Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Att Föda Ett Barn - Kristina Sandberg

This is part one in a trilogy heavily tinted with modern history of the new social realism kind, focusing on a young woman of working class origin in smalltown Sweden. 
This segment starts out in 1938, introducing her as a pregnant young bride taking her first steps into adulthood.

The writing is skillful and ambitious, playing with narrative voices and points of view (although not with the effortlessness of a Virginia Woolf... But then, Woolfs are hard to come by!) all the while remaining an absorbing read. 

I most likely would have enjoyed it a lot more had I not found the main character such a whining martyr, impossible to either relish or relate to. I don't need disheartening stuff like this in November; it's already my least favourite time of the year. 

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