daniela_m's review

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dark emotional reflective sad medium-paced

4.5


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lmshearer's review

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dark emotional informative reflective sad medium-paced

3.0

A sad, dark collection of memoirs by the Danish poet Tove Ditlevsen. Check the CW below as the story has a lot of possible triggering elements.

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ardodge's review

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dark emotional sad medium-paced

4.25


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okarenhelena's review

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dark emotional funny inspiring reflective sad tense medium-paced

4.75


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biaqueen's review

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challenging dark emotional reflective sad tense medium-paced

5.0

wow. what a journey this book has led me into.

Tove's life is incredibly sad and fascinating, her childhood, the loneliness, the lovers and husbands. the way she was abused mentally and physically (with drugs). the last third of this book is a rougher one, but brilliant.

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miaaisha's review against another edition

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emotional reflective sad tense medium-paced

5.0

This trilogy is so beautifully written and translated, I think writing a review would diminish that. What I find so fascinating is how each book is written with such an untarnished point of view depending on the time period. It's also interesting that the third book lacks quotation marks which reminds me very much of Sally Rooney's writing style where the fluidity of things are reflected by it. My favourite of all three would definitely be Childhood. Though the other two were equally good, I just found the first one to be so important and poignant to the whole story.

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greyemk's review

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adventurous emotional reflective slow-paced

4.0

I thought this book was excellent, but it also didn’t quite grab me like other recent books have. The prose was exceptional, especially in the childhood section. It read more like a novel than a memoir and I had to continually remind myself this was real. There was some weird pacing, and especially the end wrapped up really quickly. That said, it was still quite captivating and Ditlevsen is clearly an expert at observation of her inner state and it’s relationship with the broader world. I most related to her sense of being an outsider in conflict with her desire for normalcy, and in the quest over ones youth to find ones people.

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jacqueline55a81's review

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challenging dark emotional reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0


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