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The Journey Home: A Novel por Olaf Olafsson
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The Journey Home: A Novel (original 1999; edição 2001)

por Olaf Olafsson

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For years, Disa has lived a quiet life, managing an English country-house hotel with her companion Anthony. However, upon learning that she is terminally ill, Disa decides it is time to travel back to the village in Iceland where she was born. Olaf Olafsson takes the reader with Disa on her quietly heroic journey as she heads north, seeking a resolution to painful matters she has spent most of her life trying to forget.… (mais)
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Título:The Journey Home: A Novel
Autores:Olaf Olafsson
Informação:Anchor (2001), Paperback, 304 pages
Colecções:A sua biblioteca
Avaliação:****
Etiquetas:WW2, history, coming of age, another time, tragedy, end of life

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[The Journey Home] by Olaf Olafsson

I recently finished this excellent, soulful book about a woman, Disa, who is told she has about a year left of her life and decides to return to her homeland and deal with her psychological baggage, so to speak. I have been lately addicted to Olafsson’s compassionate writing and ordered a used copy of this book not realizing I already had a paperback copy on my shelves. Had I read it before? I wasn’t sure, and as I read it again, some of it did seem familiar.

This morning, as I prepared to write a review, I went to the book’s page and noticed there was already a short review there that I had written in 2008! I agree with everything I said back then, but the difference between then and now is me. I am twelve years older and like the book’s heroine, Disa, I have more years behind me than ahead of me. Disa is a wonderfully imperfect woman working through her history. The story, written in Disa’s voice in a journaling style, is still an engrossing read. NOTE: terrible cover art for this book ( )
  avaland | Sep 9, 2020 |
A masterful telling of a woman's complicated life smoothly shifting from present to past delivering surprises throughout. Excellent ( )
  snash | Mar 2, 2020 |
The kind of book wich is responsible for my reading! just perfect!
Characters, style, plot, construction, no faults!
Please read it and be touched, and cry also! ( )
  Gerardlionel | Apr 2, 2016 |
An Icelandic chef travels from London to Reykjavik in The Journey Home - she travels in a literal sense, and as in quality fiction, her journey takes on a metaphoric dimension as well. Her journey’s meaning is revealed to us in the course of her first-person narrative, and along the way the author treats us to some remarkable effects. This is a bewitching book, with its low-key diction and its high-strung, independent heroine.

Her name is Asdis, and is called Disa for short. In her life she goes her own way, to the chagrin and frustration of her family, her mother in particular. After “an expensive” course of training in clerical work, she opts for a career in cooking. She falls in love with and agrees to marry a German Jewish man just as World War II is starting, and this too, irks her family. In fact she and her mother become estranged. The present-day part of her story occurs long after these events, however, and although she has spells where she strongly doubts the success of her mission, she pushes on in spite of herself.

Olaf Olafsson manages this portrait with a very different but highly affecting scheme. Disa’s telling of her story has the feel of a long, one-sided conversation, drawn out through a single, talk-filled night. She bounces around in time as she weaves her tale, but don’t be fooled: none of this ever approaches aimlessness. Mr. Olafsson has a very distinct, very touching story to relate, and he bends his heroine and his style to its ends very surely. I found the whole very effective and very memorable.

Disa has her dark moments and her author deepens them with perfectly striking imagery and blunt-spoken philosophy. About 80% through the book our narrator avers: “You grow up, people say, as if they have attained some higher wisdom, and will even put on a solemn face if they are sufficiently dishonest with themselves, or else mutter the assertion in low tones, avoiding looking in the mirror.” And a few sentences later: “Hope is the sister of self-deception and I have learned to avoid those sisters as far as I can. Their smile is fawning and their manner false … The truth demands accuracy and concentration which sometimes makes it hard to handle.”

The accuracy and concentration here are undeniable. Mr. Olafsson gives us an unblinkingly honest heroine, one who savages herself when she feels she deserves it – you will not always agree that she does deserve it. She can be prickly at times, and a hard partner to live with; this is a complete portrait: intricate, nuanced, realistic.

I recommend this book highly to the readers who happily lose themselves in intimate psychological dramas. The author approaches his subject in a unique way, and we the readers benefit: Disa’s emotional journey deserves a wide circulation. Take this up!

http://bassoprofundo1.blogspot.com/2015/05/the-journey-home-by-olaf-olafsson.htm... ( )
  LukeS | May 27, 2015 |
Title: The Journey Home: A woman makes one last journey home to face what she left behind.

Story:

Disa is at the end of her life. Her doctor has given her, at the outside, a year to live. The disease that is killing her doesn't matter, its finality makes her realize that she can no longer put off dealing with a past she did not want to relive. So Disa sets off on a journey to her native Iceland to see the outcome of that terrible time during WW2 when she found happiness for a while and then lost it when the horrible realities of war became all to real to her younger self.

Along the way we learn about what led her to start her successful bed and breakfast with her friend Anthony, her attempt to fix a falling out with a old friend, and finally what caused her to move to England.

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This was a nice departure from my usual staple of Sci-Fi and action / adventure stories. I like these kinds of books every now and then especially when they are done well. In this case, at least to me, it was done well as the author succeeds in moving the story along by bringing the past alive and by making the conversations between characters interesting.

The way the story is written almost reminds me of an old sci-fi book I read called “Cuckoo's Egg by C.J. Cherryh”. In that story the conversations are almost more interesting and tense than any of the battles that occur throughout the story. In this story it's more the recreation of what it was like for those that were affected by WW2 and what the atmosphere was like at the time. When it comes to Disa she can come off as a little stiff and frosty on occasion but in the end it's understandable why she trys to keep everyone and everything at arm's length. If I have one complaint with this story its that it does have the “whiplash” effect occasionally as the story can bounce back and forth around the time line abruptly sometimes. All and in all I recommend this to anyone who is looking for a story that takes the reader to the past and tells a story about why someone became who they are. m.a.c ( )
  cahallmxj | Oct 18, 2014 |
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For years, Disa has lived a quiet life, managing an English country-house hotel with her companion Anthony. However, upon learning that she is terminally ill, Disa decides it is time to travel back to the village in Iceland where she was born. Olaf Olafsson takes the reader with Disa on her quietly heroic journey as she heads north, seeking a resolution to painful matters she has spent most of her life trying to forget.

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