Okay so this will be a bit odd, since my blog is in English and the book Pintti is written in in Finnish, by a Finnish author, and there is no translation. 🙂 I’ve been thinking if I should write about the Finnish books in Finnish but it feels strange to suddenly change my language here so I suppose I’ll just stick to English whatever the book’s original language and do translations for the quotes.
Kesä on hetkeksi toteutunut haave siitä, mitä elämä voisi olla. Syksy on menneen muistelua ja kevät sykkivää uuden odottamista. Vain talvi on oma itsensä vailla kaipuuta taakse tai tulevaan.Rough translation: Summer is a momentary dream come true of what life could be like. Autumn is about remembering the past and spring about waiting for the new. Only winter is itself, without yearning for the past or future.
So anyway, as I’ve said before, for me the point of doing a Reading Challenge is to both have a boost in my overall reading and also to explore books from outside my comfort zone. Reading in Finnish is something that I will try to do a bit more with the help of the challenge.
I tend to read almost only in English (paper books, Kindle books, audio books), and as English is also the language of my workplace, I feel that my native language has suffered over the last years. Not badly but enough for me to notice and want to do something about it.
Pintti, the book, is also from a genre that I don’t usually read. I do read a lot of historical fiction, but never about Finland for some reason. It’s a novel that describes the lives of three siblings in post-war Finland in late 1940s to early 1950s. Another big theme of Pintti is the glass factory and the everyday work in there.
I got Pintti as a gift from my very good friend and I did not know anything about this recently published Finnish book, nor had I read anything from author Tommi Kinnunen before. So I had no expectations when I started to read it. It was an ok book actually because I don’t really have anything bad to say about it, nor anything to hype about.
Pintti is a well researched historical novel that brings to life the hustle and bustle of re-building after war no matter what traumas there were in the everyday lives of people. Finnish melancholy and hope are sometimes an odd combination but as a Finn it feels homely. The three siblings were interesting characters with many many troubles and few joys, but still the most impressive part of Pintti was the way it brought to life the glass factory. There were also very interesting details in about the lives of the women of the village and how they were adjusting to going back to their old female roles after the men got back from the war. I would’ve enjoyed reading more about that theme.
Pintti is of course also included in my Reading Challenge and it fills the prompt of:
19. You don’t like the title of the book
Pintti for me was a solid 3 star book. It was easy and interesting enough to read once, but I doubt I will read another book from author Tommi Kinnunen unless it somehow fills another challenge spot. I didn’t like the name of the book because it didn’t tell me anything of the story, but now I know Pintti means faulty glass. 🙂
What Reading Challenge? Check out my post about it here.