Read Under the North Star by Väinö Linna Richard Impola Online


Linna’s Under the North Star, widely considered the most significant work of Finnish literature published during Finland’s independence, is the first volume of an epic trilogy of the same title.This first part of this historical work, which encompasses Finnish history from the 1880s to the 1950s, depicts the turn of the 20th century (1884-1907). It gives a voice to hithertLinna’s Under the North Star, widely considered the most significant work of Finnish literature published during Finland’s independence, is the first volume of an epic trilogy of the same title.This first part of this historical work, which encompasses Finnish history from the 1880s to the 1950s, depicts the turn of the 20th century (1884-1907). It gives a voice to hitherto silent actors on the stage of history as it offers a comprehensive account of the social and economic realities reflected in the hopes, dreams, and experiences of Jussi and Alma Koskela and their children in the rural village of Pentti's Corners in south central Finland....

Title : Under the North Star
Author :
Rating :
ISBN : 9780968588161
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 398 Pages
Status : Available For Download
Last checked : 21 Minutes ago!

Under the North Star Reviews

  • Tesa Fiona
    2019-06-01 11:56

    Things the book and I are agree about Finns and Finland:1. Thou shall not show your emotions. Happines is the most dangerous display of all.2. Thou shall not boast about your success nor your grandiose future plan. If one wants to boast, let that thing happen only in your head and bed conversation and throughout your hardworking result.3. A finn does not simply welcome a strange visitor warmly. Because everyone are strangers, even your neighbors. Tips: be annoyed when you're being visited, and make sure it's shown on your face.4. You should do good. Not because you want to, but because it is the right thing to do.5. Finland is a land consisted by the combination of lakes, woods and more lakes and extra woods.6. You should be working hard. Because.. because you're a finn. Is there any better explanation?7. A true blood Finn knows not how to small talk.Ok, seriously. The list is just a stereotype brought up in the first chapters of the book.The plain book cover, the invisible soul of the protagonist, and the welcoming scene at the swamp; all this opening successfully introduced the ordinary and simplicity finnish nature of this book. Love how Linna welcomed readers with his decent description of the drawbacks-tendency of the characters emotions and the exploration of complicated finns minds. Plus the effortless stunning Linna's writing style: it is calm, subtle yet extremely engaging reader's interest.The trifling life of unknown character in somewhere nowhere in finland was surprisingly a comfortable read, perhaps as a result of Linna's calm and stable writing style. The main issue of this book, which is the tenancies, brought up gradually into scenes that explored finnish political situation at that time. The exploration was getting broader and broader and made contact with the religious, morality, and of course, romance in the drama of the characters. Can't deny, but the richness of the characters was one of the best part of the book. Linna seemed so familiar with all his characters, he carefully explored them one by one with an apt proportion. But as for me, none of them is interesting enough to fall for.Towards the end, as the author began to develop Akseli-Elina romance, (for me, I am not a fan of romance, that's why) the story lost its spark. However, I do think it was necessary, remembering this is a trilogy series.So, what do I think? Feels like I'm studying finnish history and finns' mind throughout the story.

  • Annasnova
    2019-06-03 09:12

    This one was an uphill battle and I would have given up the book half-way if it wasn't this month's bookclub pick. The narrative is slow and dreary. Though I enjoyed reading about Halme's transformation and Akseli's coming-of-age story. It reminded me of Tolstoy's novels we had to read in high-school, with their detailed descriptions of peasant life and struggle. At the same time, reading classics like this does make you feel more aware of a country's history and culture - especially when it's Finland's 100th birthday. Not to mention the bonus points I plan on collecting when discussing this book with Finns!

  • Toma
    2019-05-28 13:06

    A great classic. The trilogy is easy to read and flows great. Portrayal of the life in a small village in Finland in the end of 19th century really brings the characters to life. Reader goes through a rollercoaster of emotions from anger to shame to sadness to joy living the events with the main characters. The trilogy captures the Finnish mentality very well and if one for some weird reason wishes to understand Finns, reading this trilogy is a good start.I read the original Finnish version.

  • Chris
    2019-05-29 12:02

    Really captures not only the essence of Finnishness (the culture) but also the politics of the place as played out in one village during what was essentially feudalism, and the political/socialist/union revolution that occurred at the turn of the 20th century. The characters were note perfect in their eccentricities and what they illustrated. What got short shrift was the greater role working-class women played - universal suffrage resulted in several women members of parliament. That is in part due to the perspective taken to dissect a particular village (reminded me a bit of William Hinton's nonfiction masterpiece in China, Fanshen, and also Jeff Bursey's Mirros on which dust has fallen in that way), one where the lone socialist political representative is a man, which was more common. But I'm not sure the women in general had to be quite so weepy. But that's not to say they weren't strong, interesting characters on the whole. [The whole design of this book made it look quite hokey, a shame. The work itself far surpassed my expectations.]

  • Natalia
    2019-06-04 10:11

    I have never been a fan of historical novels. I did not really expect much from this book. Nevertheless, I decided to give it a try and - to my amazement - I found myself consumed by it. Despite the political and historical background, the book is interesting and easy to read. The characters are realized splendidly. They are real, believable. At one point Akseli Koskela said to himself: "Darned childish man. (...) Letting people know his feeling...". Finnish people do not show their emotion, but the book is soaked in them as well as in Finnishness, I could really feel it (Richard Impola is a great translator!). I cannot say the novel succeeded in helping me understand Finns, though. They are completely different from Polish people. I consider myself an extreme introvert but still. It seems to me that Finns prefer sitting and thinking to acting. The book is an absorbing and funny (!) read not only for people interested in Finland or/and history but to all who like a good literature.

  • Calzean
    2019-06-16 07:08

    A book about life in South Central Finland, 1880-1907, at a time when Finland was ruled by Russia. This is not a book with a plot, dramatic turns or sensations. It is a book about life in a small village. The characters are mostly tenant farmers with few rights. The gentry keenly protect their rights of property and control. But things are slowly changing. Socialism and tenant rights are being debated.The characters are good hard-working, dour Finns. Humour and alcohol are used sparingly. The main character Jussi, is a hard-hard-working Finn, with no time for fun. He is miserly with his money but knows the importance of being frugal. The last third of the book focuses on his son, Akesli and his growing into a man, angry with the treatment his father and others have endured, and of his love of Elina. The selfishness of the property owners, especially the vicar and his wasteful wife was a highlight of the first half of the book.

  • Elina
    2019-06-19 13:05

    Odotukset olivat ehkä hieman turhan korkealla, sillä petyin heti kirjan alkumetreillä, mikä latisti lukukokemusta. Pidin kuitenkin paljon kirjan loppupuolesta, ja se tulikin luettua yhdeltä istumalta. Onneksi minulla on jo seuraava osa valmiina odottamassa :)

  • Peony
    2019-06-16 08:01

    I have to join the choir of praise - I loved it, it was magnificent! Times of big social change (turn of the century) in Russian ruled Finland, presented in everyday life of the microcosmos of Pentinkulma village, full of great authentic characters. I especially loved Linna's clear carefully composed sentences full of meaning, no gimmicks.

  • Mark Patton
    2019-06-10 12:23

    I picked this up in order to get a taste of Finnish literature before we travel to Finland this summer. Reading Under the North Star is certainly a painless way to learn some Finnish history while enjoying an engaging story. I will likely pick up the two subsequent books in the trilogy.

  • Tiia
    2019-06-14 12:05

    Aivan vallattoman hyvä äänikirja, kun lukijana on Veikko Sinisalo. Mies hykerteli, lauloi ja kirosi hahmojen mukana. Niin todentuntuinen ja mielenkiintoinen kuva Suomesta 1900-luvun alussa, että minäkin ensimmäistä kertaa sisäistän jotain kotimaani historiasta.

  • Annamariah
    2019-06-08 14:22

    The first part of Väinö Linna's trilogy begins the tale of a Finnish village from the 1880s to the 1950s. It is an exemplary historical novel in the sense that it tells about all the major events of the Finnish history during that time from the point of view of the people experiencing them. Even though I have read about all those things at school, I understand them better after reading this book.The main characters of the trilogy are Jussi Koskela and his family, who are crofters or tenant farmers of the local vicarage. The story is not only told from their point of view, though. The cast of characters is large, including a lot of villagers, among them other tenant farmers, the vicar and his family, the village tailor, and some of the landowners. Some of the people are nicer than others, some are clever, others rather silly, but all of them are realistic, and many rather stereotypically Finnish, like the men who are almost incapable of showing their emotions or talking about them.Compared to the second part of the trilogy, the first book is maybe a bit slow at times, but I heartily recommend reading it anyway. The book spans the time of about 25 years and its main focus is on the growing tension between tenant farmers and landowners, universal suffrage, the rise of socialism, and Finland's slow journey towards independence. Even though many of the events are not exactly happy, Linna's writing is not without humour.

  • Arja
    2019-06-17 11:13

    Kiitos etäpäivien sillä innostuin niiden avulla jälleen harrastamaan lukemista eli pakkolukuolo helpotti kun työkirjoja ei ollut koko ajan sängyn vieressä stressaamassa. Näin pääsin lukemisen makuun ja viime kesänä Alastalon sali sitten osoitti että kyllä minäkin lukea jaksan ja haluan. Tänä kesänä huomattavasti tutumpi teos sillä tämähän on elokuvana tuttu. Yllättävän paljon elokuvassa kirjan tyyliä eli kirja tuntui heti tutulta kun tarina niin tuttu. Loistavaa luettavaa lomalla. Taidan jatko-osat jättää seuraaviin lomiin sillä työkiireaikana tästä ei ehkä nauti niin paljon. Vaikuttavaa kaikkinensa ja välillä pitää googlata että miten ne nuorsuomalaiset erosi suomettarelaisista jne.

  • Alex
    2019-06-08 08:24

    Very earthy account of the life of a Finnish family inside the microcosm of their village around the year 1900s. Completely human characters, with individual foibles, worries, obsessions, hatreds and politics are just part of the charm of this gem of a book. The village scheming, marital dynamics, love stories and the outrageous peasant humour make for top-notch reading. And it's all so FINNISH!Hint: Reading up on Finnish history (1880-1910) strongly recommended.

  • Clwaddoups
    2019-06-20 08:55

    A very accessible window into the shaping of Finland from the 1880's to 1907. Using the historical fiction device, political and cultural movement is shown through the lives of the various characters that shape a typical village. Overly romanticised, the writing is nonetheless well crafted and translated well. However, it was a bit of a slog and I will need a break before attempting to tackle Book 2.

  • Tuatara
    2019-05-27 06:11

    Odottamattoman mielenkiintoista seurata kylän asukkien vaiheita. Pidän kerrontatyylistä, joka näyttää henkilöt inhimillisinä hahmoina. Ja mitä äänikirjatoteutukseen tulee, nautin yleensä aika neutraalin oloisesta luennasta, mutta jos ääninäytteleminen tehdään näin hyvin, ei auta kuin myöntää että poikkeuksiakin on. Olihan tästä pakko tykätä.

  • Anna Eränen
    2019-06-20 12:00

    Linna kirjoittaa rikasta vaihtelevaa kieltä. Lukuinto kärsi liiallisesta paikallaan junnaamisen tunteesta, joka vallitsi koko teoksen ajan. Eihän elämä voi koko ajan pelkkää toimintaa olla, mutta jotkin tapahtumat olisi voinut käsitellä nopeammin ja/tai pinnallisemmin. Jatkan silti kakkososaan.

  • Irene Piipponen
    2019-06-24 08:17

    Aivan ihana! Muistan elokuvan olleen lempi elokuvani lapsena. Nyt vasta tartuin ekaa kertaa kirjaan. Ja miten ihanan tuttu se olikaan. Kirja kulkee mukavasti eteenpäin, huumoria riittää.

  • mrt
    2019-06-08 08:59

    just finished this, and keen to start on the second of the trilogy. the blurb says it "operates on three levels: events and action, philosophy of society and history, and of ethics and metaphysics" - pretty plausible, and impressive, too, although I'm not sure about the metaphysics. another blurb, which is much more apt, points out that he's "a social realist, an expert in documenting speech and an author sensitive to conflicts". the last of these is particularly true.aside from just quoting the blurbs I think this compares well to other "novels that (try to) take in the whole of life" such as A La Recherche De Temps Perdu, and Anna Karenina. as an author Linna is less sentimental than Tolstoy (perhaps less romantic is better), but less philosophical, and more political than Proust, but less psychological. in some ways it feels a bit marxist - he is briliantly in control of the details of his characters lives, how they are shaped by historical and political factors, how the "conflicts" referred to above take place, that you sometimes miss as sense of life as lived first-hand, with its uncertainties, random associations, sensations etc.that said, what I think he has over T & P is the way he leaves distance between the authorial voice and the story itself to develop a compelling personality of his own. to quote just one fantastic moment from right near the end:"The early spring days began and ended like poems, brightly sparkling and translucent. Their quality remained constant, even if one was driving manure from the parsonage dung heap, or milking cows in the Kivivouris' low, dark barn, where slow-water squished underfoot. Such things did not exist. Sometimes one brushed against them lightly, but they soon gave way and disappeared. Fate had begun laying on happiness with a trowel."

  • Anna-Maija Tähkävuori
    2019-06-20 09:08

    Täällä Pohjantähden alla on yhteiskunnallinen monumentti talonpoikaisesta vapaustaistelusta, kansalaissodasta, tasa-arvon oikeutuksesta, ihmiskohtaloista itsenäisyyttään etsivässä, kehittyvässä Suomessa. Väinö Linnan laatima "lyhyt oppimäärä Suomen historiasta" kertoo novellein myös olennaisen arktisessa maassa, kahden valtion valtapyrkimysten välissä, kehittyneestä hiljaisesta kansanluonteesta. Ehkä ulkomaalainen näkee vielä suomalaisuudessa Koskelan Jussin alistuneisuutta ja jäyhyyttä - suolla kuokkineen. Mutta näistä lähtökohdista tietoisuuden kehitys ja nuoren kansankunnan henkinen kasvu lienevät vertaansa vailla.Kun Goodreads lokakuun listallaan suositteli Under the North Stars teosta englannin kielisenä käännöksenä luettavakseni, yllätyin, jopa liikutuin. Täydellinen osuma.Teoksella oli lapsuuden kodissani erityinen merkitys: Väinö Linnan sanoin Täällä pohjan tähden alla kertoo myös tavallaan Veikko-isäni tarinan torpan pojasta - köyhyyden, raadannan läpi sisulla - lakimieheksi ja vaikuttajaksi. Koskelan perheen kansallinen selviytymistarina etenee ensin hitaasti laajeten, sitten harppauksin. Eläytymällä hiljaisuuden maailmaan pääsee pitkälle - ehkei sanoma kuitenkaan täysin välity toisessa kulttuurissa. Tai romaani avautuu tässä ajassa viihdykettä etsivälle pelkkänä synkkyytenä. Harvan kansakunnan vaiheita on käsitelty yhtä toden tuntuisesti, tunneherkästi ja kattavasti. Jo sen vuoksi trilogia kannattaisi rehkiä läpi. Myös siksi että kirjan sisällä lyö aidosti sydän.

  • Vanda
    2019-06-22 06:09

    Trochu jiný příběh než jsem čekala, chvíli jsem byla nadmíru zavalena socialismem, proletariátem a buržoazií, ale co se dá dělat, tohle je Finsko na počátku 20. století. Normálně bych na tu přemíru reagovala jako býk na červenou, ale Linna pohlíží na většinu svých postav s tak laskavou ironií, že těm socialistickým hranám ohlazuje ostří. To je prosím, možná pocitově, tak dobrá polovina knihy. Politické proslovy, debaty, články, schůze. No a předtím a potom je ta část, která mě u románu nejen udržela, ale prostě mě plnila radostí z četby. Jussi a jeho rodina se v textu sice objevují častěji než ostatní obyvatelé Pentikulmy, ale za hlavní postavy bych je tak úplně nepokládala, ona prim vede skutečně celá vesnice, se všemi svými socialisty, bezzemky, statkáři, buržousty a pobudy. Je to román VELCE zabydlený, o každém se dozvíme něco, sledujeme řadu postav už od kolébky (zatím, v prvním dílu, do dospělosti). Od problematiky sociální nerovnosti (která je v dané době a na daném místě víc než pochopitelná) poskytují úlevu kapitoly zachycující život nepolitický, všední. Jussi doslova vyrve torppu (půdu, kterou má dočasně v držení a ještě za její používání platí prací na panském navíc) z nehostinné bažiny, dozvíme se, jak finští rolníci dřeli přes den robotně a za svitu měsíce na svém, čteme o zemědělských pracech, zábavě, námluvách, vztazích, sporech, obrozenectví, prostě o všem, co se v tomto malém výseku Finska odehrává. Není to zatím typická sága jedné rodiny, spíše jedné vesnice.

  • Mikael Kuoppala
    2019-05-29 14:03

    No niin. Lähes 30 vuoden iässä uskalsin viimein tarttua tähän kotimaisen kirjallisuuden klassikkoon, joka on tehnyt suuren vaikutuksen moneen tuttuun lukijaan. Pelkoni jähmeästä ja vaikeasta järkäleestä osoittautuivat vääriksi; Väinö Linnan ”Täällä pohjantähden alla” todellakin kiehtoo heti alusta alkaen.Kirjan tapahtumia on varmaankin turha yksityiskohtaisesti luetella, niin tuttuja ne ovat kaikille suomalaisille. 1880-luvulta alkava torpparielämän kuvaus imaisee mukaansa heti ensimmäisistä kuuluisista sanoista. Kun Jussi Koskelan tilanne kiristyy vähitellen Kirkkoherran maaorjuudessa; kuvaus on niin uskottavan realistista, että kasvava ahdistus tuntuu fyysisenä.Omalta kohdaltani alun lumous rakoili siinä vaiheessa, kun Linna siirtyy kuvaamaan Jussin pojan Akselin naisseikkailuja. Heikoimmillaan kirja on tulviessaan Akselin ja Elinan nuorta lempeä, mutta epäkiinnostava romanttisuuskin välittyy uskottavana ja arkipäiväisenä. Realismi on puhdasveristä ja vakuuttavaa.

  • Ruth Bonetti
    2019-05-30 08:15

    I looked for this as part of my Swedish-Finnish research. It covers the turn of the 20th century (1884-1907), the era and history of my grandfather's emigration from Finland. Perhaps I hoped for more political slant about General Bobrikov's Russification of Finns, but I gather the next books may cover this. it does show life and struggles in rural communities. Perhaps some clarity was lost in the translation as the reader (well, moi) is confused by the plethora of characters especially when referred to as "the vicar's wife" rather than by name. But it captures the homespun mentality of small village colloquial voices, gossip and rivalries. I enjoyed the 'Emigrants' series of Vilhelm Moberg more but will read on through Linna's trilogy.

  • Alzy
    2019-06-03 09:02

    This book reminded me of the novels about socio-political life in the 19th and early 20th century Poland that I had to read for school (like Reymont's "The Peasants"). But it was about Finland, a country I don't know that much about, which made it more interesting (what stroke me was the difference in how Finland and Poland were ruled by Russia at the time). The characters felt very real and even the socialist aspect kept me interested, even though it used to bore me when I was at school. And there was quite a lot of humour which I didn't expect. I will definitely read the second volume, although I know already that the third one was never translated into Polish...

  • Simon Duffy
    2019-06-15 12:11

    This book explores Finnish history, politics and economics and human nature by examining life in a tiny Finnish community. This first volume in the trilogy is centred on pre-independence Finland and the struggle of one family to win independence for themselves from the Vicar who controls the Church land. One of the many strengths of this book is the way in which the characters are viewed with great sympathy, but also with no romantic gloss. Great and petty motives are intermingled, daily trials help us understand the great forces at work in a changing society.

  • Riku Ranta
    2019-05-27 07:13

    Once you get pass the building of the Koskela roof you are pretty close to ending up reading the whole trilogy. What i liked was the way Linna builds a web between the society he describes and the most important time of Finnish history. I'm a finn and have my roots in the country side peasants in the same time but only after reading this trilogy it put it all in the form of clear narrative how to understand where we have come from and why we are what we are. This will be eternal classic in Finnish literature for telling the story how finnish people lived before Finland. Gave it five stars.

  • Jeremy
    2019-06-22 12:16

    This book is an amazing read. As someone who knows very little about Finnish history and culture, I was blown away by its incredibly realistic and moving depiction of the people living in a small farming community over time, and the social changes that affect their lives. I highly recommend it, and am very much looking forward to reading the rest of the trilogy.

  • Dorothy Caimano
    2019-06-20 06:13

    Amazing book about the time just before Finland's independence. There are so many characters, yet they are individuals, clearly drawn, all with their own reactions to the changing times. I can't wait to read the second book in the series!

  • Tuija
    2019-05-29 09:02

    Olen katsonut elokuvan usean kerran, mutta vasta nyt olen saanut aloitettua kirjojen lukemisen - kirjat ovat olleet hyllyssä kauan. Ensimmäinen osa avasi ja selvensi monta asiaa, vaikka elokuva onkin varsin orjallinen kirjojen suhteen.

  • Emanuel Landeholm
    2019-06-06 09:06

    A good book. Read it in swedish. The swedish translation is called "Högt bland Saari Järvis moar", which is from a line in a poem called "Saarijärven Paavo" by Johan Ludvig Runeberg.

  • Leaflet
    2019-06-23 12:58

    Close to 5 stars on this one. Enjoyed it so much that I'm ordering the entire trilogy.