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Hanna's Daughters

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  3,392 ratings  ·  380 reviews
Anna has returned from visiting her mother. Restless and unable to sleep, she wanders through her parents' house, revisiting the scenes of her childhood. In a cupboard drawer, folded and pushed away from sight, she finds a sepia photograph of her grandmother, Hanna, whom she remembers as old and forbidding, a silent stranger enveloped in a huge pleated black dress. Now, lo ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 3rd 2002 by Orion mass market paperback (first published January 1st 1994)
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I didn't get this book. The book tells the life story of 3 women Hanna (grandmother of Anna, mother to Joanna), Joanna (other of Anna), and Anna living in Sweden.

What I liked about the book: Hanna's lifestory was very interesting. Born to a poor country family during the last half of 1800's, Hanna's life was a grim struggle. She was a servant for her uncle and cruel aunt. She was raped, then viewed as a whore by the town, and had a boy by the time she was 13 years old. Later she married the mil
I'm still reeling from the depth of this book. Hanna's Daughters is a story of three generations of Swedish women, trying their hardest to find out who they are in a world that never seems to fit them completely. Hanna, Johanna and Anna - grandmother, mother and daughter, their lives winding through Swedish history: war and famine, prosperity and vague pleasures, from a mountain cabin on a lake in the mid 1800s to the streets of modern Göteborg.

The narrative is both personal and real, each women
Three generations of Swedish women whose lives are linked through a century of great love and great loss vividly people this family saga.

Told from the points of view of Hanna, her daughter Johanna, and granddaughter Anna, "Hanna's Daughters: A Novel" is a spellbinding tale that almost immediately grabs the reader.

In the beginning, we meet Johanna, suffering from Alzheimer's disease, and visited by her daughter Anna, a writer who is divorced from her husband Rikard and is the mother of two daught
Hanna's Daughters: A Novel of Three Generations is the type of book that one would expect to be on Oprah's book club list, due to its focus on women's histories and lives. Beginning in 1871 and ending in 1986 the lives of Hanna, Johanna, and Anna are traced through personal and social history. Hanna's story is told in a narrative story form, but Johanna and Anna speak from the first person. There is a thread of magic running through the book which never quite solidifies, but maybe that is requ ...more
I had a hard time figuring out if I liked this or not. It's the story of a grandmother, her daughter, and her daughter, starting with the grandmother (Hanna) when she was a child. It takes place in Sweden (it is actually a translation of a Swedish book) and I liked the history and culture. I would not say it is historical fiction, though. I just mean since it covered something like 120 years, it was interesting seeing how things changed (and didn't). However, almost all the relationships are ser ...more
This book is about three generations of Swedish women starting from the tough life of a farmer's wife to the city transplant and the development of modern urban life and socialism in Sweden. I am not so much interested in Swedish history and farm life as I am in Norwegian farm life, but the setting for the first generation turns out to be on the Norwegian border and to be not far away from the town my mother was born in.

The book is framed by Anna, the third generation who is writing a book abou
The book started off rather slowly and was quite confusing at first - especially since the three women had such similar names - Hanna, Johanna and Anna - and there being a number of other characters with the same names. However, once that gets sorted out one is really drawn into the story which is sad beyond words, but also rather beautiful.

Definitely an author whose other books I will read. I find it very interesting to read about countries other than those which are anglophone as it is almost
Ahmad Sharabiani
Hanna's Daughters, Marianne Fredriksson (1927)
عنوان: دختران هانا؛ نویسنده: ماریانه فردریکسون؛ مترجم: مهشید میرمعزی؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، روزنه، 1381، در 480 ص، اندازه 19 در 5/11 س.م.، شابک: 9643341054؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان سوئدی قرن 20 م
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Spanning 100 years this is a good book about the lives of three remarkable Scandinavian women over three generations. I love books like this that show the natural progression of life, what we leave behind and what we take with us. 4 stars
Brenna Bonner
Mar 13, 2008 Brenna Bonner rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all families
A memoir of a family on the Norway/Sweden boarder by the 4 generations of women, Maja-Lisa, Hanna, Johanna, and Anna. The author reveals how generational differences within a family can cause misunderstandings and strain. How can one transition from a farming life to city life? How can children who grew up in town relate to their grandparents/parents who seem "country" and "uneducated"? How can the grandparents/parents help their children navigate a completely unknown world that doesn't value th ...more
For me, this book was stunning. Maybe because it was given to me by my mom a couple of weeks ago after she read it... just knowing that she read it and it touched her enough for her to give it to me...

This is the story of 3 generations of women and how they related to each other. It was neat to hear about it from the mother's point of view and then from the daughter's.... and it made me want to know more about my grandmother who has been dead since I was very young.

Beyond the story (which I lov
I was completely drawn into the wonderfully told stories of each generation of women. At the same time, watching how each woman reacted in their relationships with their parents, spouses and children was very insightful. Each generation thought she was more modern that her parents, but in the end realizing they were all the same and each were strong women. Definitely enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to my friends.
Adorei o livro e recomendo vivamente.

Scandinavian story of the roll of women over three generations. Also explores the complex relationship between mothers, daughters, and grandmothers. Confusing at times, perhaps the translation or the writing, but I just didn't get what the author meant. Otherwise enjoyed the story and the historical allusions.
I started this book and then put it aside, I came back to it a few weeks and I am so glad that I did. Fredriksson weaves a tale of three generations of Swedish women. The characters have such depth that they can't help but ring true with aspects of yourself or those that you know. Demonstrates well that who we become is based not only on our genetics but more likely on patterns of observed behavior that are repeated. For those who have aging parents this book will force you to stop and look at t ...more
Perhaps because my paternal grandparents came to America from Sweden, I was very interested in this book. Following the women of three generations, you can see how lifestyles, attitudes and politics influence their lives. It kept my interest throughout. However, I did not "like" all of the women equally.I also enjoyed the portrayal of the relationships with the men that were the fathers, husbands, brothers and friends. This book did not shy away from topics such as abuse, rape, abortion, murder- ...more
Promising story, but I felt it must have lost some depth in translation as I felt there could have been so much more. Allthough I found lives of the 3 women interesting from a social and historical point of view I did not really connect with any of them.
This tied in, unintentionally, with a recent retreat I attended. The story of three generations of women who live in Sweden, the earlier family at the border of Norway. It made me think a lot about how our family history affects our family story.
Ivaylo Todorov
Това е първата ми книга от тази авторка. Съжалявам, че едва след като прочетох книгата се запознах и с автобиографията. Намерих много от себе си. Съумява да потопи в миналото, като започва от края на 19 в. Предава толкова леко чувствата, настроенията, нагласите на времето, а описанията и не са тежки, мудни и сложни. Сякаш гледах филм, от образ в образ. Сякаш четях мислите на героите. И сякаш живеех с тях. Познаването на човешката психика, изразено в мислите и като контраст на периода, в който се ...more
Kate Millin
A loved this story about the detailed lives if 3 generations of Swedish women, with a 4th generation appearing too showing the great differences in life from the 1890's to the 1980's. It also shows how changing life expectations can affect the relationships between the generations, but also how family values can keep families together or make family members difficult to live with. The harshness but practicality of the life for Hannah the matriarch of the group is beatifully written - including t ...more
Hanna's Daughters does exactly what the title says. It tells the story of Hannah from childhood to old age and her daughter Johanna (ditto) and finally a look at the life of the granddaughter Anna as she compiles the 3 generation story. It is set in Norway and Sweden at the turn of the twentieth century up until the century's end. Because of the Norwegian setting, I did learn some history and the story of Hannah was the most interesting as it showed the life of children and women during that ear ...more
This tale begins and ends in 1986 in a nursing home in Sweden. The story in between the beginning and the end is fascinating. At the beginning Anna is visiting her mother, Johanna, who has Alzheimers and is unable to communicate with words. Anna has questions she would like to ask her mother. When she was younger Anna had always seen her mother as a mother, not as a person, and never had time to ask. Now Anna is trying to understand, is searching and is writing about her mother, her grandmother ...more
Maxine Hawker
This book has given me much to ponder. It covers four generations of women spanning approximately 100 years. It takes the reader back to vastly different times for women. The struggles women had in the past, labour the point that the environment impacts profoundly on who we are and our life's outcomes It also ignites a poignant reflection regarding generational changes; offspring have such different eyes and context which results In an inability to truly relate to or understand their parent.

Wendy Greenberg
Dithered between 3 and 4 stars...Really enjoyed this unusual read - the scope being rural poverty in later nineteenth century Sweden through to the third generation's story from modern day Stockholm. It's a rich tale both in terms of its historical content and insight into the different generations of women, their expectations of life (and their husbands and children)whilst dealing with many of the same issues. Each story told by its own different narrator which I found slightly flawed only beca ...more
Janet Meissner
I enjoyed Hanna's daughters. My two points of confusion eventually resolved themselves and didn't get too much in the way of my enjoyment of the book. The confusing points were the title "daughters", whereas there is one daughter per generation, so I guess they meant her daughter and granddaughter; and the names: Hanna, Anna, and Johanna. The midwife, Anna, and the first chapter with Anna visiting Johanna, got me confused as to which generation was which until I really got into each part. Read f ...more
Anchi Djo
This was my first time to read a story happening in Sweden- so it was quite fascinating to me to find out how women's lives evolved there in the last 150 years. The lives of three generations of women embodied by Hanna - Johanna - and Anna are narrated, each dealing with their own socio-cultural challenges, inequalities, liberation struggles and change. Through their lives the stories of nation building and developments of a welfare state and a middle class are also told. Hanna's story was the s ...more
פרדריקסון מריאן- אנה חנה ויוהנה

כנרת, 367 עמ'

יתכן שההמלצה תכלול ספויילרים מעטים אז זהירות למי שלא מעוניין.

אל הספר הגעתי בעקבות המלצות חמות ששמעתי. חיזקו אותי בבחירה, אהבתי לספר הקודם שקראתי מפרי עטה של הסופרת ("אינגה ומירה") והעובדה שהספר נכלל במבצע של צומת ספרים ( שלושה ספרים ב- 100).

זהו סיפורה של משפחה שוודית אחת העובר דרך עינהן וחייהן של שלוש דורות נשים במשפחה. הסיפור מסופר לחילופין ע"י אנה, הצעירה שבנשים וע"י דמות נוספת בה מתמקד הפרק.

אם המשפחה, חנה, נולדה ב- 1871 בעיירה קטנה בשוודיה על גבול נ
Somewhat hard to follow at times. Maybe lost in translation?

Karl XII, King of Sweden-Karl XII was born in 1682. He was the son of King Karl XI and Ulrika Eleonora. He became king when he was only 15 years old, because of the death of his father in 1697. He continued his father's concentration of power to the monarchy. This was the old struggle for power between the aristocracy and the king, and now the aristocrats were losing. When he was crowned, he himself put the crown on his head to show tha
The description of this book is that it is the story of three generations of Swedish women - but, in actuality, it's about four generations of Swedish women. There is Maja-Lisa, Hanna, Johanna, and Anna. Maja-Lisa buries four children who have died from disease and famine. She must start her family over again but focuses her attention on her dead children rather than the live ones. Hanna comes from a poor country family, is uneducated, and is brutally raped at age twelve and has a child, Ragnar, ...more
Das Thema des Romans ist schnell erzählt: Die Lebensgeschichte dreier Frauen einer Familie in Schweden aus aufeinanderfolgenden Generationen, Großmutter, Mutter, Tochter. Daneben wird der Leserin und dem Leser in beeindruckender Art und Weise die Entwicklung der schwedischen Gesellschaft über zwei Jahrhunderte vor Augen geführt.
Beeindruckend finde ich wie es der Autorin gelingt, jeder ihrer Protagonistinnen eine eigene Sprache zu geben, die nicht nur die Zeit, sondern ebenso die Lebensverhältni
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Marianne Fredriksson was a Swedish author who worked and lived in Roslagen and Stockholm. Before becoming a novelist, she was a journalist on various Swedish newspapers and magazines, including Svenska Dagbladet.

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