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Jeg forbanner tidens elvAn enthralling novel of a mother and son's turbulent relationship from the author Jeg forbanner Epubof Out Stealing HorsesNorway Communism is unraveling all over Europe Arvid Jansen thirty seven is trying to bridge the yawning gulf that opened up years earlier between himself and his mother He is in the throes of a divorce and she has just been diagnosed with cancer Over a few intense autumn days Arvid struggles to But something had happened nothing hung together any all things had spaces had distances between them like satellites attracted to and pushed away at the same instant and it would take immense willpower to cross those spaces those distances much than I had available much than I had the courage to useA reader follows Petterson's deliberate prose and reaches layers of profundity tucked away in a coat of simplicity Darkness is cloaked by the gleam of stars; beauty covers gloom Somewhere at the heart of the story is the shape of a life lived reluctantly a life lived with regret This is a novel structured after a man's reflections on life just as he is forced to face death His mother is dying of cancer and he realizes he has never truly felt her love He is about to be divorced from his wife and although one never learns the real reason one figures out through subtleties through the melancholy that seeps from his thoughts The word unfolded in all its majesty back in time forward in time history was one long river and we were all borne along that river People all over the world had the same yearnings the same dreams and stood hand in hand in one great circle aroudn the globe It's hard to imagine newly published books with the poignancy that moves through these pages like enjambment in poetry; hard to imagine busy employees taking a moment to savor these words The world is so accelerated and caffeine induced but sometimes a story like this one complements a hasty environment where the sound of the pages turning in a good book is rare The serene setting of this novel matches its serene structure matches its thought provoking sentences

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D outweighed his mother's wish for him to escape it As Petterson's masterful narrative shifts effortlessly through the years we see Arvid tentatively circling his mother unable to tell her what she already knows he is thinking In its piercing and moving portrait of their layered relationship I Curse the River of Time bears all the hallmarks of Petterson's compassion for humanity that has won him readers the world ov But something had happened nothing hung together any all things had spaces had distances between them like satellites attracted to and pushed away at the same instant and it would take immense willpower to cross those spaces those distances much than I had available much than I had the courage to use In I Curse the River of Time from some unidentified future year Arvid Jansen looks back at November of 1989 – a month that saw the confluence of three major personal upheavals for him – and as Arvid dips in and out of the events of that time he also remembers and shares other pivotal life events The result is a meandering and affecting portrait of a man in existential crisis; a 37 year old man child desperate to cling on to his mother's skirts even as she's diagnosed with cancer and attempts to complete her own life's business The title of this book comes from a poem written by Mao Zedong a passage here translated as Fragile images of departure the village back then I curse the river of time; thirty two years have passed Arvid was a militant Marxist even causing a rift between his mother and himself when he decided to drop out of college to join the peuple at a factory job; a job just like the ones his parents both toiled at and hoped their son could avoid through education With a picture of Chairman Mao hung proudly above his sofa between Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan Arvid thought that Mao's poetry captured his own essence as interpreted by this passage Time without warning could catch up with me and run around beneath my skin like tiny electric shocks and I could not stop them no matter how much I tried And when they let up at last and everything fell uiet I was already a different person than I had been before and it sometimes made me despair It was very interesting to me therefore to read in this article that the poem above is considered a poor translation and the passage properly says Like a dim dream recalled I curse the long fled past  My native soil two and thirty years gone by The difference between cursing the passing of time and cursing the past itself is apparently crucial according to this article's writer André Alexis; a perceptive author whom I admire to understanding both Mao and Arvid leading to the conclusion As a result Arvid isn't so much an unreliable narrator as he is a bewildered one Bewildered pretty much captures it The meandering and unfocussed nature of the reminiscences are mirrored in the freuently long and jam packed sentences My father’s brothers with their wives did call on rare occasions and every other Christmas my mother’s childless sister came up from Copenhagen acting upper class with her husband who worked in a firm importing French cars and was the creepy owner of an 8mm camera he used for all kinds of things and my grandparents would also come their palms worn and hard from another puritanical town in the same country in the same fashion by ferry grey hair grey clothes standing windswept and grey on the uay waiting for my father to come down along Trondhjemsveien in a rare taxi to pick them up and sometimes I too was in that taxi and they looked so small next to their big suitcases As Arvid skips from present to past all written in the future I was often amused to notice him writing omnisciently about his mother's narrative – describing her thoughts and actions for times when he was not present and couldn't possibly have that level of detail about – and then always inserting himself into these passages by sharing his own feelings or judgements At its core I Curse the River of Time is about Arvid's attempt to get closer to his mother even as he can't bring himself to say the words he wants to say; to invoke the titular river again Arvid imagines the gulf between himself and his mother as the uncrossable Rio Grande and in a blackly comedic reminiscence he once tried to explain that to her – a long time ago – with disastrous results It's uncomfortable to watch Arvid try to approach his mother – to be inside his agonised head – and to see him acting like a child and falling into the frigid water and getting into barroom fights and needing to have his fares and hotel rooms paid for and know his mother doesn't want him there; didn't need to have him follow her from Norway to Denmark without an invitation Arvid was the only one of four sons to look like their father which he resented as a further distancing from the their mother the only child who had been wanted and planned for which he resented again as distancing and in all of his memories he had the most special connection with his mother the one who shared with her a love of literature and films even if in the end he was just forgetting when another brother would be present at the cinema with them; the one who would sneak out of bed after their father left for work in the morning in order to have alone time with Mom Despite spending a lifetime reaching out Arvid believes She did not pay attention she turned her gaze to other things She saw me come in and didn’t know where I had been she saw me go out and didn’t know where I was heading how adrift I was how 16 I was without her how 17 how 18 As a result he's a man who never grew up even now facing a divorce from a woman who was shockingly younger than Arvid when they first got together – and I suppose the inference is that she eventually did grow up; outgrew a husband who sueezes his eyes shut in order to avoid having a hard conversation with her In a nice parallel scene the book ends with Arvid watching his mother watch the ocean from her knees on a freezing Danish beach I lay like this for a few moments to see if she would stand up but she didn't I crawled back and leaned against the mound sueezed my eyes shut and tried to concentrate I was searching for something very important a very special thing but no matter how hard I tried I could not find it I pulled some straws from a cluster of marram grass and put them in my mouth and started chewing They were hard and sharp and cut my tongue and I took a fistful and stuffed them in my mouth and chewed them while I sat there waiting for my mother to stand up and come to me Don't you just want to smack Arvid and tell him to grow up already I Curse the River of Time is literature as art and as such it may not be for all tastes but I found it to be brutal and honest and emotional and just so very very well crafted Author Per Petterson is a master which I should have remembered since I loved Out Stealing Horses once upon a time and I'll be moving him up on my list of authors to devour

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read Jeg forbanner tidens elv reader ë Hardcover Ë per petterson à ❀ Jeg forbanner tidens elv kindle Epub ❄ Author Per Petterson – An enthralling novel of a mother and son's turbulent relationship from the author of Out Stealing HorsesNorway 1989 Communism is unravelingFind a new footing in his life As he attempts to negotiate the present changes around him he casts his mind back to holidays on the beach with his brothers and to the early days of his courtship Most importantly he revisits the idealism of his communist youth when he chose the factory floor over the college education his mother had struggled so hard to provide Back then Arvid's loyalty to his working class backgroun 'I curse' is foremost the story of a mother son relationship Arvid Jensen 37 facing an imminent divorce is second in four brothers One of his brothers died six years back from an unspecified death Now the mother might be dying of cancer Her oncoming death rekindles a desire in her to run away from the home in suburban Oslo to Frederikshaven in north Eastern Denmark where the family has a summer house Perhaps she is doing this to retrace her past one last time The son follows her there himself running away from a brutal present It is winter time in the summer housePetterson recreates this action in the voice of the 37 year old Arvid in a series of measured chapters that mesh present action with episodes from the past The latter are recalled in a flourish that remembers particular gestures and trifle details but is generally reticent about the feelings therein Arvid recalls interactions with his mother and recalls the working class environment of his family his turning into a Communist and a worker at the cost of leaving college a decision that angered his mother He recalls his absence at his brother's death pitted against his volunteering to have a neighbour's dog put down Among all these recollection are invoked films songs novels cigarette brands liuor brands the names of places as if they are somehow stores for our memories rather than the other way around This uite remarkable reflexivity is achieved with ease with a simplicity that hides the complex work it reuiresThe novel could be entirely this evocation and it wouldn't hurt at all But there is to it emotional intensity though anything revealed here will be a spoiler now All I should say is that it is an extraordinary story told in extraordinary poetry with subtle technical manoeuvres and supported by heaps of formal novelistic rigour