The City of Woven Streets

The City of Woven Streets The tapestry of life may be fragile than it seems pull one thread and all will unravel In the City of Woven Streets human life has little value You practice a craft to keep you alive or you are an

  • Title: The City of Woven Streets
  • Author: Emmi Itäranta
  • ISBN: 9780007536061
  • Page: 319
  • Format: Paperback
  • The tapestry of life may be fragile than it seems pull one thread, and all will unravel.In the City of Woven Streets, human life has little value You practice a craft to keep you alive, or you are an outcast, unwanted and tainted Eliana is a young weaver in the House of Webs, but secretly knows she doesn t really belong there She is hiding a shameful birth defectThe tapestry of life may be fragile than it seems pull one thread, and all will unravel.In the City of Woven Streets, human life has little value You practice a craft to keep you alive, or you are an outcast, unwanted and tainted Eliana is a young weaver in the House of Webs, but secretly knows she doesn t really belong there She is hiding a shameful birth defect that would, if anyone knew about it, land her in the House of the Tainted, a prison for those whose very existence is considered a curse.When an unknown woman with her tongue cut off and Eliana s name tattooed on her skin arrives at the House of Webs, Eliana discovers an invisible network of power behind the city s facade All the while, the sea is clawing the shores and the streets are slowly drowning.

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    1. ''This night is different. Sleep is thin in the house, because strange blood is drying on the stones of the square.''What is left when even the ability to dream (literally) is considered a crime? And even worse, when your dreams are nightmares for which you may be punished severely? You are marked by society, exiled to the House of the Tainted, the left-overs of the community.I tend to approach every book that wishes to belong to the Dystopian genre with extreme cautiousness. First of all, when [...]

    2. Oi miten ihana kirja! En tiedä oliko Kudottujen kujien kaupunki parempi vain huonompi teos kuin Teemestarin kirja, mutta henkilökohtaisesti pidin siitä enemmän. Tarina on idealtaan ja miljööltään kiinnostavampi (olen varmaan lukenut liian monta dystopiaa) ja suorastaan lumouduin kirjan maailmasta. Aivan täysillä en tähänkään rakastunut, mutta Itärannan tulevat romaanit ovat lukulistalla ehdottomasti.

    3. I am probably too tired to write a coherent review, having travelled across Europe by train for twelve hours after five hours sleep. Nonetheless, I’ll give it the old college try. I enjoyed ‘The City of Woven Streets’ more than Itaranta’s previous novel Memory of Water, which I liked but found frustrating. Her latest has more of a fantasy atmosphere, whereas her previous was explicitly post-climate catastrophe science fiction. ‘The City of Woven Streets’ is also arguably sci-fi, but [...]

    4. Tässä huomaa miten paljon Itäranta on kehittynyt kirjailijana, kun vertaa tätä teosta Teemestarin tyttäreen. Itärannalla hallussa kieli ja kuvailu, kirja on tietyllä tavalla taianomainen ja unenomainen. Ehkä olisin kaivannut juoneet vähän enemmän suoraviivaisuutta tai punaista lankaa, välillä se tuntui huuhtoutuvan kaiken sanailun alle. Miljöö oli ihana! Mutta samalla maailmanrakennus jäi vähän huonolla tavalla auki. Ottaen huomioon, etten yleensä lue suomalaista kaunokirjall [...]

    5. 4,5-5 tähteä. Tässä oli se tunne, se kiintymys joka omalla kohdallani puuttui Teemestarin kirjasta. Tarina oli kokonainen, kieli oli todella kaunista, hahmot elävämpiä. Loppuratkaisu jäi vähän mietityttämään, oliko Elianalle pakko tapahtua niin kuin tapahtui. Ehkä oli. Mutta ehdottomasti mielettömän hyvä kirja.

    6. 3.5 starsI'm so happy that I gave this book a chance!It's a Finnish fantasy/dystopian novel about an island slowly sinking into the sea, and features a beautifully understated romance between two girls, each carrying their own secrets and burdens.I don't want to say too much about the plot and the characters at this point because I don't want to give away too much information - it's best if you go and discover it by yourself!The atmosphere that Itäranta paints is dreamy and at times eerie. The [...]

    7. An atmospheric fantasy that serves up a frustration of characters and world-building.Eliana is a young weaver in the House of Weavers, one of several craft houses on an island where dreaming is forbidden. Eliana can dream though, which makes her incredibly nervous when a voiceless young woman turns up at the House with a tattoo of Eliana's name on her hand.It's difficult to say more about this, because Eliana is so sheltered and passive she doesn't know much more than that. She has no idea what [...]

    8. Vor der Aufgabe, dieses Buch zu beschreiben, stehe ich ein wenig hilflos.Es gibt Bücher, die definieren sich durch eine brillant konstruierte Handlung, welche sich von A bis Z spannend und unterhaltsam abspult. Andere überzeugen durch schiere Originalität oder durch lebensechte Charaktere, und man kann genau den Finger darauf legen und sagen: Ja, das ist es. Das macht dieses Buch so besonders.Und damit will ich keineswegs sagen, dass "Die Stadt der verbotenen Träume" diese Eigenschaften nich [...]

    9. Teemestarin kirja teki minuun suuren vaikutuksen kielellään, ainutlaatuisuudellaan sekä ympäristöteemoillaan, joten olin erittäin innostunut Itärannan uusimmasta romaanista, jonka sain vihdoin luettua. Kudottujen kujien kaupungin tarina on selvästi yhtenäisempi ja kootumpi kuin Teemestarin kirjan, mutta en kokenut siihen samanlaista yhteyttä. Lisäksi välillä tuntui että Itäranta yritti liikaa, proosa on kaunista ja kuvallista kyllä, mutta vertauskuvia oli omaan makuuni jo liikaak [...]

    10. Erinomainen romaani, Itärannalla on homma hanskassa. Tarinan kudelma on kiehtova, kieli upeaa, kertomukseen uppoaa suoraan. Hienoa!

    11. Emmi Itäranta has mastered the craft of writing brilliant, jaw-droppingly beautiful language that flows like water. In addition she possesses an imagination that takes the reader to a new, but still recognisable fantasy world. The end result is a text that is at the same time both ethereal and immensely powerful. The City of Woven Streets is Itäranta's second novel and follows the footsteps of The Memory of Water, which featured similar themes of overpowering regime, natural disasters, environ [...]

    12. It's strange how books choose you. I recently spent some days in Finland -which had been my dream for years. From day one, I was looking for some beautiful Finnish literature to take home with me when the time came to go back. And from day one I couldn't find any bookstores that had a separate space for Finnish literature translated into English. Then, the day after my birthday, I was in Turku and it was really cold, and I started going into malls and shops just to avoid the outside weather. The [...]

    13. Emmi Itäranta's sophomore novel once again invites the reader to a dystopic world in which water has an important role. However, this time the limits of the world is set in a different fashion than in the debut novel Memory of Water as this time the setting is not defined by the lack of water, but by its abundance.Eliana has lived her whole life on an island from which only traders and dignitaries ever venture further. Through her narration the reader is slowly introduced to a young woman who a [...]

    14. I wanted to love this book, so much. And there were a lot of things in it that I loved - the descriptions of the island, the exquisite language, the main character. But then there were things that I did not love - the overall plot, the ending, how it felt like the story is stuck in place. It took me a long time to get into the story, for it to get going at all, and once it finally did, it felt like it ended all too abruptly with very little explanation. Mostly I was left with the feeling that I [...]

    15. Emmi Itäranta ei pettänyt odotuksiani, sillä Kudottujen kujien kaupunki pitää sisällään aivan yhtä hienosti eteenpäin soljuvaa kieltä ja kerrontaa kuin hänen esikoisteoksensa Teemestarin kirja. Pidin tästä jopa himpun verran enemmän, jos mahdollista, sillä tässä on mielestäni monisäikeisempi tarina, joka tarjoaa myös jännitystä loppua kohden.Näiden kansien väliin kätkeytyy uskomattoman paljon: koskettava rakkaustarina, jota ei ole sen kummemmin jalustalle nostettu, ihme [...]

    16. Dare I say it? Classic Itäranta. Love it. Intriguing world building, iresistible women, striking imagery that slows you down while reading (and perhaps gets a little lost in 'translation' every now and then?), dystopian elements that are thought-provoking and plain unsettling in equal measures, (subtle) treatment of environmental issues, an ending that makes you want to punch something - and, upon finishing the novel, a feeling of not being satisfied. Highly recommended!

    17. Very hard to rate this book slow but dreamy. Slow but poetic. A bit of a disappointment after her first book but glad I read it.

    18. Tämä oli juuri sellainen kirja, jota tähän hetkeen kaipasinkin; se avasi uudenlaisen, kiehtovan ja unenomaisen maailman erityisine henkilöhahmoineen. Kieli oli todella kaunista. Suosikiksi nousi, ehdottomasti.

    19. An enchanting tale of love and resistance. Unexpectedly tender and heartfelt, the story swept me away. Itaranta has crafted a world of intrigue that both defies and embraces the many dystopian tropes, weaving a story with a pattern quite unlike any other.“The world is ready to drown. The world is ready to rise.” The synopsis describes the plot in barren terms. The protagonist Eliana is a young weaver in The House of Webs where a spider-like Goddess is worshiped, and she does meet a mysteriou [...]

    20. I would prepare those readers expecting the stark, post-apocalyptic reality from Memory of Water; The Weaver is much more fantastical, mythical, dream-like. Its story a little denser, a little unfocused.I loved the use of water in The Weaver -- in this case it is something to be feared, the potential ender of life instead of the giver as in Memory. I loved that Eliana had brown skin (view spoiler)[her girlfriend was pale-skinned, which, I assume, is who the publisher chose to feature on the book [...]

    21. The bones of a standard YA dystopia fleshed out with dream-like prose, eerie worldbuilding, and hints of magical realism. There are individual scenes here that will stick in my mind for a long time, like the twisting amber tunnels and the blood coral lurking under water, just out of reach. I also appreciated the slow-burn, matter-of-fact lesbian romance. The overarching plot, though, is frustratingly pedestrian, all the more so because the protagonist has almost no connection to it. For most of [...]

    22. Lumoavasti luotu maailma, tarina ajasta, jota ei ole ja unista, joita ei saa nähdä. Itärannan toinen romaani onnistuu ensimmäistä paremmin, siinä on sitä jotain, mitä Teemestarin kirjasta puuttui. Henkilöhahmot ovat syvempiä, tarina eheä ja tarkka. Silti henkilökohtaisesti hieman petyin kirjaan loppuosissa, maalailevuus ei ehkä ennakoinut ainakaan minulle lopun tapahtumia tarpeeksi hyvin. Oikein hyvä kirja kuitenkin, 3,5 tähteä.

    23. Sanoisin, että oikein nautittava kirja :3 Idealtaan mielekkäämpi, kuin edeltäjänsä ja kielellisesti yhtä kaunis. En kuitenkaan osaa sanoe, kumpi on parempi.

    24. 3,5*The City of Woven Streets is a fantasy/dystopian story that does not explain itself much and can be confusing most of the time - much like a dream. And is this dreamy vibe that makes this novel beautiful.The plot is slow - this story is undeniable character and prose driven. We get to witness a beautiful romance between two girls blossom; a subtle but strong brother-sister relationship; and friendships on many levels. The prose is rich and captivating, although, again, can be too confusing a [...]

    25. I was fortunate enough to pick up The Weaver (entitled "The City of Woven Streets" in the UK) at a time when I was almost prepared to give up on fantasy as a genre. After a disappointing succession of would-be Game-of-Thrones novels with a lack of compelling plots or characters, I was starting to think there was nothing left to read. Suffice to say, I was wrong.The Weaver introduces us to Eliana, a weaver of cloth on a Fantasy island, where everyone is defined by their role in society, given as [...]

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