sunnuntai 26. helmikuuta 2012

Colm Tóibín: The Heather Blazing

Jacket design: Jeff Fisher
He stayed awake for a while trying to think about what was going to happen, but he could think of nothing except the empty house at home, everything still and untouched in the darkness, all of the rooms quiet, the fire gone out, the milk he collected in the morning, which now seemed so far away, slowly going rancid in the night. He imagined each room, each piece of furniture until slowly he, too, fell asleep.

I got this edition of The Heather Blazing with its beautifully designed cover from my wife for Christmas. I've been wanting to read more novels by Colm Tóibín, especially after reading - and enjoying - Brooklyn so much.

The Heather Blazing is Tóibín's second novel and set in his home country, Ireland. The main character is Eamon Redmond, a judge in the Irish High Court. As Eamon spends his days preparing for complicated court cases in a small village on the Irish shore, he begins to remember his childhood and the death of his father. At the same time, he also recalls his relationship with his wife and daughter.

The Heather Blazing is a very slow-paced novel, full of gloomy memories, Irish politics and the rainy seaside village that provides the setting for both Eamon's childhood memories and his present days. The novel seems fairly simple: not much happens - an old man is just remembering his childhood. But somehow the atmosphere of Eamon's childhood summers and the relationship with his father are closely related to the summers of his adult life and the relationship between him and his wife. Once you notice the similarities between the two, the novel's structure actually becomes quite complicated.

This was a very strange novel and I found it extremely difficult to somehow dig under the surface of the story. :) Not the "easiest" novel by Tóibín to read. The tone of the novel and the setting reminded me of The Blackwater Lightship, but the characters and the tension in the novel were not as interesting in my opinion. So a bit of a disappointment...

Colm Tóibín: The Heather Blazing. Bloomsbury. 1992. 262 pages.

ColmTóibín.com
The Independent: "Just Like Old Troubled Times: 'The Heather Blazing'
Wikipedia: The Heather Blazing

5 kommenttia:

  1. Kiitos mielenkiintoisesta jutusta! Kaikki Tóibíniin liittyvä kiinnostaa – en tunne hänen tuotantoaan kovin hyvin, vaikka koenkin itseni jo faniksi. Olen lukenut kaksi kirjaa (Brooklyn, The Blackwater Lightship) ja kaksi muuta odottaa hyllyssä (The Master, The Empty Family), mutta muita teoksia en olisi edes osannut nimetä. Mukavaa, että tutustuttavaa riittää.

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    1. Ole hyvä vain, mukavaa että Tóibín kiinnostaa! Brooklyn ja The Blackwater Lightship ovat edelleen omia suosikkejani Tóibínin kirjoista, mutta The Master oli myös todella hyvä. Tutustuminen jatkuu täälläkin... :)

      Poista
  2. Samaa tulin kommentoimaan kuin Pekka. Itse olen lukenut vasta Brooklynin, mutta ihastuin siihen niin totaalisesti, että hommasin heti neljä muutakin Tóibínia hyllyyni. Orastavaa fanitusta siis täälläkin. :)

    Tämäkin romaani kuulostaa kiinnostavalta, vaikka se sinulle lievä pettymys olikin. Ehkä luen kuitenkin ne hyllystäni löytyvät ennen tätä. :)

    Kansi on tosiaan tosi hieno!

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    1. Kiva kuulla, että Tóibínia on luvassa muissakin blogeissa! Tuntuu että Suomessa kirjailija on "löydetty" vasta Brooklynin myötä, mutta parempi myöhään kuin ei milloinkaan. :) Onneksi tutustuttavaa tosiaan riittää, kuten Pekka sanoi.

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  3. Minullakin olisi Tóibín luettavien listalla, mutta todennäköisesti valitsen jotain käännettyä. Minulle on kehkeytynyt kunnon Irlanti-ihastus (vaikka en ole siellä koskaan käynytkään), joten sinne sijoittuva kirjallisuuskin kiinnostaa, varsinkin kun Tóibínia on niin kehuttu.

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