Jar n i Ung kona fer ast me stmanni s num og br ur leit a r tfestu og h sn i sem r mar allt senn star og fj lskyldul f skrautlegt f lagsl f einveru og n i Eftir trag skar tilraunir til a finna s r og s num

  • Title: Jarðnæði
  • Author: Oddný Eir
  • ISBN: 9789935423474
  • Page: 145
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Ung kona fer ast me stmanni s num og br ur leit a r tfestu og h sn i sem r mar allt senn star og fj lskyldul f, skrautlegt f lagsl f, einveru og n i Eftir trag skar tilraunir til a finna s r og s num sta , rekst h n aldagamalt fyrirkomulag sem reynist dularfullan h tt vera lausn.

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    1. This was a very Icelandic read. It had the very Nordic sense of the sky being a bit higher and the wind being more raw than, say, in Italy. I'm not sure I actually understood this book, at least it had layers that remained unfolded. Still, I found it very enjoyable, and it gave me a lot to think about.

    2. It's hard to give this stars or comment on the plot because there really isn't one. Read the blurb closely before choosing this- it is more philosophical than character driven and there certainly is some sort of new language. I tried really hard because I have been to Iceland and have read other Icelandic literature but I just found this really hard. Thanks to edelweiss for the ARC. You will like this if you are open to new types of literature and are familiar with the quirks of a translated boo [...]

    3. As long as a reader remembers that Land of Love and Ruins is a collection of diary entries--ruminations of a day or moment, as opposed to beginning-middle-and-end narrative--there are many pleasures to be had in this quirky, conversational offering.

    4. Loved it, and probably will read chapters from it again and again. Beautiful. Lots of thoughts that I share and just wish I had found such great words to describe.

    5. I'm enjoying this literary fiction set in Iceland and England. The author Oddny Eir is new to me. She structures her novel in the shape of a travel diary. However, she's not on an action-adventure, but more or less, contemplating the environmental fate of Iceland and other Nordic countries or reflecting on icons of her country's past. It has been a slower read for me because of the numerous details in each chapter. Don't be fooled by the thinness of the novel. It is equivalent to one of those ar [...]

    6. Yes, there might not really be a story here, but nevertheless, it was a very enjoyable read for me. I really liked the autobiographical element; I really felt like was given a window on a life of someone I really felt I was getting to know well. A rather nice person, and not so very unlike me, and I had a strong feeling of friend-potential, which is quite rare in novels.And yes, would love to read more about my "new friend" Oddny! Though it might remain a rather one sided relationship I guess.

    7. Took me WAY too long to read. Some powerful sentences in here but I found myself constantly looking for something to sink my teeth into.

    8. Land van liefde en ruïnes van Oddny EirDit boek is een eerlijk, spontaan, ongeremd verslag van de omzwervingen die de net gescheiden Oddny maakt door IJsland. Aan de hand van dagboeknotities neemt zij ons dieper mee in haar wereld, letterlijk en figuurlijk. Elke aantekening begint met een datering aan de hand van feestdagen en natuurfenomenen (maanstanden, verjaardagen van heiligen,…), wat maakt dat je je nog beter kan inleven in het leven van Oddny en in het leven in IJsland. Maar wat ook ma [...]

    9. Reviewed by DM O'Connor for San Diego Book ReviewIf you have ever yearned to go to Iceland, or even better, inside the insightful mind of one of Iceland’s greatest writers, then Land of Love and Ruins by Oddny Eir is just the ticket. Part memoir, part diary, part dream-log, part travel guide, Eir travels Iceland (and England and France) after years abroad in search of a sense of home, a sense of peace and calm. The terrain Eir covered is full of family and national history, meditations on Icel [...]

    10. I attended a talk at the Edinburgh Book Festival in the summer with Oddny - I'd never read her book before the event, but picked it up afterwards as she came across so well. She signed it for me, and what a warm, kind, generous person she seemed to be. The book came home and joined the rather large pile by the side of my bed. Until yesterday. I read this book in 2 days, but I will go back to it again and again. It is part diary, part musing on environmentalism, nationalism, love and relationship [...]

    11. This book was fun to read and relatively easy. In a way it was transporting to be in her life, as a young writer, exploring isceland and europe, and her thoughts on living and making a home and being intimate. I think if there was a little more of a "beginning-middle-end" i might have gotten more out of it, but it was an enjoyable nonetheless and inspired me to start writing litle thoughts in a diary like fashion.

    12. Satisfying, poetic novel that gave me the impression of having travelled. Potent and granular, leaving wide spaces between images and details whose through-line is obscured slightly by a style of restraint and idiosyncratic labelling of calendar days and nicknaming of characters.

    13. What a strange, strange book! Maybe it's the translation; maybe it's that I know nothing about Iceland, but seriously, what is the thing with accordions and is Squirrel Man a real person? Are some parts of this actually dreams? Still, it grows on you with a weird witchy power.

    14. Could not get past the first fifty pages.Rambling and no organizing of thoughts at all.Different geographical places every two pages. It was a mess. Sorry.

    15. Interesting, somewhat cryptic rumination on ancestry and relationship to one’s country, environment, family, and art.

    16. A favorite sentence: "As soon as your heart opens, its waste pours out along with the love."And another: “Closeness has to be like running water; it mustn’t stagnate and turn sour.”I will be returning to Oddny Eir -- her diary-like fiction reminded me of Manguso and Rilke and is like nobody else I have read at once. Haunting, odd, beautiful.

    17. More like three and a half stars. I enjoyed this- it's an unusual book and quite warm and fun to read. Hard to describe though, obviously!

    18. Unsettling and funny, savory and sour and sweet by turns!A book that explores while it enacts the dynamic tension between focus and fluidity!

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