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3.43  ·  Rating Details ·  246 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
Johan has sometimes been fortunate but never particularly successful: he lost his job for a breach of professional integrity, and he and his son haven’t spoken in eight years. His greatest happiness–his grace–is his competent, confident wife Mai, who loves him unreservedly. Now, with six months to live, and with Mai’s help, he intends to die well. But as he broods on the p ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published January 3rd 2006 by Anchor (first published 2002)
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Oct 07, 2014 Gretel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novellas
Although I didn't like Johan, the focus of Linn Ullmann's novella Grace, I found the writing and translation to be beautiful, graceful and sensitively done. Ullmann tells us about the life of Johan, a man who is ill and expected to die very soon. Ullmann tells in few words a well fleshed out life story of a misunderstood man who has messed up aplenty along the way. Ullmann writes beautifully about familial relationships and it shines through in this piece of writing.
An unlikeable character preparing to die. Not exactly uplifting stuff.
Richelle Wilson
To my understanding, grace is something like the receiving of unmerited blessings. For his part, protagonist Johan Sletten does not seem like a worthy recipient of any grace that might attend him—and this, perhaps, is the point of the novel. Though the first chapter immediately begins with a heartbreaking diagnosis, what we learn about Johan in layers thereafter does not invite a sentimental Lifetime-movie response: he was as cruel and unforgiving to his first wife as she was to him, he treats h ...more
Dec 11, 2008 Reinhold rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: belletristik
Mittelmäßiges Buch über mittelmäßige Menschen

Das Buch behandelt die letzten Monate im Leben des Johann Sletten. In vielen Rückblicken wird sein ereignisloses und letztlich durchschnittliches Leben beleuchtet. Keine großen Taten, keine großen Erfolge, keine großen Gefühle - alles ganz durchschnittlich ohne Glanzlichter oder Höhepunkte. Das größte gezeigte Gefühl betrifft den Tod des Vaters, aber nicht weil der Schmerz über den Verlust so groß wäre, sondern bloß weil der Eindruck der Würdelosigkei
Sep 16, 2015 Siv30 rated it liked it
האם הייתם הורגים את אהוב ליבכם רק בגלל שהוא ביקש? ואם הייתם רואים אותו סובל, יום אחרי יום, מאבד את שפיותו מהכאב, הייתם מסכימים לעזור לסיים את הסבל? ובכלל באיזה תנאים ראוי לסייע להפסיק חיי אדם או לחילופין בכלל לבקש כזו בקשה?

שאלת המתת החסד (אויתנזיה) עולה אחת לתקופה במלוא חריפותה. היא אסורה בארץ, כמו ברוב מדינות המערביות בעולם, אבל קיימים סדקים שמפוררים את החומה הבצורה.

ישנה פסיקה סותרת בארץ ובעולם שמתבססת על שיקולים מוסריים וערכיים המתייחסים להמתת חסד (גם המתת חסד פאסיבית למול המתת חסד אקטיבית - ב
Aug 15, 2013 Esther rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Johan Sletten ist ein ziemlich durchschnittlicher und eher unterdurchschnittlich sympathischer 71jähriger Mann. Der Leser erfährt mehr über seine Schwächen als über seine vielleicht vorhandenen aber nicht vorherrschenden Stärken. Er ist ein schwacher und feiger, sich selbst hässlich findender und sich selbst offensichtlich verachtender Mensch. Erst über die kurze Erwähnung seiner Beerdigungsreden ahnt der Leser, dass sein Selbstbild wohl wesentlich negativer als sein tatsächlicher Eindruck auf d ...more
Ada Bonnefoi
Dec 15, 2012 Ada Bonnefoi rated it it was ok
Shelves: scandigloom
Johan Sletten is an average, unassuming man, always felt small and without dignity. His only blessing is his second wife May. She is his happiness, his grace, as he says. Her love for him makes him proud. When Johan learns that he will die soon, he has to make some couragious decision. A quiet book, a compelling story, but less a discussion about euthanasia as one can expect, but about life and loss in general terms.

There is alot of drama in the subject, but somehow it leaves a stale feeling. Th
Kae Cheatham
Jun 04, 2010 Kae Cheatham rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting story of a man's dying days as he remembers his childhood, first marriage and interacts with his current wife. I guess it was written by God, for the phrase "when my friend" is in several places, yet we don't know who the "I" of my is. It's a third-person omniscient, and was only jarring as such when the "my" shows up. Who? Why? Oh well. In all it seemed a trivial consideration on a so-so book. Well written, but I didn't really care about the people. I kept reading (only 130 pages) t ...more
Janne Paananen
Jan 13, 2014 Janne Paananen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Linn Ullmannin Armo maistuu elämälle. Oikealle elämälle. Ei Hollywoodylle, fantasialle eikä sadulle. Se on ote vanhan ja sairaan ihmisen viimeisistä vuosista ilman ylimääräisiä krumeluureja. Silti tarinassa on tunnetta kyyneliin asti. Armossa on kauneinta ajateltavissa olevaa rakkautta, siinä on anteeksiantoa, luottamusta ja viimeiselle matkalle saattamista. Ullmann maalaa käsinkosketeltavan kuvan armokuolemasta.
Jan 20, 2016 Deborah rated it liked it
This story is about the realization that johhan has about having cancer. How he handles the news and how his wife (who is a pediatrician) is sad and concerned by his last wishes. It's not a great book and not the best. But I related to the wife's situation. The quality of life is soon gone as cancer rages on. Will his wife attend to his dying and suffering and end h is life as she promises? This book reads like you are high above thier home and watching their lives dissolve.
Apr 21, 2015 Lobo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Johan és Mia történetét sokféleképpen lehet olvasni, lehet szerelmi történet, szólhat az élet szeretetéről, arról hogy a kis dolgokban is megtalálhatjuk a boldogságot és talán középszerűen is lehetünk elégedettek, magunkkal megbékéltek. De mindenféleképpen jó sokáig lehet tépelődni rajta.

Apr 25, 2016 Ellen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sad, poignant, a short book relating a short but intense period of at the end of a man's life. The memories of how he's reached where he is, the descriptions of the relationships with his estranged son and unconventional wife add interest and light drama. An 'easy' read in that the words are not difficult and the book is not long, but processing the emotions makes this quite a weighty book.
Jun 01, 2014 Michelle rated it really liked it
Recommended to Michelle by: Megan
Read this book in two hours this morning. Though the subject matter seems a bit dark - Johan is coming to terms with dying, how he lived his life, and how he wants to die - the story is beautifully told and quite frank and honest. It reminded me of a sort of combo between Tinkers by Paul Harding and The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes.
Mar 04, 2016 Rosemary rated it it was ok
Johan is a very selfish, self centered man who has terminal cancer...and once again, can only view his life through his own wants and desires. Somehow, his second wife, Mai, loves and stands by him, honoring his wishes and loving him til the end. I found him despicable.
Lorena Drapeau
Nov 30, 2008 Lorena Drapeau rated it it was ok
pretty depressing. i don't like only feeling pity for a main character and nothing more defining. i guess if anything it made me happy that i have made choices to live a life i can look back on and be truly thankful for.
Jul 21, 2016 Mari rated it really liked it
Beautiful. Ullmanns writing is captivating and describes the ugly truth of fear, desease and death.
Oct 22, 2013 Kallu rated it liked it
Er wollte nicht, das ihm die tränen kommen, Tränen waren Theater. Schlechtes Theater.
Aug 30, 2015 Tom rated it liked it
A somewhat haunting look at a man's last days and the choices he made in life. Very different from my usual fair but interesting.
What a strange little book. It wasn't easy to like Johan but I found myself feeling sorry for him.
Mahdi Valizadeh
Jun 10, 2014 Mahdi Valizadeh rated it liked it
ترجمه مهسا خلیلی-نشر افسون خیال
روایت آخرین ماه های زندگی یک مرد سرطانی است که با همسر جوانش زندگی میکند.
Michelle Despres
Jun 28, 2012 Michelle Despres marked it as to-read
Shelves: novel, translation, norway
Found this on the shelves of my hotel library. No time to finish before checking out.
Dec 23, 2013 Debbie rated it liked it
3.5 probably. I need to think about this one.
May 31, 2012 Bára rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Umfjöllunarefnið er sígilt, dauðvona einstaklingur og áhrif sjúkdómsins bæði á hann og aðstandendur. Þokkaleg aflestrar.
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Linn Ullmann is the daughter of actress, author and director Liv Ullmann and director and screenwriter Ingmar Bergman.

She is a graduate of New York University, where she studied English literature. She returned to Norway in 1990 to pursue a career in journalism.
Her first novel Before You Sleep was published in 1998. Her second novel, Stella Descending (2001) received glowing reviews. Her third no
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