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In today’s post I’ll show you another inspiring novel from Scandinavia: Dina’s Book by the best-selling Norwegian author Herbjørg Wassmo. When I was reading it, I just couldn’t put it down and was forced to go to work like a zombie afterwards. It made a huge impact on me: in some ways Dina could be a role model for me and all the insecure women of the world. On the other hand I was truly angry with the author after finishing the last page. She created an elegant masterpiece and than smashed it with a hammer.
Anyway, the book’s worth reading, so here comes my review of it. I hope you’ll like it. 🙂
The plot in 2 sentences
As a little girl, Dina causes the death of her beloved mother and has to cope with grief and guilt next to her father who isn’t able to forgive her. When she grows older, Dina shows everyone that women aren’t horses which can be tamed and treated like servants or brainless beings.
Why the book’s so special
Dina’s Book portays an uniquely smart and strong woman who is expected to obay the ridiculous rules of the mid-nineteenth century and that of the full-blown partiarchy ruling it. Despite of her unflexible environment Dina always finds a way to stay true to herself and to keep her power. At the end she is the one who tames the world – even if she has to pay the price for it.
This novel isn’t a typical tale of a strong and wild woman, who is admired by society. Because the main characters of most of these tales are women who are easy to like and smart, only a bit unapprehended. Dina is different. She doesn’t fit into categories made for women: she doesn’t like to read or dress pretty, entertain handsome men and please anyone. She doesn’t even want to be with her own son. She rather smokes cigarrs, or plays the cello, is a heavy drinker, likes to be alone and doesn’t talk for months if she doesn’t want to. Summerized: she dares to be herself, even if she has to be brutally cruel.
“I am Dina who sees the sleigh with the person on it headlong down the steep slope. At first I think I am the one lying there tied to the sleigh. Because I feel pain more terrible than any I have ever known. Through crystal-clear clarity, but beyond time and space, I am in touch with the face on the sleigh. Moments later, the sleigh crashes against an ice-covered rock.”
Dina’s Book is for you if
You are a women. (Please, be good to yourself, read and learn.) You’ll like Dina’s Book also if you love the special atmosphere of Scandinavian books, dramatic twists or if you have to deal with a difficult past or insecurities.
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Spring is here, and this time of the year I always feel the urge to improve myself in different ways. In this post I’ll tell you about my plans regarding skin cleansing. As I already told you in a previous article, I have – unfortunately – a very delicate skin, which responds quickly and harsh to anything it doesn’t approve: stress, skin creams, food, you name it. When I told this to my cosmetician a few days ago she gave me some really useful advise on how to have beautiful skin, which I’m gonna share with you now 😉
Skin cleansing routine: I’m sure you already heard this a thousand times, but I think it can’t be stressed enough: do your skin cleansing routine every day, after getting up and before going to bed. Use face scrub once or twice a week. Don’t sleep with your make up on!
Moisturize your skin: Even if you have oily skin, it has to be moisturized, otherwise your skin will produce oil for itself. And it won’t look very appealing. Use a skin cream instead.
Listen to your skin: It will tell you if a product you’re using is not good for you. If your skin feels oily, dry, itchy, uncomfortable after using a product, try another one.
Pay attention to the season: During the cold months of winter your skin will need richer creams, which will feel like too much during summer. And don’t forget the UV-protection!
Dehydration is your enemy: not only for your skin, but for your entire body, it’s soooo important to drink enough water during the day! Drink a glass of water right after getting up, it will boost both your metabolism, skin and concentration.
Quit sugar and white flour: if you eat refined sugars and white flour, your blood sugar levels will rise and it will cause a total mess in your hormonal system. Which leads to no good, trust me.
Food allergy: maybe your skin tries to signal you something? It’s quite common that different types of skin conditions are signs for food allergies one wouldn’t know about anyway. If you have problematic skin try to quit milk and gluten-containing foods for a couple of weeks and see what happens.
Beautiful skin and tea
Drink tea: I’m a huge fan of tea and it turned out, there are some types which are known for their skin cleansing effects as well. According to my cosmetician, drinking stinging nettle tea, walnut leaves tea and rooibos tea helps to have a beautiful skin.
Do you have some tricks as well? Share them in the comment field 🙂