I made it through 13% of this before deciding to bail. And I rarely bail. The story has the potential to be funny and interesting, but it‘s lost in translation.
My librarian timidly and eagerly handed this book to me and told me she thought I would like it. I sure did. An elderly woman living in a garage as she nears death, wreaking havoc with folks through her computer, tells the story of her life in Iceland when the Germans invaded her country. Humor and tragedy mix and mingle throughout the story.
This breaks my heart.
As I have done through much of my life, I‘ve let my instincts determine what books to read. Apparently the cruelty of war and World War II in particular is what I‘m supposed to be reading about, as I‘ve read 4 books in close succession on this theme. I‘ll be glad when this phase is over and I can move on to something more pleasant.
I‘m officially throwing in the towel. I kept hoping I‘d catch a spark, a need to continue reading. But, I did not. Herra is a horrible character, and while that should not be a deterrent (sometimes it‘s intriguing to see why someone is the way he/she is that way), I found I had no compulsion to find out more about her.
This is award winning, so many people thought it was great. Alas, it‘s just not for me.
This was actually a bit disappointing for me. This book had a fantastic opening line, and the protagonist was feisty and funny. The narrative of Iceland during WWII is a story I hadn't read before, so I was very interested in reading it. But the story, for me, never quite lived up to it's great beginning. #readharderchallenge
I didn‘t love this book, but I also didn‘t want to put it down. I like the writing, and the perspective is certainly creative. I laughed, I came close to crying, I was uncomfortable - I really had strong reactions to a lot of parts of this book. I‘m not sure why I didn‘t love it, but... I didn‘t, and I was ready to be done.
This came in for me at the library today. Sounds so intriguing...can‘t wait to read it!
Translated from the Icelandic, this novel looks back at a woman's life. She came of age in Iceland during World War II so I learned a lot about that, but I also loved Herra in the present day. She is bedridden and dying of emphysema but spends her time encouraging her nurse to have more sex, hacking her daughter-in-law's email, and flirting with strangers on the internet. More here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2247425744