Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name

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Tuesday, July 03, 2007
by Vendela Vida

I enjoyed this novel very much. Here are some reasons you might enjoy it too:

1. Would someone with a name as euphonious as Vendela Vida let you down? (answer: no.)

2. There is an ice hotel. (ICE HOTEL!!!)

3. The title is so beautiful. I learned in the acknowledgments that it is the title of a poem by Sami poet Marry Ailoniedia Somby.

4. Like her first novel (which I read last year) Vida deals with big concepts like identity, abandonment and isolation in spider silk ways that are delicate but stronger than steel. She's poignant, pointed, funny and fearless.

5. Reindeer, northern lights, and a reason to consider what life must be like at the top of the world.

(bonus: it is so beautifully written)
3 comments on "Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name"
  1. I did reserve this book, as well as the other novel written by Vida that I think I already read but just can't seem to remember. Fireworks are annoying.

  2. Have you ever seen the northern lights? I don't think I have -- or if I did they were so far away that they seemed completely unreal. (I think I must not have seen them because surely I would remember...)

    Anyway -- I think you'll like this one! And I think you did read (and like) her other novel too.

    My feet are hot. I think I'm going to have to go stand in 3" of cold water in the bathtub.

  3. I have not yet seen the northern lights. But it would be something nice to see I think. I did read her other novel, which I realized after reading a brief description which mentioned robbery and the Phillipines, so I cancelled the hold. I have enough to read without re-reading anything at this point...I love the library. My feet are hot as well, which I find beyond annoying...I will be trying that bathtub trick after Jeopardy.