Back from Bodensee (Lake Constance)

A couple nights ago I got back from my week-long trip to Bodensee in the south of Germany. The weather didn’t play nicely however and I spent most of my time reading rather than riding my bike around the lake. The last 2 nights were especially bad. There were only 2 days with half a day of sun and the temperature seemed to fall a degree or 2 each day.

As I usually do when camping in less than nice weather, I went to the movies to pass the time and get warm and dry. The first film I saw was X-men 3. I really like X-men movies although this one was the weakest of the 3 and had lots of room for improvement. I’ve always liked the idea of taking on special powers.

The 2nd I saw was The Da Vinci Code. Man, Ron Howard screwed this one up. It was just bad. The pace was way to fast (especially at the beginning), many important details were left out that were in the book (one of the cryptex passwords was “sofie”, her brother was also at Roslin, etc.) and I saw at least 3 instances where it seemed as if Robert Langdon was trying to mollify the catholic audience. In the book I got no sense that Robert Langdon’s character was trying to play to the catholic crowd.

The third and last film I saw was As in Heaven. I really liked this film. It’s a swedish film that was nominated for best foreign film at the last Oscars. It really makes you feel good although it’s not necessarily a happy movie. I strongly recommend this film.

As mentioned earlier, I also read alot. I read “The Da Vinci Code” during the first 2 days. I think I’m the last person on earth to read it. It’s a really fun book, a real page-turner.

I then moved on to Philip Roth‘s “American Pastoral.” After reading The Da Vinci with it’s suspense, the pace of American Pastoral was a bit of a shock and it took time to settle into it. It’s one of those books that you need to reflect on and maybe read again to enjoy it thoroughly. Basically, it’s about America and the pent-up emotions that we build-up to maintain face.

And lastly, I’m working through Haruki Murakami‘s “Kafka on the Shore” now. I truly love this book. I’m not finished yet but I simply love the way the stor(y/ies) is/are told in the book. I’ll be getting more of his books to read later. As a sidenote, it’s strange that as a white kid from The South it’s hard to imagine the charecters as being Japanese although I know that the story takes place in Japan. I have no problem imagining white, black, hispanic or even asian-american characters. I guess everyone is influenced by their surroundings. Now that I’m nearing the end of the book, I’ve chiseled into my head the image of Japanese characters into my head.

It’s been so long since I’ve read non-computer books. It was really refreshing. I didn’t use a single computer or the internet all week. I hadn’t done that for years.

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