I Curse the River of Time

by Per Petterson | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0099536021 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingjeniwrenwing of Greigs Flat, New South Wales Australia on 3/26/2011
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3 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by wingjeniwrenwing from Greigs Flat, New South Wales Australia on Saturday, March 26, 2011
It is 1989 , and all over Europe Communism is crumbling. Arvid Jansen, 37, is in the throes of a divorce. At the same time, his mother is diagnosed with cancer. Over the course of a few intense autumn days, we follow Arvid as he struggles to find a new footing in his life, while all the established patterns around him are changing at a staggering speed. As he attempts to negotiate the present, he casts his mind back to holidays on the beach with his brothers, to courtship, and to his early working life, when, as a young Communist, he abandoned his studies to work on a production line.

I Curse the River of Time is an honest, heartbreaking yet humorous portrayal of a complicated mother-son relationship told in Petterson’s precise and beautiful prose.

Found on the next receipent's wishlist for the April 2011 round of the SCBE....so next up to read ready for posting in a few weeks.

Journal Entry 2 by wingjeniwrenwing at Greigs Flat, New South Wales Australia on Friday, April 01, 2011
A bleak story about a difficult mother-son relationship with time shifts that made for a disjointed and confusing read.

Heading across the Tasman Sea to the next recipient of the SCBE. Hope you have better luck with this one!

Journal Entry 3 by VeganMedusa at Invercargill, Southland New Zealand on Monday, April 11, 2011
I hope so too! Thank you jeniwren!

Journal Entry 4 by VeganMedusa at Invercargill, Southland New Zealand on Monday, March 05, 2012
This was an odd book, a bit confusing, but beautifully written. I'll definitely read more by him.
On its way to msjoanna for the sweepstakes.

Journal Entry 5 by msjoanna at Columbia, Missouri USA on Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Received, sorry for the delay journaling. I'm just starting to get caught up after the birth of the baby in February.

Journal Entry 6 by msjoanna at Columbia, Missouri USA on Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Per Patterson is a heck of a writer. He manages to write sentences that are heart-breakingly beautiful even while a narrator is complaining that his life didn't go the way he expected or wanted. This is a quiet book that takes patience to get into. It's a terrible choice for reading right before bed because the simplicity and beauty fades with tired eyes. Much better to savor this with a cup of tea on a calm morning.

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