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but so many strange things happened that summer that a part of me will always be unsure so many strange things happened that summer that a part of me will always be unsure they really happened How could they have happenedTo start with I found This Sort Of Pleasantly Hypnotic sort of pleasantly hypnotic by the second half of the book it got so irritating as to start causing actual stress A Summer of Drowning has some nice language too and a couple of genuinely unsettling moments But it s also seriously slow and there s a sucking void at the centre which is the narrator a twenty ight year old woman recounting her Een Bijzondere Vorm Van Osteosclerose experiences as anighteen year old who has absolutely no personality whatsoever whose voice is xactly that of a male middle aged writer of poetry and literary fiction I uietly hoped for her to meet a sudden violent nd and for the narration to have been taken over by say one of the brothers who drown at the beginning of the novel and have no further impact on anything Really anybody but her She s a total blank an absence and perhaps there s something rather haunting about this in itself but it also made the novel for me very cold It s a strange book and I do like strange and I m all for Arctic islands and folk tales but it s been a long time since I ve read anything I found so frustratingly repetitive and weirdly detached view spoiler Bettie s Books hide spoiler I had high hopes for this novel but was sorely disappointed It is a suspense novel without any real suspense It is a novel about myth without any magic The narrator reveals her perceptions and then immediately gives away the flaws in her perceptions by not so much foreshadowing as forestorytelling therefore undoing any tension in the narrative There is a lot of unnecessary repetition particularly regarding the deep thoughts read annoying rhetorical uestions of the teenage narrator The magic that the author tries to conjure in the last 100 pages seems forced because there has been a conscious ffort to deny magic through the rest of the book All in all I felt really disconnected from the vents and characters in this book and it was a chore to finish it A Summer of Drowning is John Burnside s ighth novel Although it sounded interesting to me I initially decided to skip it because the previous Burnside novels I d read I was less than taken with Then I read an article in which Burnside stated that he himself was less than thrilled with his own arly novels and that he recognized their mistakes Okay I decided maybe it was time I gave John Burnside another chance A Summer of Drowning is set on the small Arctic island of Kval ya a place of snow and sullen light by winter and bird calls and wind sifted murmurs by summer It s narrated in retros When asked to list the types of books I generally Math Basics 6 enjoy a phrase I ve often thrown into the list is books about solitary people In A Summer of Drowning I have found perhaps the ultimate book about solitary people Set on the remote Norwegian island of Kval ya it features a cast of characters almost universally defined by their independence and solitude The story is narrated by Liv a self confessed loner with no boyfriend or friends nor any desire for them her closest relationship is with Kyrre Opdahl an ageing neighbour who fills her head with old folk tales about mythical creatures and supernatural powers Liv has been brought up alone by her artist mother Angelika who has deliberately chosen the isolation of island life and is famed for her reclusivexistence In the present day of the story Liv is 28 but the majority of the narrative takes place 10 years previously and recounts the summer she finished school an already uncertain time marred Lla testa al posto dei pensieri Nella fantasia popolare i troll sono mostri Voyage to the Underworld (Star Wars Missions, e la huldra una fata che vestita di rosso danza nei prati in attesa di giovani uomini da ammaliare distruggere ma nella memoria di Kyrre sono forze maligne all'origine di accadimenti reali Con una tazza di caffè tra le mani Liv ascolta incantata The First Ghost e tremante i racconti del suo vecchio vicino di casa In cuor suo tuttavia non crede affatto all'esistenza di tali forze osseriL’estate però in cui la ragazza compie 18 anni accadono venti così letali da sradicare le più solide ferme convinzioniMats Harald Sigfridsson due fratelli dai capelli chiarissimi così inseparabili da apparire simili come due gocce d’acua trovano uno dopo l’altro la morte nello stesso identico modo sgattaiolando di casa in una tranuilla notte di luna avviandosi verso la Why do poets think that writing novels has to be hard work Shakes headhttpalittleteaalittlechatwordpres A Summer of Drowning is one of those books with no real plots but then it doesn t really
since the plot is the point The artistAngelika Rossdal and her daughter Liv the narrator live solitary lives in Kval ya an isolated island in Norway Liv now 28 years old recalls the summer she was 18 when there was a spate of four unexplained disappearances Their only neighbour and Liv s only friend is a mysterious old man Kyrre who beguiles Liv with myths particularly about the huldra who seduces young men and leads them to their death Reading this felt like dreaming most of the time in that it s often almost structure less meanders is full of images that the prose brings to the mind these images sometimes visceral in its beauty sometimes terror inducing in that they make you feel out of control The author is a poet which is vident in the lyricism of his prose there are whole paragraphs that I have highlighted It also transports you to a world of imagination and silence you think of the spaces between silences and what xists apart from the bustle of veryday life Through a beautifully illustrative description of the landscape which is also like a character in the novel the author Humanism evokes uestions about the mysteries of the natural world away from modern living and about how despite advances in technology man doesn t really see beyond the obvious and cannot unravel orven see the mythical and mystical since he has lost the ability to do soI have always loved books about uiet lives and this is a book for those who love their alone time and a vast space not filled with people Liv is definitely my kindred spirit in her desire to break away from the norms that define societal structures and from the ordinary and the Smokin' Hot everydayThe landscape at times achingly beautiful starts to seem menacing when Liv starts to see and believe Kyrre about the huldra having been responsible for the disappearances The real world becomes less real than the myths that start to come to life I am not a big fan of magical realism so I was pleasantly surprised to find myself drawn to the mystical in the book It s as if the reader like Liv becomes a part of thelaborate delusion that becomes realityThere is no solution to the mysteries and that is okayMatter Since The Plot Is
it suits the dreamlike unresolved style of the book I was onlysuits the dreamlike unresolved style of the book I was only with the last bit of the book I thought it was too long drawn out than it was necessary and the charm started to wear off I felt a bit skeptical and less mesmerized than I was with the rest of the bookOverall this is recommended for those with a lot of patience which will be rewarded if you Placing Memory enjoy beautiful sentences My first John Burnside book He is anxtremely talented writer and write novels poems and memoirs This book had an interesting story and some beautifully crafted poetic sentences It was a little repetitive in places but I think this ffect mirrored the way memory works going over and over an incident or vent The ffect it had on this reader is not really knowing what happened and what was memory and creative memory The book is about the power of stories and storytelling and myth and folklore and how these can inform a troubled mind The last couple of pages are beautiful
And Packed With Truthpacked with truth is an xample I just need to know where Wanton Nights everything is and then when I am sure to make a little space for the mystery There are several ideas in this novel merit discussion Perhaps as the light falls with a dram in hand and the company of a few good friends The narrative voice of this novel is basically this At the time this seemed impossible But what it impossible Looking back now I know that it couldn t have happened But it did happen And. Liv ha vissuto i suoi primi tre anni a Oslo ma non rammenta nulla di uel tempo Conosce bene solo Kvaløya settanta gradi di latitudine nord nel circolo polare artico l’isola che sua madre pittrice di talento ha scelto uando ha deciso di rifugiarsi in un luogo remoto dove dipingere in paceLa baita grigia in cui la ragazza vive è affacciata sul fiordo di Malangen un tratto di costa dove non c’è nulla a parte la casa la hytte di Kyrre Opdahl un minuscolo rifugio usato un tempo per la caccia o la pescaIl tempo scorre diversamente sull'isola le antiche leggende impregnano legni di rimesse pontili While My Soldier Serves e di come uella di Kyrre dove si conserva la memoria di antichi funesti venti ragazzi di campagna usciti alle prime luci dell’alba tornati a casa contaminati da ualcosa di innominabile un battito d’ali o un soffio di vento ne.
review A Summer of DrowningY a spate of drownings on the islandInterwoven with the mystery of the drownings is a traditional tale about the huldra a troll disguised as a beautiful woman who spirits men away and leads them to their deaths Kyrre s obsession with variations on this story slowly begins to taint Liv s perceptions of the vents of that summer and she develops an increasing conviction that a mysterious apparently homeless classmate Maia is not all she seems to be and is in some way connected to the inexplicable deaths Liv describes herself as one of God s spies and passes her mpty days by observing the actions of neighbours and her mother s acuaintances When a friendly yet sinister stranger called Martin Crosbie arrives to spend summer on the island and becomes the main subject of Liv s spying her suspicions spiral out of control to the point that she begins to lose her grip on the line between fantasy and reality A Summer of Drowning is a book in which The Fiend Next Door every character has hidden depths and harbours dark secrets Liv is a complicated girl precocious but naive whose life has been shaped by her adored but somewhat heartless mother and influenced in a different way by the palpable absence of a father she has never known Despite lacking her own voice in the book Angelika herself is a constantly dominant presence a fact underlined by Liv s freuent references to her as Mother in contrast to her disparaging dismissal of her father as father the italics often implying a sarcastic tone The book is filled with small carefully crafted and meaningful details like this The characters and the relationships between them are withoutxception brilliantly rendered and there s a constant undertone of suspense and unease which reaches its climax in a subtly terrifying interlude set in EnglandPersonally I loved this book but I can imagine that it won t appeal to veryone it s rather dreamlike often slow moving and there are times when the vents it portrays seem oddly anticlimactic and almost unfinished I have to admit I was disappointed that the last third of the book didn t recapture the பொன்னியின் செல்வன் - புது வெள்ளம் escalating sense of dread conveyed soffectively in the England section and that aspects such as view spoilerthe weird letter Liv received in the hotel hide spoiler This is a book that I will be thinking about for a long time I nded up having uestions upon finishing it than I did when I started it but bloody
I loved it If njoy ambiguous A Meditation on Murder endings and unreliable narrators then you need to pick up John Burnside s A Summer of DrowningSet in the achingly beautiful and remote Kval ya in the Arctic Circle A Summer of Drowning sees Liv now in her late twenties attempt to piece together the mysteriousvents of her 18th summer on the island where several people drowned or vanished without xplanation But the uestion remains how much can we trust Liv s account How much does her paranoia affect her recollection of ventsBurnside is also a prolific poet and you can really see that in his writing Travis especially in his descriptions of nature and art There some truly beautiful passages He also has an uncanny knack for self reflectionspecially when it comes to solitary people Solitude plays a huge role in his work and I think any person comfortable in their own company will appreciate his writingThe book is haunting myth and Norwegian folklore blend with modern day reality resulting in a sense of distorted time on this isolated island where nothing and no one is really as it seems Beneath the guiseHell I Loved It If
of myths and legends there s a hint of something darker something human and predatorymyths and legends there s a hint of something darker something human and predatory beneath the surface But we can only guess at it Burnside does not provide any concrete answers Which I understand will not appeal to many readers but I personally loved it 45 Review will be on my channel soon. Iva nel crepuscolo dopo aver preso il largo su una barca annegando inspiegabilmente nel mare piatto come l’olio Prima di morire rano stati visti alla sfilata del Giorno della Costituzione; spiccavano coi loro capelli uasi bianchi tra la folla in compagnia di Maia una ragazza cupa guardinga AI Weiwei: Beijing Photographs, 1993-2003 e così sicura di sé da incutere ti Le loro morti così come uella di Marti Crosbie che si verifica di lì a poco inuietano profondamente l’intera Kvaløya Liv in modo particolare impietrita The Bubble Economy: Is Sustainable Growth Possible? e sgomenta uando scorge Kyrre Opdahl il vicino svanire nel nulla insieme a Maia lungo il sentiero che scende da casa sua alla spiaggia lasciandosi dietro soltanto una scia di cenere o di polvere «Follia mistero mito si danno la mano» Financial Times in uest’opera in cui John Burnside mostra tutta la bellezza la maestria della sua scrittura.