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Books I save on my shelves - Letter G

New year and a fresh look at my shelves. Which books have I saved on my shelves, just because they have become my favourites. That is mostly true about the fiction books, most of the nonfiction I do keep.

This pile of books is situated in hotel The Literary Man in Obidos in Portugal. I guess this is a way to store your books when there is no more space on your shelves.


The nonfiction this week are related to history and art. Nothing but the best and most interesting.

  • The Magdalene Legacy: The Jesus and Mary Bloodline Conspiracy by Laurence Gardner - an interesting story how art has visualised the religious stories. To this a historical theory of the relationship between Mary Magdalene and Jesus.

  • Antikens religioner (The Religions of Antiquity) by Ingvild S. Gilhus/Einar Thomassen - going back to the Greeks and the Romans and how religion has been visualised in art and sculpture.

  • Vermeer's Little Street by Franz Grijzenhout - finding the history and location of one of Vermeer's most famous paintings. It gives you a tour in Delft and its history. Wonderful little book I bought in the Vermeer museum in Delft.

  • Skåne i Danmark, En dansk historia till 1658 by Harald Gustafsson - we usually read about Skåne from a Swedish point of view. This is seen from the Danish point of view.


  • The Bridge of Little Jeremy by Indrajit Garai - a bitter sweet story about a boy and his dog as he is trying to save his mom and people around him.

  • The Suffering of Young Werther by Johan Wolfgang von Goethe - a classic novel about a young man committing suicide due to unhappy love.

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I love that pile of books but what do you do when the one you want is at the bottom?!!


Marianne Maurer
Marianne Maurer
Jan 17, 2023

I have read The Sufferings of Young Werther, of course, one of the books I had to read for school but re-read it later, great book. I think I need to look for Vermeer's Little Street the next time I am in NL.

But you are doing so well. I know you have seen some of my shelves and know that I would never be so good at throwing out books, even though I do pass on a lot.

Jan 18, 2023
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That the only book I have read by Goethe, but I have Faust on my list. Since several authors have written about the character Faust, I might try to read from various sources. Apart from Goethe, Marlowe comes to mind and Thomas Mann.

Vermeer's Little Street was a gem of a book. It gives you a perspective of Delft and how it looked in those days, and trying to find the same places today.

It has taken me many years to be able to give away books. Now it is a necessity since I don't have any space. I have come to terms with it, and it feels a little bit like a stone has come off my chest.

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