Originally written in Danish, Barbara was the only novel written by the Faroese author Jorgen-Frantz Jacobsen (1900-38). On the face of it, Barbara is a straightforward historical romance: it contains a story of passion in an exotic setting with overtones of semi-piracy; there is a powerful erotic element, an outsider who breaks up a marriage, and a built-in inevitability resulting from Barbara's own psychological make-up. She stands as one of the most complex female characters in modem Scandinavian literature: beautiful, passionate, devoted, amoral, and uncomprehending of her own tragedy. Jorgen-Frantz Jacobsen portrays her with fascinated devotion.
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I know this is supposed to be a great classic of Scandinavian literature, and was a bestseller in its time, but I found it incredibly dull, dull, dull. The only parts I liked were the author's descriptions of the difficult day-to-day life on the Faroe Islands. (Having your travel depend on the whims of the sea, for example, and waiting all the time for supply ships to come in.) And that wasn't enough to redeem the story for me.