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The Bridges by Tarjei Vesaas

The Bridges (1966)

by Tarjei Vesaas

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As often in Vesaas you get a compact book with a small cast, a taut situation and an unsettling atmosphere. In this case a long-standing friendship between two eighteen year olds is disrupted by the arrival of a stranger in need of help. Looming large over the whole book is the bridge and the river, both literally and symbolically.

Worth seeking out if you like Vesaas, but I'd recommend The Birds or The Ice Palace over this as a first Vesaas read. ( )
  rrmmff2000 | May 17, 2014 |
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A spare, powerful, supremely graceful novel from a giant of Norwegian literature. As strange, unsettling, and memorable as The Ice Palace, this remarkable novel carries with it all the compassion, human insight, and lyrical power of all great Vesaas novels. It describes the changing relationships between three adolescents - an unmarried mother who has drowned her newborn child and the girl and boy who befriend her. Their individual reactions to the tragedy and their efforts to communicate with each other form the central theme of the narrative.… (more)

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