Taivaankantaja, by Riika Pelo

tapa20sola-b9285e8a5cc50320217f4a918033cf82-1024-1024Approximate translation (from the Spanish title, because I don’t speak Finnish): Sky carrier

This book was a gift from a friend for my birthday. I know it’s hard to gift books to someone that reads a lot (been there, done that), and she really nailed it with this one. The sure way to do it is looking where no one would. This book is off canon. At least for me, because it’s the first time I read something written by a Finnish author. And, I suspect, this author, despite her nationality, must be quite unique. At least, the story and her style are different from anything I’ve read before.

The story is about Vendla, a young girl that lives with her very old grandmother in a farm. She lives in constant contact with nature, and barely relates with other people. The farm they live in got (in)famous in the country because their cows died of hunger (“in these times! In this country!”). Because of this, some relatives that never cared about them before decided they’ll be Vendla’s tutors, in order to protect her and civilize her in their religious community.
And then things go a little out of hands (for them, not Vendla).

 After I read this it made me vaguely remember the movie Tideland. A couple of days ago I saw the movie again and no, it has nothing to do with it. I guess if they have anything in common is that both portrayed very particular little girls, living in their own special worlds, that doesn’t difference very well between reality and imagination.