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Butterflies in November [Format Kindle]

Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir , Brian FitzGibbon

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A hilarious and moving road trip around Iceland in an old car, told by a recently divorced woman with a five year-old boy 'on loan'

After a day of being dumped - twice - and accidentally killing a goose, the narrator begins to dream of tropical holidays far away from the chaos of her current life. instead, she finds her plans wrecked by her best friend's deaf-mute son, thrust into her reluctant care. But when a shared lottery ticket nets the two of them over 40 million kroner, she and the boy head off on a road trip across iceland, taking in cucumber-farming hotels, dead sheep, and any number of her exes desperate for another chance. Blackly comic and uniquely moving, Butterflies in November is an extraordinary, hilarious tale of motherhood, relationships and the legacy of life's mistakes.

Auður Ava Olafsdóttir was born in Iceland in 1958, studied art history in Paris and has lectured in History of Art at the University of Iceland. Her earlier novel, The Greenhouse (2007), won the DV Culture Award for literature and was nominated for the Nordic Council Literature Award. She currently lives and works in Reykjavik.

"Quirky and poetic, everything is there... An extraordinary novelist" Madame Figaro

"A poetic and sensory narrative" El País


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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 778 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 304 pages
  • Editeur : Pushkin Press (7 novembre 2013)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00FIP8X60
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Butterflies in November 14 novembre 2013
Par S Riaz - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
The narrator of this quirky and unique nove is a thirty three year old woman with a gift for languages, who works as a translator and proof reader. When we meet her she has been both dumped by her lover and told by her husband that he is leaving her for another woman, who is soon to have his child. Her friend, Audor, (my apologies for not being to type Icelandic names with the appropriate letters/typeface) is, like her, something of an outsider. She already has a young son, Tumi, who is hearing and vision impaired, and is pregnant again, but not married. When she comes to visit to console her friend on the end of her marriage, she slips and hurts herself - while she is taken to hospital, she asks her friend to collect Tumi from kindergarten. To add to the recent upheaval, after being told that she should buy lottery tickets, our narrator soon finds that she has won twice - firstly the prize of a prefabricated cottage, which she asks to be placed in the location where her grandmother once lived, and secondly for the astounding amount of forty million kroner. She had already decided to take a trip, but now she must do so with a four year old boy in tow, when she has no experience of children.

Everything I have described so far is also mentioned (pretty much) in the blurb and happens in the first couple of chapters. The novel is concerned with the trip itself - a bizarre road trip through a frozen landscape. On this journey some animals will die, many ex lovers will appear unexpectedly, and our narrator must come to terms with something which happened to her as a young girl, as well as discover what motherhood really means. Unprepared for what lies ahead, her dashboard stuffed with cash, she finds herself responsible for another person - a vulnerable and intelligent child - for the first time in her life. This trip will change her profoundly and alter the course of her life forever.

This is a difficult novel to describe. It is quirky, often funny, sometimes a little shocking and profoundly moving. I have not read anything by this author before, but I am sure that this just made it into my list of favourite books. Set in an amost alien landcape, it is completely different in attitude and approach, and will challenge the way you think. I am extremely glad that I read it and Pushkin Press are becoming, more and more, a publisher that I trust for quality and original books.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 An Icelandic odyssey of a woman who finds her self through a challenged and challenging child. 9 mars 2015
Par Diane H. Schetky - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Having been to Iceland several times, I enjoyed the vivid descriptions of the landscape and weather. An attractive but disorganized and somewhat
lost woman speaks 11 languages and makes her living as a translator. Her dislike of children and the idea of motherhood is made evident early in the story and her marriage is rocky. Her life takes an abrupt turn when she reluctantly agrees to care for the deaf four year old son of her friend who is pregnant with twins and in need of hospitalization. Upon learning that her husband is expecting a child with another woman whom he'd like to marry, she decides to leave home. She takes off with "the boy" on a "vacation" to remote corners of Iceland as winter is
approaching. She faces challenges along the way including her doubts about her ability to care for the boy who comes with his own peculiarities, foul weather, and encounters with people in sparsely populated villages, who are, for the most part, helpful. Her relationship with
the boy grows and she finally begins to refer to him by his name, Tumi. She discovers how precocious he is and they learn to communicate with one another. Predictably, his presence in her life fosters her own maturity, sense of responsibility and self. She becomes less preoccupied with herself and is able to find joy in caring for Tumi, The ending leaves the reader hopeful. The characters are well developed
but I found it difficult to keep track of all of the nameless men that came in and out of her life. Perhaps this was deliberate as a means of depicting her difficulty forming intimate relationships.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 but I enjoyed it. It seems very Icelandic to me 30 janvier 2015
Par KKH - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
This is a strange book, but I enjoyed it. It seems very Icelandic to me, although my knowledge of Iceland is very limited (one trip and several books). There is very little plot and what there is seems disjointed and questionable almost to the point of magical realism. That said, the relationship between Auður and Tumi is wonderful and if you read it more for the atmosphere and mother/child relationship, I think you will enjoy it.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 "...give in to the quirky spirit of the book" 22 mars 2015
Par Cathryne M. Spencer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
I liked it. Library Journal says, "...give in to the quirky spirit of the book" and that is easy to do. I wanted to keep reading from beginning to end without having to put it down to answer the calls of family, but it was still a pleasure picking it back up each time. If you can, though, set aside a couple of good chunks of time to enjoy the trip.
I loved how the author made this trip of a very unlikely pair so natural and lovely and mutually beneficial. A thirty something Icelandic woman who has never wanted children and has just been dumped by her husband takes to the road with her best friend's deaf and not-well-sighted four year old son while the boy's mother gets ready to give birth to twins. In Iceland no less. What could go wrong? But the two surprise themselves and each other as well as their families. I enjoyed taking the journey with them.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 I fell in love with the unique heroine partly because she is not ... 1 août 2015
Par Hildie Schap - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
This book is stunning, glimmering, magical. I fell in love with the unique heroine partly because she is not trying to be heroic, beautiful or likable. The little boy she travels with is just 4 years old and tiny at 13 kilos but he too fills up the book with with so much light right in the middle of the strange, rainy, dark Icelandic desert. Their journey is mythical and dreamy yet so well described that I could feel the slushy winter as if it were outside my door - and I live in Hawaii!
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