The Tricking of Freya
Freya Morris grows up in a typical American suburb – but every summer, she enters another realm entirely when she visits her relatives in Gimli, a tiny village in Canada settled by Icelandic immigrants. Here she falls under the spell of ...more
From the the first paragraph until I closed the cover last night I was swept away by this lyri ...more
My guess was correct! And the book was very good, in fact worth four stars. I loved learning about Iceland and the Icelandic immigrants that settled in Manitoba, Canada.
The above is still correct. I have read 43% .
In addition to that above the story is a coming of age novel. It is light read ...more
Now that I have finished "The Tricking of Freya," I highly recommend it. The promising opening played out into an involving read that kept me up late and made me want this novel to be a hit so that Sunley will write more. The publisher has an am ...more
Freya Morris discovers a bare hint of a family secret, a secret she sets out to unravel. On the way, we meet her family of Icelandic expatriates living in Gimli, Manitoba (the Canadian New Iceland), her manic depressive aunt, her long-suffering mother and grandmother, and several loyal family friends. Mix this surface story with reflections on language, goddesses, episodes from the famous Icelandic sagas (best represented by the poet-warrior Egil Skallagrimson), and above all the landscapes of G...more
The writting, the voice, the pauses, the rhythm, I am not sure what the proper term is, but whatever IT is, it is different in this book. Good different, interesting different. It took me a chapter or two to find my bearings in reading the story, but I am so glad I continued. Sorry if this sounds silly, but sometimes I felt like I was reading english for the first time. Ho ...more
I am an old friend of the autho ...more
Although I saw the plot resolution coming a while before the big reveal, I did think the characterization was quite good.
1) some kind of supernatural/fairytale/legend/myth element.
2) a historical(ish) basis/setting/whatever
3) some literary connection/merit (for example, the wonderful book on my favorites that is The Thirteenth Tale does not have fairies or one of Henry the 8th's wives coming back from the dead to retell her tragic tale or anything like that, but it DOES center around an author and alludes constantly to classic literature).
True, I ...more
Freya grew up in Connecticut but each summer she visited her relatives in Gimli Manitoba, a tinny village in Canada settled by Icelandic immigrants. There she falls under the spell of her aunt Girdie and the story of a secret child she once gav ...more
beautiful is the only word to describe sunley's intricate weaving of the elements of the story to create a rich and compelling tapestry of a novel. combining norse mythology, family drama, psychology, and cultural and historical themes, the tricking of freya strikes the perfect balance between these elements.
sunley spins her tale expertly, sending us back and forth through time to link events, emotions, and themes in freya's life. her man ...more
i read all the blurbs about this book and somehow didn't fully grasp what it was going to be about but i was pleasantly surprised. the story moved slow and quiet and really picked up once freya was in iceland, which is when i became obsessed with iceland. how did i not know anything about iceland before? it wasn't just about iceland, though, it was about the struggle to figure out what your life is supposed to be like when the most important people to you are dead or absent ...more
The main character, Freya, is a young woman who is writing essentially a diary for her unknown "cousin." She reveals all the family secrets and takes the reader on a tour of Iceland as well.
The book didn't make me want to visit Iceland, but I definitely enjoyed Freya and her family and Icelandic folklore. The mystery i ...more
Beyond the language she tells a story about a girl that I cared about. As she tells of her childhood joys and tragedies I wanted to learn her secrets. She reveals herself and those secrets.
I recommend this book highly.
Christina grew up hearing stories about h ...more