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3.74  ·  Rating details ·  3,334 ratings  ·  415 reviews
Една нощ, в краткотраен порив, Арнльот и Анна, които почти не се познават, изживяват чудото на страстта сред розите в градината на неговата майка, след което всеки поема по своя път. Съкрушен след смъртта на майка си, двайсет и две годишният Арнльот напуска дома си и се отправя към далечен манастир, за да посвети времето и уменията си на неговата изоставена розова градина. ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published 2014 by Колибри (first published 2007)
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Oct 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a little obsessed with Iceland. It's a gorgeous country and produces some amazing literature - Bragi Olafsson's The Pets ranks among my favorite books of all time - so I was thrilled when I came across Au∂ur Ava Olafsdottir's The Greenhouse; it's not every day that an English translation of a contemporary Icelandic literary title comes my way.

This is a quiet novel, written in a crisp and direct style - in that way it reminds me of Murakami, though the comparison ends there. Lobbi is a young
Nov 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sylvia
I just read another review that mentioned this book was quiet. Exactly. This book is quiet. Part of it takes place in a monastery, and that's how this book is, simple and quiet.
It's the story of a young man leaving his country for the first time and leaving his father and twin autistic brother behind. His mom died a few years back and the family still seems to not have moved on.
Part of the book is the road trip to his destination, which is never mentioned by name. Neither is his country of ori
Tom LA
Sep 19, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the Italian translation (nota al traduttore e all'editore: su "do" di "io do" l'accento NON ci va. Ma insomma, dove avete studiato??).
This is the story of the Icelandic Forrest Gump. He has a retarded brother, but he has some serious issues too. I disagree with many reviewers who see him as a real, regular, almost typical 22 yo man. Let's put it out there before anyone misses it: this guy is border-line autistic.
Things happen to him and to his body often as if he was watching them on a s
The main merit of this charming story was that it inspired me to step outside and weed the garden. So I was away from screens for a while. Well, for half a day...
Кремена Михайлова
Мекота, тихи чувства, неувереност, но и спокойствие.
Раждането на родителите. Миличък дядо.

С такава лекота се случва и преживява всичко в „Осемлистната роза“, че си помислих за исландски дзен? Флора Сол ще каже след години – може ли да се живее без драми.

„Отначало следвам посоката на слънцето – няма нищо по-лесно от това. Дори ако ще търся самия себе си, поне знам накъде съм се запътил.“

„Впрочем ако трябва да сме точни, татко е прекалено далеч, за да може да упражнява влиянието си върху мен.“

Sep 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
J'ai adoré les deux premiers tiers de ce livre, alors que Arnljótur quitte l'Islande pour un genre de road trip vers l'âge adulte, plein de naiveté et d'authenticité. Le personnage est très attachant, drôle, souvent émouvant. J'ai beaucoup aimé sa vision du monde, et j'avais souvent envie de souligner certains extraits.

J'ai beaucoup aimé la dernière partie, mais pas aussi intensément. J'y ai trouvé certaines longueurs, et la fin a un petit coté légèrement Paulo Coelho. Mais je lui aurais donné
Premetto: sono una “orchessa” priva di qualsivoglia sensibilità.
Lobbi ha ventidue anni, passa un quinto di notte d’amore con Anna, studentessa universitaria, amica di un amico. Nasce Flora Sol.
Lui è orfano di madre, ha un padre di 77 anni e un fratello gemello diversamente normale. Di Anna non sappiamo.
Lei continua a studiare, lui lascia l’Islanda per recarsi in un paesino del nord Europa presso un celebrato monastero per occuparsi del roseto più famoso al mondo.
Ora: signora Audur se mi dici do
Re-read for class, in Icelandic, October 2014. (Listened to audio book read by author, too.)

Re-read for new review, November 2012.

Reviewed for Iceland Review, December 10, 2012, here:


Part road novel, part bildungsroman, Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir’s The Greenhouse is a meditative story of love, death, fatherhood, and creating meaning in life even when it seems to be entirely dictated by chance. Published in English translation in 2011, it is the first of te
Susan (aka Just My Op)
The Greenhouse is a surprisingly lovely little story, with as much left unsaid as said. A young man, someone who doesn't seem especially comfortable in his own skin, takes his love of gardening to a country new to him. And he has a daughter, conceived in a careless one-night, actually less than one night, stand. I couldn't help but cheer him on as he learns about love, relationships, being a father, all aided by a monk who has at least one film to recommend as answer to all of life's questions. ...more
Dedicated to my mother 
“And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed.” —Genesis 1:29

Opening: Because I’m leaving the country and it’s difficult to know when I’ll be back, my seventy-seven-year-old father is preparing a memorable last supper for me and is going to cook something from one of Mom’s handwritten recipes, the kind of thing Mom might have cooked on such an occas
May 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
Минус половин звездичка (от 2.5 станаха на 2) за безчувствената, първосигнална корица.

Героят не търпи развитие, а няма и особена дълбочина. Това, че е на 22, но практически лишен от способност да се удивлява, не помага. Разказва се за билдунгс-пътешествие в чужбина (какво по-благодатно?), но чужбината не е уточнена и опознаване няма. Няма конфликт, няма сблъсък, няма преображение, опасност, следователно и живот. Диалозите са бледи - на места очевидни, на места неубедителни. Срещите по пътя - дос
Apr 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: n-islandia, 4e
. Uma mãe que morre num acidente de automóvel;
. Um pai extremoso;
. Um rapaz autista;
. Uma menina - fruto de um fugaz encontro sexual - bela como um anjo e que faz milagres;
. Um jovem a caminho do mais belo jardim do mundo para lá cultivar uma rosa rara;
. Uma jovem dividida entre o amor e a carreira;
. Um monge apaixonado por cinema.
Envolve-se tudo; tempera-se com umas gotas de corante rosa; polvilha-se com alguma auto-ajuda. Serve-se morno, acompanhado de um pouco de fé.

Não gosto muito destes pet
Bronislava Sencakova
Ratolesť sa mi aj páčila, aj nie. Je ale veľká šanca, že väčšine čítačov sa bude veľmi páčiť.

Čítala sa rýchlo a príjemne, ale pôsobí na mňa ako feel-good-mystik-bildungs-román so snovými prvkami.

Občas ma zarazil nejaký nerealistický moment ((view spoiler)) a občas som si príliš jasne uvedomovala, že dozrievanie mladého muža opisuje žena, resp. opisuje svoju predstavu o tom.

Lobbi ma štval, Anna ma štvala, recep
Aug 07, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
E' consolante sapere che dal Nord Europa non arrivano solo gialli e thriller, ma anche romanzi 'normali', diciamo. Detto questo, sono molto contenta di aver speso 89 centesimi (per la versione ARC - in traduzione inglese - di Amazon) piuttosto che 17 euro (o 9,99 nel caso della versione digitale) per la traduzione italiana. The Greenhouse (Rosa candida in italiano): è un libro piacevole ma avevo altre aspettative.

Arnljótur Thórir (soprannominato dal padre, grazie al cielo, Lobbi) è un ventiduenn
Feb 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-prime
This book caught my eye for two main reasons. First, the title made me take my first look because I love all things gardening related. Then, the description of the book kept my attention because it described a story not only of the shared love of the title greenhouse between a son and his deceased mother, but it also told of the journey of the son to a remote monastery to restore its once fabulous gardens. Enough I am glad to have done it.

I would describe thi
Mar 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Le jeune Arnljótur, vingt deux ans à peine, papa malencontreux et maladroit d'une petite Flóra Sól, quitte sa famille et son Islande natale, pour chercher un travail et une raison d'être dans une roseraie reculée du continent. Dans son sac, il emporte trois boutures d'une rose à huit pétales, héritage de sa mère morte récemment, qu'il voudrait faire revivre dans cette célèbre roseraie, sous le regard attentif de frère Thomas, moine cinéphile.
Le roman s'organise en un triptyque : la description
Pamela Barrett
Jan 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When 20 year old Arnljotor, or Lobbi as his father calls him, has a one night stand in his mother’s greenhouse, with a girl he barely knows, she gets pregnant. At the time, his life is unsettled; his mother has died, his elderly father wants him to pursue an advanced education degree, and his autistic brother is in an assisted living home. Lobbi loves working with plants and plans on traveling to a medieval monastery to help the monks bring their world renowned ancient garden back to its former ...more
Zdenka Wé
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dospelacke
Podľahla som čaru islandských autorov. Čím to je, že o bežných veciach dokážu písať tak pútavo a poeticky?
Výhonek osmilisté růže je o chlapcovi, ktorý dozreje v muža. O láske k mame, malej dcére a mileneckej láske, ktorá je z nich najzložitejšia. Je tiež o živote a smrti. O ružiach - s tŕňmi i bez nich.
Pomalé temto tejto knihy paradoxne vedie k jej rýchlemu prečítaniu. Pretože sa od nej nedá odtrhnúť. Už teraz viem, že sa k nej ešte vrátim. Odporúčam každému kto sa občas rád zahĺbi do svojho vnú
Inga Pizāne
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ja varētu nocitēt visu grāmatu, es to noteikti darītu. Šī ir grāmata, kurai mierpilnu un laimīgu sirdi varu dot 5 no 5 zvaigznēm, tas, ir, 5 no 5 rozēm. Īsts piedzīvojums.
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm-edicia
Toto je úžasná kniha. Nutne ju chcem vlastniť. Alebo sa aspoň vybrať na Island.
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Krýsný a přesvědčivý příběh. Islandská literatura je velice zajímavá.
Mélissa Verreault
Il ne se passe rien dans ce livre, ou presque. Et c'est très bien ainsi. Cela permet à l'auteure d'y déployer une poésie du quotidien et des choses simples. La beauté de la banalité, le goût aigre-doux de l'amour, voilà les sujets de ce livre touchant. Aucune finale à l'hollywoodienne, seulement un personnage masculin hors-norme qui se pose des questions à la fois uniques et universelles.
Moony MeowPoff
Meh. I don't know, i hoped for more.
Eva Lavrikova
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-have
Výborná kniha, strašne dobre mi padla práve teraz. Pokojný príbeh o stratenom a (znovu)nájdenom, o prerode z chlapca v muža, o ceste a cieli, o ružiach, dieťati, láske, jedle... a to všetko tak príjemne civilne a nesentimentálne, ako sa často nevidí. Strašne dobrý pocit mi z tej knihy ostáva a dúfam, že sa časom dostanem aj k iným autorkiným dielam.
"Poté se s ní rozloučím podruhé a popřeju jí šťastnou cestu a ještě jednou jí řeknu, ať si nedělá starosti; být chlap znamená umět říci ženě, aby nem
May 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jedna z nejpříjemnějších knih, co jsem kdy četla!

Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tak toto bol skvost. Dokaz ze aj 200 stranova kniha, moze citatelovi ponuknut zazitok... odporucam vsetkymi desiatimi, autorka si zasluzi pochvalu a slavu :)
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nádherná,ľahko plynúca knižka. Kiež by bola na dlhšie,to by jej pristalo! 200 strán na taký krásny nestačí.
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A novel where a mother could leave her daughter in the hands and care of the 22 years old father could only be set - and written by someone living - in Iceland, or one of the other Scandinavian Countries!!!!
José Manuel
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Tal vez no sea libro de cinco estrellas, tal vez no cuente ninguna historia espectacular, tal vez no tenga un ritmo uniforme, pero a mi me ha removido algo, me ha hecho frenar y leer varias veces algún capítulo para sacarle más capas, y para mi eso son, como poco, cinco estrellas.
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Veľmi príjemne plynúca kniha. Trochu ma naštval ten otvorený koniec, ale dalo sa čakať, že skončí zrovna takto:) v podstate by som ju nazval balzamom na dušu. Dnes som si prečítal množstvo zlých správ, no s touto knihou akoby som sa presunul na Island, resp. do nepomenovanej krajiny, kde čas plynul úplne inak.
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Auður Ava Olafsdóttir was born in Iceland in 1958, studied art history in Paris and has lectured in History of Art at the University of Iceland. Her earlier novel, The Greenhouse (2007), won the DV Culture Award for literature and was nominated for the Nordic Council Literature Award. She currently lives and works in Reykjavik.
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