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The Story of a Marriage
The Story of a Marriage: A Novel | Geir Gulliksen
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A dramatic portrait of the dissolution of a marriage, written with brutal and lyrical precision, and nominated for the Nordic Prize. Jon, who is losing his wife to another man, is trying to understand what happened to his Great Love, by working, painfully, to see the story from her perspective. It begins as he asks her: "Can you tell me about us?" As he looks to his past and within himself, he begins to question the conventions of masculinity and femininity, understanding himself uncommonly as a man who challenges the male role--he's deeply embedded in family life, and identifies as sensitive, vulnerable, and nurturing. And finally, in an effort to understand how his wife could fall in love with someone else, he attempts an ultimate act of empathy: to tell the story from the other man's point of view, raising crippling questions: Is it possible to have sex without violating oneself or the other? How much of what we think is love is only projection? Is it possible to truly know another person? With prose unsettling in its precision and emotional heft, The Story of a Marriage cracks wide open the familiar story of a failed love, as it turns cliched phrases over and over again until they crumble, revealing a bitter hollowness--or ringing new meanings.
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kelli7990
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Mehso-so

This is my review for an ARC I won from Goodreads a year ago. The writing was beautiful. It didn‘t have anything insightful to say about relationships but it was interesting and entertaining. I‘m counting this for #theunreadshelfproject2019. I‘m also going to be putting this book in the recycling bin. #tbrjarpick

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kelli7990
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Betrayal. I‘m not far enough in this book yet to know whether betrayal is going to happen but I feel like I know what‘s going to happen based off of what the synopsis says so this book is from the husband‘s point of view and he‘s telling the story of their marriage. It just seems like something isn‘t right. I‘m almost finished but I still want to keep reading so I can find out what happened.

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kelli7990
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I decided to pick another book out of my #tbrjar just for fun and I like picking books out of the jar. The next book that I chose was...The Story Of A Marriage by Geir Gulliksen. My #tbrjar says to choose a book without looking so I went to my bookshelf with my eyes closed and chose a book without looking at the shelf. That was fun. I also found the book title in my jar. I usually close my eyes when picking from the jar.

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tricours
Story of a Marriage | Geir Gulliksen
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Panpan

Ugh, no. The husband made me sick and the narrator‘s dialect didn‘t do him any favors (the danger of any Norwegian audiobook). I could have lived perfectly happily without this one.

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Anneli
Story of a Marriage | Geir Gulliksen
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Läste den dock på svenska. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️