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To Siberia

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2009

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    Not well written

    The book had NO plot whatsoever! The author tried to be artsy with the novel but instead succeeding in writing a jumbled mess. Don¿t waste your time. The cover is beautiful and the title holds great potential but there lays the best parts of the entire book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2011

    Disappointing and unsatisfactory

    A let down after reading OUT STEALING HORSES. It started out piquing my interest with the sister's impressions of family and village life, her older caring brother, her dysfunctional parents and grandparents. However as the story continued, once the brother's involvement in anti-Nazi activities ended and he left, her wanderings to cities with strange names and sketchily drawn figures went nowhere. We never found out who fathered her expected child and why the pregnancy even happened in the story line. Perhaps it translation wasn't as good as it could have been - the words didn't flow. Not to say that the descriptions of the various locales weren't good - they were. I could not recommend this book.

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  • Posted November 23, 2009

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    listless, doesn't go anywhere, but does it beautifully

    Per Petterson did a pretty good job of writing through a female character, until she grew up a little. Once she reached adolescence, I felt like he really lost touch with her--and so did I as a reader. The story really didn't go anywhere, but I enjoyed reading it nonetheless. However, I much preferred another of his books, Out Stealing Horses, which seemed to have a better plot, and which he seemed better able to pull off.

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  • Posted October 30, 2009

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    Lyrical Writing!

    I love a book which has emotional depth. Not only does this book describe a very close relationship between "Sistermine" and Jesper, a sister and brother with parents to whom they feel distanced, but it does so in a particularly vivid setting. The author makes use of the natural beauty and cold weather of Denmark, and later Norway, to make the setting almost as alive as the characters themselves.

    The book is divided into three parts. The first part takes place before World War II with the siblings cavorting as mischievous youth. The second part is during the war when Jesper decides to leave Denmark quickly due to his political ideology and activity. The third part is after the war when Sistermine is waiting for her brother to return.

    For me, the book was really divided into only two parts. The heart of the book was its beginning. After Jesper left, nothing was the same. I was waiting, along with Sistermine, for her brother to return quickly. Together these siblings had a beautiful and wondrous relationship, but alone Sistermine seemed lost and adrift.

    This is the first book I've read by Per Petterson, but I immediately fell into the rhythm of this Norwegian author's lyrical writing. I look forward to reading more of his work.

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