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Henrik_Madsen

Henrik_Madsen

Joined April 2018

I love books and reading. I read classics, 1001-books, new Danish litterature, and graphic novels. And some other stuff.
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Die Frauen der Nazis by Anna Maria Sigmund
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Disgrace by J. M. Coetzee
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Die Frauen der Nazis | Anna Maria Sigmund
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After a loooong day at work it‘s time for a little spare time reading. It is a pretty interesting read so far. Craziest detail so far: Emmy and Hermann Göring kept lions as pets. Bringing it to their house in Berlin it was installed in the basement but it got out and opened the door to their bedroom i the middle of the night! Sadly it didn‘t bite him...

BarbaraBB That is too bad indeed! 1d
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Blacksad: A Silent Hell | Juan Diaz Canales
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My favorite cat detective goes to New Orleans to help music promotor Faust Lachapelle find his missing star Sebastian. The story is well told but hardly original. The art, however, is gorgeous. Guarnido draws light masterfully and New Orleans looked just the way I think it should.

Swe_Eva Agree, the art is something else! 3d
Henrik_Madsen @Swe_Eva I‘m mostly a plot / story guy, so it‘s hard for me to value books which are mostly remarkable for the art work, but here it‘s just so obvious. 2d
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My local library has a display pushing Steinbeck books to its visitors. When I was in my late teens Steinbeck was one of my favorite authors - maybe it‘s time to revisit some of his novels? 📕📗📘😊😊

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Druuna - Tome 01: Morbus Gravis - Delta | Paolo Eleuteri Serpieri
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Sex, postapocalyptic violence and strange mutations are the main ingredients of the Druuna series. This volume contains the first two albums where Druuna fights to keep her mutated boyfriend as well as the whole city alive. I liked the story and the art is beautiful but not for the prudent. Druuna dresses sapringly and Serpieri gives her lots of reasons to take them off.

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In the Forest | Edna O'Brien
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The novel is a chilling story inspired by an actual crime in 1994. A disturbed young man is releashed from prison and murders a woman, her child and a priest. It is well-written but also heartbreaking as O‘Brien shows how society let Mich down - he is horribly abused in institutions - and fails to protect innocent people when he is released. Hard but rewarding read. #1001books

CafeMom I haven't read this one but I enjoyed another book of hers on the list. 2w
Henrik_Madsen @CafeMom I look forward to her other books - especially the Country Girls series. I really like her courage in dealing with the unpleasant sides of society. 5d
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Pond | Claire-Louise Bennett
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I know I‘m in the minority here, but I thought the book was pretty boring. The narrator lives alone in rural Ireland and spends her time thinking about her past and everyday life, but I wasn‘t really touched by her reflections.

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It‘s time for another #1001books !

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In the Forest | Edna O'Brien
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Travelling back from Ireland yesterday - and in gold company with one of my purchases. It is a grim and troubling book about how boys are hurt and how they bring havoc when they become men.

CafeMom I like this author. 1mo
BarbaraBB Hi Henrik! I ‘know‘ you from the 1001 books group on LibraryThing! I am Simone2 over there and not as active as I used to be since I discovered Litsy. So I am happy to follow you here! 1mo
Henrik_Madsen Hej Barbara / Simone. Good to see you here. I too am a bit torn between Litsy and Librarything. They have different strengths but at least for cataloguing purposes Librarything is indespensable. I have been a bit off the 1001 train lately (study, work, needing some lighter reads etc.) but I look forward to get going again. 1mo
BarbaraBB @Henrik_Madsen Yes, LT is still my catalogue and I write some review there but I prefer Litsy for all the bookish posts and that it is so low key. 3w
BarbaraBB I‘m off the 1001 train a bit too by the way. I am more in the mood for contemporary fiction at the moment! 3w
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At Swim-two-birds | Flann O'Brien
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A novel deconstructing the idea of the novel, a story of a young man living a bohemian life without ending up in the gutter, writings both using and making fun of Irish mythology - there are so many layers in this book. It was funny and not that hard to read - but it tried to do so much that I wasn‘t blown away by any of it.

Henrik_Madsen The picture is from Galway BTW. Love reading boks from the countries I visit when I‘m there. 1mo
BarbaraBB Me too, I always take pics from my books where I read them! 1mo
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Ulysses | James Joyce
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You know the writer is famous when the birth place of his wife becomes a museum - even if it‘s only open “randomly” as a note in the window says...

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At Swim-two-birds | Flann O'Brien
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I‘m certain Flann would aprove...

Liz_M How are you liking the novel? I'm intimidated by this one! 1mo
Henrik_Madsen I finished it last night and I don‘t know what to think, really. It is not a hard read, in some parts it‘s really funny and ironic but it is also confusing with lots of beginnings and endings leading nowhere. I don‘t think it‘s a novel that will be a classic for me, but it wasn‘t a struggle to get through either. 1mo
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The Colour: A Novel | Rose Tremain
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Lots of drama in this tale from the gold rush in 19th Century New Zealand. Joseph Blackstone has gone there with his wife and mother but they soon discover that succeeding is only for the few. My problem with the novel is, I never really believed the characters and therefore didn‘t really care about them.

CafeMom I actually really liked this one. Sorry it was not a hit for you. 1mo
Henrik_Madsen I know - lot‘s of people liked it when it was discussed on Librarything. Just not for me I guess. 1mo
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Overall I enjoyed this book. Some parts were beautiful and fascinating - especially the motorcycle parts - and Kushner generally writes well. The parts about the New York art scene got a little long in the tooth, however.

Liz_M I loved the description of the race on the salt flats, too. 6mo
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A Handful of Dust | Evelyn Waugh
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Having fun with some good old ruling class satire...

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A Caribbean Mystery | Agatha Christie
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Designing covers which shows the point of a mystery without giving it away, is difficult. I don‘t think this one succeeds.

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Night Flight | Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
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I absolutely LOVE the cover of my 1941 edition of Night Flight!

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An Unnecessary Woman | Rabih Alameddine
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72-year old Aaliya is looking back on a life lived through literature. After a failed marriage she has workshop in a bookshop, read, read, read and every year translated another work into Arabic. Now she faces a crisis and in book-filled flat in Beirut.
The story is well-told and the many book references are a joy to read.

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Summer. Reading.
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Liz_M If only it would stop raining in Brooklyn I could take my thick pb edition of this novel and do the same. 12mo
Henrik_Madsen @Liz_M I hope weather gets better soon. We have had great weather for a month after approximately 15 months of crappy weather in a row! 12mo
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Pick, pick, pick. I loved this book. Great plot, great characters, great writing. T.S. Eliot might have been right when he called it “the first, the longest, and the best of modern English detective novels.”

Swe_Eva It‘s really very engaging. And looong. 😉 12mo
Henrik_Madsen @Swe_Eva It is long, but I think the alternating narrators made up for it. I especially enjoyed miss Clack. 12mo
Swe_Eva @Henrik_Madsen It's the same with all of those that were published as serials first, but this one was very engaging. Ms. Clack is quite the pill! 😂 12mo
Swe_Eva @Henrik_Madsen I just realized I used "engaging" twice about it, so it must be true. ? 12mo
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A Bride's Story | Kaoru Mori
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Volume one was very promising. Beautiful artwork and an engaging story about the girl Amir who gets married at the ooold age of twenty to a younger boy. Great characters and an interesting setting in 19th Century Central Asia. Looking forward to the next installments. 🤗

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“So I passed that blissful night. On rising the next morning, how young I felt! I might add, how young I looked, if I were capable of dwelling on the concerns of my own perishable body. But I am not capable - and I add nothing.”
Miss Clack is just the perfect hypocrite!

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Childe Harold's Pilgrimage | George Gordon Byron Baron Byron
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Harold seems like a thinly veiled excuse to tell what Byron himself has seen. It is a reflection of places he sees, of the struggle between freedom and tyranny, the Napoleonic wars and characteristic traits of the places he visits. It is also a celebration of the past as it expresses itself in ruins and memorials. In that sense Byron is more tourist than anthropologist.
Stylistically impressive, but large parts were just pathos topped with pathos.

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Night Flight | Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
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Ooops I did again!
Nice bookhaul today. A couple of old Saint-Exupéry fly books and a couple of shiny new ones. #classics #bookaholic #happiness

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A Bride's Story | Kaoru Mori
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Time for some train travel & reading🤓👍

Swe_Eva That whole series is really great! 13mo
Henrik_Madsen Cool - I just discovered it and really enjoy it so far. 🤗 13mo
Gezemice I saw this in the library, looked interesting... 12mo
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Childe Harold's Pilgrimage | George Gordon Byron Baron Byron

On Rousseau‘s influence on revolutions:
“For then he was inspired, and from him came,
As from the Pythian‘s mystic cave of yore,
These oracles which set the world in flame;
Nor ceased to burn till kingdoms were no more.”

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The Cold Song | Linn Ullmann
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This was a really good novel set in Norway. Jon is an author who can no longer write and his family life is in shambles. His wife is getting tired of his act, and his oldest daughter is having social issues. All of this gets worse when Mille, the young girl taking care of the children during a summer, disappears.
Good setting and believable characters.

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The Moonstone will have its vengeance yet on you and yours! - He spoke those words, and fell dead on the floor.

sprainedbrain Welcome to Litsy! Always happy to have other #1001books people to follow. 😃 13mo
Henrik_Madsen Thanks @sprainedbrain It is nice to have some followers on the quest. I have so read about 160 books. How far are you? 13mo
sprainedbrain @Henrik_Madsen I just finished my 107th. I just got serious about the list in the last year or so. 13mo
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The Miniaturist | Jessie Burton
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I liked the setting a lot - a young girl arrives in 17th century Amsterdam where she becomes part of the merchant class - but it lost its way. Suddenly the problems and values of the household felt more like contemporary Europe, and the mysterious miniaturist was never developed.

ofthatilk Beautiful cover! 13mo
Henrik_Madsen Absolutely - it really sets the scene as well🙂 13mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome to Litsy 🎉🎊 13mo
KathleenM I agree with you. The idea of a miniaturist was intriguing but ended up unimportant. I expected more from a book titled The Miniaturist. 9mo
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Underworld: A Novel | Don DeLillo
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A looong book about America during the cold war. There were good parts about baseball and art, but there was also too much going on and the writing never really gripped me. #1001books

RaimeyGallant Welcome! A few days ago, I asked everyone who was willing to follow back newer users to comment on a post. If you're interested, about 240 people have so far. To find the post, you can either scroll down my page, or use the magnifying glass icon, then select tags, then type: DirectUsersToThisTagButDontPostOrCommentWithIt ...Let me know if you decide to try it, because I'm excited to know how well this works for people. :) #litsywelcomewagon 13mo
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Eggs Welcome to Litsy 👋🏻👋🏻 13mo
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Logcabingal Welcome and enjoy!! 13mo
Henrik_Madsen Thanks all. Nice to see so many book lovers in one place! 13mo
TheKidUpstairs As a whole, I too found this one to be uneven. But that first chapter, about the baseball game, is one of my favourite stories about baseball (or any sport, really). It's brilliant. 13mo
Henrik_Madsen Agreed. The first part was great but it tailed off after that. I couldn‘t relate to the main characters and was just too obviously an attempt to write a Great Novel. 13mo
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Remembering Babylon | David Malouf
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I liked the setting in early colonial Australia, but the story never really took off for me. Too many characters and storylines were not fully developed. #1001books

Chelleo Welcome to Litsy! New book friends are the best! We hope you‘re loving it here! Checkout these #Litsytips: http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: http://bit.ly/litsyvideos There‘s so many fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more! Check out #LitsyHappenings for details. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 13mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 👋😀 13mo
DebinHawaii Welcome to Litsy!! 🎉📚👍Hope you enjoy it here! 13mo
ReadZenRites Hi 👋🏻 Welcome to Litsy ✨📚✨ 13mo
Henrik_Madsen Thanks all - looking forward to exploring the possibilities. 😀🤓 13mo
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