Saturday, February 12, 2011
Today, February 12, in the Wall Street Journal is full page article which is a challenge as well. "Books beget books--and sometimes writers are moved to pay tribute to the ones that formed them." Beginning with the year 987, in Baghdad, a bookseller named Ibn-al Nadim who cataloged books, but only books that he had personally seen and touched, commenting on all of them. He is compared to Jorge Luis Borges who imagined heaven to be a huge library of books. And as the writer in the WSJ says, they didn't just read books, they ingested them. Within the article, there are listed five authors who wrote about books in journals and memoirs. An article to be saved and savored.
Sunday, February 6, 2011
The investigative team led by Anders Knutas works hard to solve both cases and the story has several other characters, sub plots, and false leads to confuse the reader and those of us who try and guess the murderer before the end of the story. And these characters may be used in future books as not all the questions are answered.. For Nordic atmosphere, fine characterization and a few surprises, I highly recommend this book.