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Hotel Silence
Hotel Silence | Audur Ava lafsdttir
Winner of the Icelandic Literary Prize, Hotel Silence is a delightful and heartwarming new novel from Auur Ava lafsdttir, a writer who upends expectations (New York Times). Told with grace, insight, and humor, this is the story of one mans surprising mid-life adventure of self-discovery that leads him to find a new reason for being. Jnas Ebeneser is a handy DIY kind of man with a compulsion to fix things, but he cant seem to fix his own life. On the cusp of turning fifty, divorced, adrift, hes recently discovered he is not the biological father of his daughter, Gudrun Waterlily, and he has sunk into an existential crisis, losing all will to live. As he visits his senile mother in a nursing home, he secretly muses on how, when, and where to put himself out of his misery. To prevent his only daughter from discovering his body, Jnas decides its best to die abroad. Armed with little more than his toolbox and a change of clothes, he flies to an unnamed country where the fumes of war still hover in the air. He books a room at the sparsely occupied Hotel Silence, and there he comes to understands the depths of other peoples scars while beginning to see his wounds in a new light. A celebration of lifes infinite possibilities, of transformations and second chances, Hotel Silence is a rousing story of a man, a community, and a path toward regeneration from the depths of despair.
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Jónas life is falling apart and he'd decided to end it allby going to a chaotic, war-ravaged country thinking his death there would be of little consequence. He stays at a formerly #grandhotel and fixes the nuisance plumbing, then a few other things around the hotel, then a few things in the neighborhood, then well you can see how this is going.
#wanderingjune @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB

Cinfhen Not familiar with this book or author but sounds good 5mo
BarbaraBB Sounds good indeed! 5mo
BooknerdsLife Never heard of this but sounds very interesting 🤗 5mo
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This novel took me by surprise! I didn‘t think a book about a depressed middle aged man, with a passion for tools, would be my cup of tea. It totally was. I really liked the book and found it hard to put down. Yes, the subject matter was dark and serious but it wasn‘t depressing. It was original and had a lot of gallows humour. Everything was written in a respectful and loving way.

Siri_reads The author won the Nordic Council Literature Prize in 2018 with this book 🥇 6mo
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My second reading spot in the garden ready for hopefully a lot of reading. I just need more flowers and greenery 🌱📚 My dream is that the children will play peacefully outside while I sit inside the greenhouse warm and relaxed reading. Last summer that happened only once 🙈😅 #readingspot

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AnneCecilie La oss håpe at det skjer flere ganger i år ? Det ser helt fantastisk ut. 6mo
Siri_reads @BookishMarginalia thank you ☺️ 6mo
Siri_reads @AnneCecilie Ja, krysser fingre for det. Selv om jeg har mine tvil... 😅 6mo
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Don‘t judge a book by its cover....The same book in six different languages. Icelandic, Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, English and French. Which edition would you choose? I find the English edition a little strange. The cover reminds me of a feel-good romance. They have also changed the title from Scars to Hotel Silence. I wonder why? 🤔

Erofan All the covers are beautiful! 😍 Although I choose Icelandic! Is that a drill bit painted on it? 6mo
Siri_reads @Erofan yes, I also love that cover 😍 6mo
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Love this book dedication!

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This was unexpectedly delightful. I appreciate that Ólafsdóttir kept it short. There are abundant digressions, but they‘re intentional & serve to enrich the story. Jónas reminds me of Kate Atkinson‘s male characters—kinda really just a female, deep down—and so, naturally, I think he‘s a fascinating MC. His musings are pithy & propel the narrative. Great premise, quirky, somewhat enigmatic style, and a truly wonderful reading experience.

saresmoore Funnily, I read this to fulfill the prompt for the #popsugarreadingchallenge, “Set in Scandinavia”, but most of the story takes place in an unnamed war-torn country. 🙃 Anyone have recs for a book that actually takes place in Scandinavia? 8mo
RachelO I‘m so glad you enjoyed this - it was my first book of the year, and I loved it! 8mo
saresmoore @RachelO I was unsure, at first, but then I just didn‘t stop reading until the end. There‘s some really masterful skill in packing so much food for thought into such a short, readable, entertaining book! 8mo
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TrishB Great review 👍🏻 8mo
saresmoore @TrishB 😘♥️ 8mo
rohit-sawant Awesome review! This sounds so interesting. 8mo
LeahBergen Oh, look. I already have it stacked! 8mo
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A man travels to a war-torn country with the intent of killing himself, but keeps getting distracted by the myriad repairs to do at Hotel Silence — and the lovely, traumatized young family that runs it.

Read January 28 - February 1
Book 8/55

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A good reading month for me! Night, Hotel Silence & Doggerland were favourites. My plan to read 1 book at a time lasted all of 5 days 🙄.

Pretty much on track with my reading goals for the year:
in translation 2/12
nonfiction 3/12
ARCs 1/12
from my shelves 2/12

Challenges not quite going so well, but not bad!
#readingwomenchallenge 1/26
#Booked2019 3/24
#readaroundtheworld 0/12 🙁
#readinggifts2019 2/20
#nonfiction2019 3/25

#ro19 #januarywrapup

TrishB Cool 👍🏻 9mo
Reviewsbylola Great month! 👏🏻 9mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Great job!! 📚💕 9mo
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RachelO
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Starting the year with this sad, hopeful, sometimes funny, thoughtful little book, which I absolutely loved. Jónas packs his toolbox & his student diaries, & heads to a war-ravaged country to end it all. The young owners of the hotel could use the help of a man with a toolbox, if he decided to linger.

This was a #newtomeauthor for #booked2019, and no. 1 of my #readinggifts2019 (I‘m aiming to read 18 books I‘ve been given that are still tbr)

Velvetfur Aaww that's great that you've got one book to fit two reading challenges 😁👍 10mo
RachelO @Velvetfur I counted up how many unread gifted books I had, and it was, frankly, embarrassing! So I‘m going to try and prioritise books from that list this year. For ALL of the challenges!! 10mo
Velvetfur @RachelO That's great 👍 Yay! 10mo
Cinfhen Great idea!!! I NEED to do that as well!!! 10mo
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What am I to do with a whole six days? Excluding seven hours of sleep, that leaves me with seventeen hours a day to be filled.
“Seventeen times six equals a hundred and two hours” Mom would immediately have answered.
That means the glowing star will rise above the horizon six more times.

A beautiful little book about a middle-aged handyman who decides his time has come. And the people and tiny acts that delay him.

#seasonsoflove #musicalnewyear

Cinfhen Sounds like an Ove book 💔 10mo
RachelO @Cinfhen I should probably read that sometime! 10mo
Cinfhen If I had it I‘d mail it to you....it‘s definitely a book you should read❤️ 10mo
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RachelO @Cinfhen Thank you! I‘ll track one down at some point - pretty sure our library should have copies 😊 10mo
vivastory Sounds interesting. It's on my TBR, I love the cover design! 10mo
LeahBergen This looks good. Stacked! 10mo
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My new TBR stack (actually one of many!) Jumping into Hotel Silence first. Any thoughts on the others?

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This one almost made me cry on the subway. Starts bleak, stays pretty bleak, but eventually the light gets in. Ultimately it's about what our purpose is, what 'useful' means, and how we can change things for the better.

This is Book 13 of my #52Booksin2018

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And when it starts to rain...

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charl08 That's beautiful. 2y
Moray_Reads @charl08 having read a little further it's from a poem by Anne Sexton but still beautiful http://writersalmanac.publicradio.org/index.php?date=2001/09/13 2y
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