Hi there readers !
Dear readers, this is my post about the books that managed to have a meaning in MoonieZ’s life. I’m going to go back to the time when MoonieZ was still a small boy who only recently had learned to read well enough to read on his own. What kind of books did he read ? Well – first of all there were comic books like Donald Duck and Bamse. Later on there were others like Tomahawk, Jonah Hex and other Western-style stories. Then there were the comic book albums like the adventures of Tintin, the Smurfs and others. There were also the comic books based on classic novels like the stories about Robin Hood, Ivanhoe, Cyrano de Bergerac and The Three Musketeers and others about Daniel Boone, Buffalo Bill, Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie, the battle at the Alamo to name a few.
From the comic book versions MoonieZ moved on to read the actual books they were based upon. Around this time or a little later MoonieZ went to the cinema to watch a movie – Watership Down – that pointed him towards a book written by the English author Richard Adams. The movie and the novel upon which it was based was a wonderful story about a small group of wild rabbits escaping destruction to find a safe place to start a new life. For years to come this book would be almost like a Bible for the young MoonieZ. He would carry his worn copy of the book with him everywhere he went and read it over and over.
At the same time he had discovered another interesting book at the school library: J.R.R. Tolkien‘s The Hobbit. From then on the years onwards would be dedicated to reading the other books by Tolkien: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King. The world of Tolkien kept MoonieZ spellbound. He even dreamed of becoming a scholar of languages and started to create his own language.
Through the lessons in school he also read some classic novels by Swedish authors like Strindberg, Lagerlöf and Fogelström and later on some by Hemingway and other internationally canonized authors. During these years of reading and daydreaming MoonieZ had also begun to write his own short stories and also created some comics. The reading fueled his writing and his imagination knew almost no limits. Then somewhere in the middle of high school he picked up a novel by Stephen King and found yet another author to be inspired by. In the years that followed MoonieZ read almost all the books then published by King. The best one being IT – a novel that would inspire and influence many of his own writings for better or worse.
Along the way MoonieZ had started to read a lot of non-fiction books, mainly on the subject of History. The main areas of interest were the Wild West, wars and warfare, the Swedish Empire , the second World War, the American South and the American Civil War. Through his interest in these subjects he found the way to the novel and the movie Gone with the Wind which he immediately fell in love with after watching the movie and reading the novel. He also picked up the novels by John Jakes about the Civil War. Those books were also turned into a TV mini series which MoonieZ watched and liked a lot. His general interest in the American South lead him to read some of James Lee Burke‘s novels as well as novels by various other Southern authors.
MoonieZ also managed to read all the novels by Swedish authors Sjöwall & Wahlöö about the police detective Martin Beck and his colleagues. During his college studies and later MoonieZ almost stopped reading fiction with the exception of the novels by Jan Guillou, Leif GW Persson and recently Stieg Larsson‘s famous Millennium trilogy. Instead he read text books about Cultural Studies, Cinema Studies and communication theory and after finishing the studies continued to read non-fiction books about a variety of topics. A favorite author of non-fiction is the Swedish scholar Peter Englund who writes books about Swedish and European history.
That’s about all I had to say on the subject of books that have managed to have a meaning in my – MoonieZ’s – life.