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really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  671 Ratings  ·  98 Reviews
TV-programleiaren Allis Hagtorn forlèt mann og jobb etter ei offentleg sexskandale og byrjar som hushjelp for Sigurd Bagge, ein mann i førtiåra. Ho skal servere han tre måltid dagleg, halde orden i hagen og elles la han vere i fred. Allis går frå å vere på alles lepper til å bli heilt anonym. Til å begynne med omfamnar Allis den nye situasjonen som ei mulegheit til å ...more
Hardcover, 1st, 208 pages
Published September 2013 by Samlaget
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Chelsea Humphrey
Oct 29, 2016 Chelsea Humphrey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Date Read: 10/26/16
Pub Date: 07/30/16


TV presenter Allis Hagtorn leaves her partner and her job to take voluntary exile in remote house on an isolated fjord. But her new job as housekeeper and gardener is not all that it seems, and her silent, surly employer, 44-year-old Sigurd Bagge, is not the old man she expected. As they await the
Bibliophile Book Club
The Bird Tribunal is one of the most unsettling books I’ve read in a long time. Following Allis and Sigurd’s progress through the book is almost like a character study. Both characters are clearly battling personal demons, and as the book unfolds it becomes much clearer why they are both so isolated in a physical and emotional sense.

Initially, Allis’s job as housekeeper and gardener keeps her busy but it does little to dispel the cold atmosphere created by Bagge in his home. When their relations
Abby (Crime by the Book)
This taught, non-traditional suspense novel kept me immersed from start to finish. This book isn't a "whodunnit" or even a "why-have-they-done-it" - it's a haunting, trance-like story of two strangers living on an isolated fjord, and how secrets from their past come slowly to the surface. Brooding, richly atmospheric, and darkly entrancing.

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Oct 14, 2016 Christine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Bird Tribunal is a claustrophobic two person psychological drama from Norwegian writer, Agnes Ravatn. It has been translated into English.

We get to know Allis and Sigurd. Allis is a woman, who has ran away from a scandal and is content to live in a fairly isolated region of Norway. She is employed as a gardener and housekeeper, in spite of having little in the way of green fingers. Sigurd is her boss, a moody silent man. Over the course of the book, we get a kind of romantic relationship evo
Would best describe this novel as a psychological mystery and a story of obsession. Allis Hagtorn has been a professional woman who leaves the big city lights after a scandal that caused the break down of her marriage. Allis finds a job as a housekeeper/gardener to the reclusive and enigmatic Sigurd Bagge on a bleak and isolated property. The relationship between them develops into obsession and well kept secrets.

For a long while this novel didn't seem to be going anywhere fast. The story is tol
This is just so wonderfully written that I don't really know what to say to get the message across. I have completely fallen in love with nynorsk lately due to the wonderful books I've been reading, but this one really drove the point home.

The story in Fugletribunalet is not very spectacular. It's as old as can be. It's Jane Eyre meets... whatever (ideas?), in a modern day, rural Norwegian setting. Anyone who has ever traveled outside the big (heh) cities of Norway knows that this country is the
Thea Sofie
May 22, 2015 Thea Sofie rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own, norsk
Ok. Nå er jeg helt ør i hodet. Leste ut denne boka på EN DAG (så den er bra), men ble derfor så ekstremt fanget i universet, grepet av naturen og omgivelsene til disse to mystiske/merkelige menneskene.

Den var veldig, veldig bra.

Men slutten? Altfor brå. Stod ikke helt i stil til den mer subtile, underliggende uroen/spenningen som finnes i boka. Slutten var så overtydelig.

Likte bruken av mytologi, og de kompliserte karakterene - eller var det mystikken i dem som gjorde at de fremstod kompliserte
Sep 28, 2016 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Bird Tribunal – A haunting tale

The Bird Tribunal from Norwegian writer Agnes Ravatn is a stunning introduction to the writer who has delivered a breath-taking book. This may be a short story and a winner of the English Pen award, but it delivers massive punches throughout the book for the reader and with a structured build up completely gets under your skin.

TV presenter Allis Hagtorn leaves her partner and career, she is running away from things, and decides to go in to voluntary exile as a
Oct 16, 2016 Raven rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aside from my fixation on crime fiction, my other reading pleasure comes from the lure of bijou contemporary fiction in translation, so was pretty sure that Agnes Ravatn’s compact Norwegian thriller would tick many boxes…

From the outset we are completely immersed in the suffocating claustrophobia and changes of tension that exist in the relationship between Allis Hagtorn and her new employer, the mercurial and distant Sigurd Bagge. Almost instantly I was reminded of one of my favourite books, Em
Liz Barnsley
Atmospheric drama beautifully written especially when it comes to descriptive sense of place. Full review to come on the blog tour.
Faduma Mohamud
Apr 16, 2015 Faduma Mohamud rated it it was amazing
For folk som er glad i mye handling så kan jeg fortelle at i denne boka så er det ikke det, men ikke la det stoppe deg! En bok trenger nødvendigvis ikke å ha så mye handling for at den skal være bra. Jeg likte denne og den var egentlig ganske lett å lese oxoo :---PP me like, me like
++++ den er ikke så klisje heller, så jaa er ikke det cool?
Rachel Hall
Sep 25, 2016 Rachel Hall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Bird Tribunal is an astonishing achievement, both an exhilarating literary psychological thriller and a profound portrait of the obsessive love affair between two damaged souls seeking redemption. Allis Hagtorn is running from a marriage and career destroyed by her infidelity and portrayed as the harlot who has slept her way to a position in front of the television cameras. Seeking voluntary exile she can no longer live a life open to the contempt and judgement of every viewer. Ashamed of ...more
Jen Medlicott
Oct 27, 2016 Jen Medlicott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Allis Hagtorn has left her life in the city behind, instead electing to take self imposed exile working as a housekeeper and gardener at a home on a remote and isolated fjord. She had expected to find herself in the employ of an older man, someone for whom upkeep of the property would be too much. However, Sigurd Bagge is nothing like she had expected. In his forties and of seemingly sound mind and body, she can see no reason why he should need her help. However, she is grateful of the job, ...more
Louise Johanna
Fin og vond å lese
Travel the locations of the novel here: The Bird Tribunal

This is a haunting melody of a novel. Strangely compelling, yet deeply unusual in style and substance. This is a new style of Nordic Noir for me – quite an eerie read that left me thinking a great deal about the novel I’d just been immersed into. It felt like a dip in an icy fjord. I stood at the edge of the book and dipped in my toes for a little while before fully immersing myself into it – but what a reward! – and a shock in more ways t
Oct 24, 2016 Emma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Bird Tribunal is written by Agnes Ravatn, translated from it’s original Norwegian by Rosie Hedger and is published by the inimitable Orenda Books. I have to say, I have never read a book quite like this before. Strangely unsettling but a completely riveting read!

Allis Hagtorn is running away. Something happened which has made her ‘up sticks’ and leave everything she knows behind, including her husband and her influential job. The only way forward for Allis is to withdraw from everyday life a
Odin Omdal
Mar 03, 2014 Odin Omdal rated it it was amazing
For ei herleg bok! Eg las ho strakt; spanande utan å vera klisje.

Slutten lest som om han hang att frå fyrste kladd-utgåve/idéstadium av boka, diverre, smakte litt fiks/enkel. Fyrste gong eg var litt usikker på om eg trudde på karakterane. Det skal seiast at det ikkje trakk nemneverdig ned.

Eg gav nett Gone Girl 4.5 og runda ned til 4 for liknande kritikk, so får Ravatn heller få 4.5, runda opp til 5. Å få slikt i Noreg med eit so knakande godt språk er vel verd å runda opp for.
Helene Barmen
Jun 19, 2015 Helene Barmen rated it it was amazing
Loved this book from start to almost finish. I often have a hard time with endings to books I love so I'll let it pass
The setting, the emotion, the characters, rhe mood and the laguage caught me and kept me all the way through.
This is the kind of book I will tell all my friends to read not for the story but for the experience. But I think it requires you to allow yourself to be swept up in it. I did, and I'm so glad
Jun 02, 2015 Sigrid rated it really liked it
Shelves: nordiske
En som skammer seg så mye at hun helst vil forsvinne flytter inn hos en som angrer seg så mye at han trenger hun som skammer seg.

Fint og ekkelt å bli kjent med disse to.
Oct 14, 2016 Joanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At just under 200 pages, The Bird Tribunal may be a short read but my goodness it’s a fascinating one! Unusually, the story is written with no speech punctuation. I must admit I did find this rather challenging at the beginning but I did quickly get used to it.

The author begins her book by setting the scene beautifully. The remoteness of Sigurd’s house is captured perfectly, with the surroundings described vividly. But after the initial focus on location, this story then changes to become very
Lucy Hay
Sep 27, 2016 Lucy Hay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm a big fan of ScandiNoir anyway, but I think THE BIRD TRIBUNAL may just be my favourite offering yet. With shades of Du Murier's REBECCA and Flynn's SHARP OBJECTS, this is a story that is almost fevered and dream-like, sucking you into dysfunctional POVs and morbid fantasy, that's unrelwntingly visual. the characterisation is top notch - unreliable narrator Allis is self-centered and vain, almost like a teenage girl in her whims and preoccupations, but this only endeared her to me. It's so ...more
Apr 30, 2015 Tea rated it it was amazing
Åh, denne boka er bare så fin og så fæl! Den handler om Allis som har flyktet fra livet sitt etter en skandale på jobb. Hun havner i en jobb, og et isolert liv, som gartner/kokke/assistent hos Bagge - en mann man med en gang skjønner har sitt å slite med, men som ihvertfall jeg ble kjempenysgjerrig på. Boken er delt opp i korte korte kapitler, språket er fantastisk flott, og forholdet Allis og Bagge imellom er så godt beskrevet. Jeg lurte hele tiden på hva det var som har skjedd med begge disse ...more
Oct 10, 2013 Marianne rated it it was amazing
Jeremy Megraw
Oct 11, 2016 Jeremy Megraw rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted at Crime Fiction Lover

Allis Hagtorn is not quite sure what to expect when she shows up to work at a house on the edge of the isolated Norwegian fjords. She’s answering an ad for a live-in caregiver for the taciturn man who lives there. Sigurd Bagge is a man of few words so she’s left to wonder what is wrong with her obviously well-built new employer. Why does he needs care and just where is his wife? Her main motive in taking the job was to escape her old life, which we hear mo
Nov 23, 2016 Janel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A mesmerising, gripping, one-sitting read! The pages of this book place you under their spell, Ravatn writes in such a powerful way, everything around you fades and finishing this book is all that matters.

Powerful writing is needed when a book has only two characters (three if you included the shop-keeper, who makes a sparse appearance), and powerful writing is just what Ravatn delivers. The Bird Tribunal tells the memorising story of Allis Hagtorn and Sigurd Bagge. Allis, running from the mista
Oct 31, 2016 Renee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Full review on my blog at

Continuing my current reading pattern of eye catching black, gray and red covers is The Bird Tribunal. A disturbingly eerie story of two strangers brought together under suspicious circumstances. When the story begins we are introduced to Allis as she arrives at the remote, isolated home of Sigurd Bagge, her new employer. She seems to have abruptly left behind her previous life to take the job as Bagge's gardener and housekeeper. Many questions surround A
Janet Emson
Sep 27, 2016 Janet Emson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books, reviewed
My thanks to the publisher for my copy of this book.

Orenda Books have the knack of publishing challenging, diverse literature from authors dotted around the world. Their latest offering, The Bird Tribunal by Norwegian author Agnes Ravatn, is a perfect example of Orenda’s diverse portfolio.

Allis Hagtorn has accepted a job as housekeeper and gardener for Sigurd Bagge. Surprised to find Bagge isn’t the old man she had expected, but a taciturn man only a few years her senior. Allis spends her days t
Oct 09, 2016 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-read
I have to start with saying how much I love the cover for this book. It just shouts at you that there is going to be something dark and sinister within the pages of the novel and there certainly was.

This was a relatively short read and I read it in two sittings over two evenings.

Allis and Sigurd are basically the only characters in this story. There are only fleeting moments of any mention of any other human beings when Allis goes shopping to stock up on much needed food items. With it basically
Julia  Yeates
Oct 24, 2016 Julia Yeates rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We've all done it, haven't we? Made mistakes, done things about which we're not proud, let ourselves down. And many of us have wanted to run away, hide, at least until the dust has settled and people have moved on in their small-mindedness to other things.

And so it was with Allis Hagtorn. A scandal, a shame, a scurrying away from her marriage and her work as a very visible, in the public eye, TV presenter. To a remote house, by a lake, near a forest where she could hide, for a while, for longer,
Tracy Shephard
Sep 27, 2016 Tracy Shephard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Why does a woman leave her job as a TV presenter to up-sticks and move to an isolated house. To cook, clean and garden for a man who is at best the strong silent type and at worse.... well his wife is 'away on her travels' and there is hardly any trace in the house that a woman had lived there.

The Bird Tribunal is a wonderfully written and beautifully descriptive novel, the setting, and how Allis tells her story makes this book a joy to read.

While both characters are a bit 'wet and limpy', Allis
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