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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (675 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Audur Ava Olafsdottir Narrator: Luke Daniel Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Young Lobbi was preparing to leave his childhood home, his autistic brother, his octogenarian father, and the familiar landscape of mossy lava fields for an unknown future. Soon before his departure, he received an awful phone call: his mother was in a car accident. She used her dying words to offer calm advice to her son, urging him to continue their shared work in the greenhouse tending to the rare Rosa candida. Prior to his mother’s death, in that very same greenhouse, Lobbi made love to Anna, a friend of a friend, and just as he readies his departure he learns that in their brief night together they conceived a child. He is still reeling from this chain of events when he arrives at his new job, reinstating the rare eight-petaled rose in the majestic forgotten garden of an ancient European monastery. In focusing his energy cultivating the rarest rose, he also learns to cultivate love, with the help of a film buff monk and his newborn daughter, Flora Sol.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Victoria | 1/29/2014

    " I feel like translated fiction can be awfully hit or miss - usually more of a result of the translation, than the original work. This translated novel I thought was smoothly written, and very interesting. I really enjoyed reading it, but it felt more like half a novel than a full novel because the ending was just lacking. Everything about it felt unfinished, other than the relationship between father and daughter. The ending did not satisfy me, and some of the more fantastic healing elements were mentioned repeatedly, but never went anywhere. The main character, Lobbi, was very feminine, and I felt like the explanations for this was more superficial than well grounded. But the biggest problem I had with it, was that the book lacked a sense of setting. The monastic town was well drawn out, but not having a country or town name even was a bit frustrating. And I wouldn't have known that Lobbi started his journey in Iceland had it not been for the back of the book! It distracted me throughout the book. It was very interesting, but too unresolved for me to really like it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Megan | 1/25/2014

    " I was surprised by what I felt was an abrupt ending, but it wasn't a horrible way to end the book. Perhaps I wasn't ready to let Lobbi's story go. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Gail | 1/11/2014

    " I've read several Nordic authors the last few years so I was looking forward to expanding out to Icelandic authors. However, I was disappointed with this novel; more specifically, with the translation. Phraseology was often clumsy, especially the vernacular. I think some of the other more negative reviews may be due to the fact that the translation is awkward or downright incorrect. The story was a nice one, but I felt it could have been developed a little more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Carole | 1/4/2014

    " This is an unexpected gem of a book. Lobbi, a 22 year old Icelandic man, travels from the harshness of his homeland to an ancient monastery where he will try to recreate a rose garden and the 8 petaled rose it was famed for. Along the way, his touching relationships with his father and autistic brother, the mother of his child and a cinephile monk, teach him life lessons. I really enjoyed it and would recommend it "

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