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  • Hardcover
  • 272
  • The Last Boat Home
  • Dea Brovig
  • English
  • 10 July 2018
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10 thoughts on “The Last Boat Home

  1. says:

    A book that starts in present and them goes back to her as a girl The life she led her violent father Set in Norway on the coast her dad was a

  2. says:

    This book came to me by way of a secret Booksanta at my new reading group and I probably wouldn't have picked it up from a bookshelf myself but I'm glad that I read it As other readers have said it was beautifully written I didn't find it slow paced as such as much as paced to match Else's life on the Norwegian coast both growing up and when she is a fairly young I think grandmother There were flurries of action just as there are

  3. says:

    I received a free copy of this book via netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewI struggled at the start of this book It was a little confused and didn't hold my interest But once I got into it it was uite enjoyable the story was good and it flowed well I liked most of the characters especially Else's grandaughterThis book had strong themes of abuse religions and heartache It had some moments that were hard to read due to the

  4. says:

    Set in a God fearing community in a small Norwegian costal town After a somewhat slow start the story of Else and her family gradually develops in to a gripping tale of love secrecy and sacrifice Overall it was a good read particularly for a debut novel

  5. says:

    This was a pleasure to read because it was so well written The story is a little bleak and harrowing Story of a mum and her daughter and abusive husband and also story of that daughter and her daughter

  6. says:

    This debut novel is a bit of a mixed bag I actually thought it had been translated from Norwegian but a little basic research revealed that it had not; Ms Brovig however grew up in Norway before moving to England at age seventeen It shows here and there in her English I decided not to mind when I noticed the wr

  7. says:

    I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads The Last Boat Home is the debut novel of Norwegian author Dea Brøvig Set in a small village on the south coast of Norway the story follows Else Dybdahl through two different time periods then 1974 1976 and now 2009 The narrative begins in 1976 where Else who we currently know nothing about is in labour After this the tale switches between then and now then becoming 1974 and contin

  8. says:

    The Last Boat Home is the debut novel of Dea Brovig and the narrative is shared between the mid 1970s and 2009 The novel opens with the lead character Else giving birth and the circumstances behind this event and the identity of the father of the child is key in tying the two eras togetherThe return of her childhood sweetheart La

  9. says:

    Dea Brøvig conjures up a desolate and harsh debut novel which is mirrored by the unforgiving Norwegian winters which is described so vividly that I longed to pass the young Else Dybdahl yet another jumper to keep her warm on her ferry home

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    Else rested her temple against the cold glass and imagined how it would happen A tearing of the guts a hatching a birth Even now it did not seem real She knew girls who at that moment were sitting in their classrooms counting the minutes until break while she tallied the seconds between her last contraction and the next

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The Last Boat Home

Explosive dark and tender The Last Boat Home is a devastating novel about sacrifice survival and a mother’s love If you loved The Light The Last PDFEPUB or Between Oceans or The Snow Child this is for youOn the wind swept southern coast of Norway sixteen year old Else is out on the icy sea draggin This book came to me by way of a secret Booksanta at my new reading group and I probably wouldn t have picked it up from a bookshelf myself but I m glad that I read it As other readers have said it was beautifully written I didn t find it slow paced as such as much as paced to match Else s life on the Norwegian coast both growing up and when she is a fairly young I think grandmother There were flurries of action just as there are in life when the pastor visits when Else sneaks off when she encounters other people and in between life just goes on and because of the way it s paced you feel all of that I did wonder a little bit why I was reading it or why I was being told the story which is probably about me than about the book I kept reading because I felt we were building up to something and I had various hopes about what it could be There was a sense of foreboding throughout the ordinariness somehow so that I did want to know what was going to happen Even though I had half an idea about what it was probably going to be I needed to know for sure view spoilerKnowing at the end of the book though is where I wonder why we were told the story To show that life can go on and be promising despite all its drudgery and the horrors and betrayals of other people Else as grandmother lives for her granddaughter and perhaps that works on its own as a reason if you re someone with childrenhopes of children yourself the book starts with a birth after all We also see her finally joining in with the one person who has actually always been there for her finally entering a wider world with hope and possibilities than she s allowed herself so far So maybe that s the point that if we stay open rather than cutting ourselves off from other people then there s not only the chance of betrayal and disappointment but also of warmth and companionship I don t always have to see the point of a book although maybe that s because it s usually obvious and so the fact that I m uestioning it suggests that I felt the need this time Maybe to make up for what felt like the ordinariness including the nasty bits of normal life that were so well portrayed in the same way that I want wonderful things from life I want the promise or optimism of wonderful things from books too which is different from happy endings and I m not sure I felt it uite strongly enough here to make up for the other 40 years of Else s life But I did feel it otherwise I d wish I hadn t read the book at all and as I said above I m happy enough that I did hide spoiler

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G her oars through the waves while above her storm clouds are gathering Surrounded by mountains snow and white capped water she looks across the fjord and dreams of another life of escape and faraway landsBack on shore her father sits alone in his boathouse with a jar of homebrew In the Best Room he This was a pleasure to read because it was so well written The story is a little bleak and harrowing Story of a mum and her daughter and abusive husband and also story of that daughter and her daughter

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R mother covers her bruises and seeks solace in prayer Each tries to hide the truth from this isolated God fearing community they call homeUntil one night changes everythingMore than thirty years later the return of an old friend forces Else to relive the events that marked the end of her childhood Dea Br vig conjures up a desolate and harsh debut novel which is mirrored by the unforgiving Norwegian winters which is described so vividly that I longed to pass the young Else Dybdahl yet another jumper to keep her warm on her ferry home from the town at the end of each school dayThe story is split a past that covers the time from 1974 1976 and the present day 2009 where Else is forced to confront those memories she had hoped were safely buried when her boyfriend returns to the island to live in his family home with his young wife and childrenWe know that Else is the mother to Marianne and Grandmother to eleven year old Liv who she lives with in the same town that she grew up in but what we don t know is how Else came to have a baby which is where the narration begins at an early age A shocking event especially considering how important the church is to the inhabitantsThis is a bleak story as we peek behind the door to the realities of the Dybdahl household one where the family turn up to church no matter how many bruises Else s mother Dagny has to cover with powder a household ruled by the ups and downs of an alcoholic father and husband The descriptions of the hardships that feature in the daily life of the Dybdahl s along with the cold and wet feet from snow and ice only serve to make this an almost unbearably claustrophobic readBr vig cleverly keeps the pace slow reflecting the long and cold days as Else and Dybdhal struggle to keep life moving forwards with the small relief of a visit from a travelling circus so that the reveal happens when the tension has been ramped up to the maximum Else has school to distract her but she is ever mindful of the cow that needs milking as well as the pressures her boyfriend Lars heaps on her to sneak out join him With the fire and brimstone sermons seemingly aimed at the inhabitants by the fearsome Pastor Br vig accurately captures the desires and fears that rule Else s days not least the shame she would heap on her family if caughtA book which is thought provoking rather than enjoyable this would work well as an interesting if somewhat harrowing book club readI received a copy of this book from the publishers Random House UK in return for this unbiased review