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I ett kargt klimat i ett nordnorskt kustområde utspelas Roy Jacobsens nya roman som blivit en makalös försäljningsframgång i hemlandet och av många hyllats som hans bästa bok Det är en roman som baseras på verkliga händelser mellanoch platsen ?. 26 from Booker International Prize Shortlist 45 My heart fills with love while I sit on my chair thinking how to review The Unseen Its “uiet beauty” a perfect description of this book read in Jill's review enveloped me and concurred my soul without me even noticing It is almost impossible for me to explain why I loved this small novel so much since at a first glance it contains some elements that I run away from long descriptive passages and recount of life at sea I will try though with some images my humble words and with the help of the author’s to introduce you to life on a small island in Norway The Unseen captures the day to day life of the Barrøy family on a small one family island on the Norwegian coast probably at the beginning of the 20th century The novel starts with only 5 people living on the island Hans Maria – his wife the daughter Ingrid Martin Hans’ father and Barbo Hans’ sisters The island “is a little under one kilometre from north to south and half a kilometre from east to west it has lots of crags and small grassy hollows and sells deep coves cut into its coast and there are long rugged headlands and three white beaches And even though on a normal day they can stand in the yard and keep an eye on the sheep they are not so easy to spot when they are lying down in the long grass the same goes for people even an island has its secrets”Life is hard on the island and there is a permanent struggle to survive and to construct a comfortable existence Hans has to go to Lofoten each winter with a fishing boat from where he receives half of the catch proceeds This represents a major part of the family’s income completed by the sale of fish caught around the island of seagull eggs I had no idea they were edible and milk from their livestock Winters are especially hard in such a remote place The family is forced to battle the harsh forces of nature and most of the time they are at their mercy “Winter begins with a storm They call it the First Winter Storm There have been earlier storms in August and September for example bringing sudden and merciless changes to their livesThe First Winter Storm on the other hand is uite a different matter It is violent every single time and makes its entrance with a vengeance they have never experienced anything like it even though it happened last year This is the origin of the phrase in living memory they have simply forgotten how it was since they have no choice but to ride the storm the hell on earth as best they can and erase it from their memories as soon as possible “The family seems to be bound to live on the island once you settle on an island you never leave an island holds on to what it has with all its might and main Barbro and Ingrid tried in turn to leave to work as maids on the mainland but the island always called them back sooner or later by choice or by tragedy The Unseen has a slow moving plot but I did not feel it as a slow read This would be my choice to win the MBI prize but in the same time I can see why it would not be a favorite The book might be too uiet; there isn’

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De usynlige?r den vackra ön Barrøya som ligger vid HelgelandskustenHär bor Hans Barrøy år hans hustru hans åldrande far och hans lilla­syster Maria som inte tycks duga mycket till Men det här är romanen om Ingrid som vi får följa från dagen hon döps fr. Winter begins with a storm They call it the First Winter Storm There have been earlier storms in August and September for example bringing sudden and merciless changes to their livesThe First Winter Storm on the other hand is uite a different matter It is violent every single time and makes its entrance with a vengeance they have never experienced anything like it even though it happened last year This is the origin of the phrase in living memory they have simply forgotten how it was since they have no choice but to ride the storm the hell on earth as best they can and erase it from their memories as soon as possible The sight of her father is the worst Had Ingrid not known better she would have thought he was afraid and he never is Islanders are never afraid if they were they wouldn't be able to live here they would have to pack their goods and chattels and move and be like everyone else in the forest and valleys it would be a catastrophe islanders have a dark disposition they are beset not with fear but solemnity The Unseen by Roy Jacobsen is set in the first half of the 20th Century although there is little to date the novel on the fictional Barrøy island off the coast of Norway in the Helgelandskysten area It is a little under one kilometre from north to south and half a kilometre from east to west it has lots of crags and small grassy hollows and sells deep coves cut into its coast and there are long rugged headlands and three white beaches And even though on a normal day they can stand in the yard and keep an eye on the sheep they are not so easy to spot when they are lying down in he long grass the same goes for people even an island has its secretsThe fisherman cum farmer Hans Barrøy is the island's rightful owner and head of its sole family comprising his strong willed wife Maria born on a neighbouring island Hans's widowed father Martin no longer head of the family which he represents his much younger sister Barbro a hard worker but rather backwards and his young daughter Ingrid three when the novel opens but already troubling her father with wisdom beyond her years and who he anxiously watches for signs of the one child in a generation affliction from which he aunt suffers Tha laughs at ev'rythin' nu he says reflecting that she knows the difference between play and earnest she seldom cries doesn't disobey or show defiance is never ill and she learns what she needs to this disuiet he will have to drive from his mindLife on the island is elemental and hard Hans has to leave his family for several months each year to join a fishing boat in which he proudly has a full share of the proceeds as well as unbeknowest to his family drawing on bank loans in order to finance the costs of maintaining the island and in particular his own ambitious plans to extend their house and build a proper pier Much of the building material still comes from flotsam jetsam and driftwood Whatever is washed up on an island belongs to the finder and the islanders find a lot In those days there was no oil wealth funded Nordic model providing support to the islanders As the ter

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REVIEW õ De usynlige ´ ❰Download❯ ➵ De usynlige Author Roy Jacobsen – Gym-apparel.co.uk I ett kargt klimat i ett nordnorskt kustområde utspelas Roy Jacobsens nya roman som blivit en makalös försäljningsframgång i hemlandet och av många hyllats som hans bästa bok Det är en roman s I ett kargt klimat i ett nordnorskt kustområAm till tjugoårsåldern då hon blivit en stark och självständig ung kvinna Av sin mor får hon lära sig att sköta ett hushåll av sin far får hon lära sig vad det innebär att växa upp på en ö och vad naturen förväntar sig av människorna d?. This one just wasn't for me unfortunatelyI was reeled in by a promising sounding blurb with its isolated and weather torn Norwegian island setting The idea of following a young girl and her life growing up in this unusual environment with its self imposed isolation sounded like exactly the kind of thing I would have loved Unfortunately I just found the lack of plot to make the read incredibly dull and dreary I also didn't particularly enjoy this particular translation either I found that while the main prose sections were done well enough sounding uite seamless in the English language it fell down when it came to the dialogue Jacobsen writes in an unusual Norwegian dialogue which translated clumsily and took me out of the flow of the writing far too often for my likingOverall not a particularly interesting or satisfying read for me and I'm surprised this ended up on the longlist