SKIPPER WORSE is a penetrating portrait of emotions and passions in a small coastal Norwegian town, where love and marriage struggle with pride and ambition. One of the most powerful and representative novels of late 19th-century European realism, SKIPPER WORSE reveals why Alexander Lange Kielland belongs in the company of Charles Dickens, Edith Wharton, and Katherine MansSKIPPER WORSE is a penetrating portrait of emotions and passions in a small coastal Norwegian town, where love and marriage struggle with pride and ambition. One of the most powerful and representative novels of late 19th-century European realism, SKIPPER WORSE reveals why Alexander Lange Kielland belongs in the company of Charles Dickens, Edith Wharton, and Katherine Mansfield....
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Skipper Worse Reviews
3.5 stars (rounded up, not down)Captain Jacob Worse, a widower just over 50, (Skipper Worse) returns triumphantly from a voyage to Rio, the first captain in the area to do so. Sara is a devout member of the Haugian Christian sect, and her controlling mother has marital plans for Sara that are at cross purposes with who Sara loves. Sara's younger sister also loves a man her mother disapproves of. This is a novel of the realism school of the nineteenth century, although by today's standards it is a bit melodramatic at times. It is a scathing criticism not only of the strict, rather off-the-wall Haugian sect, but of faith in general. However, I liked this better than I expected despite the starkness of much of the novel because if there is one thing Kielland, a new author to me, can do, it is write. While his characterization of the religious people is at times shallow and superficial (not always), his characterization of those of his point of view is frequently quite well done.
Another well written book by Kielland (my fifth). This book deals with the wealthy merchant house Garman & Worse before the narrative of Garman & Worse which was published two years prior. Like the last book in the trilogy about the Løvdahl family, Sankt Hans Fest this book also centrally portrays a peculiarly Norwegian form of charismatic lay Christianity that unfolded itseøf in the wake of the great revival he impulsed and motored in the years before and after the turn of the century. Hauge's revival was strong and pure, and not the harsh life-inimical pietism of e.g. current Laestadianism. Still his removal from the scene caused this movement to wither and turn more zealous and hysterical. The central plot deals with how Skipper Worse, shortly after he has become a partner on the house of Garman (the company taking on the known name) is drawn into this sect by female scheming and his own lack of spiritual maturity to resist or see what's happening in a somewhat detached perspective.Several pages injected into the storyline is a tableau portraying vividly and highly interestingly the workings of the town nightwatch men, usually old sailors, and their peculiar routines and also the drama of a town conflagration, detailing how the entire town, from urchins up to its highest officials are riled into action when the alarm goes. A similar tableau of the town turning into a frenzied machinery when the first observation of herring spreads in minutes throughout town, whether night and day. Such depictions are true gems for later (especially much later) generations in their attempts to understand what life was more than 150 years ago.
I bought a collection of classical novels for my Nook, and stumbled across this one, about Norway in the 1830s. It's set in a small fishing village, and follows the village's fortunes around fishing business and also rivalries between mainstream Lutheran and sect religious groups. I enjoyed it a lot primarily because of the way the characters interacted -- oddly similar to the Swedish side of my family. I therefore felt right at home with everybody in the book. In fact, I learned a lot about my own cultural heritage, in terms of relationships, modesty, seriousness, communications and expectations. It was an old-fashioned novel, in that it told a story with broad brush strokes, rather than doing a Freudian type analysis character analysis. In that regard, it reminded me of Isak Dinesen's stories, especially those set in Denmark (rather than her African work). It shows you how much our tastes have changed in literature over almost two centuries, but also how insights into human relations remain evergreen.
Skipper Worse, a sea-faring Norwegian captain, liberal with the swear words and drink, falls for a younger pious woman, Sarah. Intersecting familial and religious duties results in hypocrisy and displaced love. A classic novel, interesting for the depictions of Norwegian life and the tangled webs of rationalizations that we weave.
Not good and not bad. Not really my genre I suppose. I mostly picked it up because it was one swedish crown (thats around 11 American dollar cents and 10 euro cent) and it had the prettiest dark green leather bound cover. I mean, it should get stars just for how pretty it is.
Artig innblikk i norsk bygdeliv på 1800-talet. Ikkje den mest spanande historia, men bra skrive. I tillegg var det øveraskande kjekt å få flashbacks frå norsktimane på videregåande. Hadde nesten heilt gløymd av Haugianarane.
A Norwegian classic… Like many older books not as action packed, but I learned a lot about a period in history that I knew nothing about previously.