Shortly after her thirteenth birthday, Ritva is sent away to Seili, an island in the far north of Finland A former leper colony, Seili is now home to hopeless cases to women the doctors call mad But Ritva knows she doesn t belong there As biting winter follows biting winter, she longs to be near to her sister, and wonders why her father ever allowed her to be takenShortly after her thirteenth birthday, Ritva is sent away to Seili, an island in the far north of Finland A former leper colony, Seili is now home to hopeless cases to women the doctors call mad But Ritva knows she doesn t belong there As biting winter follows biting winter, she longs to be near to her sister, and wonders why her father ever allowed her to be taken to this desolate place.Hope arrives in the form of Martta, a headstrong girl who becomes Ritva s only friend Martta is a Sami, from the north All through her childhood, Ritva s mother told her wonderful Sami legends and tales of Vaja the reindeer, the stolen sealskin, of a sacred drum hidden long ago When Ritva and Martta decide to make their escape, this is where they will head.So begins an odyssey over frozen sea and land towards a place where healing and forgiveness can grow This is a story about friendship, about seeing the world through a different perspective, and the stories and tales that can make up a life.
The Eye of the Reindeer Shortly after her thirteenth birthday Ritva is sent away to Seili an island in the far north of Finland A former leper colony Seili is now home to hopeless cases to women the doctors call mad But R
I was interested in the Finnish and Sami tribe elements of this book This was the reason I picked it up in my local library It s a light read, and fast paced A young girl Ritva is sent to a mental asylum on the island of Seili, this asylum was a real place in Finland She escapes with her friend Martta, they head North in search of the Sami people Ritva eventually returns to her family home to try to understand why she was sent away This story covers lots of themes, such as sexual abuse, love bet [...]
Some books make a lasting impression and I think this is definitely one of them This was a tale of epic proportions, spanning many years and miles, and was gripping and deeply moving The characters are so vivid, as are the descriptions of the landscapes they journey through At times the suffering in the novel feels desolate but this only serves to make Ritva and Martta s ultimate liberation even beautiful It s a celebration of the human spirit and our connection to nature.
I received a copy of this title from Hachette Australia for review.Ten Second Synopsis An epic journey toward freedom of body and self, spanning than 30 years When Ritva is sent to Seili Asylum as a young girl, she could not have imagined the life changing challenges that she would face in order to claim her freedom and the chance to be her true self.Wowsers, what an epic I had absolutely no idea when I started reading this book that it would span such a long time period and feature an unbeliev [...]
2.5 Interesting culturally about the Saami people in Finland but horribly wooden dialogues and clunky storytelling at times.
I don t normally write a lengthy review I either love or hate a book I don t like pulling apart the characters, the environment, the writing structure or the author I read for the love enjoyment of just reading I love loosing myself in a book this one is one of those for me I was transported to the land of the midnight sun I loved the way this was written The awakening of self by Ritva throughout was well written portrayed especially in that era The description of the winter s beauty as well as [...]
Trigger warning This book certainly won t be for everyone, given the depth in which it explores difficult subjects like abuse, abandonment and betrayal The first thing that got me interested in readingThe Eye of the Reindeerwas that it was a book not set in USA or England This may sound like a petty reason but in honesty, sometimes that alone can be a welcome change of pace.This book is fundamentally about both the strength of friendships and how that friendship can influence your path in life T [...]
This book has been one of my favourite reads this year.Set in the early 20th century when women really did not have rights as individuals and were governed by their men folk, this book follows Ritva, a 16 year old girl who has been committed to an asylum on an island off the coast of Finland by her father.Ritva becomes friends with Martta and over time the girls realise they have a connection They confide their story s to each other and eventually manage to escape the asylum The girls head north [...]
Very interesting topic and setting but incredibly badly written Pity.
It s always nice to pick up a book and get a lot than you expected from it I picked up Eye of the Reindeer on a whim because the cover was gorgeous and I was so glad I did After reading eye of the reindeer I ve had to recommend it to most of my lgbt friends because its not often that a novel works in a queer romance that isn t necessarily the main or only plot of the book And there are even fewer historical queer books so somehow coming across this completely by chance meant so much Though be a [...]
Mild spoilers I loved the story but I wasn t a big fan of how it was told It dragged in places and skipped forward quickly in others Lots of phrases like the next morning everything changed which became an but excessive There was weird unnecessary stuff like Marter having a sore back, they had to rest for 3 weeks then she was fine again all good it was never mentioned again They were chased and then they weren t And it skipped forward years at a time with no warning It was also weird that she wo [...]
A great story I thoroughly enjoyed the mystical and mythical undertones, the symbols and the people animal connection A lot happens The least and most desirable attributes of people are juxtaposed The story progresses over a life time, introducing new and different characters It remains interesting, engaging and sometimes tense as the story unfolds in different locations, countries, contexts and weather conditions I m grateful to my book club for buying this book I probably would have overlooked [...]