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Det stumme rommet by Herbjørg Wassmo
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Det stumme rommet (1983)

by Herbjørg Wassmo

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This is the second book in the Tora-Trilogy

Tora's stepfather Henrik has gone to prison, giving Tora a much needed break from his abuse. Her relationship with her mother is complicated by the stark contrast between Tora's joy and her mother's sadness over Henrik's absence. Tora works hard in school and manages to get accepted into secondary education away from the island where they live - a chance for her to get away from the narrow mindedness and bad memories on the island. Before she can get away however, Henrik takes his revenge - Tora gets pregnant and spends her first months in school hiding her pregnancy until she suffers a miscarriage.

A great continuation of the series. We see Tora grow older and more independent - even though she has to fight for everything she wants. The first part of the novel gives an intimate view of here difficult relationship with her mother, and how she tries to stand on her own feet, while simultaneously trying to comfort and help her mother.
Just when we see her finally getting away from the island, getting to a place where she can be herself and grow into a complete person, she runs into new trouble when she discovers she's pregnant. The fear and shame of this pregnancy are enormous, and she does anything she can to hide it. It's painful to see her in this situation, knowing it's not her fault - it makes you want to reach out and hold her, tell her it's ok.
The story ends in the negative - after her miscarriage Tora is very ill and psychologically disturbed, and she is left alone in her rented room. Fortunately there's a third part of the trilogy to come - I hope things will start looking up then. ( )
  Britt84 | Jul 31, 2016 |
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