The True Deceiver

by Tove Jansson | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0954899571 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Zimtmilch of Schwelm, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on 2/1/2014
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Journal Entry 1 by Zimtmilch from Schwelm, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Saturday, February 01, 2014
Ich hatte mir das Buch gekauft, nachdem ich eine Besprechung davon gehört hatte. Es hat meine Erwartungen zwar nicht erfüllt, war aber ganz nett zu lesen.

Klappentext
In the deep winter snow of a Swedish hamlet, a strange young woman fakes a break-in at the house of an elderly artist in order to persuade her that she needs companionship. But what does she hope to gain by doing this? And who ultimately is deceiving whom? In this portrayal of two women grappling with truth and lies, nothing can be taken for granted. By the time the snow thaws, both their lives will have changed irrevocably.

Journal Entry 2 by Zimtmilch at Westfalenhof Schwelm (OBCZ) in Schwelm, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Saturday, February 15, 2014

Released 5 yrs ago (2/15/2014 UTC) at Westfalenhof Schwelm (OBCZ) in Schwelm, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany

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Das Buch begleitet mich heute Abend zum BC-Treffen in der OBCZ im Westfalenhof.

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Lieber Finder!
Schön, daß dieses Buch seinen Weg zu Dir gefunden hat. Über eine kurze Nachricht hier (die Du anonym hinterlassen kannst) wo das Buch ist, was mit ihm geschieht und wie es Dir gefällt, würde ich mich sehr freuen. Denn das ist eines der tollen Dinge an BookCrossing, man hat die Chance nachzuverfolgen, wo ein Buch hinreist und wie es anderen gefällt.
Viel Vergnügen beim Lesen! :-)

Journal Entry 3 by winglinguistkriswing at Solingen, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Sunday, February 16, 2014
I think I'll be granting a wish with this -- ideally, I'll have a peek first myself, though. :)

Journal Entry 4 by winglinguistkriswing at Solingen, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Monday, February 24, 2014
What a stunningly beautiful book! I'm so glad I read this, and I'll definitely need to have a deeper look into Jansson's adult fiction (which I wasn't previously aware of at all).

Much as the ice-blue cover leads one to suspect, this is the perfect winter book, cold and clear (and four-fifths under water!) like an iceberg. The prose is crystalline and of a simple elegance, with a slow-moving plot like a glacier and characters that seem clear-cut and frozen in their ways. I wonder how many more images to go with the analogy I could fit in here -- let it suffice to say the season is not co-incidental here, and it works out beautifully.
I felt a constant sense of threat, so this isn't exactly a happy book -- but at the same time, I fell quickly for the four protagonists, feeling I could understand and sympathise with all of them. Also, I am happy for the personal development they've taken; the ending is so open you cannot be sure it turned out well for all of them, but leaves room for hope that each could work the development to her/his own advantage.
While this is a timeless and universal story about the human condition that would probably work anytime and anywhere, I had a hard time placing the setting temporally. The fact that boats are hand-made, there is only a single car and a single store for everything in the village, and that you can just dump rubbish on the ice makes me think this is set earlier than the time it was written (although probably not much, as there are telephones and tupper ware).

One minor issue with the blurb on the back: The currency mentioned throughout the text are pennies and marks (not a krona in sight), so the action is likely not set in "a Swedish hamlet" but among the Swedish-speaking minority of Finland.
I would love to know about the significance of a Swedish spelling reform that had w turn to v, apparently. Wikipedia tells me that both Swedish and Finish don't use w except in loan words and proper names, but the older use of w here is mentioned so frequently I feel it must be somehow relevant.

Journal Entry 5 by winglinguistkriswing at Solingen, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Reserved as a wishlist tag for Arvores.
I wonder if you'd like to have one of Anna's pictures of the forest floor as much as I do?

Journal Entry 6 by winglinguistkriswing at Wishlist Tag, by mail -- Controlled Releases on Thursday, February 27, 2014

Released 5 yrs ago (2/27/2014 UTC) at Wishlist Tag, by mail -- Controlled Releases

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In the mail to Portugal. Enjoy! :)

Journal Entry 7 by wingArvoreswing at Porto Santo (ilha), Madeira Portugal on Saturday, July 28, 2018
I don't know why on earth I didn't make any JE to this book. It has arrived ages ago. Now I was trying to use it for the tag game and... Oh my!
So sorry, linguistkris. I guess I have told you by then that the book had arrived, but forgot to make any JE :-/

Journal Entry 8 by wingArvoreswing at Porto Santo (ilha), Madeira Portugal on Friday, September 21, 2018
I especially liked the character Mats. But also his sister Katri. I must say I didn't sympathize much with Anna, but then again, who cares? :-)
It's interesting how the author makes you think about your certainties, and the way you grow and change and loose yourself to structure a new personality, a new life, when touched by the lives of others.
That being said, I was expecting much more from the book and felt as if it has been written for young adults, and was not as deep as I would like it to be. But that's just my way, or my silly demands :-)

The book will be sent to mcsar today, after the wish list tag game.
Enjoy!

Journal Entry 9 by mcsar at Richmond, British Columbia Canada on Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Thanks for tagging me with the book. I love The Summer Book and am very interested to read her novel.

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I loved the book. I loved Jansson's narrative style and how the tension is maintained throughout the novel.

Reserved for crimson-tide as a wishlist tag.

Journal Entry 10 by mcsar at Wishlist tag game, RABCK -- Controlled Releases on Friday, December 07, 2018

Released 3 mos ago (12/7/2018 UTC) at Wishlist tag game, RABCK -- Controlled Releases

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On the way to crimson-tide as part of the wishlist tag game. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 11 by wingcrimson-tidewing at Balingup, Western Australia Australia on Sunday, February 10, 2019
Tag caught! Thanks very much, mcsar.
And thank you also for the cute card and lovely little extras. :D

Journal Entry 12 by wingcrimson-tidewing at Balingup, Western Australia Australia on Friday, March 08, 2019
Beautiful clean, spare writing (even in translation) and an in-depth, nuanced, and ultimately devastating character study of very disparate individuals. For me it was a compelling read, while at the same time being unpredictable and confusing. There is a vague overlay of sadness there which builds along with the tension into something ultimately disturbing. But as linguistkris says above, there is still room for hope...

Reserved as a wish list tag.

Journal Entry 13 by wingcrimson-tidewing at Balingup, Western Australia Australia on Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Released 1 wk ago (3/13/2019 UTC) at Balingup, Western Australia Australia

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Wish list tag to jeniwren. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 14 by jeniwren at Greigs Flat, New South Wales Australia on Tuesday, March 19, 2019
So happy to have this gorgeous edition in my hands and the anticipation of another Tove Jansson to read. Thanks crimson-tide for granting my wish and lovely to read all the previous journal entries of this well travelled book.

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