I Curse the River of Time
Publish date: June 2nd 2011
Pages no: 240
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, Book Club
, Historical Fiction
, Literary Fiction
, Scandinavian Literature
There is plenty of compassion in a Per Petterson novel. Even with at least three difficult themes wrapped up into one package. Death, relationships, and the examination of a life too late in the game now to change. This novel was not "fun" to read, but I am glad I read it. Seems I end up liking ...
Translated by Charlotte Barslund.Discarded from London Borough of Lewisham Library.Opening: All this happened quite a few years ago.#57 TBR Busting 2013Didn't like this navel-gazing much at all.Next!!5* Out Stealing Horses4* To Siberia4* In the Wake2* It's Fine By Me2* I Curse the River of Time
It was difficult at first to give myself into Petterson's simple rhythms. The story is mostly backstory, and he meanders about his memories and his past life in ways that sometimes seem irrelevant. But his wonderful poetic prose -- the "dementing lures" described by James Wood in his recent New Yo...
Not at all happy, and no resolution, but quite a poignant portrait of a young Norwegian man who is too wrapped up in shame and anxiety to connect with others.
The main person in this was very wimpy, which I was not expecting and did not like. He kept saying very boring, obvious things about his boring, obvious emotions and I don't know if that was supposed to be another reminder of how wimpy he is or if P.P. has just gotten to be a worse writer than he w...
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