Den Klamme Hånd

Den Klamme Hånd af Jesper Michael Hansen

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3 stars

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”Den klamme hånd” er skrevet af Jesper Michael Hansen og er udgivet ved Snepryd Bogforlag. Jeg var så heldig at modtage denne (u)hyggelige bog, som jeg besluttede mig at læse en hyggelig sommeraften. Dog kunne effekten selvfølgelig havde været bedre, hvis det havde været ”vinter”-mørkt.

Fortællingen er skønt formidlet, og kan læses af både børn, unge og voksne. Ofte sidder man med et smil på læben og kan heller ikke holde grinene tilbage. Det er utroligt hvor morsomt en beretning om en lille, helt almindelig, bøhlands-by, kan være. Selvfølgelig er det ikke en almindelig historie, men tværtimod et hæsblæsende eventyr, hvor to drenge Tristan og Bjarke ikke oplever den kedelige weekend, som de ellers havde forventet.

Tristan trådte langsomt lidt baglæns. Egentlig troede han ikke rigtig på Gud eller julemanden, men han sendte alligevel dem begge en bøn om, at Bjarke ville klappe kaje. Og hvis ikke, så at lynet ville slå ned, da det virkede mere realistisk. Ellers trøstede han sig med at kunne løbe fra dem alle sammen. Det havde han da i hvert fald gjort op til flere gange på fodboldbanen

Tristan opsøges af landbetjenten Jensen, som i øvrigt er enormt morsomt og ofte ironisk portrætteret. Tristans ven, Bjarke, er nemlig blevet væk – han er rettere sagt forsvundet fra jordens overflade. Tristan forsøger at gennemgå sidst, hvor han så Bjarke og hvad der fandt sted, og det bliver en særdeles interessant rejse at følge.

En opskrift til et hæsblæsende og morsomt eventyr:

  • To drenge.
  • En gammel røverskat.
  • Syv krokodiller.
  • En storbarmet realitystjerne.

Er du nysgerrig om at høre videre? (det kan jeg godt forstå!) 🙂

For det første, så er det en skøn historie, både i teorien og i praksis. Den er skrevet i øjenhøjde til unge, men som sagt, kan voksne sagtens læse med. Måske ville denne bog også være god til højtlæsning? For det andet, så er sproget spændende og stadig enkelt for den yngre læser.  Det er en moderne børnefortælling, som byder på et godt mix af en god fortælling, masser af humor, samt 100 % nøjagtige beskrivelser af danske småbyer og de folk, som findes dér. Man kan nikke genkendende til de mange forskellige typer, som beskrives i historien; moderen, som gerne vil passe på sin søn, den lokale betjent, som drikker lidt for mange øl og hovedpersonen, som hele tiden forsøger at samle de løse ender, selvom det ofte virker som en umulig opgave.

”Sekundet efter tror Tristan næsten, at krattet omkring Udsigten bliver levende ligesom i Ringenes Herre, hvor træer og buske kaster med sten mod Isengard. Men så myldrer en flok skrigende drenge med slangebøsser pludselig frem fra buskene og vælter de voksne omkuld, så faklerne sætter ild til det tørre græs. Tor stormer også frem og vælter manden i den stribede trøje til jorden, og Tristan tænker, at han hellere må følge efter […]

”Kæft, hvor er jeg glad for at se dig”, siger Bjarke med en tåre trillende ned ad kinden, mens Tristan hiver i rebet”.

Selvom jeg synes, at det er en rigtig god bog, både fortællingen, formidlingen og de passende illustrationer, så vil jeg måske mene, at den er bedre til et yngre publikum end til en ”såkaldt” voksen. Dog er der mange elementer, som simpelthen gør dette til en skøn rejse for to drenge. Samt beretter det om et ubrydeligt venskab mellem Tristan og Bjarke, og en weekend, som de sjældent vil glemme…

The Couple Who Fell To Earth by Michelle Bitting

The Couple Who Fell To Earth by Michelle Bitting

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4 stars

Thanks to Poetic Book Tours for including my review!

”The Couple Who Fell To Earth” is a poetry collection written by Michelle Bitting.
The poetry collection consists of 5 different sections, which are all connected to a certain theme, e.g. the titles; Earth, Heart, Immanent, Body, Wind and finally, an epilogue.

When you as a reader glance through the contents, it wakes up your senses and makes your interest grow. All of the different poems’ titles fit the sections they are divided into, and it’s very interesting to see how Beginnings is a reference to Earth, and Aphrodite in Los Angeles fits the theme of Wind.
I have always been really fascinated by poetry and what it does to the soul. How can one not read poetry? How can one not love it?

To me, poetry is everything and still undefined. I love the classic poetry – the love and the suffering, and I am amazed of how contemporary poetry is still able to show the same aspects of life, love and humankind. Even if it’s done with modern descriptions, it clearly still shows an aspect of the certain time which we live in today.

“heat of the noble
night that will carry us,
tongue and thigh
entwined and shuddering
against our own coming history”
(from The Goods)

Poetry sets my mind going. What does life do the modern human being? How does love affect us? How does suffering influence our mind? I found it very interesting to see how this poetry collection was divided into sections (although I know, this is not the most important bit to show you, literature lover, in a review!)
BUT the sections reflect basic universal elements, e.g. earth and wind, which we naturally connect to water and fire. Furthermore, there are two sections that deal with heart and body.
… The question now is, if we divide these two or if we combine them? Can love live vicariously through the heart or does it need “some help” from the body?
Do we really feel love in our veins or do emotions allow us to feel this way?

“where I inevitably fall
and never mind the drowning.
Where my pendant heart gleams
beneath grassy cliffs
and opaque plummet,
the drowsy waves that beckon
as the lighthouse sways
between the buttons,
beaming its code
from a conflicted core
that warns:
it’s not always becoming
to follow yourself home”
(from Nemesis Necklace)

The writing style is very interesting and must be mentioned. In the poetry, there are a lot of nouns, often connected to everyday life, and often very descriptive, so it makes it easier for the reader to visualize the situations, feelings or actions described. It may seem simplified, although it is complicated in the poetry’s composition. Furthermore, there are many sensuous descriptions that allow the reader to remember, visualize its own memories and imagine scenarios, myths or ancient history. The following elements are mentioned, e.g. authors, history through time, ancient history, important authors and philosophers, Greek mythology, legends, etc.

A poem that really blew me away was The Couple Who Fell To Earth. While reading it, I was extremely impressed by the poet’s ability to make the reader: 1) lose its breath, 2) be completely drawn into the literary universe and 3) truly experience the cruel temptation of what love does and how it conquers.

“And to think we slept through it all,
though the dream kept smacking us
with every surge of the sea’s cold blade.
We are the lion
and the lamb,
the tooth in the flesh,
flaming halo and silken curl,
the wounded bird and coming ecstasy,
this kingdom we’ve built till death do us part”
(from The Couple Who Fell To Earth)

I could keep going on (and on… and on… and on!) about how poetry affects us when we read it. Poetry makes us feel, suffer, reflect and allows us to reminiscence. This poetry collection is certainly symbolizes of great poetry itself; symbolism, metaphors, puns, detailed research, historical and mythological references which support the written words, and finally, an imagination that is shining like thousands of small stars in the sky.

Michelle Bitting has done an amazing job with this poetry collection and I will definitely spread the word about this magical experience I just had. It’s as if I was the single which fell to earth “looking up saw the still dark sky lit with a few bright stars” (from Epiphany II)