Die Dorfhexe

Veronika 32, a writer whose boyfriend just drowned in New Zealand, rents a house in a small Swedish village next door to recluse Astrid 81 They share walks, meals, wine, and dangerous memories Includes 11 page reader s guide for literature teachers and students.
Die Dorfhexe Veronika a writer whose boyfriend just drowned in New Zealand rents a house in a small Swedish village next door to recluse Astrid They share walks meals wine and dangerous memories Include

  • Title: Die Dorfhexe
  • Author: Linda Olsson Almuth Carstens
  • ISBN: 9783442739349
  • Page: 430
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Die Dorfhexe”

    1. Many thanks to Jenny for telling me about this lovely novel by Swedish born novelist, Linda Olsson. Veronica, is a young writer who came to New Zealand - rented a small house in a small village in Sweden. She was hoping to reconcile a recent tragedy while finishing her latest novel. She had dreams of the beach and sea every night - but most mornings only a fragment remained.t the feelings lingered all day. It struck her that her own memories seemed more clear in this new unrelated environment. V [...]

    2. 4.5 I loved this book! I'm surprised that it hasn't gotten more attention. Sometimes the right book just shows up at the right time and maybe that is why I liked this so much. It made me want to see New Zealand and Sweden. This is a book about friendship, heartbreak, healing, it was sad in parts.This is a quiet book and slow moving, it may not be for everyone. The writing is absolutely beautiful though! Linda Olsson paints a picture with her words. I plan to read her other books."The birch trees [...]

    3. What's the Swedish for "blech"? I was really looking forward to this book - a New Zealand/Scandanavian hybrid, the story of two women, a picture of food on the cover - what else could you ask for? How about good writing? An ear for dialogue? A decent editor? This novel emerged from a First Novel writing workshop and I'm sorry it was allowed to enter the world instead of being mercifully smothered in a drawer. Well-worn plots (sensitive woman who has endured a Great Tragedy runs away and encounte [...]

    4. Beautifully written book about memory and facing the difficult memories in order to feel and live again. Olsson has a very descriptive style and I love the way she writes about the changing sky especially. Water (and its various incarnations) is a powerful metaphor for her.Favorite passages:" ' when I listen to my own words, I realise that they tell a different story from the one I have carried all these years. I think that if we can find the words, and if we can find someone to tell them to, t [...]

    5. To quote a review I read"blech." There are so many things I didn't like about this booke writing wasn't that good. The plot was is overdone and this was certainly not a fresh angle on it. And the drama was overblown. I didn't feel for either of the charactersI thought they were both idiots in their special ways. First, Astrid. And this is a spoiler mother, repeat NO MOTHER, would kill their child out of hatred for their husband. Period. I can't even grasp why someone would conceive of this plot [...]

    6. "Astrid y Veronika" narra la amistad entre dos mujeres de edades y vidas muy distintas pero ambas muy desgraciadas y solas. La prosa de la autora es delicada y hay párrafos preciosos, pero me he quedado con la sensación de que en ciertos momentos era demasiado lírica. Es una novela muy triste y personalmente no me habría importado que hubiera un poco de alegría entre sus páginas (aunque esto desde luego es completamente subjetivo). La estructura narrativa, pasa del narrador en tercera pers [...]

    7. Poignant and heartwarming, the novel sets you into a quiet mood, experiencing saudade in the middle of a heavy rainfall. The book opens with a cold winter welcome, it feels slow at first, but as you go along the story, you are slowly opening up - to the slow talks, to the longer sunshine, to the serense streams of the river bend, to the peaceful poems and prose, and to the sharings of the two women - of different generations, but having the same broken past and dark secrets. I learned about thei [...]

    8. I had forgotten I read this book until I saw it displayed in Borders. A good friend recommended it at a time I needed a good friend. It deals with the friendship between two characters, one young, one old, from very different worlds,a New Zealand/Scandanavian hybrid. Conversations develop with each other,thus, their respective pasts are revealed. Both share their hardship in life. Even with such sadness as a background, I found this such a beautiful, gentle read, well-written and believable. Tho [...]

    9. Maybe this book is one that came at the right time for me, but I really really liked it and slowed down my reading so I would not finish it. It is about a friendship between a younger and an older woman in a small town in Sweden. They both are healing from events in their past. Each chapter begins with a line or two of poetry which I liked. I also liked the author's descriptions of light and of food.The author is Swedish but now lives in New Zealand and the book is set in both places, but mostly [...]

    10. some of my favorites:-come sit by me, and i shall tell you all my sorrows; we shall talk to each other about secrets.-my life now consists of fragments, where some are so blinding in their intensity that they make everything else indistinguishable. what shall i do with these glittering shards? there is no pattern; i can't make them fit. with each other, or with the whole that should be my life. it feels as if my existence was extinguished in a flash, and afterwards my universe became incomprehen [...]

    11. perhaps it is my scandinavian background that drew me to this book and allowed me to relate to it so, i really liked reading about the relationship between these two amazing women. it turns out that my bestemor (grandma) was reading it at the same time i was so we had a nice discussion of scandinavian literature. since reading it i haven't stopped thinking about moving to the tip of denmark, skagen, where i would rent a small house and write and read. just like Veronika.

    12. This is a book I have wanted to read for such a long time - and bliss it is my real life book club read for November! I can't wait but I have two to read first.Well worth the wait. I had previously read Linda Olsen's second book and loved it. I now see that in her second book she built on the first refining her skill. That is the descriptive narrative of places she has been. The sensuous quality she adopts to describes a place is stunning. In this book I feel I would recognize the part of Sweden [...]

    13. This is a story of two halves of one spirit finding one another. It is the story of a brief, yet transformative, relationship. Astrid, and elderly, isolated soul meets her new neighbor, Veronika, a devastated and wandering soul. It is the sharing of each others' wounds and loves which transform both of their lives. The themes in this book include: love, friendship, transformation, sharing, confessing, forgiving, and accepting. Absolutely lovely. It receives four rather than five stars because it [...]

    14. Maybe 2,5You can find my review in english further downEfter att flera i min vänskapskrets pratat om hur mycket de tyckte om den här boken bestämde jag mig för att läsa den.I Linda Olssons Nu vill jag sjunga dig milda sånger får vi följa med Veronika som en marskväll flyttar in i en enslig stuga i en liten by i Dalarna. Hon vill ha lugn och ro och en plats där hon kan skriva färdigt sin roman. Hon vill också vara ensam för att komma över en stor sorg. I huset bredvid bor en gammal [...]

    15. Once in awhile, a novel comes along that leaves you pondering long after you’ve put it down. It’s wisdom implores you to explore further the subtle nuances of meanings within the context of your own life. Astrid and Veronika is just such a book.The story is set in Sweden, where a young writer, Veronika, has rented a summer home, to work on her novel. She develops an unlikely friendship with a solitary older woman who lives in a lonely house near her in the countryside.I love the friendship t [...]

    16. I liked this book both because of the beautiful and unusual nature of the friendship that the author creates among the two women and because of the oddly serene tone and pace of the writing. Whereas most books propel you forward via an urgent pace and dramatic or suspenseful plot elements, this book unfolds gently and sympathetically and then relies upon your genuine interest in and intimacy with the characters to keep you turning pages.Even when the characters are reliving traumatic events, the [...]

    17. A beautiful, wonderfully written story about two women; one at the beginning of her life, the other at the end of her life, who meet and because of this discover hope and love again. This book is written in such a way that I want to go back and copy parts of it; so poetic and grand.I recommend this book for anyone who has felt a loss and the accompanying hopelessness that goes along with it. It may just provide you with the spark of hope you needed or the breath of love that was always there. Fi [...]

    18. Wasn't sure I'd like this as I always like an ongoing story, but the friendship is blossoming between Astrid and Veronika and the secrets are being shared. I like it! A lovely story and there is no reason to think these women are 60 years apart in agea friendship blossomed and they lived it. At book club last night I revisited this bookting how i totally ignored Veronika's one big secret in my review above

    19. This was a book about friendship built on timing and need. Two individual women very far in age and likeness form a strong bond that is necessary for both to overcome trials and the sadness of life. The author had a sweet way of expressing a very human need to feel loved and needed. I enjoyed that she was able to show the joys in life even when it seemed there would never be happiness again for these women.

    20. Though the plot and dialogue didn't feel entirely believable to me, the reflective passages are just lovely: intricate, resonant, imbued with green scents and shifting light.I'd very much like to experience more of Olsson's work.

    21. A delightful and touching story about the growing friendship between two women. Veronika is an author from New Zealand who has just been through a tragedy. She seeks refuge in Sweden, hoping to regain some semblance of normalcy, some peace. Astrid is her elderly neighbor. Astrid is quiet, keeps to herself, and is almost a recluse. However, Astrid takes an interest in Veronika. She begins visiting socially, and then begins to cook meals for her. Astrid is exactly the healing salve that Veronika's [...]

    22. This novel, about friendship, love and loss, takes place in Sweden. Veronika is a young writer who has come to Sweden from New Zealand in order to escape a personal tragedy and to work on her novel. Living next door to her is Astrid, an elderly woman who appears reclusive and does not venture out of her house very often. As both of these women go about their days, they inevitably run into each other and very gradually develop a budding friendship.Astrid has spent her whole life in this small Swe [...]

    23. I started this not really knowing what to expect, and at first, it seemed to plod along a little too slowly. But as the story began to develop, the quiet pace seemed just right for this story of two completely different women who meet, and through their friendship are able to help heal each other's pain and grief Astrid, nearing the end of her life has so much wisdom to share about what she has learned.Some of my favorites:"You can become aware of the small kindnesses, the little comforts. Be gr [...]

    24. Starts with dreams, escalates into fevered nightmares of Veronika 32, new renter next to recluse Astrid 81. Senior checks on ill author, brings nourishment. Both know their happy times will not last; no surprise to reader when most frightening memories shared first. New Zealand boyfriend died surfing, miscarriage right after. Mother suicided when Astrid ten, father ordered her to strip naked, loveless marriage at 18 (to older 25 ugly yuck), (view spoiler)[ She smothers nursing newborn, "put my h [...]

    25. There are so many phrases and descriptions which I found simply beautiful and hauntingly familiar. As other's have stated, poetic/lyrical writing. Wild strawberries, surpising finds with a sweetness out of the ordinary. The water theme through out the story gave me pictures of the moods and feelings of the events happening, melting snow or ice, the huge terrifying waves of the sea, the river flowing under the bridge, the rain and wet snow. Also mentioned often were open windows, scenes through t [...]

    26. This was my choice for our Book Club and it generated one of the most in-depth and lengthy discussions we've had! I was reading it for the second time for our Book Club and found new insights it was definitely worth a second read!"With extraordinary emotional power, Linda Olsson’s stunningly well-crafted debut novel recounts the unusual and unexpected friendship that develops between two women. Veronika, a young writer from New Zealand, rents a house in a small Swedish village as she tries to [...]

    27. I would really like to give this book 3 1/2 stars. The first hundred pages are exquisite. The author's ability to capture the essence of the place had me running to my computer; checking out fares to Sweden. I also enjoyed the budding relationship between Astrid, a reclusive 80 year old woman and Veronika, a 30 year old writer. I initially slowed down to savor the book, but as the story unfolded I began to feel overwhelmed by the melancholy tone. Although the characters mention joy and happiness [...]

    28. How does a book marry the coldness of a Scandinavian landscape with the warmth of unexpected friendship? No other book since The Enchanted April has had the ability to soften my somewhat sardonic view of female friendships.This book makes me long for an Astrid of my own.Perhaps I'll need to be patient gather more years on myself and become an Astrid to someone else.

    29. An exquisite commentary on the value of friendship between women and what an old woman and a young one can learn from one another.

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