Butterflies in November

Butterflies in November

Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir Brian FitzGibbon / Feb 21, 2020

Butterflies in November After a day of being dumped twice and accidentally killing a goose the narrator begins to dream of trop ical holidays far away from the chaos of her current life Instead she finds her plans wrecked

  • Title: Butterflies in November
  • Author: Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir Brian FitzGibbon
  • ISBN: 9781782270133
  • Page: 430
  • Format: Paperback
  • After a day of being dumped twice and accidentally killing a goose, the narrator begins to dream of trop ical holidays far away from the chaos of her current life Instead, she finds her plans wrecked by her best friend s deaf mute son, thrust into her reluctant care But when a shared lottery ticket nets the two of them over 40 million kroner, she and the boy head off onAfter a day of being dumped twice and accidentally killing a goose, the narrator begins to dream of trop ical holidays far away from the chaos of her current life Instead, she finds her plans wrecked by her best friend s deaf mute son, thrust into her reluctant care But when a shared lottery ticket nets the two of them over 40 million kroner, she and the boy head off on a road trip across Iceland, taking in cucumber farming hotels, dead sheep, and any number of her exes desperate for another chance Blackly comic and uniquely moving, Butterflies in November is an extraordinary, hilarious tale of mother hood, relationships and the legacy of life s mistakes.

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      • Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir Brian FitzGibbon

        Au ur Ava Olafsd ttir was born in Iceland in 1958, studied art history in Paris and has lectured in History of Art at the University of Iceland Her earlier novel, The Greenhouse 2007 , won the DV Culture Award for literature and was nominated for the Nordic Council Literature Award She currently lives and works in Reykjavik.


    1. this book is like being forced to watch amelie on a loop while bjork makes you snort pixie stixdividually, all those things are great, but there's a point where it just becomes too much - a quirky overload; a birthday party where manic children hopped up on frosting throw whimsy at the wall to see what'll stick. it's not entirely twee - it definitely has its dark moments (animals will die) but it was just so… much. it was too willfully eccentric for me: an emotionally detached and unnamed woma [...]

    2. 4.5 I adore many things about this book! Its clever -unique -offbeat and quirky. At the same time there are powerful, (and funny), conversations around marriage, divorce, adultery, work values, and the responsibility of taking care of a child. (with special needs) I'm not sure why the narrator has no name, but I enjoyed her character. We know many things about the narrator. She provides proof-reading services and revise BA theses and articles for specialized magazines and publications on any sub [...]

    3. First published in her native Iceland in 2004 but not available in English translation until last year, Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir’s Butterflies in November is a whimsical, feminist road trip novel.The unnamed narrator is a translator based in Reykjavík. When her best friend slips on an icy sidewalk and breaks her arm, it falls to the narrator to care for the friend’s deaf-mute four-year-old son, Tumi. Leaving behind romantic troubles and boosted by not one but two lottery wins, she and the b [...]

    4. Baştaki eğlenceli dilin kitabın geri kalanında da devam etmesini isterdim. Yol hikayesine dönüşmesinden itibaren tek şenlikli yanı İzlanda havası solutmasıydı. Anneliğe uzak olduğunu söyleyen bir kadının arkadaşının çocuğu sayesinde farklı bir yöne adım atmasına dair anlar hiç değilse Hollywood ya da oryantalizm klişeliğinde değildi ama psikolojik derinliği azdı. İzlanda yemekleri, yollardaki İzlandalılar, birlikte olduğu erkekler, yükseklik korkusuna rağm [...]

    5. sıcacık bir izlanda romanı. kocasının terk ettiği bir kadın yanında arkadaşının işitme engelli küçük oğluyla kilometrelerce bir yolculuğa çıkar.işte bu yolculuk kızkardeşlik, annelik, erkekler, kocalar, yollar, zamanında terk edilenler, çocukluk ve anılar üzerine kocaaa bir roman oluyorkandinav edebiyatının o garip duygusallığı ve mizahı yine bir arada. çok seviyorum <3romanın sonundaki yemek tarifleri de apayrı bir yaratıcılık örneği :)sonlara doğru [...]

    6. The narrator of this quirky and unique nove is a thirty three year old woman with a gift for languages, who works as a translator and proof reader. When we meet her she has been both dumped by her lover and told by her husband that he is leaving her for another woman, who is soon to have his child. Her friend, Audor, (my apologies for not being to type Icelandic names with the appropriate letters/typeface) is, like her, something of an outsider. She already has a young son, Tumi, who is hearing [...]

    7. This was a whackoo book. It;s interesting in the least. A woman gets a divorce from there husband who has a child with another woman. Has many encounters with men then takes on a 4 year old boy and wins the lottery and a summer home, travels half way around Iceland and learns a lesson from the boy. Interesting.

    8. A good read! The pace is gentle, the writing is full of good tuneful prose with unusual (quirky) delights. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed if you choose this book for your next read. I enjoyed the book so much I've written a blog about it at Artuccino

    9. It is a well-used plot device to have a nameless narrator, this generally indicates that the lead character feels somehow unnoticed or anonymous. In Butterflies in November, it felt more as if she had genuinely forgotten to introduce herself. The anonymous heroine is somewhat out of touch with the mundane matters of the everyday. Fluent in eleven languages, she is suspicious of language and words in general. As a translator, she points out that no words 'are categorical enough to exclude any pos [...]

    10. StranoRacconto di un viaggio a tratti trasognato attraverso una Islanda novembrina immersa nella pioggia. Protagonista-narrante è una giovane donna piuttosto eccentrica, che intende imprimere una svolta alla propria vita dopo la separazione (peraltro non molto dolorosa) dal marito; l'accompagna il figlio di un'amica, un bambino di quattro anni con problemi fisici. Non si può certo affermare che questo libro sia esente da difetti: la trama è fragile, a tratti sconclusionata; si verificano circ [...]

    11. Free from Giveaways - There's not much in this, plotwise, but for some reason I can't quite put my finger on, I really liked it. Maybe because it was simple and didn't really pretend to be anything too big, though the author might disagree with that. A woman in Iceland gets dumped by her husband and her boyfriend, gets stuck with her friend's kid while she's in the hospital, and goes on a road trip around the island. That's about it. Towards the end, it started to remind me a bit of Latin Ameri [...]

    12. Odd and quirky. This is the perfect book to read while on a trip around Iceland's ring road, or any other time you are looking for an allusive and darkly funny book. More when I get back home and have time to do more than hike up volcanic mountains and drink in scenery.

    13. this is thoughtful and contemplative novel; one that dwells in darkness (and lack of sunshine), yet manages to be hopeful at the same time. it was an interesting experience reading this book. when one thinks about road trip novels, a circular road around iceland is probably not the first journey that pops into your mind. and i think that was part of the hook for me into the story. the narrator, desperate for escape, can really only go so far before she ends up back where she began. but isn't it [...]

    14. This book is a translation from the original Icelandic and I am hoping that the translator just did a really bad job because I couldn't grasp anything about this book at all. I kept thinking I was on track and then nope completely up in outer-space again! I 100% expected to find out, at the end of the book, that the entire thing was a dream sequence. (Especially after the part with the doctor and the horse-meat sausages. That was like a something straight out of Twin Peaks.) It was just too stra [...]

    15. It was wonderfully odd, and the narrator was interesting but very detached from everyone else in the novel, which I was never sure whether it was to do with the translation or something intended by the author. For a novel so aware of itself and invested in the power of words and nuances in languages (the narrator translates from and into eleven languages and subtleties in language are often referred to throughout), the translation itself felt rather messy and not indicative of any of the qualiti [...]

    16. An incredibly strange novel in which a fortune teller’s predictions come true and not much else happens. I really wanted to like Butterflies in November, it is a novel translated into English from Icelandic, and written by a female author, both things I am trying to read more of. But the disjointed narrative style and the lack of resolution of any plot lines made it an unsatisfying read.The narrator and protagonist is a thirty-ish year old woman, who beings the novel married, childless and spe [...]

    17. This story is certainly quirky and different. For one, reading a novel in Iceland is a nice change of scenery, because it's a first for me. Like it or not, you can't shake it off when you are finished. I am a reader who loves quirk, and this novel didn't fail meOur narrator is a translator and knows 11 languages, with a deep abiding love for words. As her husband tells her accusingly, " Words, words, words, exactly, your entire life revolves around the definition of words. Wouldn't you like to t [...]

    18. I would give this book a 3.5. I was a first reads winner of "Butterflies in November" I love that this is the first book I have ever read by an author in Iceland. this book is a bit humor, bit quirky,part contemporary. I enjoyed this book for the most part. the main character is a woman in her thirties. At the beginning of this book she has just drove over a goose, what to do? take it to a butcher have it prepared to eat! same day not a good one her husband has told her he wants a divorce but t [...]

    19. It was just not my cup of tea, as the Nordic Literature in my experience. I just don't understand their humor, their thoughts and in the end the plot in itself, that in my opinion was almost non existent. So 3 stars because I'm really aware that is my fault, but as a matter of fact I won't read something wrote by the same author again.Non era il mio genere di libro, come, nella mia esperienza, non ho mai letto qualcosa che viene dai paesi scandinavi che mi abbia fatto impazzire, gialli compresi. [...]

    20. This book is insane. I can't tell if it's the translation or the general air of it, but it has a feel like nothing I've ever read. It doesn't hold your hand, it really feels like you woke up in the body of another person, and you have to grapple with it for 200+ pages. It's chilly and sparse, but in an addictive way. Plus, the last 30 pages or so are filled with recipes from the novel, as well as a knitting pattern. It's a tiny little snow globe, an enigma of a book and I'm really glad to have i [...]

    21. There is no denying this was a pleasant book to read. It has a very sweet story line where you witness how the main character is changed by the addition of a child into her life and the relationship between the two develops throughout. The plot line is simple to follow and fairly undramatic. In some cases that is the beauty and appeal of the book, as it is relatable to an extent.

    22. Il nome dell'autrice è impronunciabile e dubito che lo ricorderò mai, in compenso il libro è di quelli che mi sono entrati nel cuore e che mi sarà impossibile dimenticare, anche se di certo non mi ha invogliato a visitare l'Islanda. Pare, infatti, che una delle attrazioni turistiche sia la regione di Hài-Hamar dove riesce a piovere 295 giorni su 320. Come orgogliosamente afferma la proprietaria dell'agriturismo I cetrioli inattesi, “i turisti non vengono in Islanda per prendere il sole” [...]

    23. Il libro e' di 10 anni fa, e si sente. La scrittura e' meno fluida di Rosa Candida. Non tutti gli incisi in corsivo sembrano azzeccati e questa giovane donna, che sessualmente è allegra e superficiale come uno zigolo, e' finta - o è da conoscere, nel caso. Nonostante ciò, l'Islanda narrata e' bellissima, e la storia con Tumi e' dolce quanto basta per ispirare la continuazione della lettura. Humor diffuso e una insistente pioggia di novembre fanno da sottofondo a tutta la lettura.

    24. Would have given it 5 stars if I knew fully what on earth was going on. Easy style and plenty of humour, likeable main character, but why did she need to find herself in the first place? Sadly didn't encourage me to visit Iceland.

    25. Beschreibung: Eine junge, sprach begeisterte Isländerin steht auf einmal alleine da. Zuerst beendet ihr Liebhaber die Affäre und am selben Abend verlangt auch noch ihr Mann die Scheidung, da seine Kollegin Nina-Lind ein Kind von ihm erwartet. Kurze Zeit später sucht sie eine Wahrsagerin auf, die ihr prophezeit, dass sie im Lotto gewinnen und ihren Traummann finden wird. Als sie dann tatsächlich einen ganzen Batzen gewinnt nimmt sie sich vor zu reisen. Die Reise tritt die dann allerdings nich [...]

    26. I might be over generous with my stars if only because I so appreciate any book set in Iceland that isn't a horror, occult, or otherwise violent story (why are there so many of those??). This novel takes place during an exceptionally rainy fall and early winter in Iceland, when the light diminishes each day and unprecedented flooding occurs along the narrator's road trip to the eastern portion of the country -- this is my definition of a dreamy setting: wet, cold, and dark. I also liked this boo [...]

    27. The description on the inside cover said "a charming story of a free-spirited woman who reaches a life-changing juncture and embarks on a whimsical Icelandic road trip that sets her on a new course." I read that and was sold. When I see the words "whimsical road trip" I pretty much say here take my money. I always want to read that story. This was a quick,quirky and fun read. Iceland is on my bucket list. I would have loved to be in that car driving down Ring Road. I only felt bad because of all [...]

    28. Butterflies In November is translated from the Icelandic by Brian FitzGibbon.It has been a tough day. She has been dumped twice. She accidentally killed a goose. And now she is suddenly responsible for her best friend's deaf-mute son.But when a shared lottery ticket turns the oddly matched pair into the richest people in Iceland, she and the boy find themselves on a road trip across the country. With cucumber hotels, dead sheep, and any number of her exes on their tail.Butterflies In November is [...]

    29. Whilst the premise was interesting and I quite liked the characters the book failed to follow through with the plot. There is so much left unexplored and unfinished that when I got to the end I was confused. Was that it? Is that all we're getting? What we get is a very scratch of the surface version of a woman's journey to find herself whilst also trying to resolve her past. Nothing really happens much but I still found some of the ideas rather beautiful. I just wish this book were slightly more [...]

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