25 Jan This month I read another book for a third time. The Ice Palace by Tarjei Vesaas ( , tr. Elizabeth Rokkan ) was previously published by. A review, and links to other information about and reviews of The Ice Palace by Tarjei Vesaas. 25 Jan When Unn decides to explore the Ice Palace alone and doesn’t return, Tarjei Vesaas died at the age of 72 in the same small village where he.

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In a similar way, Tarjei Vesaas is now a symbol of the Nordic spirit for me. Caught in the middle of this “home of the cold”unable to find her her way back to her friend, the final image I retained of the girl Unn is in one of the translucid ice chambers: The short simple style unfolding the tale feels light? Oh, the cold does bother you, after all? Thrill of discovery, journey through mesmerizing rooms built by water and cold; an enigmatic eye that brings relief.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. But no matter; the reading of it is immensely pleasurable, like swimming in a lake or skiing downhill. A profound encapsulation of time, its passing, couched as a read for preteen girls, versed in the plain-speak of short sentenced nordic prose.

When four eyes full of gleams and radiance beneath their lashes, filling the looking glassshine into each other, words become redundant. Then I read the Ice Palace.

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Icf story is simple and quickly told. Mar 20, Esra M. The town’s adults pressure Siss to tell them what happened the night before, but the truth palce she has little tangible knowledge — only that Unn had a secret, and that the two felt a connection she cannot explain in words.

Stars, but no moon, and no snow to give a glimmer of light. I sure hope so, because The End. One lives more in absence than in presence. For this world is made for the living, and that is a lesson Siss will have to learn if she wants to break free from a heavy burden which is drowning her in the mesmerizing but already thawing chambers of The Ice Palace. The place was full of wings and turrets, how many it was impossible to gesaas.


Strange, it sounded much like my voice. With exquisite tension, wintery darkness, and stark naked language, Tarjei Vesaas has created a chilling masterpiece. A silent and childish battle for power brings the two girls together for a single, but unforgettable evening.

Darkness and menacing figures creeping through the shadowy sides of the street. Nothing weighs on her like what Unn didn’t say, but in descriptions of her interaction with her classmates, her parents, and the Auntie Paalace captures the childish and also adult difficulty of communicating and of dealing with the unspoken very well.

Something that wo It started with a glance. This novel is powerful and chilling sorry, after all the descriptions of icy cold I had to include at least one ‘cold’ pun.

I loved reading books already, I loved the stories they told and the adventures I could vicariously experience but words in themselves? Instead of going to school Unn goes to a local natural wonder, the waterfall tue slowly freezes over in the winter, creating a fabulous ice-palace: Anyway, the two girls herein, Elsa and An—er, I mean Siss and Unn—are not sisters, but rather friends in a remote community in rural Norway.

I read for a bit with a shoulder shrug but then I heard the words spoken out loud.

It was a room of tears. Similarly the illustrative quotes chosen here are merely those the complete review subjectively believes represent the tenor and judgment of the review as a whole. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The wo Tarjei Vesaas has written an absolute masterpiece here. List of Nordic Council’s Literature Prize winners and nominees. His debut was in with Children of Humans Menneskebonnbut he had his breakthrough in with The Great Cycle Det store spelet.


The Ice Palace

I have been engulfed in the ephemeral presence of few people who never returned; but their touch stands frozen in my heart. Somewhere in the distance a waterfall roars and in the icy walls – trapped eye of the sun.

Their time together is sensual and intimate, despite their tarjjei ages and their new acquaintance, but it is cut short by Siss, who feels suddenly overwhelmed by their new relationship and Unn’s mysterious hints. Every word and person and loss had a vewaas. The Ice Palace – India. No veaaas quite gets why Siss is so silent, but she feels quite strongly that she owes allegiance to Unn and, in this case, allegiance is silence. Yet from the first time their eyes meet across a schoolyard they feel connected.

These pouting lips of yours, no, they’re mine, how alike.

Versaas’ novella is an ode to his native country of Norway and much of the land that has been unspoiled by development. Siss insists on being part of it — and as someone who talked to Unn so recently they keep icd her whether or not Unn might have said something to indicate where she went, or why.

The eerie giant structure formed by a frozen waterfall up in the lake, called The Ice Palace. Shiny, cold and inaccessible and yet so tempting.

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Soon vesaa dress again, and the situation is rather awkward. He tells a icf story of a budding friendship, of loss and a grief that incapacitates against the cycle of freezing winter and the thaws of spring. A booming came from the cellar-hole where the water dashed itself into white foam against the stones on the bottom.

Tell us in the comments. Apr 02, Bruce rated it it was amazing. What a bedeviled activity reading is!

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