The Journey Home

The Journey Home

Olaf Olafsson / Aug 22, 2019

The Journey Home For years Disa has lived a quiet life managing an English country house hotel with her companion Anthony However upon learning that she is terminally ill Disa decides it is time to travel back to

  • Title: The Journey Home
  • Author: Olaf Olafsson
  • ISBN: 9780571204991
  • Page: 118
  • Format: Paperback
  • For years, Disa has lived a quiet life, managing an English country house hotel with her companion Anthony However, upon learning that she is terminally ill, Disa decides it is time to travel back to the village in Iceland where she was born Olaf Olafsson takes the reader with Disa on her quietly heroic journey as she heads north, seeking a resolution to painful mattersFor years, Disa has lived a quiet life, managing an English country house hotel with her companion Anthony However, upon learning that she is terminally ill, Disa decides it is time to travel back to the village in Iceland where she was born Olaf Olafsson takes the reader with Disa on her quietly heroic journey as she heads north, seeking a resolution to painful matters she has spent most of her life trying to forget.

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      • Olaf Olafsson

        Olaf Olafsson was born in Reykjavik, Iceland in 1962 He studied physics as a Wien Scholar at Brandeis University He is the author of three previous novels, The Journey Home, Absolution and Walking Into the Night, and a story collection, Valentines His books have been published to critical acclaim in than twenty languages He is the recipient of the O Henry Award and the Icelandic Literary Award, was shortlisted for the Frank O Connor Prize, and has twice been nominated for the IMPAC Award He is the Executive Vice President of Time Warner and he lives in New York City with his wife and three children.facebook olafssonthor


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    1. Lyrical and magical. Olafsson captures the mood and personality of the frozen tundra of Iceland. A story of a dying woman's trek back to her homeland. More inspirational then sad. I loved it.


    2. I know that people say that Proust wrote best about the nature of memory, but not being able to confirm or deny this yet (working on it), I'm going to go ahead and say that the Icelanders have my vote on this count so far. Much in the same fashion that Angels of the Universe broke memories into small, discreet episodes which were relayed in a more elliptical than linear fashion, The Journey Home finds its protagonist collaging together a series remembrances as she travels home to Iceland for the [...]


    3. Can't decide if this is a 3star or 4star book. I didn't like the beginning of it. It has very short chapters and the time scale is rather hard to follow. It seemed the protagonist woke up three times in three different places apparently without connection. Eventually it began to flow better and turned into a quite sweet and touching story of a woman coming to terms with loss and grief from her past as she is faced with an implied - although not fully mentioned or described - terminal illness. It [...]


    4. This is not a gut wrenching, page turner. This is not a fast paced emotional story.This is a poetic, marvelous tale of Disa who recently received word that she has a year to live thus prompting her to travel back home to Iceland.Living in the English countryside, managing a lovely bed and breakfast, Disa is content with her life. The author paints a calm, aesthetic portrait of flowers and rolling hills, of food prepared well, of clean, quiet restful rooms and a tranquil lifestyle.Leaving her wel [...]


    5. I can appreciate a leisurely pace in storytelling, but this was a little too slow for me. I felt for the main character, but ultimately did not like her, so that dampened the book for me, too. I do applaud the author's ability to deftly weave the past and the present together in the narrative.


    6. writing is beautiful and evocativee ending gives coherence to a story that otherwise might seem a little too episodic, but doesn't actually explain much of anything.


    7. Like Halldor Laxness's Atom Station, this book revolves around a lot of the fallout from World War II as it involved Iceland; only here the focus is even more personal. The narrator is a woman on her way home--though not for the first time. It's a testament to Olafsson's skill that he was able to weave several plotlines involving the same characters but in different eras together so seamlessly.I say "seamlessly," but the book was definitely easier to read in long sittings than it was to read in [...]


    8. I first read this book in 2005, and hoped that after reading it again, I'd be able to pass it along to make some room on my overcrowded bookshelves. No such luck. Several pages in, I was hooked again.The writing is so graceful that you don't mind the slow pacing as the story unfolds. As Disa ponders her trip from England to her native Iceland, you can hear the crackle of the ice outside, smell the apples she's baking, hear the murmur of her guests in the next room. Much of it seems dreamlike, an [...]


    9. The first third of this elegant novel left me oddly ambivalent, but it grew on me. It deals with the life-and-death moments of ordinary existence with restraint, realistic ambiguity and tenderness. Olaf Olafsson doesn't waste a word, and the words are tasty:"Then the gaze of my Maker left me in peace, as did his justice -- his justice which is nothing but punishment, his love which is nothing but contempt, his touch which is a blow, his mercy which is death. Then my Maker left me in peace and th [...]


    10. Disa and her gay friend Anthony have kept an inn in England for years. Given 18 months to live, Disa decides to travel back to her home in Iceland one last time. Her trip is told with flashbacks to her life interspersed, sometimes making it hard to be sure what is happening when. We learn that she was engaged to a Jewish man who lost his life when he went back to Germany to try to get his parents out. But until the very end of the book, we don’t learn the real reason for her journey. The book [...]


    11. This character-driven novel is a qiet, introspective look at the life of Asdis "Disa" Jonsdottir as she prepares herself and Anthony for her death. She and Anthony have been running a hotel from his ancestral home, where Disa as the chef has been offering excellent food to their clientele. Disa has a terminal illness and has promised to return to her native Iceland before she dies to put to rest the ghosts of her past. A beautifully rendered book about family, love, persistence, and regret.


    12. I read this because I was intrigued by the author's background and wanted to learn more about Icelandic culture. The book was really well written and constructed. However, when I reached the end, I couldn't figure out why the author had gone to all the trouble of writing it. The surprise ending didn't seem like that much of a surprise, not such a big deal. The characters didn't stay with me for more than a few days after finishing the book. I had hoped for greater moral or emotional depth.


    13. A very good book, but not a great book and I guess I was hoping for great. The story of a dying woman in Scotland who decides to journey home to the village in Iceland where she grew up. In the process she faces many demons from her past. My main problem was that the character wasn't entirely likable, which I suppose made her more human, but I was thinking that with all she had been through she would have been more humane.


    14. I agree with the reviewers who have recognised a similarity in style to Kazuo Ishiguro's work, which is one of the reasons this book was so enjoyable. Olaf has created a complex, stubborn character who, for all her faults, is admirably stoic and ultimately wise. Memories are recalled, seemingly at random, but in a way that gives cohesiveness and depth to the narrative


    15. I agree with the reviewers who have recognised a similarity in style to Kazuo Ishiguro's work, which is one of the reasons this book was so enjoyable. Olaf has created a complex, stubborn character who, for all her faults, is admirably stoic and ultimately wise. Memories are recalled, seemingly at random, but in a way that gives cohesiveness and depth to the narrative.




    16. I really enjoyed this quiet, slow-burning meditative novel. Disa is Icelandic, but has long lived in the English countryside. She is the chef in a lovely small hotel owned by her longtime friend Anthony. They seem to be a couple, and are, but not romantically. It is early summer when the novel opens, and the hotel is already booked for the next seven weeks. Disa will be leaving this behind. She is on her way back to Iceland, for the first time in many years, on a quiet kind of mission. The writi [...]


    17. This the second novel I have read by Olaf Olafsson. In both cases ("The Restoration), I was kept on my toes as he would change time and scene many times. This book, "The Journey Home" was a pragmatic story, sad, tragic, ironice story of the life of a woman who marched to her own drum but paid the price in the end. The conclusion of the story is somewhat positive but on the whole, I did not think there was very much happiness in the protagonist's lifeexcept her love of cooking and her determinati [...]


    18. I really liked this book. It could be hard to follow at times with it switching between past and present. Other than that, it was really enjoyable. Each chapter revealed more about Disa, and her life. I had to piece together what happened to her at first, and then at the end, when everything was revealed, it all made sense.Although I liked the book, I was often mad at Disa. She made so many decisions that hurt her, and her family. She was also very quick to blame others. She wasn't my favorite c [...]


    19. An Icelandic woman who saw great disappointments in her love life settles down to run an English inn with a homosexual male friend. She's the proud and willful head chef. Now, as she has about a year left to live, she sets off to Iceland to see a special someone, on a journey that opens the floodgates of bad memories. It's a nicely told, quiet story.I wish I'd known at the start what era we were in, so that I could have accurately pictured the protagonist. In my mind she was maybe 65, but it tur [...]


    20. Beautiful, beautiful writing. Disa Jonsdottir runs a small hotel in England with her friend Anthony. She plans to leave on a trip back to her home in Iceland. We do not really know why until the end of the novel, but her thoughts of the past, her descriptions of her trip, of her passion for cooking, of her lover Jakob, are all told in a style so fine, so arresting one reads along with pleasure at every sentence. That Olafsson, a man, can so lovingly describe the thoughts of a woman is a singular [...]


    21. 3.5 stars. I recommend reading this book over long periods. It has really short chapters, but the book is paced for long sittings. It is an understated story, I did not come away actually liking the main character much, but it draws one in and is extremely moving and has a very haunting way of unfolding the pieces of her life, and just how bittersweet life is.


    22. Each sentence is a masterpiece. Slow reading because of lyrical style but truly enjoyable tale of Icelandic woman returning home to die and memories overlapping along the journey.


    23. Beautifully written, gets to the heart of matters. The pacing was a little off, too slow or too rushed in the wrong places, but this was memorable.


    24. Boring with a capital B. At first, I was intrigued by the writing style and the lack of information (I initially thought this to be building suspense) but it flattened for me. It was challenging to find out when each short chapter was taking place as it jumped a lot and no dates were ever given. I had to read the dust jacket again just to know what the plot was. The dust jacket seems to take the main theme that this is a lady who is dying and trying to make amends but I wouldn't have realized sh [...]


    25. I do say this a lot lately It is not fiction's problem that I can't find myself in it anymore. It took me a long time to program myself into anything that isn't romances, then I started reading fiction over fiction and then when I transferred into non-fiction I completely changed my reading habits. My favorite fiction is the quiet one, but obviously during this part of my reading journey I tend to capitulate a lot of fictional heads. Not because I am superficial but because currently I can't foc [...]


    26. The novel is told in first person style. The main character Disa, kind of reminds me of the butler from "Remains of The Day" by Kazuo Ishiguro. Both of the characters are very proper and English (except that Disa is really Icelandic). The other similarity is that the stories take place in roughly the same time period. Spanning the beginning of WWII and its after math. I wanted to like Disa's character, but just like the butler (I can't remember his name) in "Remains of The Day" they were both to [...]


    27. An Icelandic chef travels from London to Reykjavik in A Journey Home - she travels in a literal sense, and as in quality fiction, her journey takes on a metaphoric dimension as well. Her journey’s meaning is revealed to us in the course of her first-person narrative, and along the way the author treats us to some remarkable effects. This is a bewitching book, with its low-key diction and its high-strung, independent heroine.Her name is Asdis, and is called Disa for short. In her life she goes [...]


    28. Title: The Journey Home: A woman makes one last journey home to face what she left behind.Story:Disa is at the end of her life. Her doctor has given her, at the outside, a year to live. The disease that is killing her doesn't matter, its finality makes her realize that she can no longer put off dealing with a past she did not want to relive. So Disa sets off on a journey to her native Iceland to see the outcome of that terrible time during WW2 when she found happiness for a while and then lost i [...]


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