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The Ice Palace by Tarjei Vesaas
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May 01, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: recent-enthusiasms, scandinavian

This is one of those books you discover too infrequently--a novel you instantly know you're going to grow old with, reading it again and again over the years. The Ice Palace is shot through with eeriness, mystery and near-mystical enigma. Yet on another level it is a very simple story told in an elliptical, poetic mode and built on a foundation of frighteningly powerful and conspicuously unnamed currents of emotion.

Highly recommended for fans of Haruki Murakami, Paul Auster, and Kazuo Ishiguro. However, the book I most associate with this one is Joan Lindsay's excellent Picnic at Hanging Rock.
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