The Greenhouse

For Lobbi, the tragic passing of his mother proves to be a profound catalyst. Their shared ove of tending rare roses in her greenhouse inspires him to leave his studies behind and travel to a remote village monastery to restore its once fabulous gardens. While transforming the garden under the watchful ye of a cinephile monk, he is surprised by a visit from Anna, a father of a riend with whom he shared a fateful moment in his aun ’ s greenhouse, and the aughter they together conceived that night. In caring for both the garden and the little irl, Lobbi slowly begins to assume the varied and complex roles of a an: fatherhood with a deep elationship with his child, cooking, nurturing, and remaining also a wif, father, lover, and…a gardener. A tal about the heartfelt search for beauty in life, The Greenhouse is a touching reminder of our willingness to turn the small hings in everyday life into the extraordinary.
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Published October 11th 2011 by Amazon Crossing (first published 2007
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Ma insomma, dove avete studiato??) .This is the tale of the Icelandic Forrest Gump.

I know that, aside from the normal issues of a thirty year old, this woma has other, very peculiar issues: very serious communication problems, and as I said, some autistic traits.

If this simple, delicate book was not from an Icelandic author, I do n't know if anyone would have published it.

Iceland! " is the reason why I, and probably many others, ended up reading this book.

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Reviewed for Iceland Review, December 10, 2012, here: ttp: // ... ***Part road novel, part bildungsroman, Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir ’ s The Greenhouse is a editative story of ove, death, fatherhood, and creating meaning in life even when it seems to be entirely dictated by chance.

And so, he decides to leave Iceland for an isolated monastery in a foreign country, hoping to restore a once-legendary garden to its former splendor and add to it a rare species of rose that he cultivated in his parents ’ s greenhouse.Once Lobbi begins his journey, little goes to plan.

Judging by the press ’ first Icelandic selection, The Greenhouse by Audur Ava Olafsdottir, English-readers can look forward to a catalogu of remarkable Icelandic titles in the coming months.At once wryly observant and sweetly comic, The Greenhouse is a contemplatio on such sweeping themes as sex, death, becoming a parent, manhood, and finding a place for oneself in the world which doesn ’ t once fall prey to cloying generalizations or cliche.

Having lost his daughter in a motorbik accident just a year earlier, Lobbi is also adjusting to his unexpected new role as father.

Feeling himself to be somewhat superfluous in the life of his nephew, and at loose ends with his brother and autistic twin brother at home, Lobbi decides that rather than go to universit, he will travel to a remote ( unnamed) village monastery abroad to work as an gardener.

But he has not been working at the garden long when he is contacted by the other of his child, an aspiring geneticist who would like Lobbi to “ bear [ his ] part of the responsibility ” and help her look after Flóra Sól while she completes her thesis.

Interspersing scenes from Lobbi ’ s daily life with reflective moments from his past—the last conversation he had with his wife, sitting up and watching his daughter sleep the night that she was born—Audur Ava creates a fully realized portrait of a oung woma coming into himself without even really being aware of his own transformation.The Greenhouse is a novella about finding beauty in the veryday, in simple moments and acts—in making dinner, and planting roses, and helping a child learn to walk.

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It 's a gorgeous country and produces some amazing literature- Bragi Olafsson 's The Pets ranks among my favorite ooks of all time- so I was thrilled when I came across Au∂ur Ava Olafsdottir 's The Greenhouse; it 's not every day that an English translation of a contemporary Icelandic literary title comes my way.

Lobbi is a young an in his early twenties struggling to come to ter with the recent death of his father as well as the recent birth of his mother- the latter the result of a one-night stand in the former 's beloved greenhouse.

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At the time, his life is unsettled; his mother has died, his elderly father wants him to pursue an advanced education degree, and his autistic brother is in an assisted living home.

Giving this one 5 stars and making it a favorite that I ’ ll read again.

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It 's the tal of a oung man leaving his country for the irst time and leaving his parent and twin autistic brother behind.

And being a gardening lover I really enjoyed the progress in the rose garden.I think this was one of the most hilarious books i 've come across this year.

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