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Rden long when he is contacted by the mother of his child an aspiring geneticist who would like Lobbi to bear his part of the responsibility and help her look after Fl ra S l while she completes her thesis Thus in very short order Lobbi finds himself living with a woman raising a daughter learning to cook and hopefully figuring out what he wants to do with his life The Greenhouse is a meandering novel and although there are uite a few happenings throughout the narrative not much actually happens per se and nor does it need to Lobbi s daily negotiations of uotidian responsibilities are so sweetly related that something as simple as making dinner can become a rich humorous and illustrative moment From Brian FitzGibbon s seamless translation it is clear that Audur Ava is a beautiful prose stylist who uses simple and straightforward language and imagery to convey complex emotions and observations Interspersing scenes from Lobbi s daily life with reflective moments from his past the last conversation he had with his mother sitting up and watching his daughter sleep the night that she was born Audur Ava creates a fully realized portrait of a young man coming into himself without even really being aware of his own transformation The Greenhouse is a novel about finding beauty in the everyday in simple moments and acts in making dinner and planting roses and helping a child learn to walk It is a story of creating meaning in one s own life especially in the face of chance and coincidence One merit of this charming story was that it inspired me to step outside and weed the garden So I was away from screens for a while Well for half a day Dedicated to my mother And God said Behold I have given you every herb bearing seed which is upon the face of all the earth and every tree in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed Genesis 129Opening Because I m leaving the country and it s difficult to now when I ll be back my seventy seven year old father is preparing a memorable last supper for me and is going to cook something from one of Mom s handwritten recipes the Syncopated: An Anthology of Nonfiction Picto-Essays kind of thing Mom might have cooked on such an occasion I was thinking of having fried haddock in breadcrumbs he says followed by cocoa soup with whipped creamI pick J sef up from the care center in the seventeen year old Saab while Dad tries to sort out the cocoa soup J sef is standing eagerly on the sidewalk and clearly happy to see me He s in his Sunday best because I m leaving wearing the last shirt Mom bought him violet with a pattern of butterfliesBaad Real Baad I read the Italian translation nota al traduttore e all editore su do di io do l accento NON ci va Ma insomma dove avete studiatoThis is the story of the Icelandic Forrest Gump He has a retarded brother but he has some serious issues too I disagree with many reviewers who see him as a real regular almost typical 22 yo man Let s put it out there before anyone misses it this guy is border line autistic Things happen to him and to his body often as if he was watching them on a screen Yes teenagers live a bit like that but they don t rationalize that condition constantly like this guy does and they tend to express themselves in one way or the other while this guy is totally passive Now is that particularly Icelandic Or is this something the author wanted to create I don tnow I Are All Guys Assholes?: More Than 1,000 Guys in 10 Cities Reveal Why They're Not, Why They Sometimes Act Like They Are, and How Understanding Their ... Will Solve Your Guy Drama Once and For All know that aside from the normal issues of a twenty year old this man has other very peculiar issues very serious communication problems and as I said some autistic traits Let me be frank If this simple delicate book was not from an Icelandic author I don tnow if anyone would have published it The young father with baby plot has been used many times and with better coherent results by Nick Hornby and other writers Iceland Iceland is the reason why I and probably many others ended up reading this book On the other hand simpliciy and uiet are the actual charm of the book so I understand the readers who actual charm of the book so I understand the readers who in love with it for its soothing effect But uiet and delicate are attributes that very easily overlap with bland and diluted Nothing stands out in the whole story nothing jumps off the page an idea an individual a feeling It is like one of those sweet melodies that might be pleasant to listen to while they re playing but that once finished are immediately forgotten I m a little obsessed with Iceland It s a gorgeous country and produces some amazing literature Bragi Olafsson s The Pets ranks among my favorite books of all time so I was thrilled when I came across Au ur Ava Olafsdottir s The Greenhouse it s not every day that an English translation "of a contemporary Icelandic literary title comes my way This is uiet novel written in a crisp and direct style "a contemporary Icelandic literary title comes my This is a uiet novel written in a crisp and direct style that way it reminds me of Murakami though the comparison ends there Lobbi is a young man in his early twenties struggling to come to terms with the recent death of his mother as well as the recent birth of his daughter the latter the result of a one night stand in the former s beloved greenhouse He accepts a job tending a world famous rose garden overseas where he befriends a film buff priest Over time Lobbi cultivates a rich inner life alongside the ailing rose garden while occasionally phoning his seventy seven year old father to help him decipher his late wife s recipes When the mother of his child contacts him one day to ask if he ll watch their daughter Flora Sol for a month while she completes her thesis Lobbi isn t sure he s ready for the responsibility but he accepts anywayThat s the basic premise of the book What I found most fascinating about this book aside from the sheer pleasure of Olafsdottir s prose was the believability of Lobbi as a fully fleshed out man It s notoriously difficult for an author to write outside their gender but Olafsdottir really hit it out of the park here I recognized so much of my early twenties in Lobbi The particulars are uniue to him as a character but the emotional landscape of a young man coming to terms with life s twin crucible of grief and joy is universal It s strange in many ways The Greenhouse is a small book the stakes are never particularly high the movements are subtle the most dramatic action occurs before the narrative moment yet while reading it and still after I found it to be expansive in a compact way I now that doesn t make a whole lot of sense but it s the type of book that consumes you while remaining a very contained thing maybe like a bonsai or a scale model of a skyscraperIf you liked this make sure to follow me on Goodreads for review. ?та родена от мимолетната им съвместна нощ Дали това няма да е началото на една любов и на нов живот за тримата„Осемлистната роза“ е наслада за сетивата преплитаща багри ухания и усещания беззлобен хумор и очарованието на един екзотичен но и много човешки светоглед Красива история населена със симпатични герои и изпълнена с нежност и поезия. .
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S I did really enjoy her new novel not sure I want to read by her It was a simple subtle and uiet book and yet I found myself consumed by it by the little things It s one of those books that deal with the bigger issues of life through the lens of small insignificant things like roses dinners movies and days spent in a hospital I strongly feel that I will reread it over the years Re read for class in Icelandic October 2014 Listened to audio book read by author tooRe read for new review November 2012 Reviewed for Iceland Review December 10 2012 here Part road novel part bildungsroman Au ur Ava lafsd ttir s The Greenhouse is a meditative story of love death fatherhood and creating meaning in life even when it seems to be entirely dictated by chance Published in English translation in 2011 it is the first of ten Icelandic novels that online retailer committed to publishing in the next year via its literature in translation press Crossing The Greenhouse opens on Lobbi a young man to whom things seem to just happen things which he is rarely euipped to handle The last year has been particularly unsettling in this respect first his mother with whom he was very close died in a terrible car accident Exactly a year later after being unexpectedly conceived in one uarter of a night not even his first daughter was born Feeling superfluous in the life of his child and misunderstood by his aging father Lobbi is only really comfortable when he is gardening And so he decides to leave Iceland for an isolated monastery in a foreign country hoping to restore a once legendary garden to its former splendor and add to it a rare species of rose that he cultivated in his mother s greenhouseOnce Lobbi begins his journey little goes to plan He falls ill almost immediately after he departs and later gets lost and has to detour through a labyrinthian forest He s barely settled into his gardening routine at the monastery before the mother of his child arrives with his daughter asking him to bear his part of the responsibility and look after the girl while she works on her graduate thesis But instead of collapsing in this new role Lobbi rises to the demands of fatherhood and finds himself embracing such simple tasks as roasting potatoes and picking out hair ribbons Au ur Ava is not only a fiction author but also a practicing art historian So it seems only natural that her prose is particularly visual in its descriptions such as when Lobbi first arrives at his new village and sees the monastery on the edge of a cliff severed in two by a horizontal stripe of yellow mist that makes it look like it s hovering over its earthly foundations There is a tangible richness to each setting in the novel Lobbi imagines the lava field where his mother died visualizing a landscape of russet heather a blood red sky violet red foliage on some small trees nearby golden moss The cozy warmth of her greenhouse a sofa among the tomato plants contrasts with the forest Lobbi drives through which seems endless and spans the entire spectrum of green This evocative prose fluidly translated by Brian FitzGibbon provides a nice counterpoint to the simple but perceptive landscape of Lobbi s continuous internal monologue In the end his own transformation mirrors that of his beloved roses echoing his mother s gardening philosophy it just needs a little bit of care and most of all time October 2011Reviewed for Three Percent here 2011 has been a banner year for Icelandic literature on the international stage Fabulous Iceland this year s guest of honor at "the Frankfurt Book Fair and in August UNESCO named the Reykjav as one of its "Frankfurt Book Fair and in August UNESCO named the Reykjav as one of its Cities of Literature the only such city where English is not the native language Perhaps even notable for American readers however was the recent announcement that s new publishing imprint Crossing will release an astounding ten Icelandic titles in new English translations over the next year Judging by the press first Icelandic selection The Greenhouse by Audur Ava Olafsdottir English readers can look forward to a catalog of remarkable Icelandic titles in the coming monthsAt once wryly observant and sweetly comic The Greenhouse is a meditation on such sweeping themes as sex death becoming a parent manhood and finding a place for oneself in the world which doesn t once fall prey to cloying generalizations or cliche Rather through the eyes of twenty two year old Arnlj tur Th rir or Lobbi as his elderly father affectionately calls him author Audur Ava Olafsdottir breathes a freshness and sincerity into her subject matter which is as charming as it is insightfulThe novel opens with a birth and a death Having lost his mother in a car accident just a year earlier Lobbi is also adjusting to his unexpected new role as father His first child Fl ra S l is the product of the unlikely indiscretion of one uarter of a night not even a fifth like it His mother s death and the birth of his daughter both take place on the same day which also happens to be his mother s birthday Lobbi s father ascribes this confluence to some intricate system while his son
the coincidences as meaningless chance In my experience he sagely remarks as soon as you think you ve got one figured out something completely different happens This statement ends up being wiser than Lobbi could imagine as all of his best laid plans and worldviews are systematically upended throughout the novel Feeling himself to be somewhat superfluous in the life of his daughter and at loose ends with his father and autistic twin brother at home Lobbi decides that rather than go to college he will travel to a remote unnamed village monastery abroad to work as an gardener Although he is generally indecisive and freuently unsure of himself the decision is not a difficult one Lobbi was or less brought up in a greenhouse by his mother who shared with her son a nack for cultivating tomatoes flowers and roses where once had only been a flat stretch of barren land with rocks surrounded by wind scattered pebbles Lobbi is not even out of Reykjav when his plans begin to go awry He falls ill on the plane and must be hospitalized upon landing Once recovered he rents a car and begins his long journey only to find himself lost in a deep forest and unexpectedly transporting an inn eeper s daughter to her drama class 350 ilometers out of his way Finally arriving at his destination he finds solace in the monastery garden and a mentor in a monk with a love of dessert liueurs and art house cinema But he has not been working at the ga. тавена розова градина Със себе си носи малко багаж и няколко коренчета от рядката осемлистна rosa candida която е отглеждал заедно с майка си Пътуването му изпъстрено с много събития водещи го към самата същност на човешкия живот към себепознанието и изконната връзка с природата е белязано от появата на Анна която му поверява Флора Сол – дъщеричк?. .dismisses the coincidences as meaningless chance In my experience he sagely remarks as soon as you think you ve got one
This book caught my eye for two main reasons First the title made me take my first look because I love all things gardening related Then the description of the book ept my attention because it described a story not only of the shared love of the title greenhouse between a son and his deceased mother but it also told of the journey of the son to a remote monastery to restore its once fabulous gardens Enough saidclickdownloadreadand I am glad to have done itI would describe this book as a very peaceful coming of age story about a 22 year old Icelandic man who loves gardening who suddenly finds himself a father following a one night stand which occurs in the title greenhouse The story also details the man s journey from Iceland to a remote southern European monastary in a country never named but which reminded me of Italy His relationships with his father his deceased mother his autistic brother his infant daughter and his child s mother are also detailed What I loved most about the story though was not the story itself but the telling of the story The journey of this book so to speak The author has a way of writing that just drew me in and it caused me to set aside all the other books I was reading so I could concentrate on finishing this oneI also greatly enjoyed the Icelandic and European flavor of this novel the descriptions the lifestyle and of cooking and eating I go back to the butcher and ask him how I m supposed to cook the meat I bought from him half an hour ago I m wearing the white shirt My uestion doesn t seem to surprise him in the least Wasn t it veal Yeah that s right Two pounds Yeah eight slices should be enough for five adults he says Yes there were eight slices I say I ve made some progress in the language I can form short simple sentences and hold a conversation You heat the pan he says then put four tablespoons of oil in it and fry the slices of meat in the oil first on one side and then you turn them over and fry them on the other side Then just salt and pepper It doesn t take long How long I ask Three minutes on each side What about a sauce I ask You pour red wine over the pan when you ve finished frying the meat and let the sauce sizzle a moment How long Two minutes And spices Salt and pepper I loved the monastery setting The village is perched on a rock spur and I immediately spot the monastery on top of the cliff It s hard to believe that there s a garden up there that is referred to in every handbook on the cultivation of roses since the Middle Ages I loved the movie collecting priest who shares his wisdom with our main character I discover that Father Thomas watches films in their original language without subtitles It s very good practice he says and how he believes that many lessons can be learned from his films There he finally says walking toward me with a tape in his hand You can learn a lot about women s feelings by watching Antonioni Have you got a video player yet But most of all I just loved the story The telling of this story It captivated me According to the about the author section at the back of this book the book was first published in Iceland then was translated to French where it has received much acclaim It has now been translated and released in English The Greenhouse is a surprisingly lovely little story with as much left unsaid as said A young man someone who doesn t seem especially comfortable "In His Own Skin "his own skin his love of gardening to a country new to him And he has a daughter conceived in a careless one night actually less than one night stand I couldn t help but cheer him on as he learns about love relationships being a father all aided by a monk who has at least one film to recommend as answer to all of life s uestions If you are looking for fast action a convoluted plot this might not be the book for you If you are looking for a gentle story with beautiful writing wonderful characters you might very well love this one Kudos too to the translator Brian FitzGibbon Although I am incapable of reading the original of this book I felt like I was not at all like I was reading a not uite right translation uite wonderfulI was given an advance reader s copy of the book for which I am grateful I just read another review that mentioned this book was uiet Exactly This book is uiet Part of it takes place in a monastery and that s how this book is simple and uiet It s the story of a young man leaving his country for the first time and leaving his father and twin autistic brother behind His mom died a few years back and the family still seems to not have moved on Part of the book is the road trip to his destination which is never mentioned by name Neither is his country of origin But at least I came to the conclusion that he s going from Iceland to somewhere in southern EuropeThere are no superfluous details And it s very direct Despite this the descriptions and the characters do not come across flat or lacking And
is a believable young man with issues awkward moments and obsessions very typical of his age And being a gardening lover I really enjoyed the progress in the rose gardenI think this was one of the most enjoyable books i ve come across this year The story sounded promising and I started the novel eager to enter the world of what seemed a special young man who had recently lost his mother in a car accident become a father with a girl he barely new and who escaped Iceland to live in a monastery to rebuild an ancient glorious rose garden But as I swallowed chapter after chapter I couldn t uite conceive that the same author of Miss Iceland could create such a small minded character I was particularly annoyed by the way he referred to women as a group and reached the most cliched and even infantile conclusions ever about their behaviour and reactions I expected to witness a journey to maturity and read a boneless narration instead with little interest other than the varieties of roses he used to the reconstruct the garden the occasional evocative description of the uiet vila where he stayed and the culinary culture of the regionAlso I wasthis is a
struck by the flimsy net of instant profound relationships he develops with most characters main and secondary including hisby the flimsy net of instant profound relationships he develops with most characters main and secondary including his months old daughter and a cinephile priest which sounded particularly unconvincing I was left with the impression of a potentially good story delivered in the most simplistic manner leaving little to the reader s imagination and way too much to easily discarduite a disappointment that leaves me confused about this author Една нощ в краткотраен порив Арнльот и Анна които почти не се познават изживяват чудото на страстта сред розите в градината на неговата майка след което всеки поема по своя път Съкрушен след смъртта на майка си двайсет и две годишният Арнльот напуска дома си и се отправя към далечен манастир за да посвети времето и уменията си на неговата изос.