Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Alting begynder med efterår” as Want to Read:
Alting begynder med efterår
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Alting begynder med efterår

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  373 ratings  ·  85 reviews
Efteråret 1942 nærmer sig, og krigen er blevet hverdag forfamilierne i Biermannsgate 10 på Grünerløkka. Lige indtil den morgen, tre politimænd banker på døren hos den jødiske familie Stern. Tilfældigvis er 15-årige Ilse ikke hjemme.

Alting begynder med efterår er Marianne Kaurins debutroman. Det er en poetisk ungdomsroman med handlingen henlagt til 2. verdenskrig. En roman
Paperback, 232 pages
Published November 16th 2016 by Turbine (first published 2009)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Alting begynder med efterår, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Alting begynder med efterår

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Rating details
Sort: Default
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am Jewish. Some people of my family survived WWII by hiding, some went to a concentration camp and died, but some lived. This book speaks to me, and I’m sure it also speaks to every Jewish people out there. Some people weren't lucky enough. And this is what this book is about : how can one moment change your life for the worst or the best? How can one moment condemn you or save your life?

This book isn’t a romance. I know the synopsis can make it sound like one, but it isn’t. It’s so much more
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book sneaks up on you.

It's quiet. So quiet. A teenage girl who doesn't get along with her mother is stood up by her date. An older sister who dreams of working in the theater. Normal things. Life things.

And then we see a father who wants to protect his family from harm--hiding the nasty slogans painted on their shop window every morning. A boy striving to do right, to smuggle Jews into Sweden, but tongue tied by his inability to tell the truth. A neighbor who tells himself there is no nee
A quick YA read, historical fiction about a young Jewish girl in Norway in 1942.

Its almost autumn, and the world is opening up for Ilse Stern. She is 15, young, and going on her very first "date" with a boy. Everything begins in Autumn. Yet, skies are darkening, as the threat to Jews is expanding to Norway. Autumn is the beginning all right, but not the one she'd thought.

Read it in a day. Good quick autumn themed, WW2 themed, young adult novel. Maybe 3.5? Had never heard the Norwegian perspecti
Jan 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Man begynner kanskje bli litt lei av bøker om andre verdenskrig, men denne kommer jeg til å anbefale til alt jeg ser av både ungdom og voksne. Marianne Kaurin er sparsommelig med informasjonen og bygger opp en spennende og usentimental historie rundt de problemer og dilemmaer krigen og jødeforfølgelsen byr på. Jeg liker spesielt noen av de mannlige bikarakterene, som Isak og Odd, som viser hvor vanskelig det kan være å ta et valg. Slutten føltes vel kanskje litt fast forward, men resten av roman ...more
Kang Ying She
Sep 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have always love history, but the second world war not so much. It is too heartbreaking to read when they die.

This is a lovely story. When I finished this book I was crying inside me. (I never cry outloud because my mother will ask me what happend.) I will say everyone should read this when it is tranlated to English.
Oct 10, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
This book was okay. I liked how it had an epilogue at the end, though I wish it had told more from Isak and Hermann's point of view. It tells you the beginning of their stories, but you don't really find out what ends up happening to them, and how they got where they were in the epilogue.
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, this an amazing book and story, I am soooo pleased that it was published in English!
‘Almost Autumn’ is a quiet yet haunting work of historical fiction exploring the experiences of the Norwegian Jewish community under German occupation during World War II. This story draws together the lives of multiple characters, from those who made the choice to actively resist the regime to those who chose to look away and pretend they couldn’t see what was happening, but is ultimately centred on one family separated by chance during the forced deportation of Jews to Auschwitz in October of ...more
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a young adult book by a Nordic author translated into English. This Norwegian author is a first for me and I will be reading many more. This is the story of 3 Jewish sisters, their parents and what happened in Oslo when the German Nazi's rose to power right before WWII. Often, we read stories from survivors of the Holocaust or written first-hand accounts from those not so lucky to have survived the atrocities committed against human beings for simply being Jewish. At least for me, I had ...more
Karina Petersen
"Alting begynder med efterår" er en fin, rørende og tragisk historisk ungdomsroman, der formår at indfange og beskrive de vigtige, men også tragiske omstændigheder, som jøderne måtte gennemgå under anden verdenskrig. Der er ingen snørklede eller poetiske sproglige finurligheder, men sproget er holdt på et meget ligefremt og nøgternt plan, der er med til, at understrege den tragiske og grusomme begivenhed som krigen var.
Tak til forlaget Turbine for anmeldereksemplar.
Apr 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hidden Jem! Loved this one so much it really stuck with me for a long time after reading it! Here is my full video review -
Selah Pike
In the same genre as Code Name Verity and Between Shades of Gray, this is a powerful WWII story. I found the language, even in translation, to be powerful, sad, and ultimately hopeful.
First sentence: Summer is over.

Premise/plot: Almost Autumn is set in Oslo, Norway in 1942. The heroine is a young teenager named Ilse Stern. She has an older sister and a younger sister. The novel opens with Ilse sneaking out of the house wearing a white dress with red polka dots. It's clearly a summer dress, and it is almost autumn. But she's meeting a boy, Hermann Rod, and it's more important to be beautiful than warm. He breaks the date, and disappoints the girl. But he's broken the date for
Kelly Snyder
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a powerful book that looks at the lives of the Jewish people of Norway and the people who helped them or at least tried. I found this book different than many of the other books I have read about the Holocaust as this one shifts from one person to another and blends the thoughts of everyone so well. Ilse Stern is a headstrong 15-year-old girl who happens to be Jewish. Because she is so headstrong she survives. Why and how she survives and what happens to her family I will leave that up t ...more
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 1/2 stars. This is YA literature at it's finest. An incredible story of chance - missed chances, chances taken, circumstances that happen by chance.... Very beautifully written, the story takes place in Norway during the German occupation. I feel that it is equally important to read the afterward where the author talks about where her idea for the novel came from and her personal family history in this time period.
Sue Jackson
A World War II novel set in occupied Norway, as seen through the eyes of a teen girl, and exploring the role of chance. Read my full review (plus more WWII novel recommendations) at:
Listened to as audiobook via Hoopla
Almost Autumn is a realistic fiction story set in Norway in 1942. The story follows multiple members of the Stern family, but the main protagonist is 15 year old Ilse Stern.

The Stern family is Jewish and is subjugated to the acts that were enacted against Norwegian Jews. Isak, the father, owns a tailor shop and has been steadily losing business because no one will visit Jewish run shops. Sonja, the eldest daughter (19) dreams of designing costumes for the thea
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, favorites
What is it about European authors that have a way of evoking such emotional reactions in me with such small, quiet sentences? Is it the translation? I don't think so. What I thought would be a book about a teen dating a boy in the Resistance turned into much more: while those two are at the heart of the story, the book ends up being comprised of short, vignette-like stories of other characters. I wish the American version had a different cover because I think boys would also get into the story b ...more
Jul 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-novels, wwii
I started off not really enjoying this book because of the style of writing. Once I got used to it (it is a translation), I was able to really get into the book more. It does begin slowly, but I had a sense of dread the whole time, because I knew what was coming, even if the characters didn't.
When books show the moral quandaries that people find themselves in, it makes a book a little more believable. You can understand why not everyone stood up to the Nazis - some slowly got taken in, and some
The last normal day for Isle Stern was when the boy she has had a crush on for forever, the boy next door, Hermann Rod, asked her to go to the movies with him, but then he never showed. Isle waited for over 2 hours to make sure she had the right movie time, but Hermann didn't show up at all. That day was the last normal day for Isle.

Because after that, the Germans came and took her father away. He was under arrest because he was Jewish. And this begins the very trying life that will happen for
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
According to the author's note at the back of this book, Marianne Kaurin was inspired to write this book because of a single idea: What if, during the German occupation of Norway in 1942, a single member of a Jewish family happened to be away from home when the Nazis came to take them to the concentration camps? In addition to being inspired by her own family's history (many of the characters in the book are named after family members or friends of her family), Kaurin wanted to explore the idea ...more
Every time that I think I've read all the Holocaust stories that could possibly be told, here comes another one that reminds me that there are thousands of different tales and experiences, many not recorded yet. This one is set in the most unlikely of places--Oslo, Norway during the German occupation. As other reviewers have mentioned, the story starts quietly in an all-too normal setting as a teen girl dreamily contemplates her romantic future. Like many others her age, fifteen-year-old Ilse St ...more

Featured in World War II Wednesday on Intellectual Recreation.

Almost Autumn follows a group of people living in the same apartment complex in Nazi-occupied Oslo, Norway. Ilse Stern is a Jewish girl in love with the boy across the hall, Hermann Rod. Hermann is working with the Norwegian Underground. Ilse's sister, Sonja, dreams of working as a seamstress at the theater. Ole, their upstairs neighbor, is a taxi driver.

Norwegian author, Marianne Kaurin weaves their stories together in a beautifu
After hearing good things about this book, I decided to give it a try. Historical fiction, especially those set in the WWII era, are one of my favorite genres to read about and I really thought I’d come out loving this book. I forced myself to read chapter after chapter in hopes it would get better. By the time I read fifty percent of the book, I decided that was enough for the day and moved on to other things.

(view spoiler)
Library Lady
I really liked this, even though as others have noted, it was very slow in the beginning. I found the spare text to be almost poetic which I liked. At first the switches between characters was a little jarring, but I quickly got used to this. One thing that struck me is how differently this story affected me than other Holocaust novels I've read. Maybe it's because most have been from a teen or young adult perspective, but I never really thought about how what happened affected women, specifical ...more
John Clark
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Our world is so instantaneous, we can't imagine terror and loss of all we value, creeping in like night time fog, but that's what happened to Ilse Stern and her family. Part teen romance, part historical novel, part 'there but for the grace of God, go I.' It’s an excellently understated story of how a large number of innocent human beings were terrified before being carted off to be executed simply because of their ethnicity. We need books like this to remind those who have forgotten and make aw ...more
Feb 12, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very interesting (fictional) read to see the Holocaust from the perspective of a Norwegian Jewish Survivor. The story line is a little slow at the beginning but it does draw you in as you get to the middle and you can't put it down afterwards. I really liked how the story was told from different character viewpoints and it seemed to make the book more enthralling. Kaurin is a wonderful storyteller. This book has made me want to research more of the history behind the German occupation ...more
Jen Ifer's Inklings
This book follows a teenager in Norway as the Germans are starting to invade and round up the Jews there.

Being someone that reads a lot of historical fiction based on WW2, this one was very lacking in comparison. Through the majority of the story, the German occupation felt more like a footnote than the main plot point.

The story wasn't bad, just wasn't what I have come to expect from stories based in/around WW2.
This is the story of a girl who lives in Norway during WWII- and here is the spoiler...

The author wants to explore the idea of chance in the survival of the Norwegian Jews. The fact that the girl has a fight with her mother and leaves for the night makes all the difference. I did find the story a bit unfinished at critical points, such as in the gas chamber scene and the ending, as well as the fate of the girl during the 2 years she was in Sweden.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Play Book Tag: Almost Autumn by Marianne Kaurin, 3.5 stars 2 11 Nov 01, 2018 05:22PM  
Marianne Kaurin er født i 1974 og har gått forfatterutdanningen ved Norsk barnebokinstitutt. "Nærmere høst" er hennes første bok.
No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »