Night Train to Nykobing: A Novel (Fiction)

Night Train to Nykobing: A Novel (Fiction) A Woman Hopelessly In Love Boards The Night Train To NykA, Bing, Denmark, Not Knowing If The Lover She Leaves Behind Will Ever Be With Her Again Then, Through Attempts To Write Her Distant Lover A Letter She Knows Will Never Be Sent, She Recounts A Long Vigil, Inspired By Love, And Her Conspiracy With A Waiting Heart Night Train To NykA, Bing Is A Transformative Tale That Articulates The Dense Codes Of Love And The Intensity Of A Life On The Edge Of Abandonment But This Also Is A Story Of Return, Finally To A Heart That Has Wandered Through The Desert Of Time

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  • Paperback
  • 128 pages
  • Night Train to Nykobing: A Novel (Fiction)
  • Kristjana Gunnars
  • English
  • 10 March 2017
  • 9780889951877

10 thoughts on “Night Train to Nykobing: A Novel (Fiction)

  1. says:

    The title of this novella at 95 pages, it isn t a novel comes from the primary framework of the plot a woman boards a train headed to Nykobing, Denmark and leaves behind her lover at the station Which leads me to my one massive criticism of the book there is nothing else to the plot whatsoever The bulk of this story is a series of snippets of the woman s thought processes and emotions And these thoughts and emotions are spread throughout time We get pieces and memories of the woman s life with her lover and with relatives before and after the train station event We also get snippets that occur all over the globe some of these snippets are from Canada, and the others all over Europe Paris to Denmark to Norway But nothing really happens We don t get an explanation of why they part, or how they met, or any other actual storyline I get the point that Gunnars is trying to convey that our lives and especially our lives within complex relationships are not linear, and our relationships are often combinations of these non linear events and feelings and memories That doesn t make the thinness of this novella s plot any better In the book, the main character often shares her thoughts about books she has read, and at the end of the book she shares the following I put down the book by Clarise Lispector I have been reading all along The Stream of Life It is a short book, only seventy pages It is chaotic and formless There is no pattern or development That perfectly captures Gunnars own work I would rate this book lower, except the prose is really pretty terrific Gunnars has written several collections of poetry, and you can certainly see her poet s background in the prose Every sentence is concise, with well chosen words Paragraphs were filled with evocative language, with whole sentences that on their own could stand as poems A beautifully written, but ultimately shallow read.

  2. says:

    It s written in a very soothing manner, but for such a small book it felt like ages were passing as I read it Perhaps it has an identity crisis a book that seems like it would rather be poetry than prose It felt like I wasn t getting anywhere fast trying to read this.

  3. says:

    Called a novel, the book is very slim, less than a hundred small pages, so a novella The author was born in Iceland and is of Scandinavian heritage but is a Canadian citizen The book has an evocative, almost film noir cover a station platform, steam billowing from the engine into the night, a silhouetted figure with a bag in each hand I bought the book some years ago it s copyrighted 1998 and only picked it up recently because I was going away for the weekend and knew I would finish the book I was taking so needed something else to the ready Its slenderness was a decisive trait as I sifted through the stacks of unread books on the dining room bookshelf.Despite all this near randomness Night Train to Nykobing is a perfect companion read to B.S Johnson s The Unfortunates Gunnars protagonist is a female academic with an ancestry similar to hers who gives up two homes in western Canada to pursue a relationship with a new lover The tale is told in small vignettes that seem to bounce back and forth across time fairly randomly, so the effect is of a prose mosaic with bound signatures But sometimes we are before the relationship resolves itself, sometimes after it Sometimes we are with them together in various places but most often we are with her waiting, her mind tracking the strands of her life leading into and out of the now and why of her life.Also like Johnson with The Unfortunates the writer is aware that she is writing a book and knows that the reader therefore is reading one and addresses us directly, shares sources and rationales Unlike Johnson, she is sure of herself, reflective and less whiney Johnson has an agitated sureness, the blustery aggressiveness of someone in a bar whose attitude rather than argument is the stronger force in his case Her prose is less antsy, surefooted over the shifting landscapes of British Columbia, Denmark, Paris, and the interior landscape of waiting To say what is To be in my own story and not someone else s That is what I saw in Clarise Lispector s book She seized her own story and held it The way a tiny Rufous Hummingbird holds on to the naked branch below The branch stand straight into the sky without leaves, and on the very tip is a red throated hummingbird, ticking for a new aerial display It is his desire to fling straight up and then throw himself down at breakneck speed I know it is not an easy flight he is about to make But he will I know he will.

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