SUMMARY ß Berlinerpoplene

Berlinerpoplene

REVIEW Berlinerpoplene

An engrossing dark comedy brought vividly to life through extraordinary characters While perfectly in tu It's possible that this book does not deserve five stars but I'm giving it the maximum amount anyway because it's a book that means a lot to me This was the first book I read after being unable to read any book for a full year because of my total inability to concentrate; a result of the turmoil in my life at that time c 3 years ago The book brings together the members of a fractured family and allows them to reach a point where they can see each other as vulnerable feeling confused human beings who need what we all need a sense that we have some purpose in life and that somebody cares that we exist The subject matter did not compare directly with anything that was bothering me at that time but the sense of hope which I might at other times have found a little pat and sentimental spoke to me in a very moving and immediate way

REVIEW Ð E-book, or Kindle E-pub ☆ Anne B. Ragde

Ne with their professions the Neshov sons as a family are little short of dysfunctional This is a novel This was a great book the best I've read in a while I even cried at one point in the middle and books very rarely make me cry I can't wait to read the next book in the trilogy The books have been translated into English this one is called Berlin Poplars I'd really recommend it

Anne B. Ragde ☆ 9 SUMMARY

Of a sense of belonging and the family farm defines this with its power to draw people back to their roo Unusual and powerful The author takes her time to reveal each character in their own world very thoroughly before throwing them all together Very skillfully imagined and written Moksha: Writings on Psychedelics & the Visionary Experience power to draw Breaking into Information Security: Learning the Ropes 101 people back to their roo Unusual and Men in Kilts powerful The author takes her time to reveal each character in their own world very thoroughly before throwing them all together Very skillfully imagined and written


10 thoughts on “Berlinerpoplene

  1. says:

    It's possible that this book does not deserve five stars but I'm giving it the maximum amount anyway because it's a book that means a lot to me This was the first book I read after being unable to read any book for a full year because of my total inability to concentrate; a result of the turmoil in my life at that time c 3 years ago The book brings together the members of a fractured family and allows them to reach a point where they can see each other as vulnerable feeling confused human beings who need what we all need a sense that we have some purpose in life and that somebody cares that we exist The subject matter did not compare directly with anything that was bothering me at that time but the sense of hope which I might at other times have found a little pat and sentimental spoke to me in a very moving and immediate way


  2. says:

    view spoilerBettie's BooksThe rating any status updates and those bookshelves indicate my feelings for this book hide spoiler


  3. says:

    45 This Norwegian novel set at Christmas perhaps isn't desperately original but if I enjoy an example of one of my most hated genres the family saga and one with such a twee cover this much it must be doing plenty right It's cosy sometimes funny and just the right amount of dark For me at least often finding standard ideas of cosy to be cloying In an initial scenario reminiscent of The Corrections adult children of a dispersed dysfunctional family gather prompted by the illness of an elderly parent Margido is a reserved funeral director beginning to uestion his faith Tor keeps pigs on the decaying Neshov family farm under the iron rule of their mother Anna before she had a stroke The state of the place is so well described in chapter 6 that I was itching to start repairing and cleaning it Flamboyantly camp bitchy materialistic Erlend escaped years ago to Copenhagen where he is an in demand window dresser and is the only one of the brothers who has a long term partner Whilst I don't know a great deal about the characters' occupations Ragde's depiction was convincing in a way that fits this kind of light slightly comic writing and any details I recognised rang true The characters fit stereotypes in a way but they also have a lot of depth without ever being hard work to read about There's a great scene showing Erlend's attachment to his Swarovski collection something that could have just been crass or mocking yet it communicates how much emotion some people invest in objects not everyone respects and the beauty that those who like them find in them I was reminded of the breakage of an Ikea Rondo teapot about 14 years ago which still makes me sad to think of One could find a subtle implication that Erlend's attachment may be because of his past loneliness but it's not the sort of book that waves that kind of interpretation in readers' faces It's set in the Trondheim area central not northern Norway as the poorly informed blub writer thinks which is according to a Norwegian friend the area hick jokes are traditionally made about cf Norfolk Ayrshire County Kerry for various parts of the British Isles I can't remember the particular area of Wales that even Welsh people make jokes about Again one couldn't call Berlin Poplars anti stereotypical but there is certainly to these people than that and there is a twist on a cliche of this kind of story as well as that kind of joke Spoiler for a major plot point near the end view spoiler whilst things are somewhat unorthodox for once there isn't any non consensual sex or incest in the characters' history hide spoiler


  4. says:

    Slow slow slow Depressing Kinda what you'd expect from Skandanavia in winter somehow


  5. says:

    This was a great book the best I've read in a while I even cried at one point in the middle and books very rarely make me cry I can't wait to read the next book in the trilogy The books have been translated into English this one is called Berlin Poplars I'd really recommend it


  6. says:

    A gift from a dear Norwegian friend this was the perfect holiday read snow Christmas dysfunctional family history the works I devoured it in one day


  7. says:

    Read in Russian


  8. says:

    I was uite surprised by this book when I first started reading it I hadn't realised that the author is Norwegian and I was waiting to read something about the city of Berlin And then I ended up reading about pigs Which was not a bad turn at all I kind of fell in love with these people who are so obliviously completely lost with their lives Especially Tor poor thing My motherly instincts got 100% turned on while reading about him and his pathetic dad Gladly his brother and niece had a bit spirit in them I really liked the way the story started evolving Easy read interesting story nice entertainmentBut then the ending Oh why? That was such a stupid turn and left me really puzzled about what had happened I don't like endings like this Not even if there is a seuel So without the ending this would have been a much better book four stars


  9. says:

    Unusual and powerful The author takes her time to reveal each character in their own world very thoroughly before throwing them all together Very skillfully imagined and written


  10. says:

    It took me nearly two months to finish this utterly mundane book Two months I have never taken that long of a stretch to complete a book under 400 pages Ever Obviously I severely dislike if not detest Anne B Ragde's Berlin Poplars My opinion has nothing to do with the plot or general subject matter per se; the delivery of the novel's contents is where the issues lie Jumping right into the meat and potatoes I have yet to read anything as deflated or bereft as this story The characters are flat the scenery is absurdly unenthusiastic the level of indulgence and the dramatically overused grayscale of the unknown family history is honestly disgraceful The novel is devoid of intrigue and lasting appeal; additionally what little allure it does have uickly fades into the background after the first 30 or so pages leaving the reader feeling destitute of any real connection All of the palpable events leading to the rather disappointing and lackluster finale truly does hold a guise of potential until the reader actually finishes the book At that point the reader realizes what a complete waste of precious time and dilapidation of reading goals the novel is


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