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review 2018-12-23 22:01
24 Festive Tasks: My Final Books (Doors 16, 17 and 19 -- Human Rights Day, St. Lucia's Day, and Festivus)
A Christmas Guest - Anne Perry,Terrence Hardiman
Skandinavische Weihnachten: Die schönsten Geschichten von Sven Nordqvist, Hans Christian Andersen, Selma Lagerlöf u.a. - Hans Christian Andersen,Selma Lagerlöf,Various Authors,Sven Nordqvist,Josef Tratnik,Dirk Bach,Jens Wawrczeck
A Woman of No Importance - Full Cast,Oscar Wilde
Model Millionaire - David Timson,Oscar Wilde

Anne Perry: A Christmas Guest

The third book in Anne Perry's series of Christmas novellas, each one of which has as their protagonist one of the supporting characters from Perry's main series (William Monk, and Charlotte & Thomas Pitt).  This installment's starring role goes to Charlotte Pitt's vinegar-tongued grandmother, who -- like another remote relative, recently returned to England after having spent most of her adult life living in the Middle East -- finds herself shunted onto Charlotte and her husband Thomas at short notice, because the family with whom she had been planning to spend the holidays have made other plans.  While Grandma pretends to despise her widely-traveled fellow guest, secretly she develops a considerable amount of respect for her, so when the lady is unexpetedly found dead, grandma takes it upon herself to seek out the people who had unloaded her on the Pitt household; convinced that something untoward is afoot.


As Perry's Christmas novellas go, this is one of my favorite installments to date, and i loved seeing it told, for once, not from the point of view of an easily likeable character, but from that of Grandma, who is a major pain in the neck to others (even though you'd have to be blind not to recognize from the word "go" that her acerbic tongue and pretensions are merely part of her personal armour).  I also wondered whether the murder victim's character might have been inspired by pioneering women travelers like Gertrude Bell, even if the story is set a few decades earlier than Bell's actual life.  I had issues with a couple of minor aspects of the plot (and characters / behaviour), but they didn't intrude enough to seriously impinge on my enjoyment of the story.  And since Grandma, for all her overblown pretenses, is certainly a strong woman character -- which she shows, not least, by eventually admitting to her own fallibilities -- I am counting this book towards the Human Rights Day square of 24 Festive Tasks.



Various Authors: Skandinavische Weihnachten

A charming anthology of Christmas short stories and poems from Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Iceland, and Finland; chiefly geared towards children, but more than enjoyable by readers and listeners of all ages and generations.  I knew some of the entries (no Scandinavian Christmas anthology without Andersen's Little Match Girl, I suppose), but many of the stories were new to me, and they made for delightful listening on this 4th weekend of Advent. -- Set in Scandinavia, and thus I'm using it as my book for the St. Lucia's Day square.



Oscar Wilde: A Woman of No Importance

Wilde's second play; an acerbic take on the narrowness of fin de siècle English morality; or more particularly, supremely hypocritical perceptions of women's role in society.  Unlike in Wilde's later plays, the beginning comes across as a bit of an over-indulgence in the author's own clever wit, with a veritable fireworks of sparkling onelines and repartees following in quick succession without greatly advancing the plot (which is what earns the piece the subtractions in my star ratings -- it's the perfect example of too much of a good thing); but once the plot and the dialogue centers on the opposing protagonists, it quickly finds its feet. -- As Festivus books go, it's rather on the dark side, but it's a satire nevertheless, so I'm counting it for that square ... and though (unusually for Wilde) the last line is telegraphed a mile and a half in advance, I nevertheless enjoyed saying it along with the play's heroine from all my heart.



Oscar Wilde: Model Millionaire

My encore enjoyment to follow up A Woman of No Importance; a story that couldn't be any more different in tone and intent -- the tale of a gentleman who believes he has done a kindness to a raggedy beggar modelling for his artist friend ... only to find that he could not possibly have been any more mistaken, and that in fact it is he who is ultimately at the receiving end of an unexpected kindness.

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video 2018-12-04 19:54
Doctor Who: 12 Doctors, 12 Stories Slipcase Edition - Various
Confessions Of An Ugly Stepsister - Gregory Maguire
The Snow Queen - Hans Christian Andersen,Sanna Annukka
The Nutcracker - E.T.A. Hoffmann,Sanna Annukka
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review 2018-08-21 22:24
Dark Tales: The Snow Queen: A Graphic Novel
Dark Tales: The Snow Queen: A Graphic Novel - Hans Christian Andersen,Emilie Majarian

The Snow Queen, it continues to be a story that has a special spot in my heart. I love the concept of a friendship so deep, and so pure, that nothing can keep them apart. I've also always loved the fact that this is the type of story where a girl rescues a boy, rather than the other way around! So, it's no surprise that I was so eager to read this graphic novel take on this beloved story.

Sadly, I didn't love it as much as I wanted to. While the bones of the story are intact, and the characters are still all true to themselves, I felt like this version zipped along too quickly to really bring out the aspects of the story that I love. The lack of time makes it so that the story is a more watered down version, and you really don't get the epic feel of Gerda's journey. I feel like this was additionally hampered by the simplicity of the illustrations in this book. The Snow Queen leaves so much space for gorgeous panels, filled with icy backdrops and epic journeys. It all just felt too flat to me, and left a bit disappointed.

For staying true to the story I love, I'm willing to give three stars. I just wanted more.

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review 2018-05-13 14:42
Improwizator - Hans Christian Andersen,Hieronim Feldmanowski

Przypuszczam, iż większości z Was, podobnie jak mnie, nazwisko autora w pierwszej kolejności kojarzy się z niezapomnianymi, znanymi z dzieciństwa baśniami. Tym razem jednak Wydawnictwo MG zaprezentowało czytelnikom twórczość duńskiego pisarza skierowaną do dorosłych odbiorców.

„Improwizator” to historia Antonia, który na skutek nieszczęśliwego wypadku zostaje sierotą i kuratelę nad nim obejmuje zamożna i znamienita rodzina Borghese. Chłopiec od zawsze wykazywał się ponadprzeciętną wrażliwością oraz talentem improwizatorskim, Antonio snuje swoją opowieść rozpoczynając od dzieciństwa i wieku nastoletniego, poprzez młodość, aż po czas mu współczesny.

Oprócz perypetii głównego bohatera autor rozsnuwa przed czytelnikiem malownicze pejzaże Rzymu, Neapolu, czy Wenecji. Nie szczędząc bogatych w detale opisów przyrody i wszystkiego, co ukazuje się oczom Antonia.

Jest to opowieść o miłości, przyjaźni, podróżach oraz talencie, którego publiczne pokazywanie w ówczesnych czasach oraz powstałych na skutek różnorakich okoliczności koneksjach i zależnościach wymaga od głównego bohatera nie lada odwagi.

Książkę czyta się dosyć wolno ze względu na fakt, że język, jakim została napisana jest dosyć anachroniczny, nie jest to jednak niczym dziwnym, gdyż powieść ta powstała w roku 1835, a jej polskie wydanie nastąpiło w roku 1859.

Dzienniki Antonia, bo taka właśnie jest konstrukcja niniejszej książki, przepełnione są jak już wspominałam bardzo obszernymi i bogatymi w detale opisami wydarzeń, jakie przytrafiają się najpierw chłopcu, a potem mężczyźnie. Jego przemyśleniom na różne tematy oraz bogactwu fauny i flory, które napotyka dzięki swoim podróżom.

Jeśli macie ochotę na lekturę mocno nietypową, a jednocześnie ciekawią Was losy włoskiego improwizatora sięgnijcie po tę XIX - wieczną powieść.

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review 2018-05-11 17:37
Wonderful Copenhagen
Hans Christian Andersen's Copenhagen: A Fairy Tale Walk through the City - Bente Kjølbye,Ole Larsen

This isn't so much a history of places that Andersen went to, but a brief look at thier connections to them. The walking guide is pretty accurate, though it doesn't fully note how far two of places are from the rest. Nice photos.

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