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Hor reveals a deep and compassionate insight into human nature and a lyrical response to the Norwegian landscape In moments of not uite sober reflection I see myself a truffling pig rooting through the pages of these books looking for answers not necessarily answers to Life s mysteries but to the Why of the book itself My snout bumps against some allegorical knob and I pause and raise a porcine eyebrow Aha I snort I smile a satisfied pork smile happy in my muck of certainty or maybe just a pig s obstinacyBut with an old pig s sense I do not interrupt an ongoing phone call to say Let me tell you about the two dead aspens I don t bother the neighbors to come look at the clouds I don t tell the waitress that breakfasts are beginnings I ve never told a jury to call me IshmaelMattis isn t like that When the woodcock flies over his home he becomes obsessed with the meaning of it And he has to tell everybody Mattis is what is called simple The children tease him calling him Simple Simon He lives with his sister Hege They get by on the money she makes knitting flower petals on sweaters Mattis can not tell weed from turnip and the very thinking of the difference makes him sleepy He tries to speak to the clever ones but nothing comes out rightYes there s a familiarity here I heard notes of Steinbeck saw Jansson s watercolors What made this uniue though was the aspens and the woodcock what made this different was the point of view Vesaas tells this story in the third person but clearly events unfold through the mind of Mattis It is a fractured mind and incompletely formed He means well but the words come out harsh confused unintended A sexual longing also confused hovers He wearies his sisterHe is coaxed to take his leaky boat out onto the water to be a ferryman He will have but one customer J rgen the woodcutter Woodcocks do not fly that way Mattis knows Soon Hege will have to choose What s the matter Hege asked at once She saw it was no ordinary morningMatts simply shook his head in reply Tell me she demanded sternly knowing her brother as she did and up to a point he obeyed I m almost killing myself I m thinking so much he replied truthfully Oh is that all said HegeHe gave a start Come and have your breakfast she saidWhat will Mattis do now he s figured it out Well Back to my truffling Snort

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Fuglane By Tarjei Vesaas

One of Vesaas's most important novels The Birds tells the story of a woman who has dedicated her life to caring f Like a gentle ripple across calming waters or a songbird taking flight in the early morning sunrise Tarjei Vesaas writes a delicately structured story of two siblings living a serene existence in rural Norway Mattis is a sweet natured simpleton who burns the days away drifting off into his own world whilst older sister Hege knits sweaters in their cottage by the lake On occasions Mattis wonders around the local farms looking for work picking crops or bailing hay but he finds it difficult to grasp reality and struggles to understand human relations Firing silly uestions at Hege all the time does lead them to bicker but they tolerate each other even if they don t really live on the same intellectual level The Birds captures the frustrations of unfulfilled time in a spare and humane way it is both a tender and warm look at those on the fringes of a normal life but it also presents itself with an overpowering sadness mainly for the reason of Mattis who completely took hold of me the whole way through he made me laugh and almost made me cry the reader sees the world that Mattis sees but is able to interpret it with sophistication there are several moments where we are able to understand the motivations and the actions of the people around Mattis when he is shall we say not all there A woodcock would fly one day over the cottage having Mattis take off into the clouds believing it s of some important significance infuriating Hege as he will just not shut up about it You can feel somewhat sympathetic for Hege stuck all alone with a simple brother yearning for some joy or romance in her lifeWhether it was intended there are also moments that are uite tense Mattis would become a ferryman carrying people across the lake the trouble is there is just no one about but at least he has a reason to face the day with enthusiasm he is now an important figure or so he would believe leading to a cramped moment on his boat where he tries to show off with two girls he ferries back to land He would then pick up a lumberjack Jorgen who works in the forest and agrees to put him up in the cottage And it s here that the behaviours of brother and sister would change As Hege and Jorgen gradually become lovers Mattis fails to handle this new situation and just makes the complications of his world even confusing And you are never uite sure just what he has up his sleeve to try and get the attention of Hege backThere are many beautiful passages of description animals forests the lake and surrounding area which had me thinking of Henry David Thoreau s Walden also the character of Mattis does bear some resemblance to that of Lennie from Steinbeck s Of Mice and Men although both books don t really sit with each other The Birds is ultimately a moving portrait of a simple and despondent life and thus hoping to break free from a trapped scenario An incredibly beautiful piece of writing that takes your mind away from the modern world and even though it appears to end all of a sudden this is one unforgettable read that s not going away any time soon455

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Or her simple younger brother When a visiting woodcutter enters their enclosed world complications abound The aut Hush now dont explainYou re my joy and pain I ve never been less inclined to dissect and explain what a book is all about than now It feels like riding roughshod over something soft and pure and true something beyond words and meaning To understand this book I need to learn the language of birds of thunder and of light over water Tarjei Vesaas is the one who knows all these secret signs and he offers them to us like a child holding out a treasure a nest a polished stone a wildflower that he has just found To be immersed in his prose is to be cleansed by that crystal clear northern light of his native Norway and by the peace that comes after a day of hard labour It was tempting but he pushed the idea firmly aside He didn t dare After all the bird might get frightened and something might be spoiled that mustn t be spoiled for anything in the world His name is Mattis and the neighbors call him Simple Simon They believe he is a simpleton but I beg to differ A scientist might argue that Mattis is autistic To me he is Adam in the garden of Eden an innocent soul that hasn t learned how to lie how to hide his feelings behind an armor of indifference or sophistication To paraphrase another writer who struggled to find her place in a cynical world Mattis is near to the wild heart of life Everyday is a miracle waiting to happen everything around him is a sign a promise or a threat that needs to be studied and understood When a bird flies one evening above his cottage Mattis is convinced this is a portent that his life will be forever changed The wings were high up in the mild night air but at the same time they touched the very center of Mattis s heart The soft dark touch of something beyond understanding It spread right through him Me and the woodcock sort of ran his formless train of thought His tragedy is that Mattis lacks the words to put his emotions into language to communicate to others the richness of his inner world To me this brings Mattis in line with the rest of us Who among us didn t experience this distance between meaning and the words we use to express it How many times did this meaning remained locked inside us for lack of a partner in conversation or for lack of proper language skills Under the subtle pen of Vesaas Mattis becomes me and his puzzlements are all the uestions I ignored or dismissed over the years Two withered aspen trees side by sidein among the green growing spruces Mattis is not alone in the world because he has a sister devoted to him He and Hege live in a rundown cottage at the outskirts of an unnamed village Because Mattis is unable to do any proper work Hege provides for both of them by endlessly knitting sweaters to sell They are both growing old together but the years side by side were not enough to break through the barriers of language raised by Mattis s particular worldview What difference does it make whether there s a woodcock here or not exclaims Hege when Mattis runs in with the news of his small miracle She needs to worry about money for food about her life going to waste about the tedious routines that have remained unchanged for decadesYet change is in the air announced by the woodcock flying over the cottage by the thunderstorms of spring by the restlessness of Hege who starts to chafe under the constant neediness of her younger brother Think of others a bit too You have to when you re grown up What others he asked helplessly filling her with fright Tarjei Vesaas has woven his magic for me before bringing together light and darkness yearning and fear beauty and sadness into apparently simple stories of ordinary people going about their ordinary lives The inner thoughts of his characters are always reflected in changes in the natural world I envy him most of all this close contact with the forests and fields with rivers and ice mountains with the wild creatures that are the repositories of our innocence and of our freedom Mattis is closer to his woodcock than to his village neighbours He is not civilized he knows no middle ground between terror and extasy and his mood swings will often frighten the people around him Some most of these people treat him with kindness some with mockery or suspicion None though can break through to his inner core and bring him back into the fold The longer I read the convinced I was that Mattis is not for his world view spoiler Vesaas is also a master at foretelling one of the dry aspens is hit by lightning the woodcock is shot by a local boy hide spoiler


10 thoughts on “Fuglane By Tarjei Vesaas

  1. says:

    Like a gentle ripple across calming waters or a songbird taking flight in the early morning sunrise Tarjei Vesaas writes a delicately structured story of two siblings living a serene existence in rural Norway Mattis is a sweet natured simple

  2. says:

    The world is a hostile place and according to Mattis people don’t mean what they say when they speak A simpleton a weirdo a child imprisoned in the body of an adult man Mattis muses over the factors that separate him fr

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    “You are You that was what was written” For the past week every time I stepped into my room an inuisitive man bombarded me with string of uestions I had no answers to “What’s the use of having so many turnips” he asked as he lay gazing at the naked sky A faint whiff of camphor emitted from his smile as he repeated how he pompously waved to Anna and Inger from the pier with sheer happiness the boiled sweets ge

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    the flight of Woodcock with its wings spread widegives me hope and few tears in the eye A Rebellious HaikuA harmonious union between a sublime array of words a fateful conviction and the search for an imperceptible notion by a singular soul bri

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    Hush now dont explainYou're my joy and pain I've never been less inclined to dissect and explain what a book is all about than now It

  6. says:

    Mattis is a man with the mind of a child His elder sister Hege takes care of him knits sweaters constantly in order to sup

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    Mattis a man with the mind of a child or maybe a boy trapped in the body of an adult male Sensitive still delighted with the surrounding world childishly amazed and ready for a great change Overflowed with unnamed desires tangled thoughts unspeakable words Why are things the way they are Hege his sister and a carer With every day and tired

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    She looked at him as at a grown p now and then she said something 'You're lucky seeing things the way you do I don't I can tell you'She had s

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    In moments of not uite sober reflection I see myself a truffling pig rooting through the pages of these books looking for answers not necessarily answers to Life's mysteries but to the Why of the book itself My snout bumps against some allegorical knob and I pause and raise a porcine eyebrow Aha I snort I smile a satisfied pork smile happy in my muck of certainty or maybe just a pig's obstinacyBut with an old pig's se

  10. says:

    Meet Mattis the main character who you cannot but love although he speaks and acts a little strange not like other persons His vision to the world may seem naieve and simple but has its own logic He lives his peacufull life with his sister Hege a life only sometimes darkened by the threat of work But then some day while trying to work something happens that will threathen his peacefull life for real This was