intense sensations

A landscape of absolute peace

Posted on: October 4, 2011

The Empty CityThe Empty City by Berit Ellingsen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I will leave it to others to explain the philosophical content of this novel. I have never understood novels of ideas. I’m a sensualist.

What attracted me to it was the very smooth quality of the prose. It’s like the still surface of a lake, as smooth as glass, reflective but full of depths. That’s why this book really needs its cover. Together they are a beautiful work of art.

The sentences, the paragraphs and the chapters have a rhythm as subtle as the finest poetry. The novel breathes. The author pays close attention to the physical properties of things and she evokes them carefully with precise and sensuous language. She writes, in fact, with her senses, which are finely tuned.

It’s tempting to quote a few passages. The novel is very quotable and my fingers are positively itching to do it. But I think it’s better if you go to the author’s website and see for yourself. You can read many sample chapters there.

Better still would be to buy the book. You need to be able to touch it and put it on your table and stroke the cover when you are stressed and are seeking a moment or two of calm in your busy life.

It’s not a book to read once and forget. You can read it often. It refreshes you when you are tired and it offers, very modestly and tenderly, a landscape of absolute peace.

Vanessa Wu is the author of Love Has No Limits


6 Responses to "A landscape of absolute peace"

I am a fan; Berit is an Author on the move!

Hi Michael, I’m a fan too.

Thanks Michael and Vanessa! I’m a fan of yours as well!

Hi Vanessa!

Thank you so much for taking the time to read and review The Empty City. 🙂

I would say you have understood most of the book and there isn’t much else a philosopher could add to it. 🙂

I’m also happy to hear you liked the form and the content and the cover. I have showed the review to designer Tom Brierley and he enjoyed the review a lot too.

Your sensuality of words and literature is intriguing and fascinating!

Looking forward to reading more of your reviews and stories.

Thanks again. 🙂

Hi Berit. Reading this book was an absolute pleasure. I was a bit nervous about writing a review though. Writing reviews is getting harder and harder. I think I might have to go back to reviewing books by dead people for a while.

No reason to feel nervous reviewing The Empty City. 🙂 People should say what they think about it. And your reviews are always eloquent and reflective.

But I can understand what you mean. If reviewing books where the writer can’t read your review just feels more comfortable, you should do that.

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