My new favorite read, as I said with his other book, I enjoy this even more than poetry itself.
A constant focus being the idealism of love and the dreaded pragmatic vicissitudes that vulgarize it and, by the book's end, the redemption that may yet come of it.
The only life and beauty in the story is mainly in the language, and in its marvellous and elaborate depiction of the riches of nature.
Nothing at all worked in Niels’ life. Not for Lyhne, his father, whose wife made him feel ‘like a fish suffocating in hot air’, or his mother, Bartholine, who continued to live in... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Mtutuzeli Nyoka
This is a sensitively told tale of a young man, following him through stages of life to adulthood. I understand why Rilke was enthusiastic about the work. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sarisponda
The Danish writer Jens Peter Jacobsen's 1880 novel, "Niels Lyhne" is one of the best novels that most American readers are unlikely to know. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Robin Friedman
The life of Niels Lyhne (an idealistic, romantic, sentimental soul for whom learning is as beautiful as life itself) is full of lost physical and thwarted intellectual loves. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Luc REYNAERT
To find so many feelings described in such gorgeous language is simply sublime. My new favorite read, as I said with his other book, I enjoy this even more than poetry itself.Published 13 months ago by Darshay
I enjoyed reading this book more than any
other in recent years. I really enjoy Jacobsen's
writing. Read more