore, and Brunei by Margaret Read MacDonald)
N 1 (Die schönsten Weihnachtsgeschichten aus Skandinavien by Gitte Haenning)
Naher Osten 2 (Der Schreiber : Silas by Francine Rivers)
S 1 (Die schönsten Weihnachtsgeschichten aus Skandinavien by Gitte Haenning)
SF 2 (Der wunderbare Massenselbstmord : Roman von Arto Paasilinna)
Singapur 2 (Der Missionshund Lumpi by Sheila Groves)
Syrien 1 (Am Abend vor dem Meer by Khaled Hosseini)
Tschechien 1 (Der Schatten des Golem by Éliette Abécassis)
Ukraine 1 (Kurze Geschichte des Traktors auf Ukrainisch by Marina Lewycka)
USA 9 (In Seinen Fussstapfen : "Was würde Jesus thun?" by Charles Monroe Sheldon)

5Ameise1
Aug 25, 2019, 3:54pm

Happy new thread, Paul.

6quondame
Aug 25, 2019, 7:02pm

Happy new thread!

7harrygbutler
Aug 25, 2019, 8:13pm

Happy new thread, Paul!

8figsfromthistle
Aug 25, 2019, 8:42pm

Happy new thread!

9PaulCranswick
Aug 25, 2019, 9:59pm

Happy new thread, Paul.

11paulstalder
Edited: Aug 26, 2019, 3:38am

some of the recently catalogued bookmarks

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a letter opener as bookmark - drawing on papyrus

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wooden bookmarks from a mission society

12paulstalder
Edited: Aug 26, 2019, 3:33am

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Afghanistan - Hongkong - Armenia

13paulstalder
Edited: Aug 26, 2019, 3:48am

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Bible verses

14paulstalder
Edited: Aug 26, 2019, 3:42am

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a rose - Fantasy Basel, festival 2019 - St. Paul's Church Basel

15paulstalder
Edited: Aug 26, 2019, 3:52am

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'Happiness has got long ears' - Visions (Schedel's Chronica and Vincent van Gogh) - 'Reading endangers stupidity'

16paulstalder
Edited: Aug 26, 2019, 3:52am

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'Books with head' - 'Reading is adventure in the mind' - 'Reading opens the eyes'

17drneutron
Aug 26, 2019, 8:32am

Happy new thread! You come up with the most amazing bookmarks.

18paulstalder
Aug 26, 2019, 12:19pm

>17 drneutron: Thanks, Jim. It is great fun to collect the bookmarks - but it is quite some work to scan and catalog them

19SirThomas
Aug 27, 2019, 2:17am

Happy new thread, Paul.
Your bookmarks are great!
Bookmarks are also a reason why ebooks can't replace paper books for me.
They can only supplement them.

20paulstalder
Aug 27, 2019, 3:16am

>19 SirThomas: yeah, bookmarks are great - and pretty useless with ebooks :)

21thornton37814
Aug 27, 2019, 7:29am

Love the bookmarks, especially the donkey one!

22FAMeulstee
Aug 28, 2019, 5:23pm

Happy new thread, Paul!

>1 paulstalder: Two lovely little dogs by your side on the picture, were they yours?

23charl08
Aug 29, 2019, 1:51am

>16 paulstalder: Another fan of the bookmarks, Paul.

Happy new thread!

24paulstalder
Aug 29, 2019, 4:02am

>22 FAMeulstee: Thanks Anita. The dogs belong to my youngest sister-in-law in Korea. I was helping sil and my mother-in-law to prepare kimchi and other Korean dishes. The dogs were expecting me to give them tiny pieces of the radish I was cutting (they did eat stuff like that).

>23 charl08: Thanks Charlotte. It is a lot of fun collecting them

25paulstalder
Sep 5, 2019, 4:30am

statistics for August

1328 pages, 5 books,

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

nationalities: CH 2, D , F , CDN , GB 1, USA , KOR 1, IL 1

dead 3, alive 2
male 2, female 3

oldest 1981, newest 2017 (book, my copy)
oldest 1856, newest 2017 (work, first published)

I added 14 bookmarks and 54 books to my collections

26paulstalder
Sep 6, 2019, 4:54am

87) Das Gedächtnis des Körpers : wie Beziehungen und Lebensstile unsere Gene steuern by Joachim Bauer. Whenever we experience something, our brain (amygdala and other parts) archive the incoming signals and then start a process either of stress or relaxing. That starts already in the womb of the mother. Like that we learn how to react in a certain situation. When we experience something bad our brain archives our reaction, and next we experience something similar our body reacts in the same way. These reactions may sometimes be triggered by a similar smell or sound or whatever and not the same accident or such. With psychotherapy, researchers found out, the 'automatic' reaction of our brain may be changed. An importamnt part within that process play some genes which are responsible for producing certain stresshormones. Genes are blocked from producing or are pushed to produce such things.
I am not a medic nor a pschychic so please forgive my use of unqualified terms. It is a very interesting book, containing a lot of insights into our (psychological) being and our subconscious reactions.



first published 2004 in German

a fun fact: Bauer tells about the outcome of a Trier social stress test, where test participants were allowed to have their partners with them (for help and presence) when doing the test. When the women had their boy friends/husbands with them, they had a lower outpour of stress hormones. When the men had their wives/girl friends with them, they had a higher level of stress hormones than when doing the test alone ....

27paulstalder
Sep 6, 2019, 5:39am

88) Der rote Pony by John Steinbeck. Jody is a shy boy living on a farm. His father doesn't like weakness of any kind. One day Jody receives a pony for which he has to take care now. He is so proud and happy and he is doing everything for his pony. One day he leaves the pony outside when going to school, and then a heavy rain started. He is so afraid that his beloved Caliban gets sick ... A well told story with strong feelings



first published 1933 in English

28PaulCranswick
Sep 6, 2019, 9:35pm

Enjoying your bookmarks, Paul.

Have a great weekend.

29paulstalder
Sep 15, 2019, 7:38am

>28 PaulCranswick: thanks Paul.
I have been in the Italian speaking part of Switzerland for a week. Karl Mueller, the inventor of MBT and kybun shoes, was there speaking about shoes, his life and faith, and health.
https://www.kybun.ch/

30paulstalder
Edited: Sep 15, 2019, 8:01am



this is the door to the community library of Lavena Ponte Tresa (Varese, Italy) :)

http://www.librarything.com/venue/114031/Biblioteca-Comunale-%22Lidia-Macchi%22

31drneutron
Sep 15, 2019, 8:58pm

That’s neat!

32paulstalder
Sep 22, 2019, 2:09pm

33paulstalder
Sep 22, 2019, 2:37pm

89) The laughter of Sarah : biblical exegesis, feminist theory, and the concept of delight by Catherine Conybeare. This is a treatise about laughter, especially about an outburst of laughter such as Sarah had when she gave birth to Isaac in her old age. Conybeare wants to 'hear' that laughter and therefore examines first some commentaries on the Biblical texts by Jews, Christians and Moslems. The commentaries sometimes don't go into the sound of laughter but interprete it as 'teleological', pointing to the future. Some commentators regard laughter as bad (Philo etc.). Then she examines some theorists who wrote about laughter, like Sigmund Freud (who regards laughter 'as an eruption of the socially repressed') or Henri Bergson (who regards laughter as 'social corrective'), then Mikhail Bakhtin ('carnivalesque laughter'), Helmut Plessner (laughter at the point of tension between the human as "embodied" and as "in the body"), Hannah Arendt (radical instability of laughter), Alenka Zupančič (dissolved, undone in laughter), laughter as a mode of communication (Adriana Cavarero, Hélène Cixous). At the abstract of the last chapter, she writes: 'The chapter, and the book, end by showing how an appreciation of the laughter of delight upends a teleological reading of the world - hence the reluctance of biblical interpreters to "hear" it - and opens us instead to the delight of now.'
I am not sure I understood everything in this book, but it was some interesting points about laughter I never thought about before. But I guess this is not the best book to start reading about laughter, it's not laughter in general but (only) about that special laughter Sarah had uttered.



first published 2013 in English

34paulstalder
Sep 22, 2019, 3:30pm

90) Die sehr schönen Stunden von Jungfer Symforosa, dem Beginchen by Felix Timmermans. Symforosa lives with the lay order of the Beguines. She falls in love with the gardener but this man decides to join a monk order ... a story about love and loss in a woman's life. A short story with a bit of an unreal setting and characters, an easy read.



first published 1918 in Flemish

35paulstalder
Sep 22, 2019, 4:33pm

91) Ordnung und Schicksal : eine Erzählung by Gottlieb Heinrich Heer. When living in Zürich Thommen fell in love with Therese, whom was introduced to him by his best friend, Hirzel. But then Therese broke the engagement and left the city. Later Thommen heard that she married his best friends some months later. When the two had to serve in the Swiss army during World War II, they were together in the same regiment. Then on a special mission they had to fulfill together, alone in the icy Alps, the whole hatred erupted ... A novel with strong feelings and false assumptions during a tough time.



first published 1950 in German in Switzerland

36paulstalder
Sep 23, 2019, 11:08am

92) Späte Lese : religiöse Gedanken und Aphorismen by W. J. Oehler. A booklet with some good aphorisms by this German pastor who preached in Basel.



first published 1957 in German in Switzerland

Advent:
Der Herr kommt nicht, wenn Advent ist, sondern wenn er kommt, dann ist Advent.
(The Lord does not come when Advent is, but when He comes, it is Advent.)

Demut:
Demut ist der beste Schutz vor Demütigung.
(Humility is the best protection against humiliation.)

Kirche:
Die Kirche ist nicht die Quelle, sie ist nur das Flussbett des Heiligen Geistes.
(The church is not the spring, it is just the riverbed of the Holy Spirit.)

Sozial:
Es ist leichter, sozial als barmherzig zu sein.
(It's easier to be social than merciful.)

37paulstalder
Sep 24, 2019, 3:40am

93) Seines Bruders Hüter by William Wolfensberger. Two brothers inherit the house and lands of their parents in a small village in the Grisons. Philipp tricks his brother Pradot out of the good parts of the inheritance. Pradot was always obedient to his mother and was working hard, but his brother was always seeking for power and honor. Pradot starts to drink and curses his brother, years later he comes to his senses and starts a new life with the help of a neighbour. But Philipp is not happy about this turn-around ... A well written novella with strong characters and a lot of local flavour. Wolfensberger was pastor in these parts of Switzerland and has a good eye for relationships among the village people.



first published 1950 in German in Switzerland

38paulstalder
Edited: Sep 24, 2019, 4:17am

some more bookmarks:

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Um Sie zu erinnern, wo Sie beim Lesen stehengeblieben sind (To remind you where you stopped reading) -- "Eine Freude vertreibt hundert Sorgen." ("Joy sells a hundred worries.")

39paulstalder
Edited: Sep 24, 2019, 4:23am

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Israel -- Austria -- Poland -- UK

40paulstalder
Edited: Sep 24, 2019, 4:25am

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angels

41paulstalder
Edited: Sep 24, 2019, 4:29am

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books on bookmarks

42paulstalder
Edited: Sep 24, 2019, 4:32am

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43paulstalder
Edited: Sep 24, 2019, 4:34am

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public bookcase -- book sale -- book reading festival

44paulstalder
Edited: Sep 24, 2019, 4:39am

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cars -- headhunting -- tourism

45paulstalder
Edited: Sep 24, 2019, 4:41am

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46paulstalder
Edited: Sep 24, 2019, 4:45am

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Bible verses

47paulstalder
Edited: Sep 24, 2019, 5:25am

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48paulstalder
Sep 25, 2019, 4:44pm

94) Das Bombardement von Åbo : eine Erzählung aus Finnland by Carl Spitteler. The Russian governor in Åbo (Finland) had a servant maid who fell in love with a Finn, who was the owner of a brickyard. But then British troops bombarded that factory during the Crimean War (around 1855) and the future for the young lovers was bleak ... A humouristic tail of a historic event by this Swiss Nobel prize winner (1919).



first published 1889 in German in Switzerland

49paulstalder
Sep 27, 2019, 3:58am

95) Cavrein : Erzählung by Leo Tuor. The author tells about his experience as a hunter in the Swiss alps. He is chasing capricorns (ibexes). But the hunting is not easy. Not all ibexes are allowed to be shot, and be careful where you kill an ibex: if it is in a steep rock, the animal may fall hundreds of meters down and not be retrievable anymore. We learn a lot about the ibexes, the hunters, the official game keepers and the area around Cavrein GR. XSlow pace but good reading.



first published 2010 in Rumansh

50figsfromthistle
Sep 28, 2019, 3:33pm

Love all the bookmarks. Hope you have a great weekend!

51paulstalder
Sep 29, 2019, 10:28am

>50 figsfromthistle: thanks for coming by

52SirThomas
Sep 29, 2019, 11:42am

Your bookmarks are awesome again.
This was made this week by my 4 year old neighbour - with a little help from her father.

The future of the book world is a bit further secured ;-).

I am back from Lindau, the bookstore whose motto you photographed in your last thread is really very beautiful. (SHOCK your parents, read a BOOK!)
I couldn't resist again and bought a book. With a lot of willpower it was not more than one.

53paulstalder
Sep 29, 2019, 1:04pm

>52 SirThomas: That is really a nice bookmark your little neighbour made. :) I hope she is gonna make good use of it.

Only one book from that nice, beautiful book coffee? Strong willed :) It is really a nice place to be and to talk to the people there. When we were there I asked the young woman: 'Wie lange gibt es euch schon?' (How long are you around already?) She answered: 'Mich seit 1994, aber das wollten Sie wohl nicht wissen....' (Me since 1994, but that you didn't want to know ...) We had a really nice conversation with her.

54SirThomas
Sep 30, 2019, 2:41am

It was hard for me. But I have big space problems on my bookshelves - it is easier for me not to buy a book than to give one away (even if it should get into good hands).
Unfortunately the time was not convenient for the book café, but we felt very comfortable in the shops.

55PaulCranswick
Sep 30, 2019, 4:34am

>54 SirThomas: Yes I am also struggling with lack of shelf space, Thomas.

Hope all is well, Paul?

56paulstalder
Sep 30, 2019, 4:53am

>53 paulstalder: Yes, Thomas, I know the feeling. I just sent two books out to bookmoochers - that's a big success for me giving away books ...and it is so easy to get new books from these Bücherschachteln, they are just all over the place. I found three new book cabins in the Ticino (I took only one book from there, *big sigh*). So, oyu can look forward visiting the book café in the near future, having more time hopefully :)

>55 PaulCranswick: Thanks, Paul. My blood tests are a bit strange, I always feel tired, but so far nothing specific has come out from the tests, the results are ambiguous.

57PaulCranswick
Sep 30, 2019, 4:58am

>56 paulstalder: Hope all will be well, Paul. My prostate is not looking good (do they ever?!) and I will be needing treatment.

58paulstalder
Sep 30, 2019, 7:09am

>57 PaulCranswick: well, nobody ever told me that my prostate is good looking, other parts of my body, but this one - never :) (well, it's too big as well, but that's not an issue at the moment)

59paulstalder
Sep 30, 2019, 8:38am

96) Liebesnacht : Erzählung by Urs Widmer. Six friends meet one night and tell each other their first experience of falling in love and their understanding or misunderstandig of love. A quite readable but not stunning treatment of the subject.



first published 1982 in German in Switzerland

60paulstalder
Sep 30, 2019, 9:10am

97) Am Silser- und Gardasee by Johanna Spyri. Rico lives with his Italian father in a small house in Sils Maria in the Swiss Alps. He is a quiet boy and he is fascinated by the teacher's play of the violin. The teacher puts the violin in Rico's hands - and he plays exactly what the teacher has played. Rico's father dies and he is told that he is an orphan 'belonging nowhere'. He has memories of his childhood on the lake of Garda (Northern Italy9, so he just walks away in order to find that lost home ... A well told story of a 14-year-old orphan finding a new home, and a story of faith and friendship.



first published 1878 in German in Switzerland

61PaulCranswick
Sep 30, 2019, 10:22am

>58 paulstalder: :D Actually I have a serious abnormality in it which will need treatment.

62paulstalder
Sep 30, 2019, 12:08pm

>61 PaulCranswick: that sounds serious, I hope the treatment is going well

63paulstalder
Edited: Oct 1, 2019, 3:55am

98) Die Tramlinie auf die Chrischona : nie ausgeführt by Alfred Künzler. St. Chrischona is the highest hill in Basel (522 m). In 1886 some people had the idea of building a tramway up the hill from Riehen. But the government was not interested in investing money, so private persons had to finance it, but that didn't work. And World War I put an end to all such plans anyway. But only since 1930 there was a public bus going up to St. Chrischona.



first published 1971 in German in Switzerland

64paulstalder
Oct 1, 2019, 3:18am

99) Das kleine Dorftheater : eine Erzählung aus Graubünden by Hans Mohler. The 23-year-old Deta lives with her brother in the farm house of their deceased parents. Both are single. Then one day a new schoolteacher appears in the Alpine village and starts to court the young lady. But do they match? He doing his studies for a dissertation, she being a mountain village girl? Written like a painting with small but strong strokes.



first published 1955 in German in Switzerland

65paulstalder
Oct 1, 2019, 4:01am

statistics for September

1228 pages, 13 books,

12 books were written in German, in 1 English, and 0 in Swiss German

nationalities: CH 8, D 2, F , B 1, GB 1, USA 1, KOR , IL

dead 8, alive 5
male 11, female 2

oldest 1950, newest 2014 (book, my copy)
oldest 1878, newest 2013 (work, first published)

I added 50 bookmarks and 9 books to my collections

66paulstalder
Edited: Oct 7, 2019, 5:36am

100) The coroner's lunch : a Dr Siri mystery by Colin Cotterill. Siri was part of the revolution in Laos. When he wanted to retire, the Party told him to work on as the coroner of the People's Democratic Republic. He was a medic but not trained in forensic work and the lab he got was outdated and short of everything needed to do his job. Then a corpse was brought which had marks of post mortem torture ... Siri starts to investigate, with the help of the spirits of the dead who gave him hints through dreams and appearances ... a fun and a little spooky reading about life in a communist country.



first published 2004 in English

67paulstalder
Oct 7, 2019, 5:41am

101) Vom Vereinshaus zum neuen FEG-Begegnungszentrum : ein fotografischer Rückblick auf den Neubau 2008-09 des neuen Begegnungszentrums am Erlensträsschen 47 in Riehen by Walter Morgenthaler. In 2008 the Free Evangelical Church in Riehen decided to tear down their old building and build a new community center. This was documented by one of the members of the church. Each stage of the new building was documented with pictures. They apparently had some hard work to do but also celebrated each stage with some festivities.



first published 2009 in German in Switzerland

I am a member of that church now since four years.

68thornton37814
Oct 7, 2019, 2:38pm

>66 paulstalder: That's a series I keep meaning to try.

69paulstalder
Oct 10, 2019, 3:24am

>68 thornton37814: Have a go, it is fun to read. The descriptions of cutting through dead people is a bit graphic.
I got that book from my LT SantaThing 2018. so, that was a good choice for me :)

70paulstalder
Edited: Oct 10, 2019, 4:04am

102) Besetzte Liebe by Ragnfrid Trohaug. The 15-year-old Ida lost her grandpa and with him her summer holiday playe with her older brother. The older brothers finds a girl friend and is changing. Ida feels abandoned by everyone. Then she meets a girl who impresses her ... I was disappointed by this YA novel, I could not get warm with the characters.



first published 2000 in Norwegian

71PaulCranswick
Oct 11, 2019, 10:35pm

Paul, what do you think of Austrian writer, Peter Handke winning the Nobel prize?

I don't hold with the man's politics but is his writing in German as wonderful as is professed?

Have a great weekend.

72paulstalder
Oct 13, 2019, 2:22am

>72 paulstalder: Hej Paul, I don't like Peter Handke very much, at least not the later works. Die Angst des Tormanns beim Elfmeter and Der kurze Brief zum langen Abschied are the works I would recommend. Publikumsbeschimpfung is worth reading for Handke's attack on the way theater was 'done' at the time. He really can play with the language. He uses metaphors a lot and his later writing is more stilted.

73paulstalder
Oct 13, 2019, 2:28am

I became a grandfather penultimate Friday. But the birth was not easy, the boy didn't breathe at first and had an edema at the head. So he had to be reanimated at first. He is still in the hospital. My daughter is able to stay also in the hospital. They have given her and her baby a single. His movements are a bit slow and they cannot tell anything concrete yet about the why and the what, nor about the future. But he looks content on the pictures I have got so far. I couldn't see him myself yet, sniff.
He is named Felix Lars, 3 kg, 59 cm
But I am looking forwards to hold him in my arms

74paulstalder
Oct 13, 2019, 8:46am

103) Der Trumpf des Toten : Detektivroman by Georgette Heyer. Adam Penhallow is a tyrann who keeps all his children and bastards on his farm. Most of the sons would like to be Independent but their father keeps them on short reigns. Then he is murdered and the whole family collapses ... A strange tale. The murder takes place in the middle of the novel and the murderer is named but the others, nor the police, do solve the mystery. A tale of weird characters and family despotism.



first published 1942 in English

75PaulCranswick
Oct 13, 2019, 9:45am

>73 paulstalder: Wonderful and scary news at the same time, Paul. Congratulations on your Grandson and praying that he will be 100% ok.

76paulstalder
Oct 13, 2019, 10:49am

>75 PaulCranswick: Thanks, Paul. October is a tough month for the parents: 4.10.19 Felix Lars is born; 13.10.17 they got married; 20.10.17 her mother/my wife died

I call the baby 'The Happy Icebear' (Felix meaning 'the happy one', Lars referring to the children's books by Hans de Beer Lars, der kleine Eisbär)

77SirThomas
Oct 13, 2019, 11:02am

>73 paulstalder: Congratulations on Grandfather, Paul - I hope the little guy gets well soon.
I send you and your loved ones my best wishes and prayers.

>76 paulstalder: A wonderful interpretation of the name.

78paulstalder
Oct 13, 2019, 2:41pm

>77 SirThomas: Danke, Thomas

79drneutron
Oct 13, 2019, 10:32pm

Congrats! And we’ll pray for his health!

80paulstalder
Oct 14, 2019, 3:39am

>79 drneutron: Thanks, Jim. They did away with the feeding tube and other 'cables' this weekend. So it's getting better.

81paulstalder
Edited: Oct 17, 2019, 3:39am

104) Moses Bitten by Friedrich Bettex. Moses was a special person, born as a slave, raised by the pharao's daughter, escaped to Midian in order to live there as a herdsman. then called by God to tell pharao, to 'let My people go'. When the people of Israel made the golden calf, God wanted to destroy his people but Moses intervened. Later God told Moses that He knows his name and that he has found favour in His eyes. So Moses pleaded: 'Let me see your glory'. Moses didn't ask for power or wealth but he asked for been shown God's glory. Bettex takes that and asks us what we ask of God: favors/things for our own glory or to be closer to God and experience His presence. A well written Bible study about prayer on the bases of the prayers of Moses.



first published 1908 in German

82Ameise1
Oct 14, 2019, 3:54pm

Ich gratulier dr vo 💖 zu diim Enkel. Was für en schöne Name. sWird sicher alles guet cho.

83paulstalder
Oct 14, 2019, 4:02pm

>82 Ameise1: dangg scheen

84paulstalder
Edited: Oct 15, 2019, 3:57pm

add-ons
191) Goldstein : Gereon Raths dritter Fall by Volker Kutscher
- Es roch nach Holz und Leim und frischem Lack.
- 2010
192) Verdammter Paul : Roman by Linda Solanki
- Der Herbst bricht plötzlich an.
- 2016
193) Das Kamel mit dem Nasenring by Salim Alafenisch
- Es war an einem rauhen Winterabend in der Negev-Wüste.
- 2003
194) Der Lauf des Flusses : das Leben und die Abenteuer des Francis Tregian, Gentleman und Musiker by Anne Cuneo
- Sonderbarerweise habe ich gerade heute morgen an England gedacht.
- 1997
195) Skin deep by Peter Dickinson
- "Slower, please."
- 1968
196) Die zweite Nacht : Roman by Roman Porter
- In einer heissen Sommernacht klopfe ich an die Türe von Ernestos Zimmer.
- 2012
197) 113 einseitige Geschichten by Franz Hohler
- Sommer im Garten. Unter dem Birnbaum blinkten die Insekten.
- 2016
198) Honig : Lieblingsrezepte ; Buch mit Notizheft und Bleistift
- Für 500 Gramm Honig steuern 20.000 Bienen mehrere Millionen Blüten an und legen dabei zusammen 120.000 Kilometer zurück.
- 2019
199) Wähen, Pizzas, Flammkuchen by Betty Bossi
- Die Wähe - ein Schweizer Klassiker in vielen Variationen.
- 2010 ?
200) Im wilden Turkestan : ein Leben unter Moslems by Hermann Jantzen
- In Hahnsau, einem Dorf am Trakt im Gouvernement Samara, in Russland, stand mein Elternhaus.
- 1988

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85quondame
Oct 15, 2019, 10:17pm

Congratulations on grandfatherhood. I hope Felix thrives!

86paulstalder
Oct 16, 2019, 2:47am

>85 quondame: Thanks. Felix was able to go home yesterday. The blood values still cause some concern. But they let him go :) so, pretty good news

87Ameise1
Oct 16, 2019, 1:13pm

I hope you got finally the chance to hold him.

88paulstalder
Oct 17, 2019, 3:42am

>87 Ameise1: Yes, I am pretty happy that I was able to hold my grandson in my arms yesterday evening :)
He was asleep but I am pleased to see him in person. Up till know I didn't feel like a 'real' grandfather, I was just one on paper, so to speak.

89paulstalder
Oct 17, 2019, 4:14am

105) Brandfall 193⁵ : Schweizer Kriminalroman by Hans Stalder. Rudolf Stettler got a letter by an old friend from his army time, Werner Hofer. Werner writes him that he is imprisoned because he is accused of setting his onw sawmill on fire and asks his old friend to be a help to his wife. Rudolf changes his skiing holiday plans and travels to Dürrengraben instead of Grindelwald. He is skiing, befriending people, and listening well ... an old detective mystery, written as an oral story.



first published 1941 in German in Switzerland

90paulstalder
Edited: Oct 17, 2019, 4:24pm

106) Kniri-Seppli : Theaterstück i drei Akte us dr Zyt vom Heinrich Pestalozzi by Josef Berger. Seppli is happy because he can walk up to an alp for the first time and spend the whole summer in the alps, taking care of the goats and cows. But one day the French arrives and asks him for the way and leads the foreign troops higher up into the mountains. When the French officier realizes that, Seppli is shot dead ... a historic play about the heroic but basically resistance of the Canton of Nidwalden against the French occupants who forced the Swiss cantons to form the Helvetic Republic. It was written 1938 in Swiss German



first published 1938 in Swiss German

Napoleon Bonaparte occupied the Swiss cantons in 1798 and forced them to accept a new constitution. Some cantons did not accept the new dictated constitution which made every canton its own independence. So they were attacked by the French. In the Schrekcenstage (scare days), the 1600 Nidwaldians fought against 10'000 French soldiers. Around 100 soldiers on each side (other sources say more Frenchmen) were killed, but the French were so outraged about the strong resistance that they slaughtered around 400 (over 100 women and 26 children) more people in the villages. Even the French were later shocked by the outcome of their campaign. Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi was then given money in order to set up an orphanage for those hundreds of children who lost their parents in the war.
https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schreckenstage_von_Nidwalden

91paulstalder
Oct 17, 2019, 4:43pm

107) Die Geráks : Novelle by Elin Pelin. Jordan Gerak is the wealthiest man in the village and has the happiest family. Three sons, each one married. But the sons start more and more to care about themselves and not so much about the whole dynasty. When Jordan's wife dies, the cohesive figure is gone and everything drifts apart ... a sad Bulgarian tale about a huge and happy family destroyed through self interest.



first published 1911 in Bulgarian

92thornton37814
Oct 17, 2019, 5:18pm

>90 paulstalder: >91 paulstalder: I like the cover illustrations on both of those.

93SirThomas
Oct 18, 2019, 1:23am

>89 paulstalder: Sounds interesting.
The author's name sounds familiar, is that a coincidence?

94paulstalder
Oct 18, 2019, 2:41am

>92 thornton37814: yes, they made some good covers then ... both would have qualified for SqueakyChu's challenge for not standing persons

>93 SirThomas: no, I read it because of the author's name. But I couldn't find any kinship, he comes from the same canton and was born in the same city as I was

95figsfromthistle
Oct 18, 2019, 7:59am

Congrats on the new addition to the family!

96paulstalder
Oct 19, 2019, 3:25am

>95 figsfromthistle: thanks ! I am very pleased with him :)

97charl08
Oct 19, 2019, 4:30am

>88 paulstalder: Aw!

Congratulations. Wishing you lots of good times together - and shared reading, of course!

98paulstalder
Oct 19, 2019, 6:27am

>97 charl08: Thanks, Charlotte, I hope that they let me tell stories to him :) I am looking forward to that

99FAMeulstee
Oct 19, 2019, 9:49am

Congratulations on your grandson, Paul!
I was glad to read he is home now.

100paulstalder
Oct 19, 2019, 5:06pm

>99 FAMeulstee: Thanks, Anita, we are all happy that they are safely home. Today the father's family were here to visit the new family member.

Tomorrow will be the anniversary of Suki's death. The oldest daughter invited us all for lunch and then we will go to the grave. If the new family will join us, I don't know yet. It's probably raining tomorrow, so I am not sure they will come.

101paulstalder
Oct 19, 2019, 5:22pm

108) Leute aus den hintern Gassen : Berner Novelle by Ulrich Amstutz. Märti and Babettli are best friends and live in the same poor part of the city of Bern. Märti meets Bernhard and fells in love with him. But Babettli, too, is interested. Then Märti's widowed father notices her different behavior and forbids to meet the young man as long as he himself is in need for his daughter's help ... A well written novella of coming of age in the old city of Bern, when world war I was threatening and the unrest among the working people is heading toward the 1918 Swiss General Strike.



first published 1914 in German in Switzerland

102m.belljackson
Oct 20, 2019, 10:45am

>73 paulstalder:

Congratulations on the birth of your Grandson, Felix Lars - what a great strong name!

We're sending Prayers for his full recovery.

And looking forward to photographs...

103paulstalder
Oct 20, 2019, 4:27pm

>102 m.belljackson: Thanks for the good wishes and prayers. The examination last Friday was pretty good. The blood values are all so slightly improving, everything else seems to be okay. He is drinking quite well.

But pictures have to wait. We were on the cemetery today (without my daughter's family). And now I am at my mother's home in order to take care of her. She is pretty week, 89 years old, and doesn't leave her flat. So far my sister went to her twice a week but now she is in Australia for three weeks and my mother is panicking. So I moved in today and stay for the next two or nights, go home and come again next Sunday. She should go in a senior home and get more nursing care but she doesn't want to go anywhere. She is not happy with other people coming round - she wants my sister and me.

104m.belljackson
Oct 20, 2019, 5:27pm

>103 paulstalder:

It's good if your Mother can have someone to stay the night.

I'm only 75, but had a migraine medication related fall last week which would have been a lot worse if my daughter had not recently moved in.

One can only imagine the Grandson With Landscapes photographs that Suki would have created...

105SqueakyChu
Edited: Oct 20, 2019, 7:24pm

This is what I get if I don't visit your thread for a while. You became a grandfather while I was gone! Congratulations! I hope Felix Lars continues to thrive and brings you and your family much joy.

I'm sure your mom is just anxious from the change but that she much appreciates your caring for her while your sister is gone. I already told my daughter to place me wherever she wants when I get to the age that I can't manage at home. I hope that time will be in the distant future, though. Right now I want to stay where I am. :D

In looking through your bookmarks, of course, the one that jumped out at me was the one in Hebrew! :D

106paulstalder
Oct 21, 2019, 9:59am

>104 m.belljackson: my mother can hardly go out and feels lonely but she refuses to call her old contacts ... and she says that she doesn't want to go into a home because she would have to follow the rules of the home (she tells us openly :) ) She was offered a room in a senior's living home but she turned it down. I could do a few things today, so that's okay

Yes, Suki would have been thrilled to see a grandchild and she would have made great pictures of him :)

>105 SqueakyChu: Hey Madeline, nice to see you again :) today's tests for Felix Lars was going very well. So they don't have to come in every other day, but 'only' every other week. We are happy about that improvement.

My mother and I went for a little walk (200 m) and she was so exhausted when we came back, she is asleep now. She will be cooking something for dinner later - I am not to interfere because my taste is absolutely not to her liking (I learned a lot about seasoning from Suki - and that's too hot/spicy/outlandish for my mother).

I got that bookmark from my hiking along the shvil Israel - I didn't take any books along simply because I already had 18 kg in my backpack.

107paulstalder
Oct 21, 2019, 10:14am

109) Der verkaufte Regenbogen by Andrew Bond. Letitia meets Silvio and together they go after a young fox. It disappears in an old hut, when they follow, they find themselves in a different world, in the Burana-Sea. It's Letitia's second visit in this world, so she wants to find her old friends but first they have to fight off Are, the biggest villain of Burana-Sea hates colours and wants everything to white ... a very entertaining read, reminds me a bit of the Narnia tales by C. S. Lewis. Bond is a great storyteller and songwriter.



first published 2006 in German in Switzerland

108paulstalder
Oct 31, 2019, 4:24pm



Felix Lars, born 4th October 2019, 2,94 kg, 50 cm

109quondame
Oct 31, 2019, 4:29pm

>108 paulstalder: Super cute!

110paulstalder
Oct 31, 2019, 5:39pm

>109 quondame: thanks Susan, I am so pleased that the first troubles are over and I can take him in my arms

111paulstalder
Oct 31, 2019, 5:53pm

110) Gideon : Richter 6-8 by Friedrich Bettex. Bettex looks at Gideon and gives hints as how we cana learn from Gideon. When Gideon asked God to give him a sign, he apparently had some troubles believing God as to His power. Understandably since Israel was in a difficult situation and the Word of God was rare at that time. Some good insights into this Biblical character.



first published 1905 in German

112Ameise1
Nov 1, 2019, 3:01am

>108 paulstalder: so en Schnüggel. I'm glad to hear that everything is ok.

113paulstalder
Nov 1, 2019, 4:33am

>112 Ameise1: thanks Barbara. Yesterday's screening (Ultraschall) was very good

114charl08
Nov 1, 2019, 4:44am

>108 paulstalder: Beautiful photo Paul, and lovely to know all is now well. Thank you for sharing the news.

115SirThomas
Nov 1, 2019, 5:20am

>108 paulstalder:, >113 paulstalder: It's a beautiful picture, Paul.
I am happy for all of you about the positive news.
I wish you a wonderful time.

116paulstalder
Nov 1, 2019, 5:25am

>114 charl08: Thanks Charlotte, I am so happy that he is growing normally now

>115 SirThomas: Danke Thomas, we are pretty happy :)

117paulstalder
Edited: Dec 2, 2019, 11:14am

statistics for October

1494 pages, 11 books,

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

nationalities: CH 6, D , BG 1, N 1, GB 2, USA , KOR , IL

dead 6, alive 4
male 8, female 2

2 books by Frédéric Bettex

oldest 1908, newest 2010 (book, my copy)
oldest 1905, newest 2009 (work, first published)

I added 0 bookmarks and 71 books to my collections

It was a Swiss author month again.

118paulstalder
Nov 2, 2019, 3:34pm

111) Gefährliche Côte Bleue : Ein Provence-Krimi mit Capitaine Roger Blanc by Cay Rademacher. Capitaine Roger Blanc was transferred from Paris to the Provence. When accompanying some divers he discovers a corpse floating near a small boat. The dead is a lone wreck diver, there are rumours that he discovered old Roman ships and sells antique amphores. Then an environmental activist is found dead. In both cases there are hints about foul play. But some politicians and managers are not interested in finding the truth behind these 'accidents' ... a fair read with a new to me capitaine



first published 2017 in German

119paulstalder
Nov 2, 2019, 4:56pm

112) Balak und Bileam : 4. Mose 22-24. by Friedrich Bettex. King Balak, the Moabite King was afraid when the Israelites were approaching his land. He decided to call for Bileam, the well known prophet who should come and put a curse on the people of Israel. But Bileam was unable to curse the people, he came to bless the Israelites. An interesting Bible study



first published 1904 in German

120Ameise1
Nov 2, 2019, 5:20pm

>118 paulstalder: Sounds good. My library has got all books of this series. I put it on my list.

121quondame
Nov 2, 2019, 6:37pm

>119 paulstalder: I'm sure there is no connection but that title brings to mind the problematical Arthurian Balin and Balan tale.

122paulstalder
Nov 3, 2019, 8:10am

>121 quondame: no, there are no connections apart from somewhat similar sounding names

123Ameise1
Nov 8, 2019, 12:52pm

Hi Paul, I would like to let you know that I'm currently reading Gefährliche Côte Bleue for the TIOLI.

124paulstalder
Edited: Nov 8, 2019, 2:53pm

Thanks, Barbara, I've seen that in your thread but didn't answer so far ...

125paulstalder
Nov 8, 2019, 2:53pm

113) Sizilianisches Finale : Aurelio Zen ermittelt in Sizilien ; Kriminalroman by Michael Dibdin. Aurelio Zen found himself punitively transferred to Sicily where he should work as a liaison officier with the anti-Mafia police department. Then a son of one of the Mafia clans is found dead in a railway waggon. and Zen's daughter finds an intruder in the new computer system the police wants to implement ... I had some troubles to find into the mystery, maybe I should have read another Zen mystery first. An interesting but confusing story line with some Sicilian peculiarities



first published 1999 in English

126paulstalder
Nov 11, 2019, 12:18pm

114) Spuren im Schnee by Gerda Anger-Schmidt. Doris and Peter go with their grandpa into the forest in order to feed the animals during the winter. On the way they see many animal tracks and learn a lot about animal life in the winter. A fair children's story with good pictures.



first published 1992 in German in Austria

127paulstalder
Nov 11, 2019, 12:50pm

115) Wie der Schneemann wieder lachen konnte by M. Christina Butler. Bear, fox and rabbit build a snowman. Because he looks sad the next day, they bring him a cap, a scarf and a blanket and go schlitteln/sledging. Then the snowman starts to melt and they have to rebuild it to make it happy again ... story is okay, the images contain some tactile parts, especially the snowman, which is good when telling the story and the kids can touch the images (especially when their sight is not good).



first published 2010 in English

128paulstalder
Nov 11, 2019, 4:12pm

116) Öl : Schauspiel by Lukas Bärfuss. A play. Eva and Herbert went into a third-world-country because of oil. He tries to find oil and leaves his wife in a cellar-living room alone in a city in which there is some kind of war apparently. She gets more and more neurotic and insults her maid .... The intention of the play was primarily political - social: showing the colonialist attitude of the West and the greed for money, but the play is more a decline of a marriage. The dialogues and monologues are well written but the story is lacking depth.



first published 2009 in German

129paulstalder
Edited: Nov 29, 2019, 3:51am

117) Der grüne Heinrich in seiner Heimat : aus dem Roman "Der grüne Heinrich" von Gottfried Keller by Gottfried Keller. Heinrich was abroad where he made some bad and disappointing experiences. Now he comes home to his native village in order to visit his grandmother and readjust his life. He meets and falls in love to Anna, the schoolmaster's daughter. A lovely love story. This is only a small part taken from the big novel by this Swiss author. Very readable



first published 1854 in German

130FAMeulstee
Nov 12, 2019, 4:08pm

>129 paulstalder: I hope to get to the Dutch translation of Der grüne Heinrich one day, Paul. Three years ago a new Dutch translation was published.

131paulstalder
Nov 13, 2019, 3:57am

>130 FAMeulstee: I also consider to read the whole novel, the first version contains 4 volumes, the second version counts over 700 pages. Too much for me at the moment.

132paulstalder
Nov 15, 2019, 3:08am

118) Kleiner Eisbär wohin fährst du? : eine Geschichte mit Bildern by Hans de Beer, Lars, the Little Ice Bear, falls asleep and finds himself on a small iceberg drifting south till he lands in Africa. The animals there help him to find an orca who brings him back home. A lovely children's book



first published 1987 in Dutch

133paulstalder
Edited: Nov 29, 2019, 3:53am

119) Kleiner Eisbär - Lass mich nicht allein, Lars! by Hans de Beer. Lars finds a young sled dog in an ice crack and helps him to find back to his pack. A good story about friendship and helping others even though they are not 'natural' friends.



first published 1999 in Dutch (or German?)

134paulstalder
Edited: Nov 29, 2019, 3:54am

120) Zen und der falsche Hund : Roman by Elizabeth M. Cosin. Zen Moses is asked to do a favour for a friend and find a missing dog. She finds the animal and tells her friend. But then the friend shows up and shortly afterwards her old enemy - then she finds herself unconscious next to a corpse ... A tough story about a tough private eye who thinks herself invincible and recovers from bullet wounds and broken ribs remarkably quick.



first published 1999 in English

It reminded a bit of Kinsey Millhone by Sue Grafton, but Zen Moses feels more like a female rambo, not killing people herself but leaving a trace of corpses, and always fighting despite of injuries and pain.

I came across the two Zens recently. I prefer the Aurelio Zen character to Zen Moses

135PaulCranswick
Nov 15, 2019, 9:36pm

>108 paulstalder: Too cute!

Have a lovely weekend, Paul.

136paulstalder
Nov 16, 2019, 10:54am

>136 paulstalder: so true, Paul

137paulstalder
Edited: Nov 16, 2019, 11:21am

add-ons

201) Gebet - lebensnotwendiges Atmen by L. A. T. Van Dooren
- first words: "Menschen sollten allezeit beten ..."
- first published: 1963
202) Ekstase oder Ergebung? : was ist Anbetung? by Benedikt Peters
- Als Gott zum ersten Mal ein ganzes Volk erlöst und zu Seinem Eigentum gemacht hatte, sagte er ihm: "So sollt ihr mein Eigentum sein aus allen Völkern ; denn die ganze Erde ist mein; und ihr sollt mir ein Königreich von Priestern und eine heilige Nation sein."
- 1998
203) O'Hara's Choice : a novel by Leon Uris
- The Royal Society of Paddy O'Hara's Wart-Hogs were the ugliest and most vile men to ever wear the uniform of United States Marines.
- 2003
204) Der kleine Herzog : thriller by Peter Schmidt
- "Ich kann nicht verhehlen, dass Trinken für mich ein beachtliches Stück Lebensqualität darstellt", sagte Stroganow zu dem Mann, den sie den kleinen Herzog nannten.
- 1989
205) Operation Tosca : thriller by Ralph Herrmanns
- Mit seiner Rückkehr hatte er sich viel Zeit gelassen, einige Jahre mehr, als Jesus gelebt hatte, überlegte er und lächelte.
- 1986
206) Tod eines Bohemien : thriller by William Krasner
- Detective Sam Birge dachte: Das Blut ist inzwischen getrocknet, deshalb riecht es nicht sehr stark - einfach nur einer der anderen abgestandenen Gerüche in diesem schummrigen Korridor dieses heruntergekommenen Apartmenthauses.
- 1984
207) General Demont : Erzählung by Maurus Carnot
- Es war Allerseelenabend.
- 1906
208) The new librarianship field guide by R. David Lankes
- I began the introduction to library science class I teach in the summer of 2014 with a story:
The Arab Spring had come to Egypt.
- 2015
209) X : a Kinsey Millhone mystery by Sue Grafton
- Teddy Xanakis would have to steal the painting.
- 2015
210) Lichter in der Nacht : die Offenbarung des Johannes entdecken ; Teil 1 by René Christen
- Die Offenbarung des Johannes entdecken ist nur möglich, wenn wir sie auch besser verstehen.
- 2019

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138thornton37814
Nov 17, 2019, 1:49pm

139paulstalder
Nov 17, 2019, 3:29pm

>138 thornton37814: Thanks, Lori. They are actually from different hauls. I am especially pleased about the books on prayer, Sue Grafton and Leon Uris. General Demont is a biographic novel about a French-Swiss officier who served with Louis XV, and then Napoleon, I never heard of him. The book about Revelation (Lichter der Nacht) is written by a friend of mine.

140paulstalder
Edited: Nov 17, 2019, 3:35pm

We had a very interesting tour in the Great Synagoge of Basel, which was consecrated in 1868. A domed structure which soon became too small, so it was enlarged already in 1892. Now it has two domes





141Ameise1
Nov 17, 2019, 3:53pm

Beautiful photos, Paul. I love Synagoges.

142paulstalder
Nov 17, 2019, 4:15pm

Thanks, Barbara. I didn't use a flash, so the pictures are not too good. I made some of the thora shrine and the thora mantel and shield - but these pictures were blurred, shame

143Ameise1
Nov 17, 2019, 4:26pm

You'll get another opportunity.

144FAMeulstee
Edited: Nov 18, 2019, 5:40am

>133 paulstalder: I understand you confusion about the language of the first edition. The Dutch and German editions of Kleiner Eisbär - Lass mich nicht allein, Lars! were first published on the same date.

ETA The first Kleiner Eisbär book was first published in German, and Hans de Beer writes both the Dutch and German editions himself.

145paulstalder
Nov 18, 2019, 7:58am

>144 FAMeulstee: Thanks a lot, Anita, for the clarification. I thought as much, from what I've read.

146paulstalder
Nov 19, 2019, 5:49am

121) The fox in the library by Lorenz Pauli. A fox hunts a mouse and follows it into a library. There it learns what a library is and is fascinated by looking at the books - and so wants to learn to read .... a children's book explaining what can be done in a library. A project started by the public libraries of Switzerland.



first published 2011 in German in Switzerland

147thornton37814
Nov 20, 2019, 8:50am

>146 paulstalder: I'll be out of town early next week, and I noticed the public library there owns a copy. I will try to read it while I'm in the library! It's not available at the libraries around here.

148charl08
Nov 20, 2019, 3:43pm

>140 paulstalder: Beautiful photos, Paul.

149paulstalder
Nov 21, 2019, 3:22am

>147 thornton37814: It is a funny attempt to explain a public library. I like the 'soft' fox :)

>148 charl08: Thanks, Charlotte

150paulstalder
Nov 22, 2019, 4:12am

122) Ich wusste, wohin die Reise geht by Hilde Ziegler. A young actress moves to Berlin because she got a job there in the theatre. She levaves her husband back home. Soon she feels lonely and gets worried because he never answers her many letters. She becomes more and more depressive ... a depr4essive story with a beautiful language. Hilde Ziegler is writing very well, a language artist. And she committed suicide herself. A kind of prophetic retrospective ? The book was published after her death in 1999.



first published 2003 in German in Switzerland

I read this book because the publisher asked me to give them permission to use one of my pictures on a cover for a new edition of another Ziegler book.

151paulstalder
Edited: Nov 22, 2019, 3:45pm

add-ons

211) Der fröhliche Frauenhasser : Dr. Siri ermittelt ; Roman by Colin Cotterill
- 2009
- Der Kalender zeigte das Jahr 1978, und in Vientiane, der Hauptstadt der Demokratischen Volksrepublik Laos, herrschte Trübsal und Tristesse.
212) Nasbüechli : eine Duftreise by Yvonn Scherrer
- 2012
- Nach was schmöckts uf fasch 3000 m?
213) Unterm Messer : ein Mira-Valensky-Krimi by Eva Rossmann
- 2011
- Essigsäure. Ich merke, wie meine Handflächen feucht werden.
214) König Elch by Ulf Stark
- 2013 ?
- Der Elch stand am Ufer und trank aus dem See.
215) Coco Chanel : Eine, die Frauenmode emanzipierte by Kerstin Hack
- 2014
- Coco Chanel ist die einzige Modeschöpferin, die es auf die Time Magazine Liste der 100 wichtigsten Personen des 20. Jahrhunderts geschafft hat.
216) Astrid Lindgren : Eine, die Individualität grossschrieb by Gerd König
- 2012
- Astrid Lindgren: Die bekannteste Kinderbuchautorin der Welt.
217) Helen Keller : Eine, die mit den Händen sah by Andrea Specht
- 2015
Helen Keller, 1880 im US-Bundesstaat Alabama geboren, war ein ganz normales Baby, bis sie im Alter von 19 Monaten an einer Hirnhautentzündung erkrankte.
218) Der Heimweg by W. J. Oehler
- 1957
- Was das für ein "Gutes" ist, das steht im nächsten Vers: "Der dir alle deine Sünden vergibt und heilet alle deine Gebrechen."
219) Ferdinand Hodler by Sharon L. Hirsh
- 1981
- Mitte Februar 1891 traf sich der Rat der Stadt Genf, um eine schöne Pflicht zu erfüllen: Bürgermeister und Ratsherren besichtigten, wie immer vor der Eröffnung, die regelmässig veranstaltete Kunstausstellung.
220) Carmen : Novelle by Prosper Mérimée
- 1846
Immer schon hatte ich die Geographen im Verdacht, dass sie nicht wissen, was sie sagen, wenn sie das Schlachtfeld von Munda in die Gegend von Bastuli-Poeni legen, nahe dem heutigen Monda, etwa zwei (französische) Meilen nördlich von Marbella.

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152SqueakyChu
Nov 22, 2019, 8:15pm

>140 paulstalder: Beautiful pictures!

153paulstalder
Nov 23, 2019, 1:43pm

>152 SqueakyChu: thanks, Madeline

154paulstalder
Edited: Nov 23, 2019, 1:45pm


the Great Synagogue of Basel

155paulstalder
Edited: Nov 23, 2019, 2:00pm

I took part in an evening street photography event in Basel


photographing a photographer


last passenger on the platform
reminds me of a Swiss German song about 'the song of a train station where the train is already gone or has not yet arrived'
Das isch ds lied
vo de bahnhöf wo dr zug
geng scho abgfahren isch
oder no nid isch cho…
Mani Matter

156paulstalder
Nov 23, 2019, 2:08pm


a cyclist


another photographer

157PaulCranswick
Nov 23, 2019, 8:03pm

Wishing you a great weekend, Paul.

158paulstalder
Nov 24, 2019, 3:34pm

>157 PaulCranswick: thanks, Paul

159FAMeulstee
Nov 24, 2019, 4:53pm

>155 paulstalder: >156 paulstalder: Lovely pictures, Paul, I always like pictures where photographers are photographed.

160paulstalder
Nov 25, 2019, 2:37am

>159 FAMeulstee: Thanks, Anita. I especially like the heading 'Übermensch' with the second photographer. We were all three together that evening.

161paulstalder
Nov 28, 2019, 4:19pm

123) The white tiger by Aravind Adiga. The White Tiger, a young Indian from a lower caste, writes to the Chinese prime minister and explains the way a low Indian worker thinks, lives and brakes out of the system. He writes several long letters and tells about his life. He wants to break out but all he achieves is changing sides - he has got money now and is the boss.
An interesting story with many twists and turns about life as a sweets maker and a taxt driver. Well written



first published 2008 in English

162paulstalder
Nov 28, 2019, 5:01pm

124) Himmel, Polt und Hölle : Kriminalroman by Alfred Komarek. Strange things happen in this little village in the Weinviertel (wine quarter) in Austria: Someone shits in front of the city hall, a fire breaks out in the fire department, a deer is poached, the priest's rooster is stolen, and then the priest's cook is poisoned ... Simon Polt has to investigate, first he thinks about looking for a fool who wants to disturb the quiet life in the village, but the dead cook changes everything ... an easy read, third in the serious about this Austrian police inspector who prefers to talk and drink some wine with the people than doing his police duty, as the superiors in Vienna demand.



first published 2001 in German in Austria
This topic was continued by Paul S in 2019: Winter.