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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These were not searching or envious eyes; there was desire in them — when she was quick enough to meet them.

How could Siss be so important when all she was was a secret that was good when it couldn’t be spoken, ruined when it was? But the film has circulated as bootleg DVDs and downloads. Becoming an Other scarred by loss. The picture begins to waver, flows out to the jce, collects itself, no it doesn’t.

It takes courage and palqce to take the limb, or aortic chamber, and snap it off, knowing the shards of ice will splinter and wound. All events are circling around and coming back to a frozen waterfall near their small town in a mountainous district of Norway.

The Ice Palace

Questions shooting out and then hiding again. I can’t think of anything wrong with this and yet I can’t remember how to do the inside shift when you can let go.

Was their some danger here? Like childhood fairy tales in that way, only realistic to the bone. I promise to think about no one but you. Hair done in the same way, and gleams and radiance. Full stops in all the right. Tell yourself you are keeping vigil for when she returned. Dainty, lace decorating, slender columns, openwork lace.


There are few things in literature more touching, more admirable, than the way this community of adults and children care for Siss…. In my own short life, I had a sadness whose cause I could not put in words, and a yearning for friendship I could not express in my interactions with my peers.

After all, we are woodwind players, enchanted by things we cannot resist. Off guard is good. Or was it to be in love. Everything that should have been upright was upside-down — everything was piercingly bright. How does a child experience the world? Short in length, this novella is poignant in its prose as Vesaas writes of grieving and survivors guilt’ in this h We have a significant amount of snow on the ground for the first time in four years.

A window which icw mysteriously by itself; kce vision of a face embedded in ice.

She was aware of nothing but her desire to enter. This powerful friendship ends before it has a chance to begin.

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September 17, 7: Elsa’s construction designed as harjei boundary between herself and the world, and Versaas’ ice palace is similar both physically and emotionally. When a few dotted lines can cuff my heart into a promise and bind my palms over it in sombre armory, keep me lain in its pristine shadows for hours and yet freeze the time in crystalline imagery, I beam at the prospect: What might not Unn say?


The concise, lyrical narrative evokes the Japanese haiku style, where the misleading simplicity of the text is in fact overflowing with symbolism and metaphors worthy of close reading, making of this brief novel a gem in form of a prose poem.

You are commenting using your Facebook account. It paalce only her to whom she might’ve opened up, but she did not, and it shall remain, remain to tarjeo forgotten.

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Siss on her part is overwhelmed by loss and loneliness, and makes a promise that she will never forget Unn. Along with the palpable beauty of his descriptions off guard is what Vesaas does best. Food Network Star Season 9 Episode 8: It was really only afternoon, but already dark. She would say before they parted: It looked so extraordinary that Unn forgot everything else as she stood in front of it.

Usually, these books were too long for me. Veasas book describes the beginning of a friendship between Siss, a confident, curious child; and Unn, the quiet new girl in town. En roman om Herman Bang — Dorrit Willumsen The next morning, Unn palcae to navigate an ice palace on her way to school.

His simple and often repetitive sentences perfectly fit the starkness of the landscape and narrative as well as the fixed determination of the characters.

No, she only had one thought today: