Currently reading… Colm Tóibin’s “Brooklyn”

Hauntingly beautiful and heartbreaking, Colm Tóibín’s sixth novel, Brooklyn, is set in Brooklyn and Ireland in the early 1950s, when one young woman crosses the ocean to make a new life for herself. (Goodreads)

I agree 100% with this Goodreads review. First off, when I picked this book up in the library, I was a bit reluctant and suspicious, because I was looking for something easy to read and this book had a “2009 Costa Award Winner” sticker on it. So naturally – at least for me – I thought it must be tough reading. But I picked it up anyway, because the description resonated with me: a young girl leaving behind her Irish home to make a new life for herself in the USA. So I took it home with me and let it lie on my bedside table for weeks… Finally when I picked it up to read, I basically went straight through it.

The story as well as the characters have something very tangible. Although set in the 1950s it’s a story almost everyone having lived/worked in a foreign country can relate to. The overwhelming newness of things, the home sickness, the loneliness and the feeling of not belonging but also the fun, the adventure and the excitement of everything. I felt with Eilis – the main character. I felt her sadness, her excitement, her inner turmoil. And I felt angry and frustrated about her final decision. I almost cried for her. And this is when I know I’m reading a good book – when I truly feel with and for the characters.

So this is two thumbs up. If you are into “hauntingly beautiful and heartbreaking” storys, you should definitely go and pick up Colm Tóibin’s Brooklyn.

Watched: “Man of Steel”

Whoever’s not in the loop: this is a movie about Superman. Not sure though if it was supported by Marvel Comics or if it was somekind of independant project. But I guess it has to be at least Marvel approved when they are using the Superman logo… anyways…

I’m no fan of superhero-action-andallthatkindofstuff-movies. The reason for me watching this movie was me and my husband having a low-key, cuddly evening on the couch without much fuss. So we’d pop in the DVD and – unfortunately for me – the movie was almost 2,5 hours long. Ugh!!! Although I have to say I didn’t realized this until we were halfway through and I was longing for the big finale. 🙂 Still. For a movie that long about a superhero I don’t particularly care for, it was good. It has a good story, good actors (I especially love Amy Adams but also Kevin Costner and Diane Lane as Superman’s earth parents) and is easy to follow – even for someone not involved in the whole Superman story.

All in all, I have to admit that the movie wasn’t half-bad, just a teensy bit too long at one point or another. Especially the end was dragged out far beyond what would have been necessary. It felt like the simple good conquering evil just wasn’t enough and they had to do it all over again. Even my husband thought this was a bit too much. But as I’ve already said, it’s good movie if you don’t expect too much and we had a great evening watching it. So two thumps up – or well maybe just one and a half

Gelesen (read): Sabine Asgodom “Das Leben ist zu kurz für Knäckebrot”

Selbsbewusst in allen Kleidergrößen! Das ist das erklärte Ziel von Sabine Asgodom – Coach, Journalistin, Autorin und eine der lebenslustigsten Frauen Deutschlands. Wie schafft man es den Dauerstress im Kampf gegen die Pfunde zu beenden? Indem man mit Ihnen Frieden schließt. Um dieses Ziel zu erreichen, beschreibt Frau Asgodom erst einmal “Die fünf ‘T’ – warum wir dick werden” um sie dann mit den “Fünf ‘L’ der Lösungen” zu bekämpfen.

Sehr unterhaltsames und auch gut recherchiertes Buch, das von einer Frau geschrieben wurde, die weiß wovon sie spricht. Selbst seit Ihrer Jugend übergewichtig, hat Sabine Asgodom nicht nur zahlreiche Diäten und den Kreislauf des ewigen Jo-jo-Effekts durchlebt, sondern es auch geschafft mit sich und ihrem Gewicht ins Reine zu kommen. Daher ein absolut lesenswertes Buch, das auf authentische und unterhaltsame Weise Wege aufzeigt aus der Diätfalle auszubrechen und ein enspannteres und glücklicheres Leben zu führen, indem man sich selbst annimmt wie man is(s)t.

Mir hat das Buch sehr gut gefallen. Jeder, der selbst immer wieder mit Übergewicht zu kämpfen hat (und hier spreche ich nicht von den 5 Kilo über Idealgewicht…), wird viele Ihrer Erfahrungen nachvollziehen können und sich zumindest ein Stückchen weit selbst darin wiederfinden.

Einziger kleiner Wermutstropfen: man hat das Gefühl, dass Buch ist vorbei bevor es erst richtig angefangen hat. Ich hätte gerne noch weitergelesen bzw mehr gelesen.

Fazit: Absolut empfehlenswert!

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I’ve recently read Sabine Asgodoms’ book about accepting yourself no matter what size you are. The author is an avid advocate of loving yourself and treating yourself well without necessarily adhering to our Western standard of slim and trim.

However, since this book is not available in English I won’t bore you with a complete translation of my review. Just so much: I loved the book and the way she’s writing about an issue that is a problem for many, many women (and surely men as well). If you are interested in literature about accepting yourself no matter what size you are, there are a couple of Englisch books out there that could be of interest. Two of them are: Mimi Spencer “101 Things to Do Before You Diet” and Marilyn Wann “Fat! So? Because You Don’t Have to Apologize for Your Size”.