tisdag 9 januari 2007

Hjalmar Bergman

I'm reading an old book from the 1920's, "The boss, Mrs Ingeborg" by Hjalmar Bergman, and it's interesting to notice how well the writer describes women. He gets underneath their skin in an almost scary kind of way. He wrote the book in his forties and it's remarkable how the book deals with older women as its main characters. They are described, not as in today's society, as being ready to die, but are in every way lovable and nice. They are almost devine. The style feels for modern reading a bit old fashioned, but I see clear links to works by Flaubert and Maupassant. Again, a book is a result of its time, and since I like to read about old times, I give this one high marks.

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