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Ravnene : roman by Tomas Bannerhed
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Ravnene : roman (original 2011; edition 2013)

by Tomas Bannerhed

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The fields at Raven Fen yield barely enough for Agne and his family to live on, and his young son Klas can only watch as despair consumes his father. While Klas dreams of migrating birds - of escape - Agne imagines his crops devoured by insects never seen in Sweden, predicts endless cycles of storm and drought, hears only the ceaseless crowing of the ravens - and obsesses over the day when his son will take on his burden of toil. But it is Sweden, it is the 1970s, and Klas can't accept the life his father has chosen for him. Caught between loyalty to his father and fear of his apparent destiny, Klas takes solace in nature, with the cuckoos, curlews and lapwings, far from the tormented world of Raven Fen. And as his father, like his father before him, falls deeper into madness, Klas begins to wonder if he himself might be insane.… (more)
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Die Raben ist kein Buch für zwischendurch. Bannerhed schreibst sehr poetisch und detailreich und ebenso anspruchsvoll. Die Geschichte ist kein Buch zur reinen Unterhaltung sondern ein anspruchsvolles Stück Literatur. Es ist melancholisch und düster, rein und klar mit beeindruckend Charakterzeichnungen. Ein Buch, das sich für mich lange hinzog, da ich vieles mehrmals lesen musste. Das es mir schwermachte, mich hineinzuversetzen, aber das mich dennoch berührte und beeindruckte. ( )
  Lovelymixblog | Jan 14, 2017 |
Whilst on the face of it, a bleak rural novel, in fact there is far more to this than dark brooding Scandanavian cliche. The protaganist is a 12 year old boy under weight of expectation from his increasingly mental ill father to take over the farm. But this is set against the rich backdrop of the Småland countryside, in particular the birdlife, and it is the well-handled descriptions of this and the compelling writing and translation (by Sarah Death) which keep the pages rapidly turning.

It revolves quite heavily around his father's illness, and the knock on effects on the family's health, but orbits at the distance of a child's understanding of this, whilst staying absorbed in his ornithological interests, mild superstitions, and growing realtionship with a neighbouring girl.The success of the book is integrating these together whilst saying just enough. ( )
  rrmmff2000 | Jan 30, 2016 |
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The fields at Raven Fen yield barely enough for Agne and his family to live on, and his young son Klas can only watch as despair consumes his father. While Klas dreams of migrating birds - of escape - Agne imagines his crops devoured by insects never seen in Sweden, predicts endless cycles of storm and drought, hears only the ceaseless crowing of the ravens - and obsesses over the day when his son will take on his burden of toil. But it is Sweden, it is the 1970s, and Klas can't accept the life his father has chosen for him. Caught between loyalty to his father and fear of his apparent destiny, Klas takes solace in nature, with the cuckoos, curlews and lapwings, far from the tormented world of Raven Fen. And as his father, like his father before him, falls deeper into madness, Klas begins to wonder if he himself might be insane.

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