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Is-slottet review ✓ 3 Ê A new edition of what is commonly seen as the legendary Norwegian writer's masterpiece this story tells the tale of Siss and Unn two friends who have only spent one evening in each other's company But so profound is this evening between them that when Unn inexplicably disappears Siss's world is shattered Siss's struggle with her Ny But so profound is this evening between them that when Unn inexplicably disappears Siss's world is shattered Siss's struggle with her fidelity to the memory of her friend and Unn's fatal explor. 3 at times hypnotic at times beautiful but mostly stilted stars I glanced and saw many five star ratings for this book I ask myself What have I missed What have I misunderstood I decide that this book simply did not resonate deeply for me I loved the descriptions of the changing of the season in a small Scandinavian town and the use of the frozen waterfall as something monstrous profound beautiful but inanimate This is the way I felt about the book as well Inanimatetoo cold to allow near my warm heart I was not moved nor did I believe what is happening I did not believe in the thought processes of Siss I did not believe in her grieving It was lovely art house but not flesh and blood emotional processing I did not believe in the children I did not believe in the adults I did not believe in the thinking or the dialogue I did not in the end believe in this book or the author's vision The only thing I believed in was the landscape and the hugeness of the waterfall Strangely this was enough and had to be enough In this landscape survival is key I walked through this Nordic exhibition nodded briefly somewhat appreciatively and will move on to something that is deeper and meaningful to me In other words I wanted to penetrate the Ice and move deeper but simply could not

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A new edition of what is commonly seen as the legendary Norwegian writer's masterpiece this story tells the tale of Siss and Unn two friends who have only spent one evening in each other's compa. “Promise in deepest snow from Siss to Unn I promise to think about no one but you”Sometimes only a gleaming glance is enough Siss and Unn two eleven year old girls living in an isolated rural community somewhere in Scandinavia need only a single evening together to forge an uncommon friendship that will change their lives irreparably When four eyes full of gleams and radiance beneath their lashes filling the looking glass shine into each other words become redundant A disturbing meeting charged with powerful silences and unsaid secrets unites the girls beyond humane nature in an unbreakable bond frozen in timeThere is nothing childlike in this deceivingly simple tale nothing soft or tender The spell binding description of a perpetually glacial scenery where twigs weep iced drops and icicles melt in pools of tears is as distressingly beautiful as it is ruthless and brutally cold devoid of life The concise lyrical narrative evokes the Japanese haiku style where the misleading simplicity of the text is in fact overflowing with symbolism and metaphors worthy of close reading making of this brief novel a gem in form of a prose poemIt is precisely in this sombre setting full of darkness lurking in recondite corners reinforced with this sharp writing style where the main character of the novel is presented The eerie giant structure formed by a frozen waterfall up in the lake called The Ice Palace Either sanctuary or mausoleum it arises as the eternally snow covered bridge that defies death guilt and angst linking Siss and Unn forever There’s only one thing to ask in exchange for this everlasting token of friendship A promise Siss must never forgetThe pieces are all set for the magic to start Siss the popular leader of her peers at school and the beloved daughter of a well off family begins the journey with no return to become Unn the introverted mysterious girl who leads an isolated life with her aunt wrapped up in an irresistible and unsettling aura Two gleaming faces in a mirror become one in a radiant moment memory and dreams are fused into an impossible reality and Unn becomes Siss and Siss becomes Unn scorching twin souls emerge amidst the implacable coldness of their existence producing a miracle Or a curse For this world is made for the living and that is a lesson Siss will have to learn if she wants to break free from a heavy burden which is drowning her in the mesmerizing but already thawing chambers of The Ice PalaceThis is a sublime piece of art which masterfully portrays the intensity of new discovered feelings peaking at an early age and the necessity to merge the opposing forces involved in the process of growing up to become a whole being and also to accept emptiness and loss as facets of life even if that means getting rid of a part of oneselfThe shattered ice might melt and cease to be but the power of memory can bring back frozen images of icicles and shiny drops of water dancing together in the flood of light that the dilated pupil caught in a blinding and timeless moment “‘It’s not right for you to go on as you as you are It’s not like you You’re a different person’Don’t answer It’s not meant to be answered But it’s like the gleaming of stars in a well And no explanation”

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Is slottetAtion of the strange terrifyingly beautiful frozen waterfall that is the Ice Palace are described in prose of a lyrical economy that ranks among the most memorable achievements of modern literatur. When a few dotted lines can cuff my heart into a promise and bind my palms over it in sombre armory keep me lain in its pristine shadows for hours and yet freeze the time in crystalline imagery I beam at the prospect the prospect of living in that promise; that promise which lights up with the chandeliers of frosty realizations hanging from the ceiling of dreams and a sea of incomplete chances freezing my being A life is made of promises; some made to self some to others And like a diffident fuel it comes into play when life derails to reserve Aren’t all the promises tested at the brink of uncertainty Aren’t all the promises repainted at the threshold of patience Aren’t all the promises uestioned at the gates of survival What do Siss and Unn all of eleven seal during their first and only conversation on a chilly evening within the warm confines of a small wooden room occasionally interfered by murmuring winter winds and distracting snowflakes An unspoken promise a promise that outgrows their initial inhibitions in school their hushed blossoming of mutual admiration their trepid steps towards each other their solitary evening of joint reflections their singular moment of shocking adolescence their crimson welcome of next day sun their sub consciously chosen divergent paths their uninitiated severance of hearts and their union over terminated breath view spoiler This promise lives on even when one of them is locked in the heart of the Ice Palace forever hide spoiler