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Smaken av eplekjerner

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An international bestseller, The Taste of Apple Seeds is a story of love and loss that will captivate your heart

When Iris unexpectedly inherits her grandmother's house in the country, she also inherits the painful memories that live there.

Iris gives herself a one-week stay at the old house, after which she'll make a decision: keep it, or sell it. The choice is not so simpl
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Hardcover, 230 pages
Published 2010 by Gyldendal (first published 2008)
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nettebuecherkiste
Bertha, die demente Großmutter Bibliothekarin Iris, ist gestorben und so macht sich Iris von Freiburg auf nach Norddeutschland zur Beerdigung. Sie ist erstaunt, als sie bei der Testamentseröffnung erfährt, dass nicht ihre Mutter oder eine ihrer beiden Tanten das alte Bauernhaus geerbt hat, sondern sie selbst. Für Iris ist das Haus mit vielen Kindheitserinnerungen verbunden, mit der Cousine Rosmarie und der gemeinsamen Freundin Mira. Doch bald erfährt der Leser, dass Rosmarie als Teenager auf dem ...more
Diane S ☔


When Iris returns home for her grandmothers funeral she is amazed to discover that she has been left the house, even though her mother and two sisters are still alive. Staying at the house, trying to decide if she wants to keep it, she is assailed by the memories of the summers she spent there.

A look at memories, of forgetting, as before her death her grandmother had Alzheimer's. A sad and poignant look at a woman who is slowly losing who she was. A look at memories from when she was young and d
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Simona
Aug 04, 2016 Simona rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Fin dal titolo, si può percepire quanto questo romanzo basi la propria trama sul sapore, il gusto e l'olfatto.
L'idea di basarsi su un profumo o un odore, come in questo caso, la mela, è di per sé originale e creativa, ma c'è qualcosa che non convince. Ma andiamo con ordine...
In una cittadina, come quella di Bootshaven, il profumo, il sapore dei semi di mela è il punto di partenza di una storia che sa di segreti familiari, amicizia e di ricordi, o meglio dell'importanza del ricordare.
Il sapore de
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Brina
Feb 15, 2013 Brina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Als ich dieses Buch vor einigen Monaten erworben habe, hatte ich so gar keine Erwartungen an "Der Geschmack von Apfelkernen". Ehrlich gesagt habe ich mir noch nicht einmal die Kurzbeschreibung durchgelesen und somit war dieses Buch tatsächlich ein kleines Abenteuer für mich. Ich werde solche Experimente sicherlich nicht häufig machen, allerdings muss ich sagen, dass sich dieses Buch sehr gelohnt hat.

Katharina Hagena hat einen unglaublich schönen Schreibstil. "Der Geschmack von Apfelkernen" lies
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Cheryl
Feb 02, 2014 Cheryl rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Iris's grandmother dies. She splits everything she owns to Iris's mother, her aunts, and Iris. Iris gets her grandmother's house. Iris decides to stay at her grandmother's house for one week and after that week she will decide if she will keep the house or sell it. Iris is visited by an friend of the family. His name is Herr Lexow. He drops a bomb on Iris regarding her family. He then proceeds to tell her the story. One that will give Iris a real, good insight look into the history of her family ...more
Natalia
Oct 20, 2015 Natalia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
El pasado mes de septiembre comencé a interesarme bastante por los libros publicados bajo el sello de la editorial Oceano Maeva luego de haber leído “Sin Remordimientos” el año pasado. Otros títulos también llamaron mi atención, como “El Sonido de la Vida” de Alex George o “Cuando Todo Cambio” de Donna Miller (que tengo pensado leer en un futuro cercano), pero el que escogí finalmente fue “El Sabor de las Pepitas de Manzana”.

La novela es de argumento simple y a la vez profundo. Nos narra la hist
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Ingrid Fasquelle
Autant être franche, je ne vais pas être tendre avec le roman de Katharina Hagena ! J'attendais beaucoup plus de ce best-seller dont le titre, en gourmande que je suis, avait piqué ma curiosité... Pourtant, dès les premières pages, je suis tombée sous le charme de l'écriture de l'auteur (à moins que ce ne fût plutôt de celle de Bernard Kreiss, dont il faut ici souligner l'excellent travail de traduction) mais ça n'aura pas suffi pour faire de ce roman un coup de coeur ! Certes, l'écriture est pr ...more
Lara Harmon
This book wears its heart on its sleeve: It wants to be a literary novel of gentle magical realism dwelling with misty nostalgia on life's regrets and the tangles of love and family duty. It manages to top out as a slight novel of puzzling perhaps-magical realism clubbing you over the head with misty nostalgia over a series of very unpleasant events happening to a circle of dull, unpleasant people.

I don't get the *point* of this novel. It bobs from piece of pat symbolism to piece of pat symbolis
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Jule
Apr 21, 2010 Jule rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
Nach den ersten 100 Seiten des Buches dachte ich: "na ja, das ist ja nicht so dolle", aber danach muss ich sagen, wurde es immer besser. :)
In dem Buch spielen sehr viele Charaktere aus 3 Generationen und es hat eine Weile gedauert, bis ich jeden richtig zuordnen konnte. Aber am Ende war es wirklich spannend und ich wollte wissen, wie die Familien-Saga ausgeht.

Die Autorin benutzt eine sehr bildhafte, poetische Sprache, was mir sehr gut gefallen hat. Nur braucht man ein wenig, um sich daran zu ge
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Anka Räubertochter
Jeder Mensch sollte dieses Buch über das Vergessen und das Sich-Erinnern lesen. Herzergreifend in all seiner vielschichtigen Traurigkeit!
Miyann
Mar 04, 2012 Miyann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: belletristik
Ich muss gestehen, dass ich das Buch nach den ersten zwanzig Seiten erstmal zur Seite legte. Zu verwoben war mir die Erzählweise, zu viele Charaktere wurden genannt. Aber kämpft man sich einmal durch die erste Verwirrung hindurch, wird man mit einer wunderschönen Geschichte belohnt. Oder sollte ich eher sagen mit mehreren wunderschönen Geschichten?

Iris taucht in ihre eigene Vergangenheit ein, aber auch in die Vergangenheit ihrer Tanten und ihrer Großmutter. Drei Generationen werden genauer bele
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Jule Berlin
Dec 08, 2011 Jule Berlin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Such pretentious kitsch! All the time I had the feeling the author tried very hard to have her protagonist be this quirky-melancholic character, but she was just plain contrived. I mean, come on, the thing with the ball dresses? The story itself could have been very interesting, but the persons in it were just so unlikeable and seemed so unlifelike.
Joana Marta
Mar 19, 2014 Joana Marta rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Este livro tem das capas mais apelativas que já vi, e quando mo ofereceram, estava à espera de ler uma história fofinha de 3 gerações diferentes e sobre o mistério da morte de Rosmarie.

Comecei por gostar da história e da escrita da autora, no entanto, a escrita que ao início me fascinou, tornou-se demasiado exaustiva com as descrições. Cansa ao fim de algum tempo em que queremos ver mais acção e desenvolvimentos. A dada altura dei por mim também a pensar que mais valia a história de Iris ter si
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Adriana
Feb 05, 2014 Adriana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Taste of Apple Seeds left me with a sweet and sad mixture of emotions. It's a beautifully written book that enveloped me into Iris's story. There's something about this book that just warmed my heart. It's quite melancholy but on the other hand there's this quiet comfort that this story brings. I don't know what to make of my feelings but one thing's for sure - this book made an impression on me.

Throughout the book you get to read about the different lives of Iris's family. You get to read a
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Anne
May 02, 2013 Anne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally written in German, this novel has been a huge success all over Europe.

Personally, I think 250 pages is enough, any more and I doubt that I would have been able to carry on. There is no doubt that the author has a flair with words, but I found myself just plodding along from one description to another.

Iris has inherited her late Grandmother's house - somewhere in modern-day Germany. She is unsure as to whether she should keep the property, so decides to spend some time there. This mak
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Pamela Barrett
Dec 13, 2013 Pamela Barrett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Family secrets, love affairs, and a touch of the mystical take the reader along on a journey, during one summer week, where a young woman, revisiting her past, discovers a doorway to her future. When Iris inherits her grandmother’s house in a village in the German countryside, a place where she spent her childhood summers, she’s not sure if she wants to keep it. The house comes with more than rambling gardens and fruit trees—it comes with the memories of all the former occupants, and the mystery ...more
Daniela
Aug 18, 2014 Daniela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ein herrlicher Roman, voller Gerüche und Sinneseindrücke, voller Sommer und Apfelbäume, voller Liebe, Leid und Leben und, ja, auch Sterben. Katharina Hagena erzählt die Lebensgeschichte von drei Schwestern, von drei Freundinnen und von Großmutter Bertha, der, an Alzheimer erkrankt, ihr Leben stückchenweise entgleitet. Nach Berthas Tod erbt Enkelin Iris das Haus der Familie und während sie noch überlegt, ob sie das Erbe überhaupt antreten soll, drängen sich ihr Erinnerungen auf. Erinnerungen an d ...more
Carla Faleiro
O título deste livro já me trazia algo de melancólico, não sei explicar o porquê, mas a sua estória vem impregnada de saudosismo.
Narrado pela personagem principal esta estória é um voltar ao passado e tentar compreender coisas que se pensaram esquecidas.

Não é um livro soberbo, mas lê-se.
Lyzzie
Oct 17, 2015 Lyzzie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2.5/5

J'ai été assez déçue par cette lecture. C'est sans savoir véritablement à quoi m'attendre (et donc sans préjugés) que j'ai débuté ma lecture.
Légèrement dérouté par le style au début: une sorte de "stream of cousciousness" (flot de pensées ininterrompus) je m'y suis pourtant faite très vite, c'est donc pas ça qui m'a dérangée.
En fait la narratrice redécouvre la maison de sa grand-mère puisqu'elle en hérite et certains objets ou certaines pièces lui rappelle des souvenirs d’événements qu'el
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Cathrin
Dec 31, 2015 Cathrin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Als ihre Großmutter Bertha stirbt, erbt Iris überraschend deren Haus, mit dem sie viele Kindheitserinnerungen verbindet. Nach der Beerdigung bleibt sie ein paar Tage in dem Haus, wandelt auf den Spuren der Vergangeheit und erinnert sich an die eigene Kindheit und die Geschichte(n) ihrer Großmutter, Mutter und Tanten.
Dies ist ein Buch über das Erinnern und das Vergessen. Der Erzähltonfall ist ruhig und melancholisch, manchmal schon fast depressiv. Schon bevor es das erste mal angedeutet wird, wei
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Auri90
Jun 09, 2014 Auri90 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Erster Satz und erster Eindruck

"Tante Anna starb mit sechzehn an einer Lungenentzündung, die aufgrund ihres gebrochenen Herzens und des noch nicht entdeckten Penizillins nicht heilen konnte." - eine wahnsinnig tolle, tragische und intensive Geschichte über die Frauen einer Familie über drei Generationen - eine Geschichte des Vergessens, des Erinnerns, der Liebe, des Tods u.v.m.

Cover/ Gestaltung: 5/5 Pkt.

Das Cover ist einfach wunderschön und passt einfach ganz toll zur Geschichte, sowie der Titel
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Denis
Nov 16, 2010 Denis rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This German novel is currently enjoying a certain success in France. It's indeed a very enjoyable read, written in an easy yet interesting style, filled with tender humor and lots of heart. There isn't anything really original about the story, though - it's one of those generic family sagas centered around a house and dealing with secrets of the past that could easily fall into the romance category. Hagena is a skillful writer, though: she knows how to keep the interest of the reader, and how to ...more
Monique Mulligan
A small girl sitting among apples. It was the cover that first caught my eye when deciding to read this book and it fits the theme well – preserving and savouring family and family memories. A bestseller in Germany, the book has now been translated from German; for this reason, I chose to review this book as part of the Eclectic Reader Challenge 2013.

When Iris inherits her late grandmother Bertha’s house, her thoughts turn to childhood memories of long, hot summers playing with her cousin Rosmar
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Sanna
Jul 07, 2015 Sanna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Koukuttava, kaunis, kiinnostava, koskettava, taitavasti rakennettu ja tunnelmallinen romaani. Tämän vuoden ehdoton yllättäjä ja yksi parhaimpia lukukokemuksia tähän asti!
Beth
Feb 05, 2016 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Iris returns to her roots when her grandmother's death leaves her with possession of the family home in rural Germany. Filled with beautiful memories for some family members, while other try to forget the painful times experienced there becomes one of the themes of the book. Iris contemplates the relationship between remembering and forgetting, and begins to unravel the family secrets kept since the summer of her cousin Rosemarie's death. I kept waiting for this story to take on more of a magica ...more
Michele
Aug 19, 2014 Michele rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was a strange book. The book was set in Germany and originally written in German. The premise of a young woman inheriting her grandmother's house and living there for a week to decide if she should keep it sounded interesting. The jacket said the "... cottage is an enchanting place, where currant jam tastes of tears, sparks fly from fingertips, love's embrace makes apple trees blossom ..." I found it far from enchanting.

It had elements of mysticism (for lack of a better term), something I d
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Auri90
May 26, 2014 Auri90 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Erster Satz und erster Eindruck

"Tante Anna starb mit sechzehn an einer Lungenentzündung, die aufgrund ihres gebrochenen Herzens und des noch nicht entdeckten Penizillins nicht heilen konnte." - eine wahnsinnig tolle, tragische und intensive Geschichte über die Frauen einer Familie über drei Generationen - eine Geschichte des Vergessens, des Erinnerns, der Liebe, des Tods u.v.m.

Cover/ Gestaltung: 5/5 Pkt.

Das Cover ist einfach wunderschön und passt einfach ganz toll zur Geschichte, sowie der Titel
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Megan (The Book Babe)
The Taste of Apple Seeds The wheels of destiny have always been set in motion - in our family as well - by a fall. And by an apple.

WhileThe Taste of Apple Seedswas an alright kind of book, I can't really say that I enjoyed it very much. Don't get me wrong, it was okay... but I feel like it was missing something. For instance, it was missing a pull - there wasn't really anything interesting happening. To put it bluntly, it was pretty dang boring. I feel like it was just pages of description that
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Zoe Brooks
This review first appeared on the Magic Realism Review blog http://magic-realism-books.blogspot.com

This is not the literary book that the description promises and one might have expected from the writer's biography as an academic who has written a book on Joyce's Ulysses. But if you lower your expectations The Taste of Apple Seeds has much to offer. It is a pleasant, gentle read, with some lovely poetic descriptions.

I particularly liked the descriptions of Bertha, Iris's grandmother and her dec
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Barbara Mitchell
Feb 05, 2014 Barbara Mitchell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book set in Germany sometime after World War II is a different kind of story than I normally read. At first I fussed at how slowly it was progressing and at how little I knew about the narrator at the beginning. But gradually the characters began to draw me in until I couldn't have stopped reading the book if I had tried. This is a story for character lovers.

Iris, a librarian in Freiberg, has gone to Bootshaven where she spent childhood summers. This time she's there for her grandmother Ber
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Mit 19 Jahren begann Hagena ihr Studium der Anglistik und Germanistik in Marburg, Freiburg und London, welches sie 1992 beendete. Zwei Jahre später verbrachte sie einen Forschungsaufenthalt an der Zürcher James-Joyce-Stiftung, das Stipendium erhielt sie von der Gottlieb Daimler- und Karl Benz-Stiftung. 1995 promovierte Katharina Hagena über James Joyce Ulysses, danach trat sie ein zweijähriges DAA ...more
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