The City of Woven Streets
'Where itaranta shines is in her understated but compelling characters' Red star review (for MEMORY OF WATER), Publishers Weekly.
Emmi Itäranta’s prose combines the lyricism of Ishiguro’s NEVER LET ME GO. This is her second novel, following the award-winning MEMORY OF WATER.
The tapestry of life may be more fragile than it seems: pull one thread, and all will unravel.
What is left when even the ability to dream (literally) is considered a crime? And even worse, when your dreams are nightmares for which you may be punished severely? You are marked by society, exiled to the House of the Tainted, the left-overs of the community.
I tend to approach every book that wishes to belong to the Dystopian genre with extreme cautiousness. First of all, w ...more
In all honesty, I felt a little lost during first 75 pages, but once I got into the story I adored this. This is not a perfect book, but Emmi Itäranta's gorgeous writingstyle, beautifully vivid worldbuilding and original story made this a fantastic experience for me.
I'm going to let this sink in properly, but will definitely write a more indepth review soon...
I'm so happy that I gave this book a chance!
It's a Finnish fantasy/dystopian novel about an island slowly sinking into the sea, and features a beautifully understated romance between two girls, each carrying their own secrets and burdens.
I don't want to say too much about the plot and the characters at this point because I don't want to give away too much information - it's best if you go and discover it by yourself!
The atmosphere that Itäranta paints is dreamy and at times eerie. The w ...more
Eliana is a young weaver in the House of Weavers, one of several craft houses on an island where dreaming is forbidden. Eliana can dream though, which makes her incredibly nervous when a voiceless young woman turns up at the House with a tattoo of Eliana's name on her hand.
It's difficult to say more about this, because Eliana is so sheltered and passive she doesn't know much more than that. She has no idea what ...more
“The world is ready to drown. The world is ready to rise.”
The synopsis describes the plot in barren terms. The protagonist Eliana is a young weaver in The House of Webs where a spider-like Goddess is worshiped, and she does meet a mysterious yo ...more
Eliana doesn't waste time with irrelevant worries. She's got plenty of all too relevant ones to worry about.
I am rather in readerly love with Itärata's style. It's consistent, and creative. She has a way of portraying a horrible reality, but having a thread of bright hope run throughout. (view spoiler)[Which is odd, considering her way of ending books. (hide spoiler)] ...more
The City of Woven Streets is Itäranta's second novel and follows the footsteps of The Memory of Water, which featured similar themes of overpowering regime, natural disasters, environme ...more
Eliana has lived her whole life on an island from which only traders and dignitaries ever venture further. Through her narration the reader is slowly introduced to a young woman who ap ...more
Intriguing world building, iresistible women, striking imagery that slows you down while reading (and perhaps gets a little lost in 'translation' every now and then?), dystopian elements that are thought-provoking and plain unsettling in equal measures, (subtle) treatment of environmental issues, an ending that makes you want to punch something - and, upon finishing the novel, a feeling of not being satisfied.
I loved the use of water in The Weaver -- in this case it is something to be feared, the potential ender of life instead of the giver as in Memory. I loved that Eliana had brown skin (view spoiler)[her girlfriend was pale-skinned, which, I assume, is who the publisher chose to feature on the book ...more
The overarching plot, though, is frustratingly pedestrian, all the more so because the protagonist has almost no connection to it. For most of ...more
Kudottujen kujien kaupunki was great. Itäranta writes in an almost poetic way, that carries the reader like a river. The whole book was really atmospheric, and I totally fell in love with the characters (I ship Eliana and Valeria so hard). The world was fascin ...more
The Weaver introduces us to Eliana, a weaver of cloth on a Fantasy island, where everyone is defined by their role in society, given as ...more
The City of Woven Streets is a fantasy/dystopian story that does not explain itself much and can be confusing most of the time - much like a dream. And is this dreamy vibe that makes this novel beautiful.
The plot is slow - this story is undeniable character and prose driven. We get to witness a beautiful romance between two girls blossom; a subtle but strong brother-sister relationship; and friendships on many levels. The prose is rich and captivating, although, again, can be too confusing a ...more
Interesting book. I picked it up randomly at my library not having ever heard of it, and it a decent read. The writing I found great, yet the overall story was a tad... splotchy. I feel like it would have been better had more gaps been filled in; as it stands I feel like not enough was explained over the novel. Still, it's different so I'd recommend giving it a shot.
The final parts happened very quickly, it wouldn't have hurt to use a few more pages on it.
The world building in this novel was wonderful. The story takes place on an island where everything is deeply regimented. One of the main rules is that dreaming is not allowed. It is treated like the plague and if discovered to be a Dreamer then the person is thrown i ...more