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Grace: A Novel

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3.42 of 5 stars 3.42  ·  rating details  ·  124 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Johan has sometimes been fortunate but never particularly successful: he lost his job for a breach of professional integrity, and he and his son haven’t spoken in eight years. His greatest happiness–his grace–is his competent, confident wife Mai, who loves him unreservedly. Now, with six months to live, and with Mai’s help, he intends to die well. But as he broods on the p ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published January 3rd 2006 by Anchor (first published 2002)
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Reinhold
Mittelmäßiges Buch über mittelmäßige Menschen

Das Buch behandelt die letzten Monate im Leben des Johann Sletten. In vielen Rückblicken wird sein ereignisloses und letztlich durchschnittliches Leben beleuchtet. Keine großen Taten, keine großen Erfolge, keine großen Gefühle - alles ganz durchschnittlich ohne Glanzlichter oder Höhepunkte. Das größte gezeigte Gefühl betrifft den Tod des Vaters, aber nicht weil der Schmerz über den Verlust so groß wäre, sondern bloß weil der Eindruck der Würdelosigkei
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Esther
Johan Sletten ist ein ziemlich durchschnittlicher und eher unterdurchschnittlich sympathischer 71jähriger Mann. Der Leser erfährt mehr über seine Schwächen als über seine vielleicht vorhandenen aber nicht vorherrschenden Stärken. Er ist ein schwacher und feiger, sich selbst hässlich findender und sich selbst offensichtlich verachtender Mensch. Erst über die kurze Erwähnung seiner Beerdigungsreden ahnt der Leser, dass sein Selbstbild wohl wesentlich negativer als sein tatsächlicher Eindruck auf d ...more
Gretel
Although I didn't like Johan, the focus of Linn Ullmann's novella Grace, I found the writing and translation to be beautiful, graceful and sensitively done. Ullmann tells us about the life of Johan, a man who is ill and expected to die very soon. Ullmann tells in few words a well fleshed out life story of a misunderstood man who has messed up aplenty along the way. Ullmann writes beautifully about familial relationships and it shines through in this piece of writing.
Michelle
Jun 01, 2014 Michelle rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Michelle by: Megan
Read this book in two hours this morning. Though the subject matter seems a bit dark - Johan is coming to terms with dying, how he lived his life, and how he wants to die - the story is beautifully told and quite frank and honest. It reminded me of a sort of combo between Tinkers by Paul Harding and The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes.
Ada Bonnefoi
Johan Sletten is an average, unassuming man, always felt small and without dignity. His only blessing is his second wife May. She is his happiness, his grace, as he says. Her love for him makes him proud. When Johan learns that he will die soon, he has to make some couragious decision. A quiet book, a compelling story, but less a discussion about euthanasia as one can expect, but about life and loss in general terms.

There is alot of drama in the subject, but somehow it leaves a stale feeling. Th
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Janne Paananen
Linn Ullmannin Armo maistuu elämälle. Oikealle elämälle. Ei Hollywoodylle, fantasialle eikä sadulle. Se on ote vanhan ja sairaan ihmisen viimeisistä vuosista ilman ylimääräisiä krumeluureja. Silti tarinassa on tunnetta kyyneliin asti. Armossa on kauneinta ajateltavissa olevaa rakkautta, siinä on anteeksiantoa, luottamusta ja viimeiselle matkalle saattamista. Ullmann maalaa käsinkosketeltavan kuvan armokuolemasta.
Mahdi Valizadeh
ترجمه مهسا خلیلی-نشر افسون خیال
روایت آخرین ماه های زندگی یک مرد سرطانی است که با همسر جوانش زندگی میکند.
Kae Cheatham
Interesting story of a man's dying days as he remembers his childhood, first marriage and interacts with his current wife. I guess it was written by God, for the phrase "when my friend" is in several places, yet we don't know who the "I" of my is. It's a third-person omniscient, and was only jarring as such when the "my" shows up. Who? Why? Oh well. In all it seemed a trivial consideration on a so-so book. Well written, but I didn't really care about the people. I kept reading (only 130 pages) t ...more
Gail
Depressing look at a man whose life was unfulfilled and lacked conscious choices.
Lorena Drapeau
pretty depressing. i don't like only feeling pity for a main character and nothing more defining. i guess if anything it made me happy that i have made choices to live a life i can look back on and be truly thankful for.
Debbie
3.5 probably. I need to think about this one.
Meikoningin
Read it in the original Norwegian. Sorry to say that this is a boring read. Reviewed on FB.
Lynlee4
What a strange little book. It wasn't easy to like Johan but I found myself feeling sorry for him.
Michelle
Jun 30, 2012 Michelle marked it as to-read
Shelves: novel, norway, translation
Found this on the shelves of my hotel library. No time to finish before checking out.
Kallu
Er wollte nicht, das ihm die tränen kommen, Tränen waren Theater. Schlechtes Theater.
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Linn Ullmann is the daughter of actress, author and director Liv Ullmann and director and screenwriter Ingmar Bergman.

She is a graduate of New York University, where she studied English literature. She returned to Norway in 1990 to pursue a career in journalism.
Her first novel Before You Sleep was published in 1998. Her second novel, Stella Descending (2001) received glowing reviews. Her third no
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