Tõde ja õigus I
An everyday story of Estonian country folk: the first part of a semi-autobiographical pentalogy considered one of the greatest literary classics of its homeland, it's about a late nineteenth century farming family and their neighbours over the course of around 25 years and 650 pages. Andres is based on the author's father, and Pearu is the bloke next door: an inter ...more
Pearu doesn't just want to tease Andres for the sake of giving him a hard time. He is bored. He wants to play a game with Andres. Andres though doesn't understand it. For Pearu, life is a game. Andres looks at life in a much serious way. He is always looking for truth and justice. And he is surprised about how truth isn't equal with justice. And the way he realizes it is very sad. As everyone once understan ...more
Igatahes nüüd kui seda lugema hakkasin, tegin seda suure eelarvamusega -- ikkagi on tegemist "eestlase piibliga". Meie kultuuri tüvitekst, jne jne. Ilmselt ta üks raske nä ...more
Review of the English language translation (2019) of the Estonian language original Tõde ja õigus I (Truth and Justice I) (1926)
Review draft in progress
Notes & errata for use in later review:
Vargamäe drops Andres and Pearu's excellent 18 page foreword by Tammsaare Museum director Maarja Vaino and replaces it with a new and shorter (6 page) introduction by Vagabond Voices publisher Allan Cameron.
End of Chapter 3 and ongoing: They continue Andres and Pea ...more
See on üks raamat, mis jääb kindlasti minuga kaasa käima. Ma leian ennast päeva jooksul liiga tihti mõtlemas nende tegelaste peale. Ehk see läheb varsti üle.
Kõige rohkem meeldis mulle lugeda teoses olevate laste kohta. O ...more
Ma arvan, et Tammsaare on suurepärane naistetundja. Minu meelest oligi selle raamatu kõige tähtsam liin naiste kannatused, nende tunded ja ohverdused, mida kogu meespere raamatu vältel mikski ei pea. Aga Tammsaare on seda kõike tähele pannud ja oskab selle nii ilusti sõnadesse panna, et kohati mulle tundub, et Anton Hansen tunneb m ...more
Miks Tõde ja Õigus kõnetab inimesi ka aastal 2 ...more
The book was interesting. I wasn't expecting it to be enjoyable, due to everyone who's had to read it complaining about it. But some had said that it was difficult but interesting, if only you managed to focus. So I went in with that mindset and wasn't really disappointed.
I was slightly put off by the fact that the book didn't have a real clear buildup-climax-resolution mechanic, instead it was more like a collection of stories in chronological order. Which, actually, isn't that bad. If you th...more
I would also say that is quite b ...more
Tammsaare was born in 1878 into a farming family. He attended secondary school in Tartu from 1898 to 1903 and from 1903 to 1905 he worked as an editor at the Tallinn newspaper, Teataja. In Talli ...more