Reconciliation is the final installment in Linna's Under the North Star trilogy. In the entire trilogy, the Koskela family serves as the catalyst of the people's experiences in Finland over three generations. Linna's insightful social psychological descriptions reaches breath-taking heights in this third volume. This third part is a depiction of the further experiences ofReconciliation is the final installment in Linna's Under the North Star trilogy. In the entire trilogy, the Koskela family serves as the catalyst of the people's experiences in Finland over three generations. Linna's insightful social psychological descriptions reaches breath-taking heights in this third volume. This third part is a depiction of the further experiences of the Koskelas during the first decades of Finland's independence. All three parts reflect Linna's exceptionally captivating style of writing and psychological understanding of the interaction between individual feelings and social order. Part Three offers a detailed account of the various attitudes toward the social reforms, which were ultimately implemented as a consequence of the Civil War of 1918. After WWII, the nation advances on its way toward reconciliation. Vilho Koskela, Jussi and Alma Koskela's grandson, lives to become one of the leading heroes of Väinö Linna's other Finnish masterpiece The Unknown Soldier....
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En muista, että olisin ollut ikinä ennen yhtä usein vedet silmissä yhden kirjasarjan takia. Etenkin sarjan toinen ja tämä kolmas osa olivat äärimmäisen koskettavia. En voi muuta kuin suositella aivan kaikille!
Pakkohan tämä sarja oli loppuun saakka lukea. Vau.
Kolmas kirja oli täynnä kuolemaa ja karuja kohtaloita. Jäi trilogiasta vähiten lemppariksi, mutta vaikea on jättää monien kuuntelutuntien jälkeen Koskelan perhe taakse. Yksi vaikuttavimpia ja opettavaisimpia lukukokemuksia.
The first half of the book moves slowly as the people Pentti's Corner get on with life and living together - the old enmities come to the surface from time to time but the losers of the Civil War begin to realise they have won many new rights. Akseli moves on and focuses on building his farm and a future for his sons who will now be able to inherit property. Life is still tough and equality is not quite there.Then comes the Winter War. But the former enemies of the Reds and Whites are now united in their fight against Russia. More brutality, more deaths and the Kosekla family experiences an emotional rollercoaster. The scene at the railway station as the coffins arrive is haunting. The eldest son Vilho stays in the Army but then comes the Continuity War and the German War. More deaths and sorrow.The book ends with Elina looking back at her life, and a contentment as the future seems a lot brighter.The end of three great books. A trilogy of reality, empathy and hope.
Ei niin hyvä kuin edelliset osat, mutta kokonaisuudessaan vaikuttava trilogia.
The tone of this final part of the trilogy is elegiac. The tragic impact of World War II and Finland's great losses is muted. This is partly because most readers already know the fate of one of the most beloved figures, who is the central character of Unknown Soldiers. Partly it is that the deaths of key characters in the war are balanced by all the other deaths, from sickness and old age, of many other characters. It is also because, unlike in the previous two books, death is now experienced as an inevitable force driven by external factors. The earlier conflicts, which had torn Finland apart, revolved around the moral choices that individuals made. Now Finland and its people must persist, together, as the country was squeezed, almost to death, by the Great Powers.Politics becomes less important and characters struggle with more profound questions of meaning and transcendence. The religious feelings of the women at the end of the book arise in contrast to the atheism and scepticism of most of the male actors. The complex relationship between Finland as a real and material place and its people become more obvious. People are torn between the benefits and temptations of economic development and their loyalty to place and to each other. One theme that runs through all three books is how people are treated in their fragility or in disability. At the beginning we hear of the poor house, then the hospital and finally the County Home. These places are not portrayed as good or bad - but when a character go to one of these places they also leave the community and effectively enter a zone where they are generally seen as 'awaiting death'. When at the end the social democrat leader Janne asks Elina why she has not put her mother-in-law in the County home Elina replies:“Since I have the time to take care of her… And we’re afraid she’ll die if we take her there.”This conversation reflects the ambiguities of social progress as explored in the novel. Our hopes for progress, for rights, land and justice are offset by the price we must pay for them. Revolution becomes rebellion and the poor pay in blood for their thirst for justice. But when economic and social change begins to bring progress then the poor find they must pay a different kind of price, often losing their roots. But this is not portrayed in terms of some romantic nostalgia for days of poverty, need and dependence. Instead Linna treats progress itself as part of the inevitable flow of life, from birth to death, hope are matched by disappointments, but they can also be transformed into acceptance.
It's amazing to see how life in Finland has changed so much for good. Once, the land of poverty, inferior group of people who constantly seeking for acknowledgment, and of anguish of war victims; had transformed into a prosperous one with a highly admirable social security for its people.Reconciliation is a beautiful closure for a long read; it is smarter, even more sensitive and, in a way, opened my eyes of how daunting a war could be, that even the most insignificant soldier actually has a life to live outside the war. That they are flesh and bone just like I am. Linna described the war as an organized violence and humanity has nothing to do with it.The story itself was great, but Linna's narration of the characters' minds and emotions is what I love the most. Aune and Pretti Leppänen are not my favorite characters, but they are so memorable. I don't like their story but I like their narration.In addition, the sadness, provocations, happiness and all possible feelings were captured in a good proportion with well chosen words. Beautiful.And well, afterall, maybe it's not exaggerating to say that this book is indeed a complete and satisfying historical fiction novel. A very good one (if you have time and patience).
Kokonaisuutena tämä kirjasarja oli varsin vaikuttava. Se kertoi niin selkeästi sodan ajan Suomesta, ettei enää paljon selittelyitä kaipaa. Nuoremmalle lukijalle tämä on siis todella avartava teos. Linnan kertojan taidot ovat todella taidokkaat ja kirjan teksti on mukavaa lukea. Varsinkin kaksi viimeistä osaa ovat tapahtumarikkaita. Kirjat kertovat tasapuolisesti elämää rintamalla ja kotona samaan aikaan, joka on varsinainen harvinaisuus. Väinö Linnan hahmokaarti on suuri, mutta se tulee kirjojen myötä tutuksi. Edvin Laineen ohjaama elokuva Täällä Pohjantähden alla on hyvin kerrottu elokuva sarjan kahdesta ensimmäisestä teoksesta, mutta se vaatii kirjojen lukemista ennen elokuvaa, sillä muuten ei pysy kertojan perässä mukana.
Hyvä sarja, Linnan kirjoitustyyli on hyvä. Historian tapahtumista saa todellisen kuvan ja ymmärtää menneisyyttä paremmin. Päätösosa on yhtä hyvä kuin aiemmat.
This is the culmination of a fantastic series. I know very little about Finnish history and culture, but couldn't put the books down.