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Butterflies in November [Kindle Edition]

Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir , Brian FitzGibbon
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Produktbeschreibungen

Pressestimmen

"Thoughtful and fun . . . a novel of surprising tension and tenderness." --"Kirkus Reviews" "A funny and bizarre travelog of Iceland's unique culture and landscape . . . give in to the quirky spirit of the book." --"Library Journal" "Olafsdottir has created a singular heroine in "Butterflies in November" unafraid, unapologetic and also unforgettable. When she enters a lottery, she wins it. When she has sex with the wrong man, she gets back into her car and keeps on driving. I loved her and this quirky, enticing novel that never stopped surprising." --Marcy Dermansky, author of "Twins" and "Bad Marie" "Authentic. The story explores what freedom really means when romantic and familial bonds are pushed aside." --"Publishers Weekly" "A bright and blissful journey into the darkest month in Iceland. Olafsdottir repeatedly smashes our idea of the everyday, only to sew it back together in a magically surprising and beautiful embroidery. A highly original and very charming novel." --Hallgrimur Helgason, author of "The Hitman's Guide to Housecleaning" "A funny, moving, and occasionally bizarre exploration of life's upheavals and reversals." --"Financial Times " "[An] evocative, humorous novel. . . . The beguiling imagery captures the fragile and fleeting beauty of those loved and lost, as well as the possibilities of self reinvention; of shedding skins, growing wings." --"Observer" "A whimsical Icelandic journey. . . . There are moving moments of sadness and hilarity . . . and Olafsdottir shows a rare ability to write a serious and convincing small child; the boy's flowering relationship with his clueless foster-carer is beautifully handled." --"Guardian" "[A] super talented writer. . . brilliantly written . . . quirky, fun, adorable and bizarre. You'll savor each page of this book." --"Company" (one of Five Female Authors You Need to Know)

Kurzbeschreibung

A hilarious and moving road trip around Iceland in an old car, told by a recently divorced woman with a five year-old boy 'on loan'

After a day of being dumped - twice - and accidentally killing a goose, the narrator begins to dream of tropical holidays far away from the chaos of her current life. instead, she finds her plans wrecked by her best friend's deaf-mute son, thrust into her reluctant care. But when a shared lottery ticket nets the two of them over 40 million kroner, she and the boy head off on a road trip across iceland, taking in cucumber-farming hotels, dead sheep, and any number of her exes desperate for another chance. Blackly comic and uniquely moving, Butterflies in November is an extraordinary, hilarious tale of motherhood, relationships and the legacy of life's mistakes.

Auður Ava Olafsdóttir was born in Iceland in 1958, studied art history in Paris and has lectured in History of Art at the University of Iceland. Her earlier novel, The Greenhouse (2007), won the DV Culture Award for literature and was nominated for the Nordic Council Literature Award. She currently lives and works in Reykjavik.

"Quirky and poetic, everything is there... An extraordinary novelist" Madame Figaro

"A poetic and sensory narrative" El País


Produktinformation

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 548 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 304 Seiten
  • Verlag: Pushkin Press (7. November 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00FIP8X60
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Nicht aktiviert
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (3 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #2.335 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Strange 19. Januar 2014
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Well, Islandic author seem to write rather of-the-hook novels which I thoroughly appreciate. There is not a pile of action going on, it's mostly feelings, in other novels landscapes and impressions. My second novel by Olafsdottir. Just amazing
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2.0 von 5 Sternen road story 31. März 2014
Von chris
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eine etwas lebensfremde Übesetzerin macht mit taubem Kind der Freundin eine Reise zu ihrem neugewonnen Haus mit ebenfalls neu gewonnenem Vermögen. Trifft eine Menge eigenartiger Leute und lernt auf ihrer Reise das Kind liebgewinnen und gewinnt neue Lebenserkenntnisse. Inzwischen zieht sich die Reise in der dunklen Jahreszeit ziemlich dahin.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Wunderschön 28. Dezember 2013
Von S.
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Ein wunderschönes Buch, das einen gefangen nimmt, wenn man sich darauf einlässt. Ein stilles Buch, dass einen einlädt, Island kennen zu lernen.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Butterflies in November 14. November 2013
Von S Riaz - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
The narrator of this quirky and unique nove is a thirty three year old woman with a gift for languages, who works as a translator and proof reader. When we meet her she has been both dumped by her lover and told by her husband that he is leaving her for another woman, who is soon to have his child. Her friend, Audor, (my apologies for not being to type Icelandic names with the appropriate letters/typeface) is, like her, something of an outsider. She already has a young son, Tumi, who is hearing and vision impaired, and is pregnant again, but not married. When she comes to visit to console her friend on the end of her marriage, she slips and hurts herself - while she is taken to hospital, she asks her friend to collect Tumi from kindergarten. To add to the recent upheaval, after being told that she should buy lottery tickets, our narrator soon finds that she has won twice - firstly the prize of a prefabricated cottage, which she asks to be placed in the location where her grandmother once lived, and secondly for the astounding amount of forty million kroner. She had already decided to take a trip, but now she must do so with a four year old boy in tow, when she has no experience of children.

Everything I have described so far is also mentioned (pretty much) in the blurb and happens in the first couple of chapters. The novel is concerned with the trip itself - a bizarre road trip through a frozen landscape. On this journey some animals will die, many ex lovers will appear unexpectedly, and our narrator must come to terms with something which happened to her as a young girl, as well as discover what motherhood really means. Unprepared for what lies ahead, her dashboard stuffed with cash, she finds herself responsible for another person - a vulnerable and intelligent child - for the first time in her life. This trip will change her profoundly and alter the course of her life forever.

This is a difficult novel to describe. It is quirky, often funny, sometimes a little shocking and profoundly moving. I have not read anything by this author before, but I am sure that this just made it into my list of favourite books. Set in an amost alien landcape, it is completely different in attitude and approach, and will challenge the way you think. I am extremely glad that I read it and Pushkin Press are becoming, more and more, a publisher that I trust for quality and original books.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen a good read 16. Dezember 2013
Von Carina Devlin - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I liked how the relationship between the woman and the boy developed it was really very sweet. The problem I had with the book is that I was waiting for something to happen and really very little did happen and the it was over. I did like her descriptions of life in Iceland
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