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  1. Jenny (Reading Envy) Jenny (Reading Envy) says:

    I m not surprised I had not heard of this author, as this is his only work translated into English so far It was a happy accident that I saw it on the new books shelf at the public library.The book is in the form of a letter, from an old man to the love of his life, recently deceased, explaining his regrets and his perspective It is heavily couched in Icelandic mythology and folklore, and while I didn t get all the references, there is a nice glossary helping to draw the connections I d love I m not surprised I had not heard of this author, as this is his only work translated into English so far It was a happy accident that I saw it on the new books shelf at the public library.The book is in the form of a letter, from an old man to the love of his life, recently deceased, explaining his regrets and his perspective It is heavily couched in Icelandic mythology and folklore, and while I didn t get all the references, there is a nice glossary helping to draw the connections I d love to go back someday and read some of the old sagas I kept thinking of The Old Man and His Sons, which while about the Faroe Islands, has a similar feeling The old way described in unappealing but nostalgic ways why did we ever stop washing our hair in urine , the shift toward a commercialized, city based culture as the traditional arts fade out, and a reluctance to leave what is deeply ingrained as home There are also a few shocking revelations if you read well enough between the lines There is an interesting discussion on the intelligence of the sheep farmers, who used to have rousing discussion during late winter evenings Another reviewer pointed out this article on the Icelandic reading tradition so perhaps despite the narrator s concern, reading and discussion has continued to be important, but perhaps the perspective has shifted These were people who had come up with their own meaning of life They were instinctively clever, because no school had told them how to think They thought for themselves Such people are gone now, and I scarcely believe they raise them in Reykjavik nowadays A few quotes about the relationship the letter is about You two are the only religion I ve ever had I ve loved you only to live in anguish and an intentional lovelessness That the distance from you kindled a longing for closeness, but as soon as that closeness was offered, I withdrew and would sacrifice nothing The art in the panels before each chapter is gorgeous, from an Icelandic artist Kjartan Hallur The art has a feeling of harkening back to the old too, so it seems very fitting for the book This is one example


  2. Sue Sue says:

    In this interesting novella, an older Icelandic man replies to a letter received long before from the woman with whom he s had a passionate affair Helga left the countryside for the city during the war and wanted him to come too, to get one of the many jobs that had been created with the advent of American forces at the time Now all these years later, Bjarni is writing his answer why he didn t follow her to the city.The story is full of allusions to Icelandic folklore and there is a helpful In this interesting novella, an older Icelandic man replies to a letter received long before from the woman with whom he s had a passionate affair Helga left the countryside for the city during the war and wanted him to come too, to get one of the many jobs that had been created with the advent of American forces at the time Now all these years later, Bjarni is writing his answer why he didn t follow her to the city.The story is full of allusions to Icelandic folklore and there is a helpful glossary at the end of the book to clarify some of the tales and personages The writing is impassioned, as was the love, and the descriptions of the land and beliefs are lyrical In Italy they eat sparrows My grandmother Kristin taught me to ask the wagtail in the spring how the future would be, and that you must never steal the wheatear s eggs, because if you did, your fingers would become stiff and twisted Isn t it nicer to live with such beliefs and take delight in blessed little birds, rather than eat them just to follow some worldly fashionloc 484 And again gravel banks swayed in the warm wind and a low cloud bank slung itself over the peaks and down the scree covered slopes I rode the path over the gravel bed, through the tussocky ground, past a boggy hollow andgrassy banks I stopped to rest at the hill where the Viking settler lies and horses never graze Looked over the farm where Grandmother and Grandfather lived they were so good to me when I was a child Grandma Kristin seemed as old as the settlers of this land in my memory she s bathed in sweet antiquity. loc 554 And onceI ve seen the blue clad elf and heard fetches knock on on the door Felt the secret powers of existence in hills and enchanted spots, and shooed off the guardian spirits of the land when my horse balked.I ve learned to read the clouds and birds and the behavior of a dog Perceived the wonder of the settlement of this country and felt the magnificence of its original inhabitants I ve sensed the anguish of the leaves in a lunar eclipse and gazed up the slopes feeling my soul lifted from me. loc 803 In spite of his passion, his physical longing for Helga, Bjarni could not leave this countryside, his farm, his sheep, the wife he still had feelings for, the way of life itself


  3. Larissa Larissa says:

    Review published in The Reykjav k Grapevine A frank and poetic meditation on nature, relationships, and the choices that define us, Bergsveinn Birgisson s Reply To A Letter From Helga paints an unflinching portrait of Bjarni, an elderly man on the verge of the Great Relocation congenital to all men who is ready to finally face the defining decision of his life and respond to a letter left unanswered for so many years.When, in his youth, his lover Hel Review published in The Reykjav k Grapevine A frank and poetic meditation on nature, relationships, and the choices that define us, Bergsveinn Birgisson s Reply To A Letter From Helga paints an unflinching portrait of Bjarni, an elderly man on the verge of the Great Relocation congenital to all men who is ready to finally face the defining decision of his life and respond to a letter left unanswered for so many years.When, in his youth, his lover Helga offered him the chance to follow her to a new life in Reykjav k, Bjarni chose instead to remain on the farm which had been in his family for generations, choosing his love for the land over romantic love and companionship This decision was, and remains, a fraught and painful one for him Even so, he maintains a clear sense of pride throughout the novel, a strength of purpose which separates his story fromconventional narratives of love lost I thought of what kind of person I would become in Reykjav k, Bjarni writes.Could I love youunder such circumstances Is it so certain, Helga, that everything would have been fine for us I would have dug a ditch for you and filled it back up again, the same ditch all my lifeBut abandon myself, the countryside and farming, which were who I am that I couldn t do While his brief, but passionate, affair with Helga provides the basis for his reflections, his other lifelong love, the district where my forefathers had lived for an entire millennium, is what gives him purpose For Bjarni s message is as much a love letter to the country and to a nearly forgotten way of life as it is a paean to Helga His language is simple but always richly sensual, particularly in its descriptions of nature, and its evocations of desire and longing Often these elements combine, as when he describes the Helga Tussocks, which, with their smooth, flat tops and steep, rounded sides, are made from the same mold as your breasts, by the same creative hands Bjarni s recollections also dramatise the seasonal rituals and complex relationships in a small, rural village, alighting on yearly sheep round ups and ram exhibitions, on taciturn men sagely discussing politics at the local co op, on the regular meetings and heated debates of the district Reading Club Bjarni has been an avid reader all his life, and quotes poetry, sagas, and psalms throughout the novel This English translation includes a glossary of works cited, making for an excellent primer to great Icelandic literature His stories are not all happy ones I m not saying that everything is so heavenly in the country and the people are utter angels, he says Of course there is rumormongering and jealousy and all sorts of other hogwash But these same people loan you a tractor tire in a pinch Reply To A Letter From Helga is a rare novel in its capacity to measure and examine regret, courageous in its recognition that loving another person is not always enough in itself Love is also in this life I ve lived here in the countryside, Bjarni writes And when I chose this life and pursued it and didn t regret it, I learned that one should stick to one s decision, nurture it and not deviate that this is an expression of love


  4. Jill Jill says:

    A lyrical and poetic meditation on the things that matter most in life, Bergsveinn Birgisson s Reply To A Letter to Helga focuses on a man who is torn between the love of his life and his true sense of self For all its brevity, it is a most passionate and complete novella.Bjarni, a hay farmer in an isolated village, lives with his infertile wife whose botched uterine operation has made her unable to take physical or emotional pleasure in lovemaking Into his life comes Helga, a richly sensuou A lyrical and poetic meditation on the things that matter most in life, Bergsveinn Birgisson s Reply To A Letter to Helga focuses on a man who is torn between the love of his life and his true sense of self For all its brevity, it is a most passionate and complete novella.Bjarni, a hay farmer in an isolated village, lives with his infertile wife whose botched uterine operation has made her unable to take physical or emotional pleasure in lovemaking Into his life comes Helga, a richly sensuous married woman who makes him feel alive in ways he never has.A turning point is reached and Bjarni must make a choice leave his home of birth with Helga and start anew or allow her to exit his life But is a choice ever that simple Bjarni feels another type of love a deep pull from the land that he feels akin to In one striking passage, he writes, I would have dug a ditch for you and filled it back up again, the same ditch all my life I would have walked miles for you every single day But to abandon myself, the countryside and farming, which were who I am that I couldn t do The lure of the land is seen in the ordinary and the extraordinary the annual sheep round ups, on men going over the same fundamentals and politics at the local co op, of neighborly communions in the nearby Reading Club Bjarni reflects, I ve heard my stomach grumble back at the thunder, a little man beneath a big sky heard the stream whisper that it s eternal Made the earth my beloved Held a powerful salmon Let a fox teach me what it is to be clever Man s existential dilemma, Bjarni believes, consists of having to choose everything in this world, which is the root of his unhappiness So he lives his days with the rediscovery of love as my embers of hope , accepting that even the deepest love is not enough if it means losing one s connection with his very nature This is a thinking person s book that is infused with feelings, a tale of love, regret, passion, and ultimately, acceptance


  5. Sara Sara says:

    Bjarni, a sheep farmer in Iceland, writes a long love letter to a woman he had an affair with during the era of World War II That could sum up this book in one sentence, but this book is much, muchthan that.We learn of a man who loved the country and loved his animals and loved a woman He loved a woman that was not his and a land that was very much his own He made decisions that seemed to him to be practical and right yet he was always unsure if he were true to himself or not Should a Bjarni, a sheep farmer in Iceland, writes a long love letter to a woman he had an affair with during the era of World War II That could sum up this book in one sentence, but this book is much, muchthan that.We learn of a man who loved the country and loved his animals and loved a woman He loved a woman that was not his and a land that was very much his own He made decisions that seemed to him to be practical and right yet he was always unsure if he were true to himself or not Should a man be with his love in a soulless, empty landscape or should he remain free in the wilderness that is a part of him yet be unloved As he narrates the tale of his life to his love we learn quite a bit about Bjarni and about the old ways of sheep herding and how people lived in a harsh world where they only had each other and their animals and nothing outside themselves and their farms to sustain them no cell phones, no computers, no fancy technology that would throw a wedge between them although there were plenty of conventions to divide people forbidden lust being one of them.This was a short, interesting read about a culture foreign to me however people are people everywhere there is still a kinship there There were beautiful, thoughtful ideas expressed in this book, although I ll issue a word of warning for others there is some graphic language with regard to the sex scenes some of it is a bit jarring in a rather passive yet passionate tale


  6. Sovotchka Sovotchka says:

    The thing is, this is how everything that s been built up in Icelandic culture is bungled folk go abroad and learn some damned rubbish that has nothing to do with Iceland, but try in the name of the latest fashion to do everything they can to spoil and wreck the distinctive features that have developed here This is my second book by an Icelandic author after a less than successful experiment last year with Halld r Laxness


  7. Antonomasia Antonomasia says:

    Feb 2015Just as there are certain qualities I particularly like in people, so with books It gets repetitive, actively listing them time after time And with a good first person narrator the parallel rings especially true Old Icelandic farmer Bjarni is very self aware, but has been less than perfect over the course of his life lesser authors often portray characters as if these things can t go together Not that he hasn t worked hard and also done things which, I agree with him as he looks ba Feb 2015Just as there are certain qualities I particularly like in people, so with books It gets repetitive, actively listing them time after time And with a good first person narrator the parallel rings especially true Old Icelandic farmer Bjarni is very self aware, but has been less than perfect over the course of his life lesser authors often portray characters as if these things can t go together Not that he hasn t worked hard and also done things which, I agree with him as he looks back, were worth being proud of in their context Someone who felt a lot, although some of those around him may not have guessed Beautiful writing about nature and a life with it.References to mythology and literature woven in in the most natural way, as if they are also part of the land Aspects of the character were based on old storytellers the author had met Dirty, earthy and very romantic interludes to a lot of daily grind and emotional barrenness A first person narrative which still lets through the conflicting experiences of other characters IMO magnificent glad I listened to a recommendation of this novella from another site Also very much liked the illustrations which balance primitive folk art and stylised contemporary influence


  8. Annie Annie says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here For my Around the World challenge Iceland.Not sure what to think of this slender novel from Iceland I think I should have read this in a Swedish or Norwegian translation I m frustrated I can t understandthan a few words of Icelandic to get a different perspective, because I feel like I m missing something here.The novel has been nominated for several prestigious literary awards and it s widely praised by Icelandic, Danish and Norwegian readers and critics, and yet I kept asking myself For my Around the World challenge Iceland.Not sure what to think of this slender novel from Iceland I think I should have read this in a Swedish or Norwegian translation I m frustrated I can t understandthan a few words of Icelandic to get a different perspective, because I feel like I m missing something here.The novel has been nominated for several prestigious literary awards and it s widely praised by Icelandic, Danish and Norwegian readers and critics, and yet I kept asking myself why Although the writing is earthy and lyrical, the characters and the love story itself seem quite trite stolid sheep farmer Bjarni covets his buxom neighbor Helga, but can t leave his farm or frigid wife and definitely less interesting than the Icelandic country setting, the curious anecdotes about neighbors and fellow islanders, and the literary references to classic Icelandic texts the writer and translator even provide endnotes to highlight the allusions Maybe something was lost in the translation Or perhaps illicit love among the sheep just isn t my cup of tea I m not sure, but I wasn t moved or touched by Bjarni s choices or his fate I was intrigued by the Icelandic landscape, people and stories, but I want my next Icelandic novel to be very different from this one


  9. Carolyn Carolyn says:

    This beautiful, elegiac book reflects on the narrator s lost love, but also on the richness and beauty of a past that has largely vanished Bjarni is a man of few regrets and no self pity, possessing such a clarity of vision and self awareness He is a man shaped by the natural rhythms of his rural environment, eschewing the siren call of urban living to which so many other Icelanders succumbed during the 1940s, which in turn cost him his great love, Helga But one suspects that had Bjarni follo This beautiful, elegiac book reflects on the narrator s lost love, but also on the richness and beauty of a past that has largely vanished Bjarni is a man of few regrets and no self pity, possessing such a clarity of vision and self awareness He is a man shaped by the natural rhythms of his rural environment, eschewing the siren call of urban living to which so many other Icelanders succumbed during the 1940s, which in turn cost him his great love, Helga But one suspects that had Bjarni followed her to Reykjavik, it would have cost him his soul He is a proud man, of his standing in the district, his achievements as a farmer and community member and his connection to a glorious past, right back to Settlement times But for all that, he still mourns for his lost love I ve loved you only to live in anguish and intentional lovelessness Every page, sometimes every paragraph, contains poetic imagery of sublime beauty, describing passion, tragedy, humour and the glory of the natural world This book is like an old door, where.there are cracks and chinks, letting in sunshine and life And what a life it was


  10. Jayme Jayme says:

    The World s Literature Group is reading books set in or written by Icelandic authors Reply to a Letter from Helga was a wonderful novella that snuck up on me and captured my heart Bjarni an elderly man is reflecting on his life in a letter that he is writing to Helga and contemplates the right and wrong of a particular choice that he has made a choice that has haunted him since.Birgisson writes with a fluid poetry that captures a simpler time in Iceland when the world is in the middle of WWI The World s Literature Group is reading books set in or written by Icelandic authors Reply to a Letter from Helga was a wonderful novella that snuck up on me and captured my heart Bjarni an elderly man is reflecting on his life in a letter that he is writing to Helga and contemplates the right and wrong of a particular choice that he has made a choice that has haunted him since.Birgisson writes with a fluid poetry that captures a simpler time in Iceland when the world is in the middle of WWII and Iceland is on the brink of changing forever Loved this book


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