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Hrafninn by Vilborg Davíðsdóttir
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Nov 08, 10

bookshelves: books-read-in-2009, icelandic-books, historical-fiction, borrowed, read-in-icelandic
Recommended to Hildur by: my Icelandic teacher
Read in January, 2009

This book is very clearly split into two parts.

I absolutely loved the first part of the book about Naaja growing up in the village, how she had to cope with people's prejudice and judgement towards her as well as her time away from the village in the small cottage (maybe it wasn't a cottage? I can't remember). It was great seeing how she grew as a person as the book went along.
I loved the atmosphere of Greenland in the time this novel is supposed to be happening (15th century, I think it was) and how it was full of mystery and magic.

Then when new characters are added in the middle of the book and the storyline changes, everything starts feeling a bit rushed. It's like the writer realised she had a deadline so she didn't really bother doing the last bits properly.

I should probably just cut this book in half, give somebody the 2nd half of it, pretend it never existed and rate this book 5 stars.
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