Thursday, May 28, 2009

I'm reading this wonderful novel by Karin Fossum who's responsible for the Inspector Sejer mysteries. I recommend her works to all. Thought you'd enjoy her character's description of the months of the year:

" ... I love all the months, each has its own tone, its own hue. Imagine this wheel. January, for example, bright blue and white and a trumpet with clear, sharp notes. February, almost identical, with the sun a little more yellow and I hear a cornet. March, grey and white, I hear a viola, there lies a faint hope in its deep note. April, yellow and white. Violins, ' I say, 'with a hint of trapped despair. May, yellow and green. People dancing around a maypole. June, airy and sky blue, accordion. A big flaming bonfire, sparks flying off out into the night. July is a deep yellow, the colour of sand, the sound of the radio. August, the summer is fading, I hear a faint guitar. Then comes your month, September. It is the colour of earth and now I hear a cello. October, 'I continue, ' rusty red with a strong beat. Someone is playing an oboe. November, as I mentioned just now, bare. In November I hear kettledrums and a moaning trombone. Then we finally reach December, with candles and tinsel. And so the years pass, in an ever-recurring circle."

PS - I finished Broken and have been Jonesing for more Fossum. Nothing else will seem to do. Sadly for me, I've already read everything she's done. I guess I'll have to wait until The Water's Edge is released August 25. I can't wait!


  1. mmm...july...sound of the radio?
    viola in march, brings a smile to my face..
    Thanks David for introducing this author - new to me - will definitely check her up...

    right now, am listening to Couperin Troisième leçon de ténèbres, performed by Jordi Savall...too beautiful

    yes to "Les Oiseaux" de Messiaen my dear! know is the only piece i ever heard of Messiaen.
    Please don't be mad at me, but i had difficulty to listen to other pieces. At that time, I was mingling with people concerned with "musique concrète" in Paris so i tried to educate my ear listening to works of Boulez or Pierre Henry....mmm..not my cup of tea everyday (except of course, La Messe pour le temps présent)

    What are you up to this week end? Cooking, partying ? Hope everything's ok in your part of the world
    the best to you too (will email soon)

  2. Hello Lala,

    Thanks for the lovely comment. I just finished Broken and really enjoyed it. As has been the case with her other works, I am now looking forward to the next. The Water's Edge will be out in August.

    I will race to research the Couperin you've been listening to. I look forward to it. You may want to give Messiaen more of a shot. I agree that some of it is rather thorny. Some of it is gorgeous and exhultant, Canyon of the Stars etc...

    It's raining here now and I'm enjoying it. Not much planned for the weekend. I hope yours is wonderful.



  3. I love this. I've always, since childhood, thought of the months of the years in color. I like that Fossum has added music, as well. My favorite month is October, yes, rusty red and oboe!