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  1. I'm a little obsessed with Iceland. It's a gorgeous country and produces some amazing literature - Bragi Olafsson's The Pets ranks among my favorite books of all time - so I was thrilled when I came across Au∂ur Ava Olafsdottir's The Greenhouse; it's not every day that an English translation of a contemporary Icelandic literary title comes my way. This is a quiet novel, written in a crisp and direct style - in that way it reminds me of Murakami, though the comparison ends there. Lobbi is a you [...]

  2. I just read another review that mentioned this book was quiet. Exactly. This book is quiet. Part of it takes place in a monastery, and that's how this book is, simple and quiet. It's the story of a young man leaving his country for the first time and leaving his father and twin autistic brother behind. His mom died a few years back and the family still seems to not have moved on. Part of the book is the road trip to his destination, which is never mentioned by name. Neither is his country of ori [...]

  3. I read the Italian translation (nota al traduttore e all'editore: su "do" di "io do" l'accento NON ci va. Ma insomma, dove avete studiato??).This is the story of the Icelandic Forrest Gump. He has a retarded brother, but he has some serious issues too. I disagree with many reviewers who see him as a real, regular, almost typical 22 yo man. Let's put it out there before anyone misses it: this guy is border-line autistic. Things happen to him and to his body often as if he was watching them on a s [...]

  4. Мекота, тихи чувства, неувереност, но и спокойствие.Раждането на родителите. Миличък дядо.С такава лекота се случва и преживява всичко в „Осемлистната роза“, че си помислих за исландски дзен? Флора Сол ще каже след години – може ли да се живее без драми.„Отначало следвам п [...]

  5. J'ai adoré les deux premiers tiers de ce livre, alors que Arnljótur quitte l'Islande pour un genre de road trip vers l'âge adulte, plein de naiveté et d'authenticité. Le personnage est très attachant, drôle, souvent émouvant. J'ai beaucoup aimé sa vision du monde, et j'avais souvent envie de souligner certains extraits. J'ai beaucoup aimé la dernière partie, mais pas aussi intensément. J'y ai trouvé certaines longueurs, et la fin a un petit coté légèrement Paulo Coelho. Mais je l [...]

  6. Re-read for class, in Icelandic, October 2014. (Listened to audio book read by author, too.)Re-read for new review, November 2012. Reviewed for Iceland Review, December 10, 2012, here: icelandreview/icelandr***Part road novel, part bildungsroman, Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir’s The Greenhouse is a meditative story of love, death, fatherhood, and creating meaning in life even when it seems to be entirely dictated by chance. Published in English translation in 2011, it is the first of ten Icelandic n [...]

  7. The main merit of this charming story was that it inspired me to step outside and weed the garden. So I was away from screens for a while. Well, for half a day

  8. The Greenhouse is a surprisingly lovely little story, with as much left unsaid as said. A young man, someone who doesn't seem especially comfortable in his own skin, takes his love of gardening to a country new to him. And he has a daughter, conceived in a careless one-night, actually less than one night, stand. I couldn't help but cheer him on as he learns about love, relationships, being a father, all aided by a monk who has at least one film to recommend as answer to all of life's questions. [...]

  9. Premetto: sono una “orchessa” priva di qualsivoglia sensibilità. Lobbi ha ventidue anni, passa un quinto di notte d’amore con Anna, studentessa universitaria, amica di un amico. Nasce Flora Sol.Lui è orfano di madre, ha un padre di 77 anni e un fratello gemello diversamente normale. Di Anna non sappiamo.Lei continua a studiare, lui lascia l’Islanda per recarsi in un paesino del nord Europa presso un celebrato monastero per occuparsi del roseto più famoso al mondo.Ora: signora Audur s [...]

  10. Dedicated to my mother “And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed.” —Genesis 1:29Opening: Because I’m leaving the country and it’s difficult to know when I’ll be back, my seventy-seven-year-old father is preparing a memorable last supper for me and is going to cook something from one of Mom’s handwritten recipes, the kind of thing Mom might have cooked o [...]

  11. . Uma mãe que morre num acidente de automóvel;. Um pai extremoso;. Um rapaz autista;. Uma menina - fruto de um fugaz encontro sexual - bela como um anjo e que faz milagres;. Um jovem a caminho do mais belo jardim do mundo para lá cultivar uma rosa rara;. Uma jovem dividida entre o amor e a carreira;. Um monge apaixonado por cinema.Envolve-se tudo; tempera-se com umas gotas de corante rosa; polvilha-se com alguma auto-ajuda. Serve-se morno, acompanhado de um pouco de fé.Não gosto muito deste [...]

  12. Ratolesť sa mi aj páčila, aj nie. Je ale veľká šanca, že väčšine čítačov sa bude veľmi páčiť.Čítala sa rýchlo a príjemne, ale pôsobí na mňa ako feel-good-mystik-bildungs-román so snovými prvkami.Občas ma zarazil nejaký nerealistický moment ((view spoiler)[okolnosti operácie apendixu, kúpa auta, lacná lesná reštaurácia (wtf?) (hide spoiler)]) a občas som si príliš jasne uvedomovala, že dozrievanie mladého muža opisuje žena, resp. opisuje svoju predstavu o [...]

  13. E' consolante sapere che dal Nord Europa non arrivano solo gialli e thriller, ma anche romanzi 'normali', diciamo. Detto questo, sono molto contenta di aver speso 89 centesimi (per la versione ARC - in traduzione inglese - di ) piuttosto che 17 euro (o 9,99 nel caso della versione digitale) per la traduzione italiana. The Greenhouse (Rosa candida in italiano): è un libro piacevole ma avevo altre aspettative.Arnljótur Thórir (soprannominato dal padre, grazie al cielo, Lobbi) è un ventiduenne [...]

  14. This book caught my eye for two main reasons. First, the title made me take my first look because I love all things gardening related. Then, the description of the book kept my attention because it described a story not only of the shared love of the title greenhouse between a son and his deceased mother, but it also told of the journey of the son to a remote monastery to restore its once fabulous gardens. Enough saidickwnloadadd I am glad to have done it.I would describe this book as a very pea [...]

  15. Le jeune Arnljótur, vingt deux ans à peine, papa malencontreux et maladroit d'une petite Flóra Sól, quitte sa famille et son Islande natale, pour chercher un travail et une raison d'être dans une roseraie reculée du continent. Dans son sac, il emporte trois boutures d'une rose à huit pétales, héritage de sa mère morte récemment, qu'il voudrait faire revivre dans cette célèbre roseraie, sous le regard attentif de frère Thomas, moine cinéphile. Le roman s'organise en un triptyque : [...]

  16. When 20 year old Arnljotor, or Lobbi as his father calls him, has a one night stand in his mother’s greenhouse, with a girl he barely knows, she gets pregnant. At the time, his life is unsettled; his mother has died, his elderly father wants him to pursue an advanced education degree, and his autistic brother is in an assisted living home. Lobbi loves working with plants and plans on traveling to a medieval monastery to help the monks bring their world renowned ancient garden back to its forme [...]

  17. Ja varētu nocitēt visu grāmatu, es to noteikti darītu. Šī ir grāmata, kurai mierpilnu un laimīgu sirdi varu dot 5 no 5 zvaigznēm, tas, ir, 5 no 5 rozēm. Īsts piedzīvojums.

  18. Il ne se passe rien dans ce livre, ou presque. Et c'est très bien ainsi. Cela permet à l'auteure d'y déployer une poésie du quotidien et des choses simples. La beauté de la banalité, le goût aigre-doux de l'amour, voilà les sujets de ce livre touchant. Aucune finale à l'hollywoodienne, seulement un personnage masculin hors-norme qui se pose des questions à la fois uniques et universelles.

  19. Výborná kniha, strašne dobre mi padla práve teraz. Pokojný príbeh o stratenom a (znovu)nájdenom, o prerode z chlapca v muža, o ceste a cieli, o ružiach, dieťati, láske, jedle a to všetko tak príjemne civilne a nesentimentálne, ako sa často nevidí. Strašne dobrý pocit mi z tej knihy ostáva a dúfam, že sa časom dostanem aj k iným autorkiným dielam."Poté se s ní rozloučím podruhé a popřeju jí šťastnou cestu a ještě jednou jí řeknu, ať si nedělá starosti; být [...]

  20. 4,5*Tak toto bol skvost. Dokaz ze aj 200 stranova kniha, moze citatelovi ponuknut zazitok odporucam vsetkymi desiatimi, autorka si zasluzi pochvalu a slavu :)

  21. [Around the World challenge: Iceland] This is the story of a 22 years old man who became a father after a one-night stand and decides to leave Iceland and start a new life as a gardener in a monastery. This book was a pleasant read, the writing is slow but creates a calm and peaceful atmosphere I really enjoyed. It was short enough for me not to get bored. You never really know where exactly the narrator is settling in, (maybe Spain or Italy?) but it reinforces the idea that the story is univers [...]

  22. latviski būtu "Astoņu ziedlapu roze". Garš stāsts, kā es tiku pie grāmatas lasīšanas, pirms tā vēl ir parādījusies veikalos, bet nebija tik traki, kā sākumā varēja šķist.Kluss, mierīgs īslandiešu puiša coming-of-age stāsts, kas māk nebūt garlaicīgs, par spīti tam, ka "nekas TĀDS jau nenotiek".

  23. As part of Modern Mrs. Darcy's 2018 reading challenge, I was tasked with reading a translated book. I immediately knew the author I'd choose. Last year I read Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir's Butterflies in November (part of that year's reading challenge). Quirky, funny, and moving, it made me confident that her next book would be the same.Yes and no, as it turns out. Yes to the quirky and moving parts, a little no to the funny. Yes, there are lighthearted moments, but the theme is a bit more serious. [...]

  24. There's a passage early on in Lord of the Rings where Frodo asks Sam, who has always wanted to meet Elves, what he thinks of them now that he's met them. Sam thinks for a moment and replies, "They're a bit above my likes and dislikes, if you know what I mean." That was pretty much how I felt when faced with the prospect of trying to settle on a star rating for The Greenhouse. I weighed everything from 2 up to 5, but none of them felt quite right for summing up this rewarding but flawed novel. Th [...]

  25. Podľahla som čaru islandských autorov. Čím to je, že o bežných veciach dokážu písať tak pútavo a poeticky?Výhonek osmilisté růže je o chlapcovi, ktorý dozreje v muža. O láske k mame, malej dcére a mileneckej láske, ktorá je z nich najzložitejšia. Je tiež o živote a smrti. O ružiach - s tŕňmi i bez nich.Pomalé temto tejto knihy paradoxne vedie k jej rýchlemu prečítaniu. Pretože sa od nej nedá odtrhnúť. Už teraz viem, že sa k nej ešte vrátim. Odporúčam k [...]

  26. Gostei muito deste livro, que é diferente do meu habitual. Ao ler o comentário final do tradutor, João Tordo, percebo que há especificidades que tornam a narrativa bonita e próxima, que são características de alguma literatura escandinava, sendo 'A morte de um apicultor ', aí referenciada, um dos livros que mais gostei.Nesta história, que se lê fluidamente e com prazer, toca-se a humanidade das personagens, que poderíamos ser nós, a nossa família ou os nossos amigos. Porque pensam e [...]

  27. After Anna arrives the prose of the story becomes unnatural at times. We really don't need to hear "the mother of my daughter," "the child." and "my daughter" over and over again. We get it. We know who they are. The girl's mother is referred to as the "geneticist". This narration is unnatural and annoying. It's much more natural to use given names and pronouns.Most of this is quite the yawn. There's nothing here to draw you in. There seems to be no purpose to the story. Browsing through books, [...]

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