"The waves rise to lie down again. Ships are built and ships are lost. Small horses live and small horses die. You are born and you disappear in an unending chain. And his time on earth was right here, right now, in the clear morning where his life tied the world together in an eternal moment."
Bredsorff's writing, translated by the talented Elisabeth Kallick Dyssegaard, is haunting and beautiful. Her characters and their world are primitive, struggling with survival, but also yearn to be accepted and named, part of a community and a home. Alek faces harsh realities - his horse's death, his brother's darkness, and the random cruelty and greed of humans - but he also meets kindness and hope, strength and beauty.
Verdict: These slim stories are beautifully written. Their stark portrayal of the realities of life and the harshness and beauty of life in the small community of Crow Cove will not be for every child, but appreciated by those who love beautiful words and strong stories.
ISBN: 9780374312695; Published 2012 by Farrar Straus & Giroux; Borrowed from another library in my consortium