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Possibility for future class Read rather quickly Must look into parallels between her foreign marriage and the economic failure of Iceland. A story partly about a country s finicial collaps is not something that I would normally start reading on my own accord However, a personal interest in Iceland and the fact that I have followed Alda Sigmundsdottir s great facebook page The Iceland Weather Report for a few years now, were quite enough for me to pick up this book and I m happy I did It is a very good novel, and one I would be happy to recommend, also to people who do not have any particular interest in Iceland or their financial meltdown It is well written, the style is direct and simple, meant in the best possible way as it works and suits the story The meltdown part of the title does of course not only refer to the Icelandic economy, but also to the main character and her situation The story and the characters are interesting, and interestingly presented, so as I said before, a personal interest in Iceland is definitely not required in order to make this an enjoyable read. #DOWNLOAD Ñ Unraveled ⚛ After AYear Absence From Iceland, Frida Returns Home With Her Husband Damien, A Suave And Sophisticated British Diplomat Who Has Just Been Made Ambassador To Iceland It Is Summer , And The Global Economy Is On Shaky Ground As The Icelandic Economy Begins To Spiral Out Of Control, Frida And Damien S Marriage Starts To Unravel Seeking Refuge, Frida Travels To A Small Fishing Village On Iceland S West Fjords, Where A Chance Encounter With A Stranger Turns Out To Have Greater Implications Than She Could Ever Have Foreseen With Iceland And Britain Locked In A Bitter Diplomatic Dispute, Frida Is Forced To Examine Her Marriage, Her Loyalties, And Ultimately To Answer The Question What Exactly Constitutes Betrayal The title of this book can be taken two ways, both of them accurately The first is the situation which occurred in Iceland when their banks collapsed and did their best to take the economy with them The second concerns Frida, an Icelandic woman who has made the mistake of marrying an Englishman by the name of Damien Lowe Damien is in the diplomatic service and, as luck would have it, ends up as Her Brittanic majesty s ambassador to Iceland at the crucial time in question Apart from her husband s unusual private tendencies, there is also his lack of emotional warmth Even so, when Frida finds affection elsewhere it is not by way of revenge but due to an accidental encounter with Baldur when she takes time off to recharge her emotional batteries in the West of Iceland.Although the book deals with major social issues, and the personal one of a failing marriage, I found another aspect of the book very intriguing, namely the question of gender and roles Damien has a role in the diplomatic service, but what is Frida s role Is being an adornment to the ambassador at official functions really a role and, if so, is it a satisfying one Over time, Frida finds that it is not Here is a woman who had aspired to be an actress, and in a way playing the part of wife to the ambassador is an acting role, but not one which offers any scope for personal fulfilment And as their relationship breaks down this problem becomesmarked His disapproval had become indistinguishable from her own will Yet she knew that it was up to her to break free Clich d as it sounded, it was her life Chapter 9 Frida needs to find a role in her own right, not just as an adjunct to her husband, and the unfolding events in Iceland towards the end of the book seem to offer her just such an opportunity by becoming, in some way yet to be defined,involved in the wider community.To write this book, the author had no choice but to explain the background in Iceland during and just after the collapse of the banks If she hadn t, most non Icelandic readers wouldn t have understood what was going on Deciding how much information to include was always going to be difficult, and some may feel that she has included too much I don t The subject is complicated, and involves considerable detail, but I feel she has it right. The premise was interesting a woman s life coming unraveled at the same time the Icelandic economy unraveled 2008 The author has also written a nonfiction book about the financial crash which makes it surprising that Gordon Brown was called chancellor not Prime Minister, which was his current role at the time 9 11 also played a role in the characters lives The book seemed too cliche at the start, but it picked up a bit when covering the main character s past and family history Later, the affair also had some cliche moments which literally made me roll my eyes, but it was interesting enough to see the two characters get to know each other Another thing that annoyed me was the constant comments about the main character not liking her own tone of voice I learned a few new things about Iceland, too There s a collection of naive sculptures at Selardalur There s an interesting expression All the dead lice are falling from my head Unfortunately I had to look up what it means Golly, I m surprised The financial crisis was called Kreppa Again, I had to look up what that means The connotation is of pinching as in a shoe , pain and hardship,so than of crash or crisis Despite the books flaws, I hope the author continues to write nonfiction and continues to be translated to English. If only all debut novels could be as tightly crafted and well paced as Unraveled Alda Sigmundsd ttir manages to draw in the reader from the first chapter into an in depth character study of our protagonist Frida Lowe as she navigates first the meltdown of her marriage and then that of the Icelandic economy.There arethan a couple plot twists to keep you guessing right to the end of the novel Really, the very end And, as others have already stated, you ll reach that end quicker than you think it is quite the quick read I definitely recommend this novel and look forward toof Alda s work in the hopefully near future. First time reading her novels and I couldn t put it down Please do yourself a favor and read it This was an okay book It was really a mediocre romance that was wrapped up in the Icelandic financial and social meltdown of 2008 Nothing here you couldn t get elsewhere. Alda Sigmundsd ttir captures the nuances of Icelandic society well She describes the country in all its beauty with obvious affinity, and she depicts the similarities and disparities of two European nations Iceland and England As a first novel, Sigmundsd ttir s Unraveled is an inspiring debut well worth reading Janet Mary Livesey, University of OklahomaThis book was reviewed in the January 2014 issue of World Literature Today Read the full review by visiting our website Alda s writing is casual, clean and refreshing, like a drink of cold water OK so basically the premise of the book is this Fr a, an Icelandic woman married to the English ambassador to Iceland during the meltdown is dealing with the collapse of her toxic codependent marriage as the toxic Icelandic economy unravels too.Now, on to spoilers and emo thoughts You have been warned The book spoke to me on a personal level, not just because I am an Icelander who has lived the greater part of her life abroad and in fact still do but the parts that covered Fr a s childhood and her relationship to her mother and grandmother were especially moving because I saw echoes of my own youth in it and they were painful to relive I have really got to get myself to an Al Anon meeting one of these days And, did everyone s grandmother take them to the theatre In my case it was my great aunt and I can t even begin to express how important those trips were to me I was really impressed with every scene that involved Damien and Fr a, it was so toxic But it seemed so real, even though I have never seen this in my own life their conversations felt like they were based in a truth I knew Like you just know there are husbands and wives talking to each other that way, you know And sigh , had I not seen similarly manipulative and snide comments from my very own once upon a fancy English boyfriend, before we broke up I digress.I was especially impressed with how Fr a s tone of voice changes between when she s speaking English and when she s speaking Icelandic Such attention to detail Obviously the whole book is in English but what I mean is that it seems like when Alda wrote Fr a speaking to Damien, Fr a wasformal and certain words gave away the fact that English still felt like a second language Fr a would say it is instead of it s or I have been longing for a child instead of I ve wanted a child It was so subtle, but it s how an Icelander would have said it, because to want and to long for is the same word in Icelandic, whereas in English longing indicates wanting over time Not to mention long is closer to the Icelandic word for want langa Meanwhile when she spoke to Baldur, she was casual and playful even in a way you can t be in your second language It s not a froofy sort of book, Alda doesn t rely on floral language and she doesn t go on and on The book moves at a quick pace It feels very Icelandic that way, like it s not going to waste any time because it s already the last minute or something But even though it s quick it s clearly very well thought through and well written The parallels to the Icelandic financial crash was very interesting and I wondered if the conversations Fr a has with Baldur and Krist n were influenced by the many interviews she took for her book Living Inside The Meltdown I felt kind of like she was holding people s hand through it, like explaining it in case the reader had never really read about it in the news This was probably a solid move since so many people abroad still don t know what really happened, even Icelanders can be fuzzy on the facts Also, the amount of people who fetishised what happened in Iceland like we were heroes or something it s nice to know that people who read this will get an honest andfair assessment of what happened in the crash I m rambling now What I m trying to say is that this is a really good book and I enjoyed it so very much It made me terribly homesick here over the Easter break, living in Vietnam with an unreliable at best postal service, meant that I had no chocolate easter egg from home this year and this book was my only solace This book, plus a half eaten kit kat bar I found in the cupboard actually did the trick.Post Script I think a part of me hoped that Fr a made it on her own and doesn t hook up with Baldur but becomes this empowered dynamo but on the other hand I kinda feel like a bitch because I also want so badly for Fr a to be happy and you should never dump on love if someone s got it.