Sunday, January 29, 2017

Review: Psalm at Journey`s End by Erik Fosnes Hansen



Hello readers,

Finally I am back with a review. Today's book was a read for my norwegian literature class, so I actually read it in norwegian which is why I can't speak for the english translation.
As some of you may have read in my last post this book got drained in tea about a week ago which is also why this review is up one week later than planned because I had to wait for it to dry before I could complete reading it.
But enough of that lets jump into the review.

Psalm at Journeys End by Erik Fosnes Hansen tells the story of the orchestra who played on the Titanic, (no worries here now) they are fictional characters and story's. We all know how this story ended so it is no spoiler when I tell the ship sinks with the orchestra playing one last time.

The story started with the character Jason who we later know is the leader of the orchestra. He dreams about his childhood and all the beautiful things he learned from his father about science.
After several usual orchestra members have become sick and he is in need of a new viola player and finds very young Austrian Jew David.
Throughout the book Erik Fosnes Hansen tells the story of several characters, how and why they are the way they are and their journey to become a ships musician.

This book is just beautifully written and honestly if I wouldn't have had other university related things to do I would have read in two or three days and not nearly 3 weeks. The descriptions are so beautifully, I normally highly dislike descriptions of ships, but here it was like he was painting it with his words.
Beside sad stories there is a love story. All the story's fit into the time they are told in. And I felt this book was just magical.
I was into it right from the beginning. I never rolled my eyes or frowned about something.
I had moments where I was in aw, but also moments that brought my tears up, both because it was sad but sometimes also because it was funny.

I rated this book 4.75 or even 5 stars out of 5. The writing is just beautiful and I can really recommend it for everyone who likes historical fiction.

If you have already read this book let me know in the comments below what your thoughts are.
Otherwise I hope you enjoyed this review and maybe found a new book to add to your TBR.

I hope to see you again next Sunday for another bookish post.

Take care,
📚 Nadja

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