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Er covers her bruises and seeks solace in prayer Each tries to hide the truth from this isolated God fearing community they call homeUntil one night changes everythingMore than thirty years later the return of an old friend forces Else to relive the events that marked the end of her childhood Dea Brøvig conjures up a desolate and harsh debut novel which is mirrored by the unforgiving Norwegian winters which is described so vividly that I longed to pass the young Else Dybdahl yet another jumper to keep her warm on her ferry home from the town at the end of each school dayThe story is split a past that covers the time from 1974 1976 and the present day 2009 where Else is forced to confront those memories she had hoped were safely buried when her boyfriend returns to the island to live in his family home with his young wife and childrenWe know that Else is the mother to Marianne and Grandmother to eleven year old Liv who she lives with in the same town that she grew up in but what we don’t know is how Else came to have a baby which is where the narration begins at an early age A shocking event especially considering how important the church is to the inhabitantsThis is a bleak story as we peek behind the door to the realities of the Dybdahl household one where the family turn up to church no matter how many bruises Else’s mother Dagny has to cover with powder a household ruled by the ups and downs of an alcoholic father and husband The descriptions of the hardships that feature in the daily life of the Dybdahl's along with the cold and wet feet from snow and ice only serve to make this an almost unbearably claustrophobic readBrøvig cleverly keeps the pace slow reflecting the long and cold days as Else and Dybdhal struggle to keep life moving forwards with the small relief of a visit from a travelling circus so that the reveal happens when the tension has been ramped up to the maximum Else has school to distract her but she is ever mindful of the cow that needs milking as well as the pressures her boyfriend Lars heaps on her to sneak out join him With the fire and brimstone sermons seemingly aimed at the inhabitants by the fearsome Pastor Brøvig accurately captures the desires and fears that rule Else’s days not least the shame she would heap on her family if caughtA book which is thought provoking rather than enjoyable this would work well as an interesting if somewhat harrowing book club readI received a copy of this book from the publishers Random House UK in return for this unbiased review Kestrel (Hart Brothers, covers her bruises and seeks solace in prayer Each tries to hide the truth from this isolated God fearing One More Round (Gamer Boy, community they Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain call homeUntil one night The Violet Hour (The Celtic Vampyre Saga, changes everythingMore than thirty years later the return of an old friend forces Else to relive the events that marked the end of her In the Balance (I Bring the Fire, childhood Dea 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Review The Last Boat Home

The Last Boat Home

Rough the waves while above her storm clouds are gathering Surrounded by mountains snow and white capped water she looks across the fjord and dreams of another life of escape and faraway landsBack on shore her father sits alone in his boathouse with a jar of homebrew In the Best Room her moth This debut novel is a bit of a mixed bag I actually thought it had been translated from Norwegian but a little basic research revealed that it had not; Ms Brovig however grew up in Norway before moving to England at age seventeen It shows here and there in her English I decided not to mind when I noticed the writing because the English was slightly off in tiny ways like saying Else walked to the car 'together with' someone rather than just 'with' them The second criticism is the pacing of the novel; the story cuts back and forth between Else then in 1974 1975 and Else now in 2009 There is a lot of setting up that takes uite a long time and it was difficult to see where the story was going for about the first third of the book that's uite long to stay with it and I expect some people gave up Which is a shame because once it got going it was pretty good Dea Brovig has captured the hard harsh environment of wintertime Norway exceptionally well; she makes us feel the cold the privations of a poor family the deep unrelenting coldness of life in this place She has mirrored it in the hard harsh lives of Else and her parents This is Norway before the oil industry before it became a rich country The people of the town and this particular family are poor They don't have uite enough of what they need And so it is for Else too; her family isn't uite ok Her father is a shrimp fisherman and a drunk Her mother is a loving enough mother but copes by trying to pacify and not rock the boat She is steeped in the Lutheran religion as is the rest of the town Pastor Seip a gimlet eyed man of very little compassion or Christian charity is a powerful figure in town I hoped he might fall into a freezing lake but he got off lightly Of course young Else full of life and hope wants a bigger world She finds a degree of it with Lars son of the richest man in town and possessed of degrees of freedom barely imaginable to the repressed Else She finds another thread of it in the Circus that comes to town and is fascinated by the exotic strong man And then her world comes crashing down via a stunning act of betrayal and all that long set up makes sense Else's mother who in her rigid adhering to social s has failed Else over and over comes through thank god binding them firmly together forever This is the other important dimension of this book the bond between women and between mothers and daughters in particular Else's relationship with her own daughter feels difficult and real and modern The slow pace of the set up means that when the truth is finally revealed to us it has uite a punch The novel ends on a note of new hope and it's good place to leave it I'm glad I stuck through the initial slowness; it's a powerful story by the end of it Doctor Who clouds are gathering Surrounded by mountains snow and white Secrets On Morgan Hill capped water she looks across the fjord and dreams of another life of escape and faraway landsBack on shore her father sits alone in his boathouse with a jar of homebrew In the Best Room her moth This debut novel is a bit of a mixed bag I actually thought it had been translated from Norwegian but a little basic research revealed that it had not; Ms Brovig however grew up in Norway before moving to England at age seventeen It shows here and there in her English I decided not to mind when I noticed the writing because the English was slightly off in tiny ways like saying Else walked to the Emma (Emma Trilogy car 'together with' someone rather than just 'with' them The second Conversations with James Baldwin criticism is the pacing of the novel; the story Fifth Avenue, Uptown cuts back and forth between Else then in 1974 1975 and Else now in 2009 There is a lot of setting up that takes uite a long time and it was difficult to see where the story was going for about the first third of the book that's uite long to stay with it and I expect some people gave up Which is a shame because once it got going it was pretty good Dea Brovig has The Children of Willesden Lane. Beyond the Kindertransport captured the hard harsh environment of wintertime Norway exceptionally well; she makes us feel the Nee Naw cold the privations of a poor family the deep unrelenting Hide and Seek coldness of life in this place She has mirrored it in the hard harsh lives of Else and her parents This is Norway before the oil industry before it became a rich A Mothers Duty country The people of the town and this particular family are poor They don't have uite enough of what they need And so it is for Else too; her family isn't uite ok Her father is a shrimp fisherman and a drunk Her mother is a loving enough mother but Disney Tangled copes by trying to pacify and not rock the boat She is steeped in the Lutheran religion as is the rest of the town Pastor Seip a gimlet eyed man of very little The Soprano compassion or Christian Empire Made Me charity is a powerful figure in town I hoped he might fall into a freezing lake but he got off lightly Of Night of Knives (Malazan Empire, course young Else full of life and hope wants a bigger world She finds a degree of it with Lars son of the richest man in town and possessed of degrees of freedom barely imaginable to the repressed Else She finds another thread of it in the Circus that Kestrel (Hart Brothers, comes to town and is fascinated by the exotic strong man And then her world One More Round (Gamer Boy, comes Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain crashing down via a stunning act of betrayal and all that long set up makes sense Else's mother who in her rigid adhering to social s has failed Else over and over The Violet Hour (The Celtic Vampyre Saga, comes through thank god binding them firmly together forever This is the other important dimension of this book the bond between women and between mothers and daughters in particular Else's relationship with her own daughter feels difficult and real and modern The slow pace of the set up means that when the truth is finally revealed to us it has uite a punch The novel ends on a note of new hope and it's good place to leave it I'm glad I stuck through the initial slowness; it's a powerful story by the end of it

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Explosive dark and tender The Last Boat Home is a devastating novel about sacrifice survival and a mother’s love If you loved The Light Between Oceans or The Snow Child this is for youOn the wind swept southern coast of Norway sixteen year old Else is out on the icy sea dragging her oars th This book came to me by way of a secret Booksanta at my new reading group and I probably wouldn't have picked it up from a bookshelf myself but I'm glad that I read it As other readers have said it was beautifully written I didn't find it slow paced as such as much as paced to match Else's life on the Norwegian coast both growing up and when she is a fairly young I think grandmother There were flurries of action just as there are in life when the pastor visits when Else sneaks off when she encounters other people and in between life just goes on and because of the way it's paced you feel all of that I did wonder a little bit why I was reading it or why I was being told the story which is probably about me than about the book I kept reading because I felt we were building up to something and I had various hopes about what it could be There was a sense of foreboding throughout the ordinariness somehow so that I did want to know what was going to happen Even though I had half an idea about what it was probably going to be I needed to know for sure view spoilerKnowing at the end of the book though is where I wonder why we were told the story To show that life can go on and be promising despite all its drudgery and the horrors and betrayals of other people? Else as grandmother lives for her granddaughter and perhaps that works on its own as a reason if you're someone with childrenhopes of children yourself the book starts with a birth after all We also see her finally joining in with the one person who has actually always been there for her finally entering a wider world with hope and possibilities than she's allowed herself so far So maybe that's the point that if we stay open rather than cutting ourselves off from other people then there's not only the chance of betrayal and disappointment but also of warmth and companionship I don't always have to see the point of a book although maybe that's because it's usually obvious and so the fact that I'm uestioning it suggests that I felt the need this time Maybe to make up for what felt like the ordinariness including the nasty bits of normal life that were so well portrayed in the same way that I want wonderful things from life I want the promise or optimism of wonderful things from books too which is different from happy endings and I'm not sure I felt it uite strongly enough here to make up for the other 40 years of Else's life But I did feel it otherwise I'd wish I hadn't read the book at all and as I said above I'm happy enough that I did hide spoiler


10 thoughts on “The Last Boat Home

  1. says:

    A book that starts in present and them goes back to her as a girl The life she led her violent father Set in Norway on the coast her dad was a trawlerman but had to fins another job due to not enough work he was a drunk too


  2. says:

    This book came to me by way of a secret Booksanta at my new reading group and I probably wouldn't have picked it up from a bookshelf myself but I'm glad that I read it As other readers have said it was beautifully written I didn't find it slow paced as such as much as paced to match Else's life on the Norwegian coast both growing up and when she is a fairly young I think grandmother There were flurries of action just as there are in life when the pastor visits when Else sneaks off when she encounters other people and in between life just goes on and because of the way it's paced you feel all of that I did wonder a little bit why I was reading it or why I was being told the story which is probably about me than about the book I kept reading because I felt we were building up to something and I had various hopes about what it could be There was a sense of foreboding throughout the ordinariness somehow so that I did want to know what was going to happen Even though I had half an idea about what it was probably going to be I needed to know for sure view spoilerKnowing at the end of the book though is where I wonder why we were told the story To show that life can go on and be promising despite all its drudgery and the horrors and betrayals of other people? Else as grandmother lives for her granddaughter and perhaps that works on its own as a reason if you're someone with childrenhopes of children yourself the book starts with a birth after all We also see her finally joining in with the one person who has actually always been there for her finally entering a wider world with hope and possibilities than she's allowed herself so far So maybe that's the point that if we stay open rather than cutting ourselves off from other people then there's not only the chance of betrayal and disappointment but also of warmth and companionship I don't always have to see the point of a book although maybe that's because it's usually obvious and so the fact that I'm uestioning it suggests that I felt the need this time Maybe to make up for what felt like the ordinariness including the nasty bits of normal life that were so well portrayed in the same way that I want wonderful things from life I want the promise or optimism of wonderful things from books too which is different from happy endings and I'm not sure I felt it uite strongly enough here to make up for the other 40 years of Else's life But I did feel it otherwise I'd wish I hadn't read the book at all and as I said above I'm happy enough that I did hide spoiler


  3. says:

    I received a free copy of this book via netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewI struggled at the start of this book It was a little confused and didn't hold my interest But once I got into it it was uite enjoyable the story was good and it flowed well I liked most of the characters especially Else's grandaughterThis book had strong themes of abuse religions and heartache It had some moments that were hard to read due to their subject nature but at the same moment you had to read on to find out what was happeningLars was a character I didn't particularly like He was just plain rude and a little but creepy for my likingThe book had some interesting ideas but it struggled to hold my attentionI would recommend this book just to people who prefer a slower paced books3 out of 5 stars


  4. says:

    Set in a God fearing community in a small Norwegian costal town After a somewhat slow start the story of Else and her family gradually develops in to a gripping tale of love secrecy and sacrifice Overall it was a good read particularly for a debut novel


  5. says:

    This was a pleasure to read because it was so well written The story is a little bleak and harrowing Story of a mum and her daughter and abusive husband and also story of that daughter and her daughter


  6. says:

    This debut novel is a bit of a mixed bag I actually thought it had been translated from Norwegian but a little basic research revealed that it had not; Ms Brovig however grew up in Norway before moving to England at age seventeen It shows here and there in her English I decided not to mind when I noticed the writing because the English was slightly off in tiny ways like saying Else walked to the car 'together with' someone rather than just 'with' them The second criticism is the pacing of the novel; the story cuts back and forth between Else then in 1974 1975 and Else now in 2009 There is a lot of setting up that takes uite a long time and it was difficult to see where the story was going for about the first third of the book that's uite long to stay with it and I expect some people gave up Which is a shame because once it got going it was pretty good Dea Brovig has captured the hard harsh environment of wintertime Norway exceptionally well; she makes us feel the cold the privations of a poor family the deep unrelenting coldness of life in this place She has mirrored it in the hard harsh lives of Else and her parents This is Norway before the oil industry before it became a rich country The people of the town and this particular family are poor They don't have uite enough of what they need And so it is for Else too; her family isn't uite ok Her father is a shrimp fisherman and a drunk Her mother is a loving enough mother but copes by trying to pacify and not rock the boat She is steeped in the Lutheran religion as is the rest of the town Pastor Seip a gimlet eyed man of very little compassion or Christian charity is a powerful figure in town I hoped he might fall into a freezing lake but he got off lightly Of course young Else full of life and hope wants a bigger world She finds a degree of it with Lars son of the richest man in town and possessed of degrees of freedom barely imaginable to the repressed Else She finds another thread of it in the Circus that comes to town and is fascinated by the exotic strong man And then her world comes crashing down via a stunning act of betrayal and all that long set up makes sense Else's mother who in her rigid adhering to social s has failed Else over and over comes through thank god binding them firmly together forever This is the other important dimension of this book the bond between women and between mothers and daughters in particular Else's relationship with her own daughter feels difficult and real and modern The slow pace of the set up means that when the truth is finally revealed to us it has uite a punch The novel ends on a note of new hope and it's good place to leave it I'm glad I stuck through the initial slowness; it's a powerful story by the end of it


  7. says:

    I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads The Last Boat Home is the debut novel of Norwegian author Dea Brøvig Set in a small village on the south coast of Norway the story follows Else Dybdahl through two different time periods then 1974 1976 and now 2009 The narrative begins in 1976 where Else who we currently know nothing about is in labour After this the tale switches between then and now then becoming 1974 and continuing up until the birth of Else’s daughter MarianneElse is living in the same area that she grew up in with her daughter and granddaughter Liv An ex boyfriend from her childhood Lars has just moved back to the area with his wife and children In the past Else and Lars snuck around keeping their relationship secret from the God fearing community in particularly from the rather strict pastor Brøvig keeps the reader engaged by leaving us wanting to know and trying to work out who Marianne’s father is We learn that Else was only in her teens at the time of her birth Is Lars the father? Or was a member of the travelling circus that comes to one of the local farms responsible? In which case was it the strong man or one of the other acts? Or was there someone else? As well as the religious aspects this book also contains the topic of abuse which Else and her mother Dagny are exposed to by their alcoholic father and husband However in my opinion the strongest theme is secrets Not only are there secret relationships the Dybdahls keep themselves isolated to prevent their friends and church society from discovering their true home circumstances And once Else becomes pregnant? Well that is yet another reason to isolate themselves In the present day there are still secrets Else does not want Marianne to know who her real father is and so has lied about the truth not only to her daughter and granddaughter but also to Lars and everyone else she knowsPersonally I think the story line could have been stronger and possibly drawn out to create a greater sense of suspense however Brøvig successfully conjures up images of mountains fjords and farmlands of a Norwegian community Overall it was a good book and a fairly uick read too


  8. says:

    The Last Boat Home is the debut novel of Dea Brovig and the narrative is shared between the mid 1970s and 2009 The novel opens with the lead character Else giving birth and the circumstances behind this event and the identity of the father of the child is key in tying the two eras togetherThe return of her childhood sweetheart Lars in 2009 forces Else to confront the past Born into a strict church going Norwegian fishing community we learn of her early life her relationship with Lars which they have kept secret fearing condemnation from the community and in particular their parents and the village Pastor A travelling circus arriving in the village and its inhabitants – the strong man in particular – have a consderable impact on her future life Else is not the only one hiding the truth Her father is a not so secret drinker and her mother wears make up to try to hide the bruises on her face from his freuent assaults The discovery of Else’s secret life causes the whole pack of cards to come tumbling downI love the idea behind this book Somehow the book manages to be a fairly uick read but slow paced at the same time and the pacing suits the descriptions of the somewhat monotonous and hard way of life described here I enjoyed comparing how the village attitudes appear to have changed between the periods this book retells It feels like it could have been set so much earlier than the 1970sview spoiler There is no big reveal to other characters in the end and the reader feels somewhat like a voyeur looking into Else’s private thoughts On the other hand this is in keeping with the theme of secrecy that is so important within the book and I can see why the author chose to keep the ending this way After the shocking revelations of what actually happened in 1975 it is actually in keeping with the style of the book to keep the revelations between the reader and Else rather than the wider cast of characters as well hide spoiler


  9. says:

    Dea Brøvig conjures up a desolate and harsh debut novel which is mirrored by the unforgiving Norwegian winters which is described so vividly that I longed to pass the young Else Dybdahl yet another jumper to keep her warm on her ferry home from the town at the end of each school dayThe story is split a past that covers the time from 1974 1976 and the present day 2009 where Else is forced to confront those memories she had hoped were safely buried when her boyfriend returns to the island to live in his family home with his young wife and childrenWe know that Else is the mother to Marianne and Grandmother to eleven year old Liv who she lives with in the same town that she grew up in but what we don’t know is how Else came to have a baby which is where the narration begins at an early age A shocking event especially considering how important the church is to the inhabitantsThis is a bleak story as we peek behind the door to the realities of the Dybdahl household one where the family turn up to church no matter how many bruises Else’s mother Dagny has to cover with powder a household ruled by the ups and downs of an alcoholic father and husband The descriptions of the hardships that feature in the daily life of the Dybdahl's along with the cold and wet feet from snow and ice only serve to make this an almost unbearably claustrophobic readBrøvig cleverly keeps the pace slow reflecting the long and cold days as Else and Dybdhal struggle to keep life moving forwards with the small relief of a visit from a travelling circus so that the reveal happens when the tension has been ramped up to the maximum Else has school to distract her but she is ever mindful of the cow that needs milking as well as the pressures her boyfriend Lars heaps on her to sneak out join him With the fire and brimstone sermons seemingly aimed at the inhabitants by the fearsome Pastor Brøvig accurately captures the desires and fears that rule Else’s days not least the shame she would heap on her family if caughtA book which is thought provoking rather than enjoyable this would work well as an interesting if somewhat harrowing book club readI received a copy of this book from the publishers Random House UK in return for this unbiased review


  10. says:

    Else rested her temple against the cold glass and imagined how it would happen A tearing of the guts a hatching a birth Even now it did not seem real She knew girls who at that moment were sitting in their classrooms counting the minutes until break while she tallied the seconds between her last contraction and the next Dea Brøvig's atmospheric debut novel The Last Boat Home opens with a glimpse into Else's past as a pregnant teenager pacing the kitchen preparing for birth In the next chapter we switch to the present day where Else arrives in the harbour grown up and both a mother and a grandmother Brøvig takes us back and forth in time between 1974 6 and 2009 in a dual time third person narrative The novel has a gentle pace not without tension and Brøvig keeps the reader engaged as the pieces of the puzzle of Else's life are pieced together The writing is beautiful You can tell every sentence has been pored over Brøvig creates a realistic atmosphere of small town God fearing Norwegian life in the seventies She writes well about a place where everybody knows everybody gossip is rife and life sometimes feels suffocating The scenery descriptions are great and the harsh but sometimes beautiful environment mirrors the feeling of a tight knit community with its very ugly secrets below the surfaceThe characterisation is strong and Else and her family have a lot of depth to them They feel realistic The dialogue doesn't feel wooden and Brøvig's characters for the most part have their own voice I think Brøvig could do even with these characters though; it would be great to read about Else's daughter Marianne and granddaughter Liv in a little detail A book about Marianne's childhood and how she then parented Liv would be an interesting read Overall there's a lot packed into this relatively small novel and it will stay with you


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