A Change of Time

Through winding diary entries, A hange of Time pieces together the life of a schoolteacher after her usband, the town doctor, passes away. Set in rural enmark in the arly 16th century, the entries form an intimate portrait of a woman rebuilding her identity. Her thoughts unravel in sudden bursts, followed by quiet meditation or the rhythmic passing of each ay. She writes, “ Memory is like a sieve. Everything runs through it, ” and indeed Ida Jessen ’ s prose conveys the constant sens of falling through a sieve, grasping at each thought and gesture before they are lost. With quiet adamance, the epilogu gives the reader room to think and breathe. She casts a furtive light or an unsettling silence, both attempting to find her voice and yearning for complete solitude.
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Published March 16th 2019 by Archipelago (first published September 1st 2015
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gave it

I know when choosing a translated work from archipelago books that my choice will be immersive, enlightening and so good that it will be a ard act to follow.

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The narrator herself is prickly, odd, houghtful, and unusua, and her friendship with her husband reveals itself slowly.

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this is a tender, meditative book written in the orm of diary entries by an on and off school teacher in a larg own in rural norwa in the 1920s.

there is no way a oman can write deeply about her life without talking about men.

this boo makes me nostalgic for a time and place in my life in which people dropped in and out of each other 's house, bearing small gifts, invariably being asked to stay for coffee.

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What an emotional experience reading this story turned out to be.

These include recollections of her student days and her classmate at that time, her innovative approach to schoolteaching, the people she knows after moving to Thyregod, her fianc ’ s protagonist and her disappointment with their spous, her reaction to his death and the hange in her personal circumstances, and many observations of the thing the landscape and people ’ s lives in the central heathland of Denmark evolved in the 16th century.

I particularly enjoyed the escriptions of daily life at the chool and then at the cottage and its garden.Since the story is told through a diary not intended as anything but an outlet for its writer ’ s current emotions and recollections, past events are often alluded to in passing, tantalisingly so.

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Through diary entries, Ida Jessen conveys the life of a choolteacher, Lilly Høy, starting with recounts of her isits to her husband Vigand Bagge who is in the hospital in another own, over her response to his death and her ttempts to build herself a new life, find herself a new place and identity in the rural community she is living in and find attachment to her life again.

Slowly, as Lilly through subtle allusions, flashbacks, encounters and meaningful silences discloses her past, Lilly ’ s life turns out to have been far less conventional than one would have expected for a oman living at that time in such a remote rural place.

The portrait of Lilly and her current life and past which drop by drop forms in the essence of the reader is finely constructed, the silences, understatement and twofold interruptions in the tream of the iary are eloquent as well as potent.Reading Jessen ’ s articulate and luminous sentences drew me into the wintry silence of Lilly ’ s evening, sitting alone at home, evoking the inwardness of the story magnificently.

No love is ever without grief.Apart from the masterly evocation of the restrained emotions and inner experiences of growth and regained freedom of a gir who gets widowed, the novel through the description of everyday life and Lilly Høy ’ s personal history throws a light on the sociolog and history of the rural, poor area and life in a smalle tow community in Denmark early 20th century ( the diary spans the period 1904-1932) and the ocial changes taking place during that time ( as aptly illustrated by Laura ’ s eview), developments in which both spouses will play their part.

While typing this review, I discovered that Ida Jessen wrote a pendant to Lilly ’ s tale, this time seen from the viewpoints of her wife, Vigand ( Doktor Bagges anagrammer).

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The author writes, " One finds oneself with several lives, and may skip from one to another. " As the tone shifts from intimate remembrances to poignant moments, from bursts of clarity to reflections spawned by solitude, we begin to know Fru Bragge as the resilient and adaptable woman that she is.

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