Monday, March 19, 2012

First impressions of New Finnish Grammar


For a translated work of fiction its rather neat having a story that is all about language. In this case a man with a lost memory is encouraged to relearn Finnish and start to head back towards his home.

The action is set against the backdrop of the second world war and the subject of the book starts with the relationship between a doctor and his patient. The doctor finds himself in the service of the German army far from home and identifies with the sailor who is in the same position in terms of being far from his native land.

This relationship between doctor and patient is one that is fairly crucial in the early stages and one based on a shared language, or at least a presumed sharing of language.

So far very good and looking forward to how it unfolds further...

4 comments:

Parrish Lantern said...

Recently finished this & enjoyed it immensely, loved the ending.

stujallen said...

one of my favourite books of recent times simon ,all the best stu

Mark said...

I fully anticipate this is going to be one of my favourites. Looking forward to it.

Nana Fredua-Agyeman said...

sound interesting.