The Maid Silja: The History of the Last Offshoot of an Old Family Tree

The Maid Silja The History of the Last Offshoot of an Old Family Tree The history of the last offshoot of an old family tree a girl called Silja who struggles to survive in the agrarian Finland of the first half of the th century

  • Title: The Maid Silja: The History of the Last Offshoot of an Old Family Tree
  • Author: F.E. Sillanpää Alexander Matson
  • ISBN: 9780877972808
  • Page: 302
  • Format: Paperback
  • The history of the last offshoot of an old family tree, a girl called Silja, who struggles to survive in the agrarian Finland of the first half of the 20th century.

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    1. F.E. Sillanpää Alexander Matson

      Frans Emil Sillanp was born on the 16th of September, 1888, at Yl Satakunta in the H meenkyr Parish of Finland on a desolate croft of the same name The cottage had been built by his parents, his father Frans Henrik Henriksson, who had moved there some ten years before from Kauvatsa in the Kumo Valley, and his mother, Loviisa Vilhelmiina Iisaksdotter, whose family had lived in the H meenkyr Parish from times immemorial.Sillanp s parents had experienced all the trials and tribulations common to generations of settlers in those parts of Finland Frosts had killed their seeds, farm animals had perished, and the farmer s children, too, had died, until only Frans Emil, the youngest of the offspring, was left.There was only a mobile school for the farm children, and it was purely by accident young Sillanp s life was to abound in accidents that the crofter s son, who was regarded as a bright lad, came to attend a regular school where he displayed a real aptitude for learning Some idealists decided that nothing less than a secondary school at Tampere would do and, after giving the matter some thought, old Sillanp consented to send his son away For five years, Sillanp s parents pinched and scraped to keep their son in school, after which he supported himself for another three years and, in 1908, matriculated with good marks This was a time in Finland when a promising young man could study almost indefinitely on borrowed money, and young Sillanp was not slow to avail himself of this miscarriage of educational zeal He plunged into learning and his studies were as chaotic as they were long drawn out He did, however, choose biology as his basic subject and worked hard in the laboratory, cutting up things, studying them under the microscope, and drawing what he saw until, one fine day, he woke up to find that five years had gone by his examination day was still far off and the kind old gentlemen who had been lending him money were not prepared to do so any longer He scraped together enough cash to return to his home, where he found his father and mother poorer than ever He lived in their hut and shared their meals, which could hardly excite a gourmet s palate.His student days were over, his amorous escapades a thing of the past, but at least it was easy enough for him to start from nothing Sillanp acquired at a nearby village shop some stationary of the type favoured by village lads for private correspondence and wrote a short story, which he sent to the editor of a large city paper without much hope of seeing it published To use an expression popular in those days, the story must have been written with his heart s blood because, after a very short time, it appeared on the front page of the aforesaid paper and its author received a very handsome letter from the editor s secretary, as well as his fee, which was than welcome The story had been published under a pen name but the literary world of Helsinki soon discovered the identity of the author and the erstwhile eternal scholar found himself, to his amazement, receiving letters of extravagant praise After several of his stories had been published in the same paper, something very unusual happened He was approached by a wellknown publisher who asked to be borne in mind should Sillanp s literary output stretch to a whole book The publisher went so far as to offer him a reasonable advance to enable him to work in peace.Yet another wonder one of a series occurred at that time At an unimportant village dance, Sillanp met a shy seventeen year old girl who, insisting that she could not dance, sat far at the back of the dance hall In spite of her resistance, Sillanp dragged her out onto the dance floor to discover that she could dance after all, which she proceeded to do with the utmost seriousness and concentration This was the beginning of a twenty five year saga, during which Sigrid Maria for such was the name of the se

    980 thoughts on “The Maid Silja: The History of the Last Offshoot of an Old Family Tree”

    1. Read this in Finland as an exchange student. It seemed to me that it revealed a lot about the essential character of the Finns and the land they love. Interesting history and story.


    2. Harvoin olen kokenut hiljaisuuden kirjassa näin voimakkaana. Voisin arvella, että loppuratkaisun kertominen alkuun oli harkittua, jotta kirjassa ei olisi turhia jännitteitä vaan se pysyisi juuri tällaisena, jotta Silja kokonaisteoksena omaisi samat laadut kuin Silja henkilönä. Samaa tunnelmaa ruokkivat myös ennakoivat lauseet pitkin tarinaa.Ihan erikoisen tyyni kirja, vaikka (sisällis)sotakuvaustakin oli verevöittämässä.Voisin kuvitella, että tämä olisi kirja jota lukisin äänee [...]


    3. I've started this book three hours ago, and I'm already through the half of it. It's an enjoyable reading, as a fan of Scandinavian literature, i can say that this book gives you a good opportunity to observe and contemplate the life of the finnish people at the end of the 19th century. It also takes you on a journey where you'll be smiling (imagining the young Silja running outside in the sun), going sad (there are some sad deaths throughout the book) and overall enjoying the descriptions about [...]


    4. I am surprised that I have never heard of this book by the Nobel Prize winner in Literature of 1939. It was a difficult book to read at the start because it is obviously a translation from Finnish. It took me a while to get accustomed to the rythm and style of the writing translated into English, and then I found myself really enjoying the story. The Maid Silja is a rather depressing story of the downfall of the Salmelus family who suffer one tragedy after another until, in the end, Silja dies a [...]


    5. If you want romance and a happy ending don't read this: we are told on Page 1 that Silja dies young. But if you want to learn what life was like in Scandinavia a century or two ago, do read it. The farms, forests, lakes and flowers of Finland are beautifully described. I learned much about Finnish social customs and farm life (hard, but didn't sound unbearable even for hired hands male or female). The book has a dreamy quality. For the first 150 pages or more, there is no clue as to what year it [...]


    6. The Nobel committee said in 1939 that Sillanpää won expressly for this book. It was was an uninspiring book. I don't see how I'm supposed to harbor any compassion for the main character, a girl named Silja who starts out in her pre-teen years as semi-well off but then her father dies, the farm is lost, and she leads a life of being a farm maid at one farm then another. Then she dies.It sounds harsh to describe a plot so flatly but there is no connection to the main character, no sympathy or em [...]


    7. Bir Dönemi güzel anlatan bir kitap. Zamanın getirdiği yokluğu da varlığıda, taşra kızının önce evlilik dışı yaşaması sonra evlenmesi, ailevi sorunlar kitap içerik olarak çok doluydu yalnız çeviri kötüydü. Benim okuduğum çeviri çok eski baskıydı belki yeni baskılarda çeviri böyle değildir


    8. I loved the melancholic beauty of this book. I wished all good things for Silja during the entire book, even if the reader knows right from the start her life is not going to be about lasting happiness, but more about giving things up, one by one. Sometimes, no matter how kind a soul you are or how hard you work, you won't be rewarded/get what you "deserve". The parts that took place during the Finnish civil war (first years of independency of Finland and Russian revolution) were fascinating and [...]



    9. Es lohnt sich doch immer mal wieder, (im übertragenen Sinne) den elterlichen Dachboden zu durchwühlen. So geschehen vor etlichen Jahren, fiel mir dereinst Silja, die Magd vom finnischen Literatur-Nobelpreisträger Frans Eemil Sillanpää in die Hände. Nach zig weiteren Lenzen schaffte ich es dieser Tage endlich, mich dem erdverbunden betitelten Werk zu widmen.Es dauerte nur wenige Seiten, bis mich vor allem die heuer freilich altertümlich anmutende Sprache konkret eingenommen hatte. Denn int [...]


    10. I discovered this book when I read a review tucked into the pages of a book about learning Finnish. The review was by Timothy Crouse, author of The Boys on the Bus, and I wish I had not misplaced it, because he was able to articulate the beautiful thrall that this book had on me in a way that I cannot. In brief, the story is about a Finnish girl born just before the turn of the last century and her short life, which includes her being orphaned at 12, having to become a servant for various househ [...]


    11. This is the first book I have read by a finnish author. It was interesting for me (as a romanian) to find out about 'country-life' in Finland.The book is very thoughtful, you can actually feel the whole atmosphere, there are described a lot of feelings I also experienced in my lifetime. Key element - the connection between nature and human.In the first half of the book, it is presented the life of Kusta, Silja's father - a little bit of his childhood and then as a grown up with his wife after he [...]


    12. "The summer-morning death of Silja, that lonely figure left to her own resources, may thus be seen as the end of a long chain of events that we can regard as beginning thirty years earlier, when Silja's father, Kustaa, inherited the Salmelus farm."So begins this novel, which then takes us back through the events of young Silja's sad life: her father's marriage to a woman of unfortunate family, plus his own weak character cause the loss of the family farm. Further events find the girl working as [...]


    13. Sillanpään yhteys ympäröivään luontoon ja alkuvoimaisiin ihmisiin on erityistä. Hänen ajatuksensa liikehtii pilvinä taivaalla. Kultaisiksi kypsyneillä viljatasangoilla, veden peilikuvissa. Ihmisen ikä -kuolinhethestä katsottuna - on kuin lyhyt paikoilleen pysähtynyt näky, kaihoa herättävä vertauskuva:"Kaikki etääntyy mutta yksi tulee yhä lähemmäksi. Pian he saavat jo kohdata, ensin päivälläen kahden kesken lehtopolulla. Siellä he menevät ikään kuin nukkumaan kosketta [...]


    14. I had to stop reading after 30 pages because I couldn't stand it anymore. The author keeps jumping from one thing to another with no apparent connection, using characters that come out of thin air, and there's almost no action, it's mostly a description of actions. It's too chaotic, I really don't like it. I rarely leave a book unfinished and I usually love anything related to Finland, but this is just too much.


    15. This is an excellent novel on peasant life by Frans Sillanpaa, the first Finnish writer to win the Nobel Prize for literature in 1939. This story also goes by the name of "Fallen Asleep While Young" and it depicts the loves (and struggles) of a young peasant girl who falls into economic ruin, and her ensuing struggles to persevere in life.


    16. Sillanpään mestarillinen kielenkäyttö on Siljassa merkillepantavaa. Kukaan nykyajan kirjailija ei voisi kirjoittaa samoin kuulostamatta lattealta tai ylitunteelliselta. Sillanpää ei saanut Nobelia suotta ja Silja on mielestäni eräs suomalaisen kirjallisuuden hienoimpia kirjoja.


    17. momentous in bringing the barren reality back to life; it's crude yet sensitive and sensitising, Sillanpaa cannot leave one unimpressedtziune/2011/07/



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