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The Gray House av Mariam Petrosyan
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The Gray House (utgåvan 2017)

av Mariam Petrosyan (Författare), Yuri Machkasov (Översättare)

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"The Gray House is enigmatic and fantastical, comic and postmodern...Rowling meets Rushdie via Tartt...Nothing short of life-changing." --The Guardian The Gray House is an astounding tale of how what others understand as liabilities can be leveraged into strengths. Bound to wheelchairs and dependent on prosthetic limbs, the physically disabled students living in the House are overlooked by the Outsides. Not that it matters to anyone living in the House, a hulking old structure that its residents know is alive. From the corridors and crawl spaces to the classrooms and dorms, the House is full of tribes, tinctures, scared teachers, and laws--all seen and understood through a prismatic array of teenagers' eyes. But student deaths and mounting pressure from the Outsides put the time-defying order of the House in danger. As the tribe leaders struggle to maintain power, they defer to the awesome power of the House, attempting to make it through days and nights that pass in ways that clocks and watches cannot record. A Read Russia Prize Finalist.… (mer)
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Titel:The Gray House
Författare:Mariam Petrosyan (Författare)
Andra författare:Yuri Machkasov (Översättare)
Info:Amazon Crossing (2017), 732 pages
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This book is hard to describe. I read this book for the Fantasy reading challenge, as it is a book with a disabled protagonist. Basically, The Gray House is the story of a handful of boys in a school for disabled children. The school has a connection to another dimension, and the boys can use this connection to travel through space and time, and experience things that they otherwise would not be able to experience. This is a challenging book: the narrative is non-linear, and the story is long, cynical, philosophical, and much more character-driven than plot-driven (aka. very Russian). The children's impending graduation provides a sense of tension because none of the characters wants to leave the school where they are accepted for who they are (and some have superpowers due to the reality-shifting nature of the house, although this aspect is not as important as it would be in a lesser book). I would recommend this book to people who are fine with a slow, character-driven story; and to people who like more "literary" literature. I think this book would go over better with people who usually dislike genre literature, than with most genre fans. I really liked it, and will probably buy a copy to re-read. ( )
  Rachel_Hultz | Aug 15, 2020 |
Humpback played his flute, and the backyard listened. He was playing very softly, for himself only. The wind whirled the leaves in circles. Then they were caught in the puddles and stopped. Their dance ended. They ended. Now they would turn to mush and dirt. Just like people.The main difficulty with writing stories with a young protagonist is taking the typically uninteresting thoughts of a young person and making them compelling without stripping the child of his or her youthful sensibilities. In The Gray House, Mariam Petrosyan pulls this off with over a dozen different kids. The comparisons between this book and Harry Potter are mostly lazy, but in this one aspect, in sheer quantity of children that are worth reading about, Petrosyan can only be matched by J.K. Rowling. Softer. Softer still. The slender fingers flitting across the holes, the wind throwing the leaves right in the face, the coins in the back pocket cutting into the skin, the bare ankles freezing, covered in goose bumps. Comfort is a piece of sibilant wood. Calming, lulling, if you allow it to be.Each of the children that lives in the House is given a nickname. This might seem gimmicky and annoying at first, but the kids do it for a reason. These are children who have suffered in the outside world. Whether they suffer from physical or mental disabilities, each one has been sent to the House because they can't be handled anywhere else. And if the House has anything to say about it, they don't belong anywhere else. Leave your old name, your old you, at the door. He loved the House. He'd never had any other home and had never known his parents. Here he grew up as one of many, and he was used to tuning the world out when he needed to be alone. His best flute playing happened when no one was listening. Then everything came out right, every song sounded as if the wind itself whistled into the instrument. He thought sometimes that he wanted someone else to hear it, but he also knew that if someone were listening it wouldn't have come out this well. In the House it was customary to call those with humps "angels," in reference to the folded wings on their backs. This was one of the very few tender names that the House allowed itself to give to its children.The story doesn't spend much time outside of the House, but it doesn't feel at all confined. The world within the House is overflowing with life. I forget the exact words, but Roger Ebert once wrote about the films of Hayao Miyazaki that what makes them stand out from other animated films is the richness and detail of what's going on in the background. The same is true with The Gray House. You can picture every corner of every room, and while you get an inkling of what's happening everywhere, you're at the same time allowed to imagine the past and future of so many events that you could riff for hours off of individual pages. Petrosyan excels with her broad strokes, but the moments where she focuses in might be even better. Humpback played, keeping time on the wet leaves with his splayed feet. He inhaled the peace and the kindness, and placed himself in the circle of clarity that never would allow the pale hands of those who confuse the soul to worm their way through. Other people sometimes drifted past, behind the fence, but they did not disturb him. In his mind, the Outsides did not exist. There was only him, the wind, his songs, and those he loved. All of that was inside the House, and outside of it was nothing and no one, only the empty and hostile city that lived its own life. The chapter from which I keep quoting is probably my favorite. Petrosyan's story is addicting. The plot is complex, the timeline is unique, and the denouement is a real treat. But it's simple chapters like this one, a quick scene focusing on a secondary character, that make The Gray House the best book I've read this year. The writing is just perfect. Petrosyan (along with the translator, Yuri Machkasov, who deserves a ton of credit for such an undertaking) nails every last word of this from start to finish. Since I've read the book, I find myself revisiting different moments throughout the story just to hang out there, to be in that place with those people, and it never ceases to be a joy. Of course, if it's not obvious already, I spend the most time in the back yard with Humpback. Mangy cats stole along the boundaries of the yard. Crows marched across the bare lawns, pushing wet leaves. An aquiline-faced boy in a red sweater sat on an overturned crate and played his flute, locked in a circle of empty loneliness. The House breathed on him through its windows. ( )
1 rösta bgramman | May 9, 2020 |
RTC. Maybe. ( )
  keikii | Jan 23, 2020 |
This is one of my favourite novels, truly. It has a large cast of nuanced characters I was deeply invested in. I will admit it’s dense and almost shyly obtuse, but it’s a world you can really sink into, and it will reward a reader willing to spend time with it. I’ve read it twice and expect I’ll still be discovering its secrets on my third pass. Especially recommended if you enjoy magical realism and surrendering to fantastic world building. ( )
1 rösta Cecil_Fenn | Aug 15, 2019 |
The Gray House is the story of kids in a school for children with disabilities. Nothing is what it seems like in the house though. Strange and mystical things happen and as graduation approaches this strange happenings are becoming more and more important.

I finished the book while I was on vacation last week. I really liked it. It was creepy, mystical, and a bit dark, yet hopeful too. I appreciated all the characters in their own way. It was not an easy book to read, and there is still a lot that happened that I don't understand, but that was part of the appeal of the book. The translation was wonderful. Nothing felt out of place and although it is a Russian book, it felt universal. ( )
1 rösta Cora-R | May 22, 2019 |
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"The Gray House is enigmatic and fantastical, comic and postmodern...Rowling meets Rushdie via Tartt...Nothing short of life-changing." --The Guardian The Gray House is an astounding tale of how what others understand as liabilities can be leveraged into strengths. Bound to wheelchairs and dependent on prosthetic limbs, the physically disabled students living in the House are overlooked by the Outsides. Not that it matters to anyone living in the House, a hulking old structure that its residents know is alive. From the corridors and crawl spaces to the classrooms and dorms, the House is full of tribes, tinctures, scared teachers, and laws--all seen and understood through a prismatic array of teenagers' eyes. But student deaths and mounting pressure from the Outsides put the time-defying order of the House in danger. As the tribe leaders struggle to maintain power, they defer to the awesome power of the House, attempting to make it through days and nights that pass in ways that clocks and watches cannot record. A Read Russia Prize Finalist.

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