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The Greenhouse by Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir
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May 14, 2012

really liked it
Read in May, 2012

Found this book during a Kindle sale for foreign literature. The writing meanders through the Icelandic countryside and the prose is both descriptive and profound. As the author comes into himself during the process of renewing the monastic garden, the weeding and pruning and reviving also becomes symbolic of his own life. As I was reading the main character's thought stream, I would ask myself whether he was going on too much - describing too much - thinking too much . . . but then I realized that I had previously had many of his thoughts myself and that, if anything, the book was overly realistic in its writing regarding one's inner flow of ideas. This book is for anyone interested in exploring seasons of life and you will come away from its reading more thoughtful and sensitive to both your external relationships and your internal beliefs.

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