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3.58  ·  Rating Details ·  1,791 Ratings  ·  165 Reviews
Elsa is dying. Her husband, Martti, and daughter Eleonoora are struggling to accept the crushing thought that they are soon to lose her. As Elsa becomes ever more fragile, Eleonoora’s childhood memories are slipping away. Meanwhile, Eleonoora’s daughter Anna spends her time pondering the fates of passersby. For her the world is full of stories. But the story that will chan ...more
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Published March 20th 2012 by Other Press (first published 2010)
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Matti
Jul 25, 2011 Matti rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Olin kuuntelemassa Riikka Pulkkista, kun hän kävi kirjastossamme puhumassa tästä kirjasta. Esiintyminen teki vaikutuksen. Hän osasi fiilistellä ihmeellisissä sfääreissä täysin lonkalta, vastaten yleisön kysymyksiin syvillä filosofisilla pohdinnoilla, kuulostamatta yhtään hassulta tai pateettiselta, ainoastaan suurelta ihmistuntijalta, ajattelijalta, filosofilta ja hienolta ihmiseltä. Kirja oli muutenkin jo lukulistallani, mutta tuon esittelyn jälkeen se alkoi kiinnostaa vielä enemmän.
Mutta mutt
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Laura
Olipa se ihana.

Ihana, kuvankaunis, kaikessa arkisuudessaan ja tavallisuudessaan koskettava. Yleensä varaan viisi tähteä suurille kirjoille, mutta miksei sitä voisi antaa pienillekin, jos niistä näin kokonaisvaltaisesti pitää. Ja joku sanoo Pulkkisen kieltä itsetarkoitukselliseksi, kauniiksi kauniin vuoksi, mutta miksei liian kaunistakin saisi välillä olla olemassa. Ei se suuri ollut, mutta sitäkin eheämpi. Ja inhimillinen.
Spigana
Mar 05, 2015 Spigana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Es arī gribu tā prast- runāt par mīlestību, nāvi un attiecībām tā, lai neizklausiltos banāli un salkani. Prast vārdos izstāstīt to, kas ieraudzīts citu dvēselēs.

Šī neapšaubāmi bija īstā grāmata īstajā laikā.
Daisy
Jun 23, 2012 Daisy rated it liked it
An ordinary story, too precious actually, but since it's Finnish, it's interesting enough. A family, lots of characters whose names begin with E, their lives in the present day and flashbacks to the 1960s. Parallel themes of mother/daughter, parent/child, art, image, betrayal, loss, dreams, reality, truth... It starts out nicely but it's uneven. There's a character, Maria, who's completely superfluous. But I would like to try a cardamom roll. And the cover sure is pretty.

"Right, then. Everythin
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Guillermojimenezespneo
Sé que hay escritores que jamás leeré. Leeré las traducciones que alguien, un traidor o un auténtico autor realizó a mi idioma madre. Ahora no me importa, Murakami, Mankell, Handke o Pulkkinen jamás serán leídos por mi en su idioma. Me perderé los giros y bellezas de su lengua madre. Pero quedará la sustancia que conservará la gracia, la delicadeza y el buen decir de su idioma madre. Dentro de esa literatura que parece meramente descriptiva de la vida cotidiana y que revela los verdaderos horror ...more
Lauren
Apr 04, 2016 Lauren rated it it was amazing
Shelves: the-best-books
HOW?! How can people just go their whole merry lives, walking down the street, having never read this book? It's closer to literary perfection than any book I've ever read. The intertwining stories of the three generations--Elsa, Eleonoora, and Anna, alongside the story of Eeva-- it's so profoundly moving. It's like a mechanical but fully functioning cold, iron hand reaching into my chest- past all the layers of bone marrow and emotion- and just grasping my heart and not letting go. It's hard to ...more
Iris
Apr 02, 2012 Iris rated it really liked it
[I received a review copy of this novel from Netgalley]

Original review here: http://irisonbooks.com/2012/04/02/tru...

"Anna is quiet for a moment, then says, 'Every person’s sadness is their own. Other people can’t understand it.'"

True centres around Elsa, who is dying from cancer. But in many ways, the story is not so much about her, as about her family members and the way they deal with their impeding loss. Key characters are Martti, Elsa’s husband; Eleonoora, the daughter of Elsa and Martti; a
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Elsje
Mar 04, 2012 Elsje rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2012
Een prachtige roman, dit Echt waar van de Finse schrijfster Riikka Pulkkinnen!

Elsa heeft aan het begin van het boek te horen gekregen dat ze opgegeven is. Ze wil thuis gaan sterven. Daar wordt ze de laatste maanden van haar leven verzorgd door haar man Martti, haar dochter Eleonoora en haar kleindochters Anna en Maria.
Elsa wil graag genieten van de laatste keren dat ze dingen doen kan: ze wil graag nog een keer zwemmen in het meertje bij het vakantiehuisje, wil nog een keer dronken worden en mee
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Mika Auramo
Dec 15, 2014 Mika Auramo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mika by: Tuulia
Riikka Pulkkisen romaanin aiheena on latteasti kolmiodraama. Vielä banaalimmaksi aiheenvalinnan tekee asetelma: mies on kuuluisa taidemaalari ja vaimo on akateemisesti arvostettu ja kansainvälisesti tunnettu psykologian tohtori. Entä se kolmas pyörä? Hän on Kuhmosta Helsinkiin muuttanut opiskelijapimu Eeva. Vuosikausia hän hoitelee Eleonoora-tyttöä ja siinä sivussa Marttia jopa valmistuttuaan yliopistosta ranskanopinnoissaan. Eikä Elsa-rouva tajunnut mitään.

Palataanpa kirjan alkuun ja sen nimee
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Buchdoktor
Es ging alles sehr schnell. Bei der pensionierten, früher beruflich erfolgreichen Psychologin Elsa wird Krebs diagnostiziert. Hoffnung auf Heilung gibt es nicht und Elsa wird zum Sterben nach Hause entlassen. Dass Elsa nun auf die Hilfe anderer angewiesen ist, ist ungewohnt für sie. Bei der Pflege werden ihr Ehemann Martti, Elsas Tochter Eleonoora und die Enkelinnen helfen. Durch die schwere Krankheit rückt die Familie der Patientin gezwungermaßen näher zusammen. Martti bereitet das Sterben sein ...more
Max Rocca
Ho terminato da poco questo libro che è più interessante nella prefazione che poi nel libro stesso, la storia è narrata molto bene, le costruzioni sono tipiche dei paesi scandinavi e scorrono più lente rispetto ad altri tipi di scrittura (americani o inglesi) . La prefazione narra di intrighi , e storie nascoste mentre poi è un banale tradimento tra un uomo e la bambinaia di sua figlia, lui è decisamente insignificante codardo mentre lei fá una brutta fine.. Il tutto condito con pochissimi sensi ...more
Noora
Oct 06, 2012 Noora rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: draama, kotimaiset
Todella hyvä kirja Pulkkiselta. Juoni on hyvä ja tarinan kerrontatapa kaunis. Pulkkisen lauseet ovat yksityiskohdissaan tarkkoja ja jopa runollisia. Paikoitellen tulee mieleen sekä Carol Shields että jopa itse F.E. Sillanpää. Pulkkisen kertomat tarinat jäävät mieleen pitkäksi aikaa ja juuri lukemaansa jää pohtimaan. Erinomaisen onnistunut teos kehutun esikoisromaanin jälkeen.

Oli myös jännä huomata päähenkilöiden nimet, aika selvä viittaus mielestäni Martti Haavioon ja Elsa Enäjärvi-Haavioon, vai
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Ieva Krūmiņa
Apr 01, 2016 Ieva Krūmiņa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Grāmata ar noskaņu..miers, bet tajā pašā laikā kaut kas dīda iekšā, apēdu ātri! Valoda un tulkojums izcils Maimas Grīnbergas izpildîjumā!
Michaela
Sep 18, 2016 Michaela rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Neviem presne definovať, čo sa mi páčilo. Asi tie opisy, aj keď sú miestami až snové.
Eevu som si neobľúbila, aj keď taký koniec som jej ozaj nepriala. :( Príbehy o nevere z princípu nemám rada, milenka mi v tomto prípade pripadala ako parazit, aj keď to tak nemusela myslieť. A chúďa dieťa! A áno, mohol za to aj chlap. Aj keď to bolo dobre napísané, neviem to ospravedlniť. A navyše sa história opakuje. Čo dodať?
Opisy sauny, jazera, pikniky, zmrzlina, či hádanie osudov neznámych cestujúcich a celk
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Ann
Jan 04, 2013 Ann rated it really liked it
One of the blurbs on this book refers to the author as "A thirty-something Finnish Joyce Carol Oates." I have to agree, in the sense that her primary subject seems to be the unavoidable pain of our awareness of mortality. The narrative unfolds from multiple perspectives, and deals with loss, regret and the manner in which patterns of behavior echo through biological families, and also in the larger, 'Family of Man' sense.

I've not read any Finnish literature before, but will certainly be interest
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Dario Malic
Istina, drugi roman (relativno) mlade Riikke Pulkkinen, njeno je najpopularnije i najhvaljenije djelo, prevedeno na čak sedamnaest jezika. U pitanju je, mogli bismo reći, obiteljska saga koja obuhvaća tri generacije dobrostojeće obitelji i njihove priče, ispričane ne uobičajenim kronološkim redoslijedom već prisjećanjima i autoričinim skokovima u prošlost. Pulkkinen govori o mnogim ozbiljnim i vrlo prisutnim stvarima poput tuge, brige, odrastanja, preljuba, nesreće, smrti, ali i sreće, veselja, ...more
SIMON Karine
Feb 20, 2012 SIMON Karine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
J'ai pris beaucoup de plaisir à découvrir cette histoire, que je vous recommande. Un roman admirablement bien écrit pour cette jeune auteure.
Énormément de sagesse dans sa façon de décrypter les caractères, les défauts et les relations de tous ces personnages centrés sur une histoire de famille portant un secret tout droit sorti d'une vieille armoire poussiéreuse et s'étalant sur 3 générations de femmes.
Laura Noi
Innanzitutto penso che un grande problema di questo libro sia da imputare alla traduzione, spesso ho trovato frasi senza senso, descrizioni assurde ma credo che nella lingua originale dipingessero tutta un'altra immagine.
La trama è molto semplice, si articola su due livelli temporali differenti che spesso si sovrappongono tra loro. Il presente con Elsa malata e al suo fianco il marito Maarti e le figlie e poi il passato con gli anni in cui Evaa entra nella vita di questa famiglia. La storia sco
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Tesa Fiona
Jul 08, 2016 Tesa Fiona rated it really liked it
Shelves: finnish-author
There are certain topics I never liked, that I wish I never needed to read. Unfortunately, you can't always avoid your abstinence. You might as well go on with your choice (once you pick up a book).

The relationship between Martti and Eeva is personally unlikable. Something I couldn't understand, something I couldn't sympathize to. Something, to the extreme, disgusted me. And, so, as you might expected, it stole away my initial innocent love for the book. It was painful for me to read through the
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Liisa
May 07, 2013 Liisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kirja tempasi kunnolla mukaansa vasta loppupuolella ja mietin, annanko kolme vai neljä tähteä. Alkupuolella en ollut kovin vakuuttunut ja kirja tuntui lapselliselta ja höttöiseltä, että se on suunnattu lähinnä parikymppisille opiskelijatytöille. Loppua kohti tyyliin kai tottui, mutta kirjassa alkoi myös tapahtua.

Martin ja Eevan rakkaustarinaa alleviivattiin kertomalla, milloin kaikki alkoi tai alkoi alkaa, milloin alkoi lopun alku, jne. Entä oliko Eevan tarina enimmäkseen Annan kuvitelmaa jossa
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Outi
Nov 07, 2010 Outi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finnish, read-in-2010
Totta was an amazimgly ready, eloquent and serious novel about the relativity of memories, love and relationships. The story is told through three generations of women, the main narrator being twenty-something Anna who I related so much that at times her words and thoughts were mine exactly. Like my sadness for example, has never been better explained than an ink stain spreading and diminishing.

In the end when the double life, forbidden relationships, death and life unraveled I found it absolute
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Johanna Ilen
Alkupuoliskoa lukiessa olin aivan varmana viidestä tähdestä. Näin kaunis teksti vie niin jalat alta saman tien.

Matkan varrella tekstin runollisuus meni kuitenkin paikoitellen yli. Koppakuoriaislaulajia olisi voinut kutsua ihan Beatleseiksi. Joissain muissakin kohdissa olisin pelkistänyt tekstiä inasen. Makuasioita nämä ovat, mutta minulta tämä nipisti puolikkaan tähden.

Itse tarinaa ei oikeastaan tee mieli edes kommentoida, niin toissijaiselta se tässäkin tuntuu. Sen verran vain, että tarinaan li
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Janet
Jan 25, 2013 Janet rated it really liked it
A most intriguing novel of a young Finnish author. True is a multi-layered, complicated story about the big themes in life: love in all its facets, truth, death.
Pulkkinen tells the intertwined stories of three generations. What makes it so special is the way in which: her novel is an organic, flowing work of art. It is as if the three generations can foretell and forefeel what will happen to the others or what has happened to them.
Most of all I was really impressed with the maturity of the autho
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Anna Giovane Reader
Un romanzo che non mi ha pienamente convinta...
La recensione completa qui: http://appuntidiunagiovanereader.blog...
Karli Eller
"True" by Riikka Pulkkinen was unlike any book I had ever read before. The story of a family secret that comes to light when Anna, the granddaughter of Elsa and Martti, discovers the dress of her mother Eleonoora's nanny, Eeva, tucked away in the back of a closet for decades. Pulkkinen weaves a tale of betrayal and sadness by shifting perspectives throughout the novel. Partly narrated by the granddaughter, Anna, and partly told by the nanny, Eeva, one is able to see the ramifications of one man' ...more
Judith
Jan 29, 2014 Judith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book, a gift from my dear Finnish friend. The story itself is straightforward enough about an elderly pschology professor, Elsa, dying from cancer and really the best part of the book is Elsa. She is a complicated professional woman who tries to direct the type of dying and death she is faced with. She does so successfully and in a way that is quite inspiring. Another dynamic in the novel is Elsa's and Martti's long term marriage. This was also well done and felt authentic and acc ...more
Eline
Apr 18, 2016 Eline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2016
Ik heb heel lang getwijfeld tussen 4 en 5 sterren... Man man, wat heb ik dit graag gelezen.
Julie
Jul 08, 2016 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
Très belle découverte! Je n'ai absolument rien à redire sur ce roman si ce n'est que ce n'est pas mon genre de prédilection ;)
Ce roman est plein d'amour, de sensibilité et de force. J'ai pourtant tendance à avoir un coeur de pierre mais j'ai beaucoup aimé cette histoire. De plus, il s'agit là d'un vrai page-turner tellement le style est fluide et agréable à lire. Je le recommande chaudement!
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Riikka was born in 1980 and spent her youth in Oulu, a town on Finland’s northwest coast, with her father (a lawyer), mother (a doctor), and two sisters. During that time, she was
also a very talented athlete. Nowadays she studies literature and philosophy at Helsinki University, and does her jogging without a stopwatch.

The Border, her first novel, was published in 2006 and to positive reviews and
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