- Paperback: 216 pages
- Publisher: Enska textasmidjan; 1 edition (March 24, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9979723114
- ISBN-13: 978-9979723110
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,565,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Unraveled: A Novel about a Meltdown Paperback – March 24, 2013
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**** A writer begins an extraordinary journey with their very first novel ... The storyline is captivating and makes it hard to put the book down. The 214 page novel is easily read in one succession, and the author keeps the reader interested from the very first page through to the last ... Unraveled is a lovely summer read that also helps to shed some light on Icelandic society in the wake of the economic crisis. - Juliana Björnsdóttir, icelandreview.com
Richly realised ... genuine intimacy ... Alda handles it with balance and clarity. - Larissa Kyzer, The Reykjavík Grapevine.
About the Author
Alda Sigmundsdóttir is an Icelandic-born writer, journalist, translator and blogger. She is author of The Little Book of the Icelanders, a humorous take on the quirks and foibles of the Icelandic people, and Living Inside the Meltdown, about the effects of Iceland’s financial crash on ordinary citizens. English is her first language, and she has written extensively about Iceland for the international media. Her translations from Icelandic to English are diverse and numerous, ranging from advertising copy to published fiction and non-fiction. Unraveled is Alda’s first novel.
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Top Customer Reviews
Easy to read, and keeps you wanting to know what is going to happen next, with the many twists and turns in the plot.
I couldn't put it down.
That said, it was with not without some trepidation that I picked up this book. As I got into it, I soon discovered what I had suspected—it wasn't the type of book I would usually read. It is a "dysfunctional relationship" novel played out over the background of the Icelandic financial meltdown. At times it could even be considered a 'bodice-ripper'. The main character, Frida, is a free-spirited young Icelandic woman who ends up in a loveless marriage with the UK's ambassador to Iceland (who is also hiding a couple of big secrets). Things are further complicated when Frida takes an interest in hunky Baldur, a former investment banker who she meets in the remote Westfjords.
Alda's writing is clear and direct; her descriptions of Iceland and Reykjavík give this book some depth, showing how the people of Iceland were affected during the crisis of 2008. A good companion to this novel is her first book, Living Inside the Meltdown, as well as her exceptional blog posts of 2008-2009. In contrast, the main character, Frida, is somewhat shallow and her lovers are (except for the sex scenes) lightly drawn.
The book, I read in a day, I could not put it down at all. I have a 'Kindle copy' I don't read a lot of fiction these days, I have to much to do on my research project. But there was so much in this book about Icelands 'Bank Collapse' and the possible deals that may or may not have gone down. I do have some knowledge, about this time in Iceland because of my own research. I would have really liked more of that aspect.
I really liked Frida, she showed a strong side, but was also very fragile, in my opinion. It was only when 'Baldur', came in to her life she came alive, and showed that Icelandic independence, the Icelanders are known for. A little bit of everything in this publication, about a marriage which only had one person in it, a little surprise twist, that I did not see coming, but I did wonder what was actually going on in 'that study'
A great read. Get hold of it.
This is a carefully crafted novel, full of suspense, atmosphere, humour and historical reference to the economic collapse that coincides with the crumbling marriage of the protagonist. The author, Alda Sigmundsdóttir, is a great storyteller and very apt at creating convincing characters.The ending is well executed and unexpected yet gratifying with a promise of a new life and that the heroine will follow her dreams again and continue her quest for enlightenment.
I find this work unique and cannot compare it to any other.
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