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Posted April 26, 2010
Gentle adventure with a wonderful translation
Crow-Girl has lived all her life alone in the cove with her grandmother, and when her grandmother dies, she intends to go on doing so. But one day, two crows call to her, beckoning her to follow them out into the world. On her journey she meets good people and bad, and slowly begins to form a new family for herself.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Bodil Bredsdorff's novel is unusual in that it's both sweet and gentle and yet plotted in such a way that it's hard to put down. The characters are fresh and real, and Faith Ingwersen's translation retains a dreamy, poetic pace that reflects its foreign origin. The book mentions pebbled beaches, sea kale, and meals of mussels, fjords, spinning wheels, and bogs, but the reverence in the language for these details adds just as much to the book's foreign feel as the details, themselves.
Posted January 2, 2008