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Other Editions 3. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Anatomia. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Anatomia. The protagonist's casual sex, her alternating between men, dealing with her husband's love for his mistress, her falling in love with her lover and her husband trying to deal with that, and so on.
It's not a preachy treatment on the polyamorous lifestyle, it's never rendered to as particularly right or wrong, though by the end it still managed to leave me with a slightly more cynical view of polyamory than I had before. This wanting to be "an unafraid little player" memory hazy, probably paraphrasing , desiring to be a person who fits some young-wild-free type cast she has in her mind.
Not simply to be an artist, but to live the kind of life a young-wild-free artist lives, whatever that may be. The protagonist's relationship with art and artists seem not unlike the way boys feel about comic book super heroes growing up quoth Seinfeld: "those are not fantasies, they're options ". To the point where the occasional name-dropping became rather unnatural, invoked so directly, with full name, that I kept expecting a " 14 January - 18 June " and Wikipedia article to follow them.
Managing at one point to misspell Michael Landy though--and this in a second edition! Beyond that I really liked that form, actually. It worked very well with the whole ostensibly-autobiographical thing. But I'm not a big fan of the writing style used to back it up. In my mind I kind of refer to it as a very "Norwegian" style, but I don't know why I have that association. Very short chapters, short out-of-breath sentences whose staccato breathlessness increase proportionally to the author's desire to convey a feeling of poetic beauty.
En hare sprinter over enga utenfor. Det er den tredje haren du har sett her. Varmen gjemmer seg under den nakne dyna. Varmen sitter fast i hun som sover i armene dine. Myke lepper mot en myk skulder. Den tynne, nakne kroppen hennes. I armene dine. La haren aldri komme frem. Mine ord, hvis dette var uklart. Hun skriver i det minste litt mer naturlig. Oh Lord, oh Jesus, give me the strength I need to be brief.
Another "review" ruined. Po kolei. Var there's an umlaut over the "a", but I can't type that here is our narrator, a young Norwegian woman married to Lou, a French man. They have an open relationship and obsess over each other's extra-marital interests. She's working as a model, and writing a book.
She gravitates towards men in the arts, but Lou doesn't seem like a very creative fellow. When Lou finds his feelings for his current girlfriend, S Anatomy. When Lou finds his feelings for his current girlfriend, Sidney, running uncomfortably deep, he challenges Var to fall in love with someone else, too, saying he'll break up with Sidney as soon as she does.
It's a game between the two of them, and Var has no major issue with playing along. So she finds someone else, and falls in love The chapters in Anatomy. I'd never be too mad about short chapters, but they work particularly well here, because the tone of the story is very contemplative.
The story moves forward in every chapter, but Var also spends a lot of time reflecting. In these reflections, we find something else in the background: always a hint of her boredom, the Monotony of the title. Here are a couple of sentences from the book Var is writing, toward the end of the novel: "Smoking always legitimizes waiting, he thinks, and takes a deep drag. Because even if no one comes, you can sit and do nothing with a cigarette in your hand. In some parts of the story, Var comes across a bit like a vampire in an Anne Rice novel.
Yes, the world is swirling around her, and everything may fall apart, but none of it really matters that much, does it? She's going to live forever. As an American reading a Norwegian book, I don't know if this is a cultural difference or not, only that in this case, I found it refreshing how many times Var took a moment to examine what was happening rather than just hurtling toward the next revelation. For a book that has so much to do with sex, it's interesting again, to this American to note that the sex itself is handled with such an indifferent attitude: The descriptions, where they exist, are frank, but Var never makes much of a fuss about it.
The sex exists for the characters, rather than the other way around, which is as it should be. The language in this translation is very direct and beautiful. There are lots of non-ironic descriptions of smells, colors and other minutiae that are welcome and ring true.
Even though the characters' relationship is unusual, there are plenty of observations about the human condition, particularly the way people in relationships treat each other, that anyone can relate to.
I was a little let down by the ending. Without giving anything away, I'll just say it felt like too much of a reversal, and tried to do too much all at once. I'd recommend taking the plunge on this book to anyone who finds the description even slightly of interest. I had no idea what to expect going in, but quickly figured out at least this much: Edy Poppy is a writer with a lot to say, and she says it an interesting way.
And what else do you want out of a book? A sign of a good book is that the characters stay with you, and you can't stop thinking about them after you've stopped reading. Var and Lou are two such characters. The novel examines their open relationship.
Long sentences, punctuated by much shorter ones give a rhythm to the prose and give the novel an elliptical, dreamlike quality. The short chapters tell the story of Lou and Var's relationship almost as a series of sketches and snapshots — and they also create intimacy and intensity as the s A sign of a good book is that the characters stay with you, and you can't stop thinking about them after you've stopped reading.
The short chapters tell the story of Lou and Var's relationship almost as a series of sketches and snapshots — and they also create intimacy and intensity as the story shifts from location to location. In parts it reminded me of Alain Robbe-Grillet's 'Jalousie'. Polyamory and open relationships have been discussed more and more recently, so it's interesting to note that this was originally published in Norway 13 years ago, well before such conversations were so mainstream.
The book offers an honest insight into such a relationship, and complications that arise when egos, jealousy and obsession arise. But it manages to do it without being moralistic, or boastful either. Ultimately, though, it's a beautifully written story with compelling characters who linger in the memory. Feb 08, monni rated it really liked it Shelves: finnish-translation , read , novels , favourites.
This is a story that starts on the middle. This is a story that ends in the middle, too. The author writes about herself, and she writes herself good: Confident and beautiful, conceited and afraid.
She loves, she feels, she needs, she falls in love.
But it manages to do it without being moralistic, or boastful either. Nov 01, Tomek Wierzbicki rated it did not like it. Thanks for telling us about the problem. As social media users continue to demand more visual content, brands will need a platform where they can share photos that will visually engage their target audience. So she finds someone else, and falls in love There are no discussion topics on this ddy yet.
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