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Part two of Linna's trilogy Under the North Star, entitled The Uprising, is the most powerful novel ever about the 1918 Civil War of Finland, which erupted only a month and a half after Finland's Declaration of Independence.This part focuses largely upon the fiery eldest of the Koskela sons, Akseli Koskela, who has grown up to become a leader. The social unrest, the classPart two of Linna's trilogy Under the North Star, entitled The Uprising, is the most powerful novel ever about the 1918 Civil War of Finland, which erupted only a month and a half after Finland's Declaration of Independence.This part focuses largely upon the fiery eldest of the Koskela sons, Akseli Koskela, who has grown up to become a leader. The social unrest, the class conflict, erupts into a war between Finns, between the haves and the have-nots, even between neighbors. The voices of reason and the voices of hatred are heard clearly in Pentinkulma. The inhumane events of Finland's Civil War affect Pentinkulma and the Koskelas in dramatic fashion. With deep insight and a strong commitment to truth Linna describes how the victors handled the aftermath of the three-month war, the pseudo-trials, the executions, and the prison camps. This most famous and penetrating novel dealing with the Civil War in Finland is also the centerpiece of Linna's trilogy Under the North Star I-III....

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ISBN : 9780968588178
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 420 Pages
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The Uprising Reviews

  • Arja
    2019-06-01 16:06

    Toisessa osassa on paljon sellaista mikä elokuvassa vilahtaa vain ohitse. Mielenkiintoinen ja ehkä vielä pysäyttävämpi kuin ykkösosa joten kai tuo kolmas pitää samaan hyömyyn lukea.

  • Elina
    2019-06-15 22:40

    Niiin hyvä! Itse pidän juuri sisällissotaa yhtenä kiinnostavimmista Suomen historian käännekohdista, ja tässä se nousi hyvin esiin (vaikkakin hiukan puolueellisesti). Enimmäkseen erittäin surullinen teos, mutta ilon hetkiäkin löytyi. Kolmannen osan aloitan vähän haikein mielin.

  • Tiia
    2019-06-01 20:41

    Upea, massiivinen kirja, joka opetti minulle enemmän sisällissodasta kuin yksikään historian tunti. Näkökulma on tavallisen kansan, pääosin punakaartilaisen ja herraa pelkäämättömän torppari Akselin, joka onkin suosikkihahmoni koko tarinassa. Paljon synkempi ja raaempi kuin edellinen osa, mutta myöskin hitaampi ja vaikeampi kuunnella äänikirjana. 4,5 tähteä ylöspäin pyöristäen.

  • Calzean
    2019-06-09 21:47

    A historical novel that covers a bleak period in Finnish history. Russia gets rid of the Tsar, Finland declares independence and at the grassroots the tenant farmers have had enough. A short and brutal civil war erupts. The Whites (representing the gentry and farm owners), backed by Sweden and Germany, defeated the Reds (the workers with few rights), backed by Russia which was wracked by its own civil war. The Reds were no match and at the end of the Civil War, revenge and retribution was swift, many were executed or died from hunger or sickness. This book mainly follows Akseli and his family as he unwantedly finds himself a leader of the Reds and then a wanted man as his old protagonists in the village seek their revenge. His frustration and anger is so understandable. The lack of rights held by the tenants and workers give them slave-like lives.The book covers Finnish nationalism, is anti-war, provides characters that are real, normal people and focus on the impacts on them rather than covering the politics or military masters. The whole concept behind this series, the stoic way it is written and the focus on the impact on one specific community is absorbing.

  • Huutavakilpikonna
    2019-06-16 23:01

    Huippu,vaikka varsin rankka lukukokemus.

  • Simon Duffy
    2019-05-22 20:03

    The second book in the Linna's trilogy follows the course of the Finnish civil war, which raged after the Russian Revolution. In Finland the Whites, backed by Sweden and Germany, defeated the Reds, backed by Russia. However the story revealed in the book roots this civil war, not in national politics and ideology, but in the outraged sense of justice of ordinary people in Finland. The battle cry 'Shoemakers advance!' reflects precisely the prosaic reality of ordinary people, feeling oppressed, angry, but also desperately hopeful that - at last - the day of revolution had arrived.The book brilliantly outlines the way in which, by small steps, a revolutionary movement was created. But, after a short period of power (where power was also quickly abused) this movement was ruthlessly crushed. Part of Linna's genius is in the way in which he can combine analysis of the causes of brutality and injustice with a precisely and detailed account of ordinary life - mixed with all the usual ordinary motives. The people never get lost in his story telling - the people survive even the grandest themes.At a philosophical level Linna also reveals the irony that the heroic martyrs of the revolution wanted, above all, rights, property and some basic securities. It was a desperate desire to acquire these rather liberal goods - denied to them by middle-class and aristocratic society - that drove people to such bloody acts. The novel could almost be seen as an argument for a kind of Chestertonian socialism - a socialism, not of one unified mass, but of many peoples, linked to the land and to diverse communities and supported and sustained by just laws. Sounds like a good idea to me.

  • Tesa Fiona
    2019-06-13 16:50

    Continue reading from the first book, I had no expectation for book two. The title, "The Uprising" describes nothing for me, or else, it's me who cared not.As I mentioned in my review for the first book, the characters weren't capturing my interest; and this could be the reason of my difficulty to continue the book in the early chapters. I was pretty sure this book worthed a three-star.Nonetheless, the twist, which the first book was lacked of, gave a fresh air to the story. The pain of the characters drove me to pay attention and start to care for them. "Oh they are real and have emotions." -- I think this is the hardest challenge for finnish authors: how to build their characters an emotional bond with the readers, because basically, finns are emotionless.Pain makes it real. So the ending was much more satisfying and I do care what comes next in book three.

  • Mikael Kuoppala
    2019-06-02 20:50

    Väinö Linnan Pohjantähtitrilogia muistetaan usein nimenomaan sen toisesta, kansalaissotaa kuvaavasta osasta. Romaani aiheutti aikanaan suuren kohun ensimmäisenä suurteoksena, joka kertoi konfliktista häviäjien näkökulmasta.Ensimmäiseen kirjaan verrattuna kerronnan tempo nopeutuu ja hahmot kohtaavat entistä synkempiä aikoja. Romaanin ensimmäinen puolisko on erityisen kiinnostava. Siinä Linna jatkaa jo aikaisemmassa osassa kiehtonutta kansalaissodan syiden luotaamista. Itse konfliktin kuvaus on raportoivampaa ja hieman kaventunutta, mutta välittää silti sotatilan ja kahtia jakautuneen kansan tragedian.

  • Alzy
    2019-06-07 19:02

    As a rule I don't like novels about war but this one showed it without pathos. It was also really moving because I have got to know the characters and to like many of them and then had to see the civil war claim the lives of so many of them. And even though I should be used to it by now, the cruelty of people described by Linna still shook me.

  • Jeremy
    2019-05-18 17:52

    This book was amazing.

  • Leaflet
    2019-05-17 17:44

    The understated emotions of the Finns are poignant and heart-wrenching. It made the ending of this second volume all the more moving.

  • Jean
    2019-05-21 20:43

    Slow going, but give very interesting insight into the Finnish culture.