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From the author of the critically acclaimed Troll, the new novel from Johanna Sinisalo is full of her trademark style, surreal invention, and savage humor   Set in Australasia, this is the story of a young Finnish couple who have embarked on the hiking trip of a lifetime, with Heart of Darkness as their only reading matter. Conrad’s dark odyssey turns out to be a presciFrom the author of the critically acclaimed Troll, the new novel from Johanna Sinisalo is full of her trademark style, surreal invention, and savage humor Set in Australasia, this is the story of a young Finnish couple who have embarked on the hiking trip of a lifetime, with Heart of Darkness as their only reading matter. Conrad’s dark odyssey turns out to be a prescient choice as their trip turns into a tortuous thriller, with belongings disappearing, and they soon find themselves at the mercy of untamed nature, seemingly directed by the local kakapo—a highly intellegent parrot threatened with extinction. This is a skillful portrait of the unquenchable desire of Westerners for the pure and the primitive, revealing the dark side of the explorer’s desire—the insatiable need to control, to invade, and leave one’s mark on the landscape. But what happens when nature starts to fight back?...

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Birdbrain Reviews

  • Bettie☯
    2018-09-14 18:03

    Don't forget to pop a book in your backpackTranslated from the Finnish by David HackstonOpening quote is from The Raven by PoeClapper Board: SOUTH COAST TRACK, TASMANIACockle Creek to South Cape RivuletMonday, March 2007HEIDIHanging around a modest distance from the Tassielink minibus terminal is a group of guys, their shorts boasting rips and tears, their T-shirts with stains, their armpits and backs with patches of sweat, their hiking boots with layers of dried mud.GAH! Something of a nothing that was perched on an environmental soapbox. In the form of a diary there is a paragraph from him and a paragraph from her intersperses by Heart of Darkness quotes. It does state in the Author Box that Sinisalo enjoys hiking, so this could be construed as a personal rant about litter.Stark contrast to the first book I read of hers...5* Troll: A Love Story1* Birdbrain

  • Jay Daze
    2018-09-09 19:08

    Can a book cheat? Sure all novels are constructions. The author is building something to cause an effect. A book that effectively manipulates a reader is a successful one. But is there an onus to be honest?I think I came into this with too much in the way of genre expectations. The book is set up like a thriller. There is much forboding. There are endless Heart of Darkness quotes. There is a little brother who is a complete anti-social little fuck. Even at 50 pages from the end I was waiting for the various threads to collide. But in the end the book doesn't cohere except in the most random, understated, pat way: nature will have its revenge. Frustratingly, the little brother turns magically into the kea bird or a merciless, angry symbol of nature. The problem is that it feels so much like a writerly creation that it didn't resonate for me. Sinisalo is a wonderful author and watching the characters circle around each other and survive is worth the read, but the end is a cake that didn't rise, a gun that didn't go off, an acorn that didn't grow.I was gripped all the way through, but I feel like Sinisalo did a bait-and-switch on me at the end. Ha, ha! It was nature all along! How surprising! Not really. The constant bits about the Kea bird drove home that much of the mischievous disappearances were possibly benign, but Sinisalo countered that with the possibility of sociopathic little brother shadowing and fucking with the couple. That at the end she waved her authorly wand and combined bird and brother to make nature have its revenge on these two hikers was far too convenient to make a satisfying story.

  • Janice
    2018-08-22 23:50

    Holy carp, what to say about this book...First off, it's my second book by a Finnish author in a fairly short time. The two authors, Sinisalo and Emmi Itäranta, couldn't be more different in style or subject. Birdbrain tells the story of two Finnish eco-tourists hiking in Tasmania and New Zealand. The timeline is a bit fragmented. There's some jumping back and forth in time and place. I actually sat down at one point and started a linear timeline, just to get the events to line up clearly in my head. Jyrki, the male of the party, is a hard-core hiker, seeking out places farthest off the beaten track for his travels. Heidi is more rooted in the modern world. She basically joins Jyrki's trip on a whim. Each one relates what happens from his/her own point of view. That's actually an interesting way to tell the story, because Heidi and Jyrki tend to see things VERY differently.The hikers' narratives are interspersed with quotations from Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness and with little accounts told from another viewpoint. (view spoiler)[I apparently missed the fact that these accounts of someone doing bad things were being done by Heidi's brother. Who may or may not have been a kea. And there may or may not really have been a kea in the story at all. It was all rather confusing.(hide spoiler)] These accounts from a third viewpoint are disturbing, and add to a building sense of dread through the book.In the end, I can't say for sure whether I think the book was successful or not. The whole situation of the hikers got in my head a bit and worried me, so the storytelling was effective in that respect. I can't say I really LIKED the characters, but that doesn't seem to have been as much of a deal-breaker in this book as it sometimes is for me. I think it might be worthwhile to go back and read it again and see if I understood more things better now.

  • Georgie
    2018-08-22 19:47

    This reminded me of Scott Smith's 'The Ruins', Katy Gardner's 'Losing Gemma' and the films 'The Blair Witch Project' and 'The Beach' and though I haven't read 'Heart of Darkness' by Joseph Conrad (though this book encouraged me to buy if on Kindle) I know the basic premise, and as their are quotes from that novel throughout this book, it's influence is pretty clear. 'Birdbrain' is a classic 'exotic paradise turns nasty' and 'backpackers get in trouble' story, but is distinctly it's own book, with it's own odd and creepy little twists.Jykri and Heidi are a young Finnish couple who are backpacking through New Zealand, mainland Australia, and Tasmania. Jykri is one of those annoying eco-snobs, and a hiking-snob as well. He insists on planning every moment of their hike, determined to get away from the 'tourists' and find somewhere untouched by humanity. The harder the going, the better, as far as he's concerned. And he's an eco-snob as well, lecturing Heidi on the importance of not leaving any rubbish. While this is important of course, Jykri takes it to an insane length. As they trek through the ever more 'perfect', untouched, and threatening wilderness, their relationship comes under strain. Heidi becomes irritated at Jykri's lectures and his determination to have as few luxuries as possible. Jykri's irritated by her lack of experience and her attitude to his ecological monologues. It also seems that someone, or something, out in the wilderness is playing a game with them - their possessions keep disappearing only to reappear in some impossible place later on. It seems as though their desire to conquer 'untouched' wilderness, however well-intentioned and eco-friendly they consider themselves, the wilderness is resisting them,I loved the descriptions of the wilderness in this book. I also loved the encroaching sense of the strains forming in Jykri and Heidi's relationship which seem to be both caused by and a result of the wilderness they find themselves pretty much isolated in. Then there's the increasing sense of menace and creepiness as their things go missing and turn up in strange places.What I admired about 'Birdbrain' is that while it made an excellent point about how human beings and the tourism trade are responsible for the slow destruction of areas of supposedly unspoiled natural beauty and the planet in general (particularly due to waste disposal methods or the lack of them), by setting up Jykri as an almost laughable example of that annoying eco/hiking-i'm-not-a-tourist-even-though-I- am-one snob who many of us are familiar with, the author Johanna Sinisalo prevents the book from becoming preachy. She makes the point that eco-snobs like Jykri aren't much better than the four-wheel-driving, softy, litter-dumping types he so despises, and that he's just as vulnerable to the wiles of nature as anyone else.Excellent story, very creepy and thought-provoking, and a fairly quick read as well.

  • Hannamari
    2018-09-04 23:06

    Yet another great novel from Sinisalo. In this story she has the two protagonists wandering the isolated Tasmanian trekking tracks in nature's terms. The text consists of interesting little bits: insides from both of the protagonists minds as well as one of their disturbed good-for-nothing little brother's thoughts, quotes from Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness (which I now want to read) and pieces of "scientific" text about kea birds. The mysterious, intelligent and corky kea birds that have an important role in the story.Sinisalo makes interesting parallels in her text. It seems as in the book the intrusive nature and kea birds, a disturbed young man destructing everything just for fun and a western man with the urge to conquest and own are all deep down the same thing. They are doing the same thing: not caring about others just to amuse themselves.In the end this is a disturbing novel about the state of the world as well as human nature - or just any nature. It is unordinary thriller that makes you think still a long time after reading it.

  • DMS
    2018-08-26 17:56

  • minna
    2018-09-02 01:50

    tuli ihan mieletön vaelluskuume tätä lukiessa!

  • Adam
    2018-08-31 00:57

    One of several genres I'd like to tackle as a fiction writer is what I've been loosely thinking of as a "Weird environmental thriller." As far as I'd encountered, Annihilation was about the closest to what I had in mind that existed, but I was skeptical of that absence and periodically tried different google searches to look for other things in the same ballpark. This time I finally found a list that seems to have a promising selection, and Birdbrain blurbed closest to the mark. It turns out that this was uncannily right--aside from the general approach of the work in crafting a horror thriller around environmental experiences and themes, Birdbrain has at least two explicit commonalities with ideas and drafts on my computer. I was excited to find it because it showed other people are on the same wavelength as me.The plot is extremely simple, to the point that it's not really even a "tour" but just a ramp of the same unpleasant experiences and interactions getting worse until the end. No twists or decisions or inflection points to speak of. I think that's a bold approach to plotting but almost inevitable yields a lacking product. Birdbrain doesn't quite manage to be an exception, but it comes fairly close. The translation is a bit rough at the outset, but it soon creates a unique, very European voice for both POV characters that helps create the engrossing sense of how annoying it is for these people to spend time with each other. I'm not sure if there is a world in which "hikers get lost in the woods and (view spoiler)[sentient parrots (hide spoiler)] fuck with them but it's not a B-movie because nothing dumb and fun happens on screen, it's serious literature with Heart of Darkness quotes every other page" is a good idea for a book, but Birdbrain is a pretty good execution on it. The thing that surprised me was that the effective part was the thriller core. If you leave all the trappings aside, this is a compelling "people lost in the woods getting fucked with by a mysterious monster just out of view" story. What doesn't work is pretty much everything else. The Conrad quotes, the nattering about littering and climate change, the (view spoiler)[kea (hide spoiler)] POV interludes (never presented as such, something you have to piece together yourself) and ecological entries, all of the stuff here that's meant to make it a smart, specific story rather than a generic one of its type . . . fail completely. The litter conversation makes good grit for the sanctimonious interpersonal conflict, but it feels a bit stilted. The (view spoiler)[kea (hide spoiler)] material is somewhere in the right territory, highlighting common traits like creativity, greed, cruelty, and littering, but without a sense of purpose or framing. It's like keeping the (fairly obvious after some point) secret was considered more important than doing anything interesting with it, because doing so would tip the author's hand too much. A cheap mystery box instead of a thoughtful exploration. That kind of thoughtful exploration would perhaps be best served by (how many times have I said this now?) a slow-burn community drama than a wilderness journey thriller, but still.

  • Sonatajessica
    2018-09-15 23:04

    I am not sure what to do with "Birdbrain", I liked it for the most part but at the same time I don't think it truly worked. The whole time I was waiting for something to make a bigger splash, to explode into a more insightful finale yet I was underwhelmed with how it wrapped up. Still, I enjoyed the journey. I love backpacking stories, the hiking parts were well done. Tasmania is one of those places I really would love to go to, so extra points right here for setting the story there. We follow a couple meeting back in Finland, then onto their hikes in New Zealand and Australia to the hike it all centers around in Tasmania. The story is told switching between his and her perspective which is a really smart move, you will often get both perspectives on the same happenings which is always fun. What frustrated me was the lack of resolution in the end: we see how they meet and fall in love, how their travels put a strain on their relationship but no final stance in that regard. Also, the characters and their own personal arcs seemed to remain unfinished to me in the end. Additionally, the connection between her anarchic brother (who we get small snippets from intersecting the main arc) and the birds did not work, I understand what Sinisalo was trying to go for (at least I think I do) but I don't think she succeeded. Overall the novel does get too preachy with its messages and forgets that it also has to tell a cohesive narration but that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy it. Sinisalo is a clever writer, our two leads are difficult and therefor interesting (especially Jyrki, I quite enjoyed the fact that he never referred to Heidi with her name but only as 'she', also being the hiking snob he is he does get on your nerves as much as on Heidi's). I still think both needed more of an ending than they got, some things were just left hanging too wide in the air for me. But when all is said and done I have a hard time not enjoying a travel related novel, especially when it throws around some interesting questions in regard to traveling into untouched nature, 3* it is.

  • Merja
    2018-08-22 02:05

    Ei ihan auennut tämä minulle. En lukisi toiste. Hieman tylsä.

  • Ryandake
    2018-09-14 22:17

    two young backpackers and an unspecified and deeply creepy “I” head out for a long backpacking trip across NZ, Australia, and Tasmania. “I” is perhaps an uninvited guest. or possibly not present at all. or perhaps both present and ubiquitous.the synopsis of this book (the back cover/flap copy) is horrible, but i’m not sure how one could have written it better. this is not a traditional Man-vs-Nature story such as “To Build a Fire,” and yet it is perhaps (two small, environmentally-conscious) backpackers vs. Nature? or ultimately Us vs. Ourselves? one of the things i like very, very best about Sinisalo’s books is that you absolutely cannot predict them. they will defy your expectations, and be like nothing you’ve read before. and yet despite their lack of a standard plot, they hang together perfectly, like a quilt that somehow manages to happily wed acid green and scarlet. it’s hard to imagine, but in skilled hands, it can be done.this book lacks many of the things that normally propel a plot: a conflict, a mystery, a desire as yet unfulfilled. there are conflicts, mysteries, and desires in this book, but none presents itself as the spine that holds the creature upright. instead these small, often petty disturbances weave themselves together, becoming more and more unsettling as the pair traverses distance and meanders further from “civilization.” and civilization in the rear-view makes up one of the more intriguing shades of this book. those who love the wilds--who are not city creatures, entirely--are very ambivalent about the dichotomous civ/wild pair. one can loathe traffic and the monad-creating effects of technology, and still love pepperoni on a trail. and where to land along this continuum? does a human presence necessarily imply waste and destruction and large, cancerous cities? is it even possible to live truly green? Sinisalo’s book suggests the possibility that we may not be given leave to answer these questions ourselves--another might be in the process of taking them from us, one slab of pepperoni at a time.Conrad’s Heart of Darkness is heavily quoted in this book--i haven’t read it for years, but i am betting a close acquaintance with that book would reward the reader of Sinisalo’s creepy little offering greatly.

  • Jane
    2018-09-10 21:14

    I am a huge fan of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. Birdbrain is about a young Finnish couple hiking in Australia, New Zealand and Tasmania; to keep their packs light they don’t take much to read. The woman takes along Heart of Darkness, which is why I read this book.Very little happens in Birdbrain. The narration alternates between the man and the woman, and it is somewhat interesting as a he thinks-she thinks psychological study. (There is a third occasional narrative of what is presumably her brother which adds absolutely nothing to the story.)The man is a control freak, and there is a bit of tension as the relationship between this new couple develops on the trail and she begins a quiet rebellion of sorts. The book ends abruptly and either what happens is supposed to be ambiguous or I just didn’t get it. In any event, I did not like the ending. I knocked one star off due to the ending. This book is not a bad read, but it should not be mentioned in the same breath as Heart of Darkness, one of the greatest books ever written in the English language. (And I realize that I read this book in translation - perhaps it is better in Finnish.) If you want to read about civilized man traveling into the wild and madness, I suggest you read that instead. Oh, and the main description here on Goodreads refers to the kakapo - it is actually the kea that is in the book. The kakapo is a flightless parrot the size of a chicken, hardly up to stealthy attacks on the belongings of humans.

  • Ari
    2018-08-31 01:12

    Pidin kovasti Johanna Sinisalon kirjasta "Ennen päivänlaskua ei voi". Pidin melkein yhtä paljon myös tästä.Itsekin rinkan kanssa vaellusta harrastavana pystyin monessa kohtaa tunnistamaan kuvatun kokemusmaailman. Vastaavaan extremeen en aivan ole päässyt tai varsinkaan pyrkinyt kuin aivan hetkittäin tai vahingossa. Jonkinlainen nautinnon hiven täytyy hommassa enimmäkseen olla.Kuvaus oli hyvin todenmukaista ja oli ilman muuta selvää, että tarinassa oli paljon "been there, done that" -elementtejä. En jaksa uskoa, että taustatyöllä ja mielikuvituksella olisi mitenkään päässyt tuollaiseen reittikuvaukseen. Retki sijoittui suurelta osin Tasmaniaan ja etenemistä saattoi seurata kartalta. Kateellisin mielin paikoitellen - jos unohti ylenpalttisen suorittamisen, joka oli osa olennainen osa toisen päähenkilön olemusta. Kahden hyvin erilaisen ihmisen näkökulmat vaellukseen oli mielestäni hyvä lähetymistapa. Vähän arkkityyppimäisiä ja sukupuoliroolitettuja hahmot ja heidän ajatuksensa paikoitellen olivat, mutta se ei haitannut. Mehän joka tapauksessa olemme sellaisia :-)Hyvin kirjoitettu ja mielenkiintoinen romaani. Lopetuksesta en täysillä tykännyt. En sano miksi, koska se saattaisi latistaa jonkun toisen lukukokemusta.Suosittelen. Huomatkaa myös ympäristöä ja ekologisuutta sivuavat ajatukset. Niissä on paljon oikeaa asiaa. Olemme tuhoamassa tämän pallon.Heräsi myös ajatus lukea Conradin "Pimeyden sydän" (Heart of Darkness) uudelleen.LinnunaivotTeos, 2008

  • Gretel
    2018-09-04 19:59

    I was underwhelmed by this one. Johanna Sinisalo is a popular author in Finland, known for her strange twist on the fantasy genre. Her novel Ennen päivänlaskua ei voi, published in English under two names; Troll:A Love Story and Not Before Sundown, is a work of art. This? Not so much.It is about a young couple, Jyrki and Heidi, who go backpacking across Australasia. It isn't told in a linear fashion and flits back and forth in time, documenting how the young couple meet and what strange happenings go on during their excursion. Some of their equipment goes missing and they find it again. It's meant to be creepy and weird but it just felt mundane and not creepy at all; not the desired effect. The tension and twist came all too late. Also, a lot of the descriptions of landscapes were kind of tiresome. It felt like an overzealous person chucking their unvaried holiday photos at you. What I did like were the short chapters detailing Heidi and Jyrki's meeting in Lapland and Jyrki's extensive backpacking knowledge. Sinisalo has done a good job with the research in that area.To me, the novel is more Birdemic than The Birds. Knowing that the novel is based off of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness (the albatross around my neck when studying for A-levels), I should've guessed that me and this book would never hit it off.

  • Jani
    2018-09-17 23:54

    Johanna Sinisalo novel about backpacking might be influenced by her own experiences and as such has a raw realistic edge, but it lacks a direction.When her new boyfriend Jyrki tells her that he is going backpacking in Southern Hemisphere for six months, Heidi impulsively decides to take the opportunity to hold on to the relationship and escape her life momentarily and joins him. During the trek through New Zealand to Tasmania, they will get to know each other and themselves much better, but will they or their relationship survive the journey?Sinisalo has told in other sources about her passion for backpacking and her personal experience is strongly felt in the novel. The hardships and reactions feel real and as a result the characters become identifiable if not always likable. The small snippets of text that mix with the two main characters narration bring more possible interpretations and tension to the whole, but sadly this does not grow to the possibilities suggested. The novel ends abruptly and there is a feel in the end that Sinisalo began writing about her passion, but did not really have a story to tell besides the human reactions.

  • Evilynn
    2018-08-31 23:09

    Once I got over the utter weirdness of reading Finnish translated into English (my Finnish is unfortunately no way near good enough to read a book) I quite liked Birdbrain. It's a bit difficult to categorize, but it's mostly a realistic story about a Finnish couple hiking in the Antipodes, interspersed with bits of Heart of Darkness and pages from the woman's psychopathic brother's life. The mood of the story is similar to that of Heart of Darkness, and I suspect I would've gotten more out of this had I re-read HoD before starting Birdbrain. Even without HoD in fresh memory Birdbrain was well worth the read.

  • meri
    2018-09-15 18:15

    olen luku-urallani lukenut paljon kirjoja, mutta yhteen tyyliseikkaan en totu: avoimeksi jääviin loppuihin. tämä oli kirja, jota ei halunnut laskea käsistään, vaikka selkeitä tapahtumia oli vähän. takakannen synkistely matkasta 'pimeyden sydämeen' toteutui lopussa liiankin konkreettisesti, vaikka vielä 20 sivua ennen loppua kummastelin tätä sanavalintaa. kursiivilla kirjoitetut väliluvut hämmästyttivät. lopussa ehkä selvisi hieman niiden olemassaolo kirjassa, mutta ei täysin. niiden jokapäiväinen, maallinen, suunniteltu arkinen pahuus tuntui pahalta ja jätti epämiellyttävän olon. kadutti, että luin ne osat. juuri tätä kirjaa ennen luin johanna sinisalon enkelten verta, joka oli tylsä eikä kerrontakaan vakuuttanut. onneksi annoin sinisalolle uuden mahdollisuuden - linnunaivot on älykäs, kuvaileva, kaunis ja laittaa miettimään suhdetta luontoon ja omaan mieleen.

  • Dave
    2018-08-26 21:06

    Another intense reading experience from Sinisalo. Heidi and Jyrki have not long met when they undertake the hiking holiday of a lifetime. Jyrki is of that class of tourists who hate to think of themselves as tourists, rather as someone somehow close to nature and yet so terrified of despoiling the environment that he remains detached from it.The scale of the task they've undertaken stretches their relationship to breaking point, and in the process exposing it for the possessive and controlling relationship it really is. It also seems like nature itself is setting them up for a fall, not just with extreme conditions but somehow making key supplies disappear.This is a brilliant exploration of the mechanics of a relationship under extreme conditions and the way that humanity interacts with the natural environment.

  • Rainbowgirl
    2018-09-01 23:13

    J'ai eu un grand plaisir à le lire, je trouve que Johanna Sinisalo sait vraiment planter des ambiances dans lesquelles on se sent si bien qu'elle peut raconter tout ce qu'elle veut – quoi qu'il arrive, on est bien. Elle décrit principalement les paysages que traversent les personnages, et puis les difficultés en route et comment ils en sont arrivés là, mais avec aussi peu de choses, elle rend son récit très prenant. La fin m'a néanmoins laissée un tantinet perplexe… Ce qui me l'a rendue frustrante c'est que j'ai vraiment cru qu'à un certain point, l'histoire s'écarterait nécessairement du chemin (ce que je ne doit jamais faire un randonneur !) et on débarquerait en plein fantastique. Or… ce n'est pas exactement ce qui se produit ^^.Pas aussi renversant que Jamais avant le coucher du soleil, mais un très bon bouquin malgré tout.

  • Susa
    2018-09-03 01:15

    Äh, olipa ihan käsittämättömän puuduttava teos. Tarinasta ei saanut oikein kiinni. Joseph Conradin kirja oli tosi päälleliimatun oloinen, oli lainaukset sitten kuinka sopivia vaan. Päähenkilöt vaikuttivat molemmat etäisiltä ja ärsyttäviltä - näitä kahta seuratessa mietti, että miten ne ovat yhteen päätyneet, puhumattakaan yhteisestä vaellusmatkasta. Koko kirja loppui ennen kuin tarinaan ehti varsinaisesti tulla mitään sen suurempaa käännekohtaa. Avoin loppu yritti varmaan olla tosi dramaattinen, mutta kolmensadan sivun olemattoman nostatuksen jälkeen ei onnistunut edes siinä.Plussaa ympäristöteemasta. Se pani sentään ajattelemaan. Enempää annettavaa Sinisalolla ei tällä kirjalla kyllä ollutkaan.

  • Arte
    2018-08-23 17:55

    Tämän ahmaisi. Jostain syystä luulin, etten välttämättä pitäisi kirjasta, koska olen niin rakastunut Ennen päivänlaskua ei voi -teokseen ettei toinen kirja voi olla mitenkään lähellekään yhtä hyvä, mutta yllätyin erittäin positiivisesti. Sinisalon tuttu rakastamani kirjoitustyyli oli osana myös tätä teosta, ja paloitteisuus teki tästä erittäin haluttavaa luettavaa. Lisäksi vaeltaminen inspiroi minua suuresti, joten aihepiiri oli erittäin osuva.Fantasiaelementti jäi teoksessa melko pieneksi. Linnut käyttäytyivät hieman kummallisesti, mutta odotin jotain suurempaa. Nimi sen sijaan on ihan hauska ja osuva, kun sitä vähän pureskelee.Toisen päähenkilön veljen tarina jäi minulle aivan irralliseksi, vaikka sitä sinänsä olikin kiva lukea.

  • Niina
    2018-09-01 23:14

    Ymmärrän hyvin, jos Linnunaivot ei jokaista lukijaansa miellytä. Itselleni juonta kuljettava erämaavaellus oli niin etäinen aihe kuin vain olla voi, eikä se lukemisen päätteeksi tuntunut yhtään sen läheisemmältä - koko kirjan tunnelma oli epätodellinen, Conrad-lainauksien ansiosta jopa poeettinen, taianomainen ja jatkuvan pahaaenteilevä. Odotin Sinisalomaista yliluonnollista käännettä, mutta en suinkaan pettynyt sen puuttuessa, päinvastoin, se oli miellyttävää vaihtelua (luinhan lähes jokaisen hänen julkaistuista romaaneistaan peräjälkeen ensihuumissani). Luulen, että kaiken pohjalla kulkeva surrealistinen, mystinen jännite on Linnunaivojen vahvin puoli, joskin sisältökeskeiset lukijat saattavat olla helpommin tyydytettävissä kirjan informatiivisella luontopoliittisella siivellä.

  • Riku Sarlin
    2018-09-05 00:58

    Tykkään Sinisalon tyylistä. Toimii tässäkin. Juoni kantaa hyvin, toki lopussa hieman lässähtää.Kirja on ikään kuin matkakertomus kahden eri kertojan näkökulmasta, tarina raskaasta vaelluksesta Tasmanian rannikolla. Mukaan on sotkettu reippaasti viherpiiperrystä ja jonkin verran toimivaa dialogia.Lähinnä sitä yritti arvata, että mikä monesta mahdollisesta katastrofista mahtaa iskeä, kun draamaa toki pitää saada. En arvannut. Viihdyttävää in any case. Kiintoisaa ja kaunista seutua selvästi. Olis kiva mennä tuonne vaeltamaan. Mutta ei tälle extreme-reitille mitä kirjassa mentiin.

  • Eve Kay
    2018-08-20 18:53

    Jos nyt totean että loppu pelasti kaiken, en tarkoita että kaikki ennen loppua oli pskaa. Tarkoitan, että kirja loistavasta tarinastaan ja mukaansatempaavuudestaan huolimatta oli ehkä hieman rönsyilevä, ajoittain ehkä hieman ajelehtivainen ja päämäärätön ja jossain vaiheessa ehkä hitusen ärsyttävä. Okei, siis yksi hahmoista oli muutaman kerran tosi ärsyttävä. Mutta vaikka osasin aavistaa lopun jo hyvän aikaa aiemmin, sen todentuminen vain vahvisti kirjan voiman. Vaikka teksti on ehkä ajoittain hieman pinnallistakin, tarina vie mukanaan toiselle puolelle maailmaa ja päästää ns. levittämään siipensä avaralla alueella. Lukija saa tempautua lentoon, jos antaa itsensä tempautua.

  • Venla Kivilahti
    2018-09-01 20:10

    Näin ihminen toimii. Ihminen toimii juuri näin. Tietää mitä taivaanrannan takana on, mutta suunta on pidettävä koska se on jäänyt päälle, koska se on päätetty, suunnan vaihtaminen tai takaisin kääntyminen on periksi antamisen merkki, kaikesta tähän asti saavutetusta lopusta. Sitä mennään ja vauhdilla vaika hyvin tiedetään mitä on edessä.(2008:323-4) Ensimmäinen lukemani Johanna Sinisalon kirja. Matkustin reissaajien kanssa samoja polkuja sivu sivulta kiusallisessa odotuksessa. Koko ajan yllä leijailee suuri nimetön uhka, jota metsästin jännittävään loppuun asti.

  • kari
    2018-09-08 20:12

    Sinisalo's writing resonates with me, and this holds true for "Birdbrain" as well, but I felt a bit let down with this one. The premise is great - and again, Sinisalo got a perfect shot at a few of my interests and obsessions, from Joseph Conrad to South NZ keas - but the ending had come too quickly. There are a few possible explanations to it, and now when I think of it, it's more satisfying than when I was reading - but I also remember the slight disappointment when I was putting the book down: it's over? So soon?

  • J. Allen Nelson
    2018-09-08 01:08

    Although shelved as SF at the local library, this is more of a travelog/mystery shrouded in slight natural fantasy. (Whatever that means.) Translated from the Finnish into British English, this story of a couple backpacking through the wilds of New Zealand and Tasmania is a unique study of the relationships between not only the two main protagonists, but also that of humanity and the natural world that it is slowly destroying. I eagerly anticipate the author's famous novel Not Before Sundown which is known in the US as Troll: A Love Story.

  • Emily Crow
    2018-09-10 19:00

    A rather unlikable Finnish couple decide to hike the most isolated and rugged trails in Tasmania, and discover that they are no match for nature. This novel is both a meditation on our destructive relationship with nature and a realistic portrait of the tribulations of backpacking. It is well-written and full of vivid details, with none of the stiffness of language that sometimes occurs in translations. I will probably want to read this strange and thoughtful book again.

  • Rick Muir
    2018-08-31 18:05

    A young Finnish couple go on the hiking trip of a lifetime. With"Heart of Darkness" in their backpacks and the intention of being ecologically aware, they attempt increasingly challenging trails. Their trek develops a sinister aspect as unsettling incidents occur. Belongings disappear and - more mysteriously - reappear. Finally the couple sense that, rather than these being random events, they are at the mercy of untamed natural forces directed by an intelligent being.

  • Laura Walin
    2018-09-20 20:58

    Pidin tästä kirjasta ihan viime meteriell asti neljän tähden edestä. Mystinen loppu oli kuitenkin liikaa itselleni, enkä edes tajunnut sitä ennen kuin luin joitain nettiarvosteluita. Muuten tarina kahden ihmisen satunnaisesta kohtaamisesta ja heidän näkemyksistään saman reitin varrelta tehdysta extreme-vaelluksesta olivat kiinnostavia ja hyvin lomitettuja. Veljen roolista odotin jotain muuta kuin mitä siitä tuli, ja näin ratkaistuna en näe veljeä tarpeellisena hahmona lainkaan.