…but Hans Diller is alive

A complete list of all the books I've read in my reading club


Every 2-3 months, I meet with my friends Morten, Mikkel, Klaus, and Jeff to discuss a book we've read. And maybe have a beer. We have a reading club called "…men Hans Diller lever" (eng.: "…but Hans Diller is alive").

The name comes from a piece of graffiti at KUA, the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Copenhagen, where all students and teachers have a collective crush on Michel Foucault. Someone wrote, with huge letters in front of the entrance, "FOUCAULT IS GAY". Later, "IS" was edited to "WAS" to clarify that he had died, and even later someone added "MEN HANS DILLER LEVER", which is both a dull joke ("hans diller" means "his penis" in Danish) and a reference to the little-known German classical scholar and historian Hans Diller. That's meta-humanity-humour for ya.

These are the books we've read. We also rated them on a scale from 0 to 5. The rating shows the mean and spread (standard deviation, i.e. how much we agreed/disagreed on the rating).

On the Danish version of this page, each book has some personal notes annotated.

Author Title Stars
(0-5)
Spread
Siri Hustvedt The Blazing World (currently reading)
Isaac Asimov Caves of steel 1.7 ±0.2
Sophus Helle og Morten Søndergaard (overs.) Gilgamesh 3.8 ±0.8
Brett Easton Ellis Less than zero 2.8 ±0.7
F. Scott Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby 2.6 ±1.0
Günther Grass The Tin Drum 1.5 ±0.9
Peter Adolphsen Rynkekneppesygen 3.6 ±0.2
Svend Aage Madsen Between Heaven And Earth 4.1 ±0.2
Ourselves We wrote our own short stories
Louis-Ferdinand Céline Death On Credit 4.9 ±0.2
Karen Blixen Seven Gothic Tales 2.3 ±0.8
Erich Maria Remarch All Quiet On The Western Front 4.3 ±0.2
Jens Blendstrup Slagterkoner og bagerenker 4.2 ±0.2
Jan Sonnergaard Radiator (and other short stories) 3.8 ±0.7
H. P. Lovecraft The Call of Cthulhu and other short stories 4.0 ±1.0
John Le Carré The Spy Who Came In From The Cold 2.2 ±0.2
Peter Madsen The Book Of Job (comic book version) 1.0 ±0.4
Virginia Woolf To The Lighthouse 2.5 ±0.5
Aksel Sandemose A Fugitive Crosses His Tracks 4.0 ±1.0
Morten Pape Planen 4.3 ±0.4
Orhan Pamuk The White Castle 2.9 ±1.5
Thomas Pynchon Bleeding Edge 0.4 ±0.2
Dan Turèll Images Of Vangede 3.6 ±0.4
Harper Lee To Kill A Mocking Bird 3.2 ±0.2
Michel Houellebecq The Map And The Territory 4.5 ±0.3
Joseph Conrad Heart Of Darkness 2.9 ±0.5
Fjodor Dostojevski Notes From Underground 4.3 ±0.4
Charles Dickens A Tale Of Two Cities 2.9 ±0.4
Gabriel García Marquéz One Hundred Years Of Solitude 2.5 ±0.6
Knut Hamsun Hunger 4.5 ±0.3
Lewis Carroll Alice In Wonderland 3.4 ±0.5
John Steinbeck East Of Eden 4.0 ±0.0
Ernest Hemingway The Old Man And The Sea 3.0 ±0.0

Our general enthusiasm for the books we've read has been distributed as follows:

Morten:   3.2 ±1.2
Mikkel: 3.4 ±1.2
Jeff: 2.9 ±1.5
Klaus: 3.3 ±1.0
Peter: 3.5 ±1.0

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