Bodil Bredsdorff Faith Ingwersen Bodil Bredesdorff
- Title: The Crow-Girl: The Children of Crow Cove
- Author: Bodil Bredsdorff Faith Ingwersen Bodil Bredesdorff
- ISBN: 9780374312473
- Page: 119
- Format: Hardcover
A timeless novel about the kindness of strangersNear a little cove where a brook runs out to the sea live a girl and her grandmother All alone with no neighbors at all, the two lead a peaceful existence They have a house, dine on sea kale and mussels and sand snails, and build fires from driftwood But the grandmother is very old When the time comes that the girl must bA timeless novel about the kindness of strangersNear a little cove where a brook runs out to the sea live a girl and her grandmother All alone with no neighbors at all, the two lead a peaceful existence They have a house, dine on sea kale and mussels and sand snails, and build fires from driftwood But the grandmother is very old When the time comes that the girl must bury the woman, she makes up a funeral song about the birds she is watching Two crows never fly alone, and death is never, ever past The next day the same crows seem to beckon her, and so the Crow Girl begins her journey, one in which she will meet people both warm and cold, hurt and hurtful And the Crow Girl, before she knows it, has the makings before her of a new family .This lyrical story, with its characters moments of darkness always overcome through incredible humanity, introduces a strong new voice for American readers.
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What I have always (and perhaps even rather most) enjoyed with regard to Bodil Bredsdorff's evocative and emotionally dense The Crow Girl is the caressing and almost entrancing writing style. The velocity, the rhythm and cadence of the narrative, strongly reminds one of the ocean, its waves and tides, not really all that surprising, as for all intents and purposes The Crow Girl is a novel of the sea and by the sea (there concurrently also exists an equal and rather pleasantly surprising sense of [...]
This is a lovely little story; it almost feels like a philosophy book, and it’s very poetically told. There are some deep messages here that are given as a genuine part of the story, and they’re very meaningful. While I can’t read it in its original Danish, the translation seems to be excellent.Thank goodness for some joy toward the end. It is a kids’ book so I was expecting it. Most of the book was dismally grim though. It was bone chillingly depressing for quite a long time, and I thin [...]
This lovely story is the first of popular Danish author Bodil Bresdorff's to be translated in to English and printed in America. Lucky us! I really enjoy reading about other cultures--and the underlying humanity that is so very much the same no matter what--and this book delivers.I was actually surprised by how somber much of the story is. I expected that, after the (expected) grandmother's death, things would improve for the Crow-Girl. But, her journey is filled with as many nasty snags and sor [...]
Another KEEPER! Beautiful language and story. Just before she dies, Crow-girl's grandma gives her three rules for life. 1) "You will find two kinds of people in the world. Some say there are the bad and the good. But it isn't like that. Since what is good for one may be bad for another. No, that doesn't work. You have to depend on your intuition. There are those who make you feel inside as if you are drinking a good, warm soup--even if you are hungry and the two of you have nothing to eat. In sp [...]
I loved every word of this story - it seems that the translation into English has been extremely well done. It is a story of hope and perseverence in a time of great hardship and pain. The young girl's perseverance and hope help her overcome one obstacle after another until finally her hopes and wishes are fulfilled.The book starts with three life lessons passed down from a grandmother to her granddaughter, and then we see each one played out in the story that follows. It is more than a story of [...]
This YA book did not work for me. There was a lot of talk about the Crow-Girl books by the Norwegian author Bodil Bredsdorff in the Comfort Reads Group of which I am a member here at GR. There is an overall gloom that I did not enjoy. I am NOT one to shy away from a book that focuses on "difficult times". It is not enough for me that a story ends on a positive note. No, I even prefer a novel that ends half-way happy as long as the passage through the book isn't dismal and provides a chuckle or a [...]
Batchelder Honor 2005The Crow-Girl is about an unnamed girl who lives with her grandmother. The grandmother warns the girl that she will die soon and how to know when that happens. She then tells her that people have both good and bad inside and you have to see if it is the right goodness for you. When her grandmother dies, the girl sets out. She first finds a woman who wants her to work for her and then wants to take all her things, but she escapes one night. Then, she finds a man and a toddler [...]
A sweet, quiet story of an orphaned girl who finds her way in the world and a new family. The writing is simple but elegant, and the story moves along at a good pace. The characters are well-rounded. At first, I thought that the author must hate men, because of the wicked stepfather and the man who abandoned his young son to a stranger (the Crow Girl). Fortunately she was a good person and cared for the little boy. I don't know if Norwegians are weak people or what, but I thought that this fathe [...]
Simply lovely fable-type story of a young girl who makes her way alone in the world, through perils and trials, gaining wisdom and love along the way. It can be read as a parable about love and family, and how one must make choices for the good of the group sometimes As Darsa said, it undoubtedly loses something in the translation, but the simplicity of the prose resonates with the straightforward loveliness of the message. It's the kind of book that leaves one smiling, warm and hopeful. It's go [...]
The Crow-Girl is a part of an award-winning series. It is about a young girl who lives by the sea with her grandmother. Her grandmother is very old and ill and eventually passes away, but not without imparting special "rules" one should follow in life. 1. "There are two types of people in the world.There are those who make you feel inside as if you are drinking a good, warm soup.And then there are those who cause you to freeze inside"2. "The door of someone's heart can only be opened from within [...]
This story takes place near a quiet cove, where 3 small houses sit, 2 of which are empty. In the only occupied house lives a young girl and her sick grandmother. Following her grandmother's passing and as a result of her loneliness and desperation, the girl leaves her home. She meets a woman, who takes her in and feeds her, but then treats her as a slave; and when she discovers the woman’s intention of taking her home, she leaves. She lets the crows lead her on her journey, where she encounter [...]
Did you ever pick a book for the cover and title and actually find a treasure? This is one of those books, originally published in Denmark, and only translated and published in the US in 2004.Crow-Girl lives a meager but happy life with her very elderly grandmother on a distant cove of a Scandinavian country on the east side(I'm guessing) of the North Sea.At the outset, grandmother, dying, is teaching Crow-Girl the three great lessons of life. Her final one:"There are two kinds of people There a [...]
Summary(CIP): after the deathe of her grandmother, an orphaned young girl leaves her house by the cove and begins a journey which leads her to people and eperiences that exemplify the wisdom her grandmother had shared with her.Review: This story is a great survival story in so many ways. It deals with both physical and emotional survival. The advice given by the grandmother is honest and rings true and then is reflects in the story. The Crow-girl learns that people are neither good or bad, what [...]
This story feels very old, almost like a saga. It was translated from Danish and takes place along the coast of Denmark. It is the coming-of-age journey of "Crow-Girl", a name given her by a not very nice person after the girl realizes that her beloved and now dead grandmother only ever called her "Chick". That frail grandmother, with whom Crow-Girl lived in an isolated setting by the sea, tried to prepare her for life on her own, and indeed , Crow-Girl was very resourceful. After burying her gr [...]
This is an author who knows how to write! The images painted are poetic. As an old grandmother is dying she imparts wisdom to the grand daughter she loves. Living together on a rugged cove near the sea, when her grandmother dies, the young girl must bury her and seek others who can help her.Remembering her grandmother's words regarding two kinds of people," those that make you feel good inside, and then those who cause you to freeze inside, even if you are sitting before a roaring fire and have [...]
This book had me spellbound. The lifestyle is so far removed from our own today that I just soaked up the details of scratching together a living with the bare necessities (gathering driftwood from the sea for their fire and mussels and kale for their ancient stews)just to maintain a meager livelihood. I must gravitate to stories of an orderly, simple life (as maybe I feel mine isn't?). I loved the characters of the grandmother and granddaughter and the way they turned bleakness into beauty--the [...]
This is a lovely story translated from Danish about a little girl who lives alone after her grandmother dies. Her grandmother has taught her the most important lessons and she uses these to survive and to decide who to become close to and allow into her inner circle soon she has a new, adopted "family" including darling "Doup". I love that the grandmother said that some people divide others into "good" and "bad" people but there are so many differing opinions on what makes someone good or bad. S [...]
The story of a pure heart. Crow-Girl goes searching for companionship after her grandmother's death, and finds it by trial and error, but also by listening in her heart to the tenets of "truth" her grandmother imparted to her before she died. Hopeful, but not saccharine. Lovely and simple, like a parable.
This book is amazing
An orphan living alone on an island looks for a new family.
This is a charming, fairytale-like story of a young girl who, after losing her grandmother, goes on a journey of discovery. This story is ageless; the very young to the very old will enjoy this tale.There is no real magic except in the lyrical prose of the author. I had recently read a couple of disappointing novels, so this was a refreshing palate cleanser. It was not emotionally searing nor highly philosophical. It had the "porridge just right" feel of a good story to lift up your soul on a gr [...]
A nice read.
Jeg læste den her bog da jeg var mindre, og jeg husker at være fuldstændig opslugt.
A sweet story.
read it. youll love every part of ite crow girl made me felt the adventure and the importance of companion and friendship.
Beautiful simple story with unexpected turns. Lots of sadness and loneliness, but a perfect ending. Very easy read.
• Summarize the bookCrow Girl, the first in a series, is set in an unnamed seaside land and feels like it takes place in the middle ages. At the beginning of the book a girl with no name, early to mid adolescence, lives alone with her grandmother in a remote seaside cottage. They are poor but know how to keep themselves fed with mussels from the sea and other local foods. The grandmother is dying and in the opening chapters we hear her advising the girl on how to take care of herself after th [...]
A captivating, somber, almost philosophical read. The image of a lonely cove's rocky shoreline, populated by only a few small, mostly empty, mostly ruined homes; some sea life; a girl; and her bed-ridden grandmother, set the tone of the book. Though the time and place (other than being coastal and boggy) are indistinct and vague, that never seemed to matter - the story was very timeless, and the mysteriousness seemed appropriate, considering the protagonist's ignorance of her own name. I would n [...]
The Crow Girl, By Bodli Bredsdorff.This book is about a girl named Crow Girl, she is 13 years old and a very hard worker. Crow girl lived with her grandma in a very small old house, in the middle of nowhere. One day her grandmother passsed away and crow girl is by herself. She leaves her home and two crows lead her to different places and people.Crow girl wanted to find someone who would take her in and take of her. Two crows lead her to a house with a man and wife. They let Crow girl in but onl [...]
A 4.5* for me. "The second rule says that the door to a person's heart can only be opened from within. If there is someone who will not let you in, it's no use hammering and kicking and lamenting and complaining. For what if the door is ajar, and you push it shut? With some people it can never be opened again."We never get to find out her real name. The girl - she lives near a cove, by a brook that runs out to sea, with her wise but ailing grandmother. They live secluded from the rest of the t [...]
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