E that damn near flows off the page The eal majesty however is in the way he crafts an environment that eads like a living breathing character The snowy landscapes that blanket this novel and the Ice Palace itself are just as important characters as the two female leads themselves as Vesaas illustrates them in layers of metaphoric beauty Also his ethereal imagery will make you feel like there is a savage winter storm just beyond your window egardless of the actual weather outside This novel eads like a long form poem as there is so much below the surface and the actual words It is filled with symbols and metaphors that are very direct to the plot and characters and open up a much broader understanding of Siss and her tribulations While the prose is swift and the novel is short you would do well to slow down and eally examine what Vesaas has written much as you would do with any poem Without giving anything away the ice palace found in the novel can be viewed on many different levels from a symbol of several of the characters as death or even as the novel itself I don t want to go into it as not to provide spoilers but after eading this I felt cheated that I didn t ead this for a class and didn t have an essay to formulate as I had so much to say about all of Vesaas hidden messages This is a near perfect and very teach able novel It calls up the nostalgic feeling of adolescence dazzles you with it s simple and direct poetry provides food for thought constantly keeps things fresh as the style shifts around one chapter is just a short poem plus it practically has its own soundtrack with the vivid cracking of ice and as it s hard not to image a woodwind composition playing after all the talk of woodwind players in the last third of the novel Oh and there is some terrifying bits about walking down the oad in opaue darkness This novel is powerful and chilling sorry after all the descriptions of icy cold I had to include at least one cold pun 55 Sometimes when you lose someone the loss is so bewildering and heavy you have to decide whether to break off a part of yourself in letting them go or be pulled under with themIt takes courage and experience to take the limb or aortic chamber and snap it off knowing the shards of ice will splinter and wound Knowing each time you try to wiggle that finger or listen to the incomplete thud of your heartbeat you will painfully emember what is missing It seems almost easier to become heavy with cemented boots To allow icy water to numb and then oddly warm slip down with surprising ease to the bottom of your griefIt is a decision an 11 year old shouldn t have to make but that is the cruel heart of this story Siss and Unn have a new intense friendship that is inexplicably almost magically binding Through the frozen caverns of this narrative much is subtle and unsaid in sparse prose that is at once minimalist and full of life s truth When Unn a mysterious The Ice palace takes place in the aw scenery of the Norwegian late autumn The evening oaring heralds the strengthening of the ice covering the nearby lake and in the shadow on the oadsides unnamed creatures are skulking But you are not afraid of darkness Siss are you There s nothing to be afraid of It ll envelop you with soft coat and then you can hear its indistinct voice It loves to play sometimes with you but you know all its clever tricks all these whispers and Jeden výdych koňa rustles There is only one thing you just can tun away Because when you once start then you will never stop So go Siss Unn s cottage is very close And you are going to have a wonderful time Leader of school pack Siss and timid and a bit mysterious Unn The story of their friendship is very short just one evening During this meeting Siss and Unn uncomfortably like new born horses attempting to stand on owns legs are trying to make friendship shyly and awkwardly examine own faces in the mirror Something pulls them and epulses girls trying to talk about the secret from Unn s past but this
"scares away Siss and on the next day Unn takes her secret to the ice palace View "away Siss and on the next day Unn takes her secret to the ice palace View the palace is absolutely stunning Shiny cold and inaccessible and yet so tempting Dainty lace decorating slender columns openwork lace Chambers sparkling with colors white blue green Somewhere in the distance a waterfall oars and in the icy walls trapped eye of the sun Come in Unn Get some estVesaas is for sure one of my greatest discoveries of this year Some writers need plenty pages hundreds words on it to say nothing while he writes with such an effortless style tells with such simplicity and at the same time touches you deeply Description of the palace cold and snowy landscapes are eally breathtaking You feel that your fingers froze almost completely you barely can turn pages Metaphorical full of symbols minimalist writing about growing up loss and attempts to come to terms with it But like after storm comes a calm so winter has to bowing to spring And like sun What It Takes: Fighting for My Life and My Love of the Game releases chained with ice land so time will melt frozen crumb in the girl s heart And visit at Ice Palace at the end of the winter will be like catharsis As eleven year old Siss heads out in to the darkness of a late autumn evening she hears ice crack down by theiverIt s been an unusually cold autumn and an unlikely ice palace of epic proportions has formed from a frozen waterfall and the dark and the cold have dominated the villagers mindsSiss s mind is particularly focused on the elements as she walks alone near the Luftwaffe Fighters 1945 (Topcolors) remote woods as ice thunders like gunshot in the background but she is steadfast in heresolve to visit her new friend UnnIt s a first play date for the new friends and when Siss finally arrives at Unn s cottage it s clear that the girls have an unusual attraction for one another Their time together is sensual and intimate despite their young ages and their new acuaintance but it is cut short by Siss who feels suddenly overwhelmed by their new elationship and Unn s mysterious hintsSiss leaves promptly and Unn suffers pangs of doubt Had she overshared Did Siss feel the same way "Was she imagining their connectionBoth girls pass a estless night and Unn decides the following morning that she "she imagining their connectionBoth girls pass a Pumpkinflowers restless night and Unn decides the following morning that she t uite face Siss that day and makes a plan to go down to see theud spectacle of the ice palace knowing that she ll have the solitude she needs to clear her mind And it is just at this part in this strange little novel that this Wonderful Memories of It's a Wonderful Life reader sat upeally straight in her chair and mumbled holy shit For as the ice thundered and cracked and hardened and Unn lay flat on the ice with her slim body as the great phallus of the palace loomed above her the story became positively mesmerizing Unn wants to enter the ice palace and even though I was Green Eyed Envy ready to vomit from nerves I needed her to enter it too It was the only thing that wasight even though it was disobedient and wrong She could never turn back now It had to do with Siss and all the good things she could glimpse from now on If she were to turn away from this if she were to The A-List Diet Fitness Plan retreat from theoar down there and The Amethyst Road return home empty handed she would feel a chasm of deprivation a longing for something she would never find again She was aware of nothing but her desire to enterAnd so Unn penetrates the palace and becomes a modern day Alice but instead of a well or aabbit hole she enters door after door fissure after fissure and she just won t stop She behaves almost bewitched and I was under the same spell I wanted to shout at her GET OUT OF THERE and at the same time I needed to know what was in there tooAfter all we are woodwind players enchanted by things we cannot The King's Cardinal: The Rise and Fall of Thomas Wolsey resistIntrigue. Shattered The Ice Palace is written in prose of a lyrical economy thatanks among the most memorable achievements of modern literatur.
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romise in deepest snow from Siss to Unn I promise to think about no one but you Sometimes only a gleaming glance is enough Siss and Unn two eleven year old girls living in an isolated ural community somewhere in Scandinavia need only a single evening together to forge an uncommon friendship that will change their lives irreparably When four eyes full of gleams and Sextus: Ou, Le Romain Des Maremmes: Suivi D'Essais Detaches Sur L'Italie: Par M. Me Hortense Allart de Therase
radiance beneath their lashes filling the looking glass shine into each other words becomeedundant A disturbing meeting charged with powerful silences and unsaid secrets unites the girls beyond humane nature in an unbreakable bond frozen in timeThere is nothing childlike in this deceivingly simple tale nothing soft or tender The spell binding description of a perpetually glacial scenery where twigs weep iced drops and icicles melt in pools of tears is as distressingly beautiful as it is Die Zarin
ruthless and brutally cold devoid of life 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 closeeading making of this brief novel a gem in form of a prose poemIt is precisely in this sombre setting full of darkness lurking in Meaning in History: The Theological Implications of the Philosophy of History
recondite cornerseinforced with this sharp writing style where the main character of the novel is presented The eerie giant structure formed by a frozen waterfall up in the lake called The Ice Palace Either sanctuary or mausoleum it arises as the eternally snow covered bridge that defies death guilt and angst linking Siss and Unn forever There s only one thing to ask in exchange for this everlasting token of friendship A promise Siss must never forgetThe pieces are all set for the magic to start Siss the popular leader of her peers at school and the beloved daughter of a well off family begins the journey with no Will Gallows and the Snake-Bellied Troll
return to become Unn the introverted mysterious girl who leads an isolated life with her aunt wrapped up in an irresistible and unsettling aura Two gleaming faces in a mirror become one in aadiant moment memory and dreams are fused into an impossible Nosferatu
reality and Unn becomes Siss and Siss becomes Unn scorching twin souls emerge amidst the implacable coldness of their existence producing a miracle Or a curse 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 PalaceThis is a sublime piece of art which masterfully portrays the intensity of new discovered feelings peaking at an early age and the necessity to merge the opposing forces involved in the process of growing up to become a whole being and also to accept emptiness and loss as facets of life even if that means gettingid of a part of oneselfThe shattered ice might melt and cease to be but the power of memory can bring back frozen images of icicles and shiny drops of water dancing together in the flood of light that the dilated pupil caught in a blinding and timeless moment It s not Snuggle Up, Little One: A Treasury of Bedtime Stories
right for you to go on as you as you are It s not like you Youe a different person Don t answer It s not meant to be answered But it s like the gleaming of stars in a well And no explanation I guess I will be in the minority in giving this novel a 3 when it is highly ated on GR In addition the novel from 1963 is considered a classic of Norwegian literature It won the Nordic Council s Literature Prize for the best novel that year In my edition Doris Lessing wrote a blurb praising the lyrical writingThe blurbs tell us the simple plot but I will still say SPOILERS FOLLOW We know the story is centered on two 11 year old girls before we begin eading One girl is new to school She has just moved to the village to live with her aunt after the death of her unmarried mother She shuns interaction with her schoolmates even standing by herself along a wall at The Jive Talker
recess The other girl has the exact opposite personality a social leader who is looked up to and followed by everyone They eventually meet at the new girl s house and the new girl tells the other girl that she has a secret and is afraid she will not go to heaven The very next day the new girl skips school and goes to see a giant ice cave formed by freezing water around a waterfall The girl is never seen again despite days of searching The popular girl is devastated by the disappearance of the other girl and essentially takes on her personality as a form of grieving She abandons her old friends and stands against the wall atecess Her teacher her parents and the deceased girl s aunt all try in various ways to help her out of this depression a kind of emotional ice palaceI appreciated the simple lyrical writing at times almost like poetry The story kept my interest but I thought it a got a bit epetitive or drawn out and "the whole story became too much like a fable It seemed to stretch plausibility that one girl would "
whole story became too much like a fable It seemed to stretch plausibility that one girl would so obsessed or infatuated with the other after a few hours during one evening at her house even though some odd stuff goes on I felt I was eading something by Paulo Coelho which I don t like A frozen waterfall in Slovakia from previews123rfcomimagesjarino47Norwegian Village in Lofoten Islands by Marilar Irastorza from cstocksycomThe author from alchetroncom A wonderfully cathartic Wolfgang
read for anyone who like me has been forced to sit through Frozen one too many times Like a bleak Scandiewrite this also features a lonely girl who makes her way to a magical palace of ice in the wilderness except that here instead of belting out a jaunty power ballad she succumbs satisfyingly to hypothermia What s that Elsa Oh the cold does bother you after all Well maybe you should have thought of that before you stripped down to a minidress and started harmonisingAnyway the two girls herein Elsa and An er I mean Siss and Unn are not sisters but Publishing Women: Salons, the Presses, and the Counter-Reformation in Sixteenth-Century Italy
rather friends in aemote community in Wurr 3 (Wurr
rural Norway In fact they have only just met but in Vesaas s crystalline delicate prose theirelationship is charged from the very first with intense unspoken meaning Siss can feel Unn s gaze on her in the schoolroom as a sweet tingling in her body when they go to Unn s house Unn locks the door and makes them both undress There is something sexual about their elationship but it is the ununderstood sexuality of one of Freud s case studies for the girls are only eleven "years old Unn has a terrible secret one which she thinks "old Unn has a terrible secret one which she thinks she will not go to heavenThe ice palace of the title is a natural structure that has built up around a half frozen waterfall in the woods outside the village The passages describing Unn s exploration of this eerie place are among the most extraordinary and poetic in the book indeed the poetry so weighs on the prose that eventually one chapter is completely overtakenAs we stand the snow falls thickerYour sleeve turns whiteMy sleeve turns whiteThey move between us likesnow covered bridgesTarjei Vesaas is sometimes described as a modernist but at moments in this novel which is as stark and bare as a tree in midwinter he seems like a symbolist Small elements of the natural world are freighted with enormous coded significance and much is left unsaid we never find out what Unn s great secret was nor is the girls mutual attraction ever eally explained Yet the prose itself is appealingly clear and straightforward an effect that must have been heightened in the original by the fact that Vesaas wrote unusually in Nynorsk instead of the traditional literary dialect of Bokm l The contemporary English translation from Elizabeth Rokkan eads entirely naturally I thought and gi. Commonly seen as the legendary Norwegian writer's masterpiece this story tells the tale of Siss and Unn two friends who have only spent. V
es you a very clear idea of why Vesaas is considered such a giant of Norwegian lettersUnn never comes back from her trip to the ice palace and for Siss it becomes a symbol of the danger and awe of the frightening natural world a symbol to which she knows she must eventually journey herself What follows is by turns mysterious and touching as Vesaas finds his own way to explain ironically how to let it go but this time completely unburdened by clich s heavy handedness or musical snowmen We have a significant amount of snow on the ground for the first time in four years With this influx of winter weather it is comforting to Das überforderte Gehirn: Mit Steinzeitwerkzeug in der Hightech-Welt
read books about snow and colder climates I have seen a number of goodreads friendseview Tarjei Vesaas definitive book the Ice Palace In need of a foreign prize award winner for classics bingo I decided to ead his masterpiece for myself Short in length this novella is poignant in its prose as Vesaas writes of grieving and survivors guilt in this harrowing coming of age taleSiss is eleven years old and the most popular girl in her school An only child she is also the center of her parents attention One day her feelings toward everyone around her change when a new girl named Unn joins Siss class at school A lonely girl by nature Unn is ignored by everyone in the class except Siss The girls decide to meet at Unn s house after school on one darkening autumn evening and commence on an electric friendship Unn eveals to Siss that her mother died of an illness six months earlier and that even at eleven years old she does not know who her father is Coping with these feelings swirling inside of her Unn has yet to openly discuss her station in life with anyone that is except for Siss Despite being the leader of everyone at school Siss is at heart lonely as well It seems divinely ordained that the two girls have been brought together and now they share a deep secret that not even Unn s Aunt or Siss parents are privileged to know Together the girls appear to be on the cusp of navigating through their teenage years without much angstThis powerful friendship ends before it has a chance to begin The next morning Unn decides to navigate an ice palace on her way to school In Norway ice is as thick as stone and little is capable of penetrating through it It is inside of this ice palace structure unspoiled by nature that Unn is able to meditate on her feelings about her mother her father her new friendship with Siss and her inherent loneliness Almost by design Unn falls through the ice and drowns Siss new friendship is not meant to be and through a despondent winter she grieves in her solitude In addition to the ice structure Siss has erected an almost impenetrable barrier around herself that not even her parents are able to crack Coping with her own survivors guilt while being on the cusp of adolescence Siss is unable to strike a balance between preserving Unn s memory and moving on with her own lifeVesaas has created a harrowing story through his exuisite prose and use of an ice palace as both a character and a metaphor for Siss boundaries in sharing her feelings with others I Ivy Vines Visions
read the English version translated by Elizabeth Rokkan and she has done a magical job in preserving the prose in translation Versaas novella is an ode to his native country of Norway and much of the land that has been unspoiled by development In addition to the ice palace that is both sparkling yet deadly Versaas describes native birds and plants who sound like a woodwind section to an orchestra The sounds of the Norwegian countryside enhance the beauty of this novel that is otherwise harrowing and borders on the metaphysical thoughts of an adolescent girlTarjei Versaas was aunner up for the 1964 Nobel Prize for his work on this hauntingly beautiful novel When I think of an ice palace the first thing that comes to mind is "Elsa S Creation In The Disney Version "s creation in the Disney version Hans Christen Andersen s Elsa the Snow ueen Elsa s construction designed as a boundary between herself and the world and Versaas ice palace is similar both physically and emotionally His prose in describing the ice is chilling yet full of beauty which is the image I see with the untarnished snow on the ground before me I had never Mein Plan zur Rettung der unsichtbaren Freundin von nebenan
read one of Versaas novels before and The Ice Palace is a poignant introduction to his work which also includes the 1952 award winning The Winds An ode to Norwegian nature and adolescent friendship Versaas work is one that will stay with me for a long while4 stars 3 at times hypnotic at times beautiful but mostly stilted stars I glanced and saw many five staratings for this book I ask myself What have I missed What have I misunderstood I decide that this book simply did not esonate deeply for me I loved the descriptions of the changing of the season in a small Scandinavian town and the use of the frozen waterfall as something monstrous profound beautiful but inanimate This is the way I felt about the book as well Inanimatetoo cold to allow near my warm heart I was not moved nor did I believe what is happening I did not believe in the thought processes of Siss I did not believe in her grieving It was lovely art house but not flesh and blood emotional processing I did not believe in the children I did not believe in the adults I did not believe in the thinking or the dialogue I did not in the end believe in this book or the author s vision The "only thing I believed in was the landscape and the hugeness of the waterfall Strangely "
thing I believed in was the landscape and the hugeness of the waterfall Strangely was enough and had to be enough In this landscape survival is key I walked through this Nordic exhibition nodded briefly somewhat appreciatively and will move on to something that is deeper and meaningful to me In other words I wanted to penetrate the Ice and move deeper but simply could not 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 the prospect of living in that promise that promise which lights up with the chandeliers of frosty ealizations hanging from the ceiling of dreams and a sea of incomplete chances freezing my being A life is made of promises some made to self some to others And like a diffident fuel it comes into play when life derails to Chicken Licken
reserve Aren t all the promises tested at the brink of uncertainty Aren t all the promisesepainted at the threshold of patience Aren t all the promises uestioned at the gates of survival What do Siss and Unn all of eleven seal during their first and only conversation on a chilly evening within the warm confines of a small wooden oom occasionally interfered by murmuring winter winds and distracting snowflakes An unspoken promise a promise that outgrows their initial inhibitions in school their hushed blossoming of mutual admiration their trepid steps towards each other their solitary evening of joint eflections their singular moment of shocking adolescence their crimson welcome of next day sun their sub consciously chosen divergent paths their uninitiated severance of hearts and their union over terminated breath view spoiler This promise lives on even when one of them is locked in the heart of the Ice Palace forever hide spoiler In such a short amount of time and in so few yet potent words Vesaas delivers a chilling metaphor driven tale of loss set in the dense winters of Norway You Mindfulness for Black Dogs Blue Days: Finding a Path Through Depression
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read but it willemain with you long after you finish the last page Vesaas who was a decorated poet as well as a novelist delivers a fresh poetic and concise pros. One evening in each other's company But so profound is this evening between them that when Unn inexplicably disappears Siss's world is.