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Book Title: Krageungen|
The author of the book: Bodil Bredsdorff
Date of issue: 1999
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Format files: PDF
The size of the: 6.84 MB
Edition: Høst & Søn
Read full description of the books Krageungen:What I have always (and perhaps even rather most) enjoyed with regard to Bodil Bredsdorff's evocative and emotionally dense The Crow Girl is the caressing and almost entrancing writing style. The velocity, the rhythm and cadence of the narrative, strongly reminds one of the ocean, its waves and tides, not really all that surprising, as for all intents and purposes The Crow Girl is a novel of the sea and by the sea (there concurrently also exists an equal and rather pleasantly surprising sense of sweet appreciation that a translated narrative can feel so authentic, so immediate, as especially a sense of both stylistic and thematic authenticity can sometimes and perhaps even often be lacking with translations, especially with less simple, more nuanced writing, such as The Crow Girl presents).
And although the thematics presented and depicted with and in this novel are often dismal and even much depressing, there is (at least to me) always a never ceasing background of at least possible joy, of calmness, serenity and grace, even under the most dire circumstances (and these do exist in The Crow Girl, and at times even massively so, from the grandmother's death, to the Crow Girl being forced to make her own way, to Frid's loss of sanity at the death of his wife). Floating and flowing above the depicted and palpable despair, there seems to always be hope and a sense of courage (the guiding crows, which to me represent the spirits of the Crow Girl's deceased grandparents, meeting Rossan, and even the fact that the Crow Girl comes across Frid in his despair and is able to rescue Doup from his father's grief induced frenzied madness).
From a more philosophical point of view, the grandmother's attitudes about personally choosing one's family, the concept that some individuals are good for you and some people are bad (even extremely bad) for you (and that these people can even be one's biological family, can even be people everyone seems to consider as being praiseworthy, blameless and positive) really do speak to me both loudly and clearly. For instance, I do not actually consider that the grandmother or the never met (but lovingly remembered) grandfather are necessarily or even probably the Crow Girl's biological grandparents, but they are obviously more of a family than any other family shown in The Crow Girl (look at Eidi's mother staying so long with a vicious brute of a husband, and Doup's father is obviously unfit for this role as caregiver, at least in his current and dangerously despairing state of mind).
That being said, I am also very much of the personal opinion (unlike many other reviewers, it seems) that Frid does the only reasonable, and yes, the only possible (and caring) thing when he tells the Crow Girl to take Doup along with her when she leaves. After Frid's frenzied destruction of his domicile (which I actually can both understand and even appreciate, as grief can make one do unreasonable and sometimes even violent things), it is abundantly clear that Doup is much better off with the Crow Girl (at least at present). And I certainly do not see Doup's father as in any way an inherently abusive or problematic individual (unlike Eidi's stepfather, who is depicted as just plain and utterly nasty). To me, it has always been rather obvious that Frid is simply someone so overcome with and by grief and guilt at the death of his wife that he is basically losing his mind and in no way capable of taking care of either himself or his son (I think one major theme in both The Crow Girl and its sequels is taking away the proverbial rose-coloured glasses many people seem to wear about the so-called "good old days" and to realise that not so very long ago, there were no social agencies, no child care authorities and if a wife, a mother, a grandmother died, life could become intolerable and perhaps even dangerous for those left behind).
In my opinion, it would thus have been much much worse for Doup if Frid had not asked Myna (the Crow Girl) to take him along (he realised that he could not care for his son and thus giving him to Myna is thus a truly loving and kind act). Also, when you consider Myna's own isolation when she was living with her grandmother, you then realise that while she is perhaps only a young girl herself, she is also very mature and capable for her age (out of simple necessity). And considering how isolated Frid and Doup are, there is likely no alternative but Myna (as mentioned above, there are likely no social programs, no child care organisations, except perhaps poor houses and work houses in the larger cities, not an appropriate alternative for either Myna or Doup).
Read information about the authorBodil Bredsdorff is a popular Danish children’s book author.
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