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Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name: A Novel (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2007; vuoden 2008 painos)

– tekijä: Vendela Vida (Tekijä)

JäseniäKirja-arvostelujaSuosituimmuussijaKeskimääräinen arvioKeskustelut / Maininnat
7655221,929 (3.63)1 / 89
"On the day of her father's funeral, twenty-eight-year-old Clarissa Iverton discovers that he wasn't her biological father after all. Her mother disappeared fourteen years earlier, and now Clarissa is alone and adrift. The one person she feels she can trust, her fiance, Pankaj, has just revealed a terrible and life-changing secret to her. In the cycle of a day, all the truths in Clarissa's world become myths and rumors, and she is catapulted out of the life she knew." "She finds her birth certificate, which leads her from New York to Helsinki, and then north of the Arctic Circle, to mystical Lapland, where she believes she'll meet her real father. There, under the northern lights of a sunless winter, Clarissa comes to know the Sami, the indigenous population, and seeks out a local priest, the one man who may hold the key to her origins." "Along her travels she meets an elderly Sami healer named Anna Kristine, who has her own secrets, and a handsome young reindeer herder named Henrik, who accompanies Clarissa to a hotel made of ice. There she is confronted with the truth about her mother's past and finally must make a decision about how - and where - to live the rest of her life."--BOOK JACKET.… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name: A Novel
Kirjailijat:Vendela Vida (Tekijä)
Info:Ecco (2008), Edition: Reprint, 256 pages
Kokoelmat:Luettu, ei oma
Arvio (tähdet):***1/2
Avainsanoja:21st c, Scandinavia, Fini-18, Sami (Lapland), Finland

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Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name (tekijä: Vendela Vida) (2007)

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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 53) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
Wonderful

I'm very excited about this author, and plan to read everything she's got. They're otherworldly. Going to buy another one right now. ( )
  CarolineanneE | Mar 28, 2020 |
Simpler and more beautiful than her first, this novel is exactly what happens when you freak-out and head towards the pole. Worth it for the premise and ending alone. ( )
  Eoin | Jun 3, 2019 |
Loved this one. I enjoyed traveling with Clarissa to Finland and learning about the Sami people. I love her writing. ( )
  DKnight0918 | Dec 19, 2017 |
Some of the reviews here call this novel "bleak", with characters who are "distancing,", and say they don't like the main character. Despite the fact that I gave the book 4 stars, I agree with them.

Perhaps it is just the mood I was in at the time I read it, but I found it fascinating. It is such a weird book that I didn't expect the characters to be engaging. It was fun to go to Lapland and find out what the country and the culture are like. I enjoyed watching the main character, Clarissa, try to figure out the difficult life she was handed when her mother deserted the family and when, after her father died, she found out he was not her father. Depending on what you are expecting, this can be a fun and interesting reading. My guess is you should never expect "normal" from Vida's writing or her characters.

Right before I read this, I read The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty, also by Vendela Vida. And it is also very strange. I would call both of these surreal. Which is not the kind of book I usually like. These two sucked me in, possibly because they are short. ( )
  evacarey | Jan 2, 2017 |
After finding out that the man she believed to be her father wasn't Clarissa abandons her life in new york and heads for lapland looking for her real father. She walks out on her fiance without telling him or anybody else for that matter where she is going.
While it is understandable that she might want some answers I cannot sympathise with her, she is completely unlikeable and is mean and nasty to pretty much everybody she meets along the way even people whose only crime is to be nice to her and help her.
I don't like the way she handled a phone call to her brother who has Down Syndrome and has never spoken, she thinks the way to get a response from him is to shout and swear at him.
I also don't like the ending, she never meets the father that she is looking for as it turns out her mother was raped although she does meet his family and she does find her mother who had walked out on her family when Clarissa was fourteen. The mother and clarissa had been on a christmas shopping trip and she abandoned clarissa at the mall and was never seen again until clarissa finds her in lapland. She feels no remorse for what she did and this upsets clarissa although given that she walked out on her life without telling anybody where she was going and at the end decides that despite being pregnant with her fiance's baby she is not going home and she is not going to tell him about the baby. I don't like that the writer has made it so easy for clarissa to walk away from her life with no complications. ( )
  KarenDuff | Jun 1, 2016 |
Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 53) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
Shortly after the death of her father, Clarissa Iverton, the doleful narrator of Vida's angular second novel, discovers that he was not, in fact, her father. Abruptly abandoned by her restless mother when she was 14, Clarissa abruptly abandons her doting fiancé, travels to the far northern reaches of Scandinavia--where her mother had lived as a young woman--and begins searching for her lost birth parents. The urgency of Clarissa's quest never quite snaps into focus, but this novel's evanescent beauty is contained in prose as cool and crystalline as the ice hotel where she spends a night.

B+
lisäsi sduff222 | muokkaaEntertainment Weekly, Jennifer Reese (Jan 12, 2007)
 
When New Yorker Clarissa Iverton happens upon her birth certificate, she realizes that everyone she trusts, including her freshly deceased dad, knows that her biological father was a man she's never met. Since her mother walked out years earlier, Clarissa, the protagonist of Vida's accomplished second novel, must go to Finland to find the stranger who fathered her.

Vida, who is married to Dave Eggers, propels Clarissa alone into the dark snowscape where her birth secrets are buried. She perfectly captures the emotional dimension of Clarissa's search, showing that the truth, no matter how pockmarked, is preferable to fiction.
lisäsi sduff222 | muokkaaPeople, Maria Speidel (Jan 8, 2007)
 
This emotional core makes the book much more than an Edward Gorey comic strip. Take away the exotic setting and circumstance and you have a relentlessly believable story of a child’s futile struggle to, well, “be loved.” Enough children have to make their way through the world without nurture for this tale to strike a common chord, although Vida’s declared motives are a bit more abstract. In a brief afterword, she acknowledges “Against Narrativity,” an essay by Galen Strawson, as an inspiration for this novel; it made her “curious about the kind of person who would see their past as unconnected to their present.” Finally we understand that Clarissa’s mother is acting out a refusal to be a victim of her history. In the end, Clarissa does the same, almost — but, crucially, not quite — as ruthlessly. A Sami shaman who turns out not to be her father tells her of the northern lights, “We believe they are our ancestors.” Whatever sense Clarissa wins of her origins is just as brilliant, and as distant, as that.
 
Novels about unhappy young people who seek to escape their dysfunctional families and find a new identity are almost a genre to themselves, but the vivid scenes of Lapland, with its reindeer, northern lights, and Ice Hotel, give this novel a unique twist. There is even a whirlwind happy ending of a sort. Recommended for most libraries.
 
This is a sharp, sometimes brutal, portrait of a woman who feels her persona has been wiped away and wants to start over, not heal. Her careful, unadorned prose neatly reveals Clarissa's mix of damage and resolve, echoing Raymond Carver's minimalism while retaining the warmth that so many Carver imitators lack. And Vida's evocative descriptions of life in Lapland--the reindeer herds, the slow pace of the locals, a hotel made of snow and ice--underscore the themes of isolation and otherworldliness but never overwhelm the core story of Clarissa's despair.

A luminescent and evocative tale of grief, free of the standard cliches.
lisäsi sduff222 | muokkaaKirkus Reviews (Sep 15, 2006)
 

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"On the day of her father's funeral, twenty-eight-year-old Clarissa Iverton discovers that he wasn't her biological father after all. Her mother disappeared fourteen years earlier, and now Clarissa is alone and adrift. The one person she feels she can trust, her fiance, Pankaj, has just revealed a terrible and life-changing secret to her. In the cycle of a day, all the truths in Clarissa's world become myths and rumors, and she is catapulted out of the life she knew." "She finds her birth certificate, which leads her from New York to Helsinki, and then north of the Arctic Circle, to mystical Lapland, where she believes she'll meet her real father. There, under the northern lights of a sunless winter, Clarissa comes to know the Sami, the indigenous population, and seeks out a local priest, the one man who may hold the key to her origins." "Along her travels she meets an elderly Sami healer named Anna Kristine, who has her own secrets, and a handsome young reindeer herder named Henrik, who accompanies Clarissa to a hotel made of ice. There she is confronted with the truth about her mother's past and finally must make a decision about how - and where - to live the rest of her life."--BOOK JACKET.

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