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The Unseen
The Unseen | Roy Jacobsen
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Nobody can leave an island. An island is a cosmos in a nutshell, where the stars slumber in the grass beneath the snow. But occasionally someone tries . . . Ingrid Barr�y is born on an island that bears her name - a holdfast for a single family, their livestock, their crops, their hopes and dreams. Her father dreams of building a quay that will connect them to the mainland, but closer ties to the wider world come at a price. Her mother has her own dreams - more children, a smaller island, a different life - and there is one question Ingrid must never ask her. Island life is hard, a living scratched from the dirt or trawled from the sea, so when Ingrid comes of age, she is sent to the mainland to work for one of the wealthy families on the coast. But Norway too is waking up to a wider world, a modern world that is capricious and can be cruel. Tragedy strikes, and Ingrid must fight to protect the home she thought she had left behind.
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Finally finished! Loved the book. It was at times slow paced but it felt right for this kind of story. Especially liked to read about Ingrid Barrøy and her path to empowerment. Looking forward to read more about her in the next book in the series White Ocean. #norwegian

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The library‘s book bingo with modern Norwegian classics 📚 I have read only two so far... Have you read any of these @AnneCecilie ? #litsyloveslibraries #bibliotek

AnneCecilie Jeg har lest Ensomheten i Lydias... ikke det helt store for meg, men helt greit. Har veldig lyst til å lese kolossen fra Harstad. Har lest en annen av hans bøker som jeg likte veldig godt. 4mo
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My local library is celebrating Bokåret 2019 :500 years of printed books in Norway. They have put together a collection of books they think are modern classics. The novel The Unseen is one of those books ? #litsyloveslibraries #bibliotek

AnneCecilie Jeg har veldig lyst til å lese hele den triologien. 4mo
Siri_reads @AnneCecilie jeg også! 4mo
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The islanders in The Unseen are completely dependent on their boat Færing to survive. The boat is like a miniature Viking ship and built in the same way. Yesterday during lunch I talked with a fellow teacher about this book. It turns out she is a trained færing shipbuilder! What a coincidence! ? This is not a common profession at all and definitely not among women! Impressive ?? photo from: https://lokalhistoriewiki.no/Færing

DivineDiana How wonderful that you met her! 4mo
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With a sick two-year-old there has not been much time for reading lately. Finally a day with good weather so we can take a trip outside. He‘s sleeping, I‘m listening! ☀️❤️ #litsywalker

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Whatever is washed ashore on an island belongs to the finder, and the islanders find a lot. It might be cork or barrels or hemp or driftwood or flotage –green and brown glass balls to stop fishing nets sinking... There might be a wooden toy for Ingrid, there might be fish boxes and oars, gaffs, bow rollers, bailers, poles, planks and the remains of boats. ❤️ Love treasure hunting on my local beach. Unfortunately, I almost only find plastic...

BiblioLitten So cool! But 👎🏼 for all the plastic, that‘s unfortunate and irresponsible. 4mo
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Listening to The Unseen while walking along the beach... ❄️🌤 #audiowalk #litsywalk

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My next pick for #adventrecommends is probably not so well known here on Litsy. It‘s the first book in a trilogy set in North of Norway right before, under and after WW2 about family dynamics living quite isolated on an island. This first book got shortlisted for the #manbooker. Lovely trilogy close to my heart as the story is quite similar to the story of my grandmother.

#Favourites
#AdventRecommends Day 15

mabell How neat that you can have that connection with your grandmother's story through this trilogy! 7mo
hilded Indeed, it‘s nice :) @mabell 7mo
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There's no way to rate this one satisfactorily. The prose had a beautiful clarity and it faithfully renders a lost time and way of life on remote Norwegian islands. The characters are sharply cut and there's a breath of wistful air. And yet I would have been happy for it to be over at half the length. The sparseness of the prose began to grate and the sober tone made it increasingly difficult to summon interest for even the more unusual events

Kalalalatja Great review! And those scones/buns look so good 😍 2y
Moray_Reads @Kalalalatja thanks. They were delicious even if they were store bought 😋 2y
Kalalalatja When I went to the UK last Summer, I ate so many scones with jam and clotted cream. Denmark's got a lot of things, but until we have clotted cream, we still have some way to go 😄😋 2y
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Moray_Reads @Kalalalatja sadly I had no clotted cream to hand. Scones just aren't quite the same without it! 2y
Kalalalatja But a perfect excuse to eat them again soon, because today didn't really count 😉 2y
julesG My Scottish colleague makes the best scones. Since clotted cream isn't available in Germany she always brings Creme fraiche - which is okay as a substitute. @Kalalalatja I just thought the plate is gorgeous. 😉 2y
Kalalalatja @julesG I might try that some time! 👍 2y
Simona In this year's selection for the MBIP I find it interesting, that all selected books have the same or at least similar vibrations, especially in basic story - lonely, isolated hero. And I absolutely agree with you about The Unseen. 2y
Moray_Reads @Simona That is interesting​. I've only read this and Horse Walks Into A Bar so far but I have Judas and Compass on my shelves 2y
Simona I love Judas and Compass was so-so for me - very interesting story, but ineptly/clumsily derived. Looking forward for your reviews, especially for Compass. 2y
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BookwormM
The Unseen | Roy Jacobsen
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#MBI2017

4 stars

Not a lot actually happens but I really loved the way that nature was a key character in this story.

Full review here soon www.thereadersroom.org

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Bank holiday weekend and the weather is nice enough to sit in the garden reading while the boys enjoy a grass buffet 😍

#MBI2017

JenP Cute 2y
Tanzy13 aw 🐹 2y
Kristelh They are cute! 2y
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Vikz
The Unseen | Roy Jacobsen
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I finished this book last night. It is a beautifully written work about a family growing up on a rural island and battling both the natural environment and the ever changing social forces that surround them. If you like rural stories then you will probably like this work. But, for me it felt hollow. It felt that there was something missing.

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Simona
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I'm an introvert, working in a extremely extrovert profession and environment ... so, #cominghome for me is all about in the picture. Recharging in solitude with my therapist 😊 #dogsoflitsy #petsoflitsy

Book in the tag is from this year #manbookerinternationalprize2017 shortlist and is about the meaning of the home, isolation and loss (family, living in the small island). Not my favorite, but still interesting.

#lyricalapril

Cinfhen Great picture and your "therapist" seems wonderful ❤️❤️❤️just read another review about this book ~ doesn't seem to be a favorite ? 2y
Hooked_on_books I feel you! I have two four-legged furry therapists, myself. Introverts unite! 2y
Simona @Cinfhen Thanks! It's not bad, but there's something missing in this story and I can't figure it out what. 2y
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Simona @Hooked_on_books The best kind of therapists for introverts IMO! Although - my therapist has a lot to say, sometimes.😂 2y
Reecaspieces I feel you...I work in an extroverted job as well and nothing better than coming home to regroup with my 4 legged therapists 2y
RestlessFickleBookHoarder Love this post and picture. 2y
Simona @Reecaspieces I like my job, but coming home to my furry child is 💕💕💕. (edited) 2y
Simona @Sace Thanks 🙏 2y
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The book 'without a plot', built on the atmosphere and limited to the five-member family, which are living on the small island and they're struggling with their inner demons and with the island. Nicely built atmosphere, but book as a whole – forgettable ...

Roy Jacobsen - #Norway 🇳🇴

#readingtheworld #readaroundtheworld

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Simona
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Book nine from #ManBookerInternationalPrize2017 longlist.

Roy Jacobsen - #Norway 🇳🇴

#readingtheworld #readaroundtheworld

tricours This was a so-so for me, the audiobook format wasn't ideal for this kind of story... And can't Litsy get around to merging editions soon?! 2y
Simona I think that this isn't because of audiobook ... It is so-so for me too. @tricours 2y
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tricours
De usynlige | Roy Jacobsen
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4th #BookishOlympics book! This is the kind of story I usually like: life in the north (in this case on an island), harsh conditions, a climate most people have never even experienced. In addition, it was read in a northern dialect! But I kept missing stuff, like PEOPLE DYING, so I obviously didn't connect as much as I would have liked with this book... Not sure I'll continue with the series.

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De usynlige | Roy Jacobsen

This is my current audiobook, but it's too slow and uneventful for an audiobook! I keep forgetting to listen! Anyone else who also has this problem?

scripturient I'm not a big audiobook fan for exactly that reason: I tend to zone out after a few minutes. 😂 3y
tricours @scripturient I have to walk/run/knit while I listen, otherwise I have no chance! 3y
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