Often I Am Happy
Ellinor is seventy. Her husband Georg has just passed away, and she is struck with the need to confide in someone. She addresses Anna, her long-dead best friend, who was also Georg's first wife. Fully aware of the absurdity of speaking to someone who cannot hear her, Ellinor neverth ...more
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I 'know' this story... 'really' know it first hand.
I have a question for the author?
"Did you my know my Uncle Buddy who married Ethelyn after his wife died? Do you remember the boys Simon and Charlie, too?
Etheyln and Janice were best fiends for thirty years. After Janice died Buddy asked Etheyn to marry him less than a year ...more
Even if we welcome all our guests warmly and live a pretty decent life, most of us shouldn’t expect the gods granting us the wish and privilege requested for by Philemon and Baucis ’Since we have lived out harmonious years together, let the same hour take the two of us, so that I never have to see my wife’s grave, nor she have to bury me.’ (Ovid, Metamorphoses, Book VIII: ...more
This is a beautifully written book, not overly emotional, just the introspective thoughts of a woman who has lived a long life. Sometimes happily, sometimes not. ...more
When 70 year-old Ellinor’s husband Georg passes, she finds herself alone, lonely and reflecting on the years past, friends who are now gone. Children grown and moved away, not that she could share these thoughts with them. All those whom she could turn to when she had a story or a memory to share, questions needing answers, or simply needed comfort: Gone.
”Love was. Is it no longer? Yes it is, it does not die with the man, but for how long will it flutter by itself, reach out in the empty rooms f ...more
It’s pretty funny that I ended up giving this book 5 enthusiastic stars, because when I started it I was sort of having a tantrum—I couldn’t figure out was going on in the story AT ALL, and the language seemed super stilted, cold, and clunky. I was not seeing any “whole enc ...more
Who is this author Jens Christian Grondahl? I like him....I like his writing and I like Ellinor!
70 years young, Ellinor is a good person, an extremely forgiving and tough soul who lets loose of all her secrets writing to her exceptionally beautiful, but long-dead friend Anna....who just happens to be the first wife of her beloved and recently departed Georg.
In OFTEN I AM HAPPY, memories of a disastrous ski trip....with her first husband Henning, Anna and Georg draw the reader in cove...more
Recently widowed Ellinor addresses her late best friend (and her late husband's first wife) to talk about her feelings, her lif ...more
The title of this book is deceptively simple, yet truly meaningful. Imagine someone introducing themselves to you with this sentence; what would you expect might follow these words. I hadn't really thought about it before I began reading but I have thought about it a lot since I finished. Ellinor is writing of her ...more
So now it is just Ellinor, and she has some things to say to her dead used-to-be best friend, her friend who she adored before it all went wrong. Often I Am Happy is Ellinor' ...more
Is it ever possible to know the secrets and burdens that another person carries – even if that person is a spouse or a best friend? This spare and elegant novel lays bare the innermost thoughts of its narrator, the recent widow Ellinor, a 70 year old, as she confides in her husband Georg’s first wife and her best friend, who is also deceased.
Slowly, deliberately and lyrically, Ellinor reveals milestones of her life: her courtship by her more outward-going first husband, the charmed friendship th ...more
This is a beautiful story told by Ellinor to Anna. Georg has just died after being married to Ellinor for over forty years. Anna was Georg's first wife and Ellinor's best friend. Georg, Anna, Ellinor's first husband all share a history. Ellinor writes to Anna and confides in her about her father and mother. She also tells Anna about her twin son's life. She confronts Anna and at the same time shares moments and memories. Details about Ellinor's entire l ...more
In de roman richt Ellinor zich tot de dode Anna om haar verhaal te doen. Om over haar gevoelens ...more
The attorney said something about undivided possession, and I thought about our bed at home, how unaccustomed I still was, at night, to the undivided stillness. The linen, the pillowcases, t ...more
Признавам си, че, когато си взех тази книга от един зимен панаир, бях страшно привлечен от заглавието, но и се боях от евентуално затъване в блудкава емоционална патетика, за която човек би могъл да се опасява на първа ръка. Когато обаче прочетох книгата за няколко дни, напълно потопен в атмосферата, която само датски писатели могат да оплетат, разбрах, че този човек ще го търся и ще го чета тепърва оттук ...more
I won't detail the plot because the joy in this novel is the gradual unfolding of how Ellinor and Anna each got where they are on either side of the grave. Grondahl translated t ...more
Ellinor and Henning, and Anna and Georg: two couples, best friends; they eat dinner together, they go on vacation together, until a crisis explodes, and both couples are devastated.
Ellinor's dissertation on marriage, tragedy, parenting, infidelity and aging, among other things, is starkly heartbreaking and unr ...more
"We, who are no longer being loved, must chose between revenge and understanding, and I thought that, yes, of course the tow of you had to drift toward one another.”
This is a very short novel at 176 pages but it’s packed to the punch. It is literary fiction, full of self-reflection. Seventy year old Elinor’s second husband has passed away and we know he was married to another woman first, Anna. Elinor raised this woman’s children, as they were s ...more
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