The Journey Home
In this beautifully crafted novel, Icelandic writer Olaf Olafsson tells the moving story of a woman who, in the remaining months of her life, undertakes an extraordinary emotional journey.
For years, Disa has lived a quiet life, managing an English country-house hotel with her close companion, Anthony. Having learned she is terminally ill, Disa decides it is time to travel back to the village in Iceland where she was born. With enormous sensitivity, Olafsson carries the reader with Disa on her quietly heroic journey. As she goes north, events she has spent most of her life trying to forget are slowly revealed. Turned away by her mother, her young fiance murdered by the Nazis, Disa was left to find refuge as a cook in a wealthy household that contained within it the seeds of both sexual and political violence. The consequences have marked her forever; only now can she attempt to find a resolution.
A rich and moving portrait of a woman by an exceptionally gifted writer.
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Review: The Journey HomeUser Review - Marilyn Brooks - Goodreads
This book was to me a portrayal of the way life really is, with a lot of introspection and bad decisions and existential isolation. I can identify with character all too well for her rationalizing ... Read full review
Review: The Journey HomeUser Review - Nilab17 - Goodreads
The first half was so slow I almost gave up reading it (which I rarely do). The style is kind of choppy and hard to follow (flips between now and different time periods of the narrator's past). With a ... Read full review