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Lu vur teri mesmuke a meforu fko syaw Nel (Nell) sì ’Iva (Eva) a kelku si hu sa’sem sneyä mì helkutsyìp a na’rìngmì alu Redwood a Californiamì. Inanyu nume nìwin teri kxitx sa’nokä sneyä säspxintalun alu cancer ulte maw hìkrr kop sempul terkup fa fekem mì na’rìng. Ha, meve ’ì’awn nì’awtu hu syuve ahol sì ayhrrap na’rìngä wrrpa a kifkeyäsì.
Nel new ftivia mì numtseng apxa alu Havard. ’Iva new slivu fyolea srewyu. ’awvea hapxìo vurä mefol kan’ìn futa fmal tìreyti letrrtrr. Nel lu tsapo a peng vurit hapxìsko puktsyìpä a sneyä tsmukel tolìng poru ’awa trr. Pum a fuktsyìpkip lu syen taluna, tengkrr inanyur peykereng, kifkey lolatem.
Tsatìlusatem larmen nìk’ong ulte tsari pehem len inanyu ke nume nìno kawkrr. Nìpxi, mefo ke omum nìno nìteng. Nì’aw hì’ia aysrungtsyìpit ahol tolìng fkol vurmì. Momì ahì’i alu kelkutsyìp a na’rìngmì inanyu tsun ’en sivi teri fwa kempe len wrrpa na’rìngä tsraymì apxa sì tsawnuä. Sngä’i fa syura ke zo nì’ul’ul vaykrr ’ìp nìwotx. Ulte syena alo a soaia kä tsrayne, lam fwa ke fkeytok kea tìeyktan nulkrr, kea horen sì kea ve’o.
Txampxìri fìvurä tsamesmuke zene väpivewng fìtsap nì’awtu. Lu ngian ’evan alu ’Ilay (Eli) a sunu Nelur nìtxan. Lu poanur (meka?) säsìlpey a lahea hapxì kllpxìltuä sngä’i tsan’ivul. Po new mesmukehu ’awsiteng sivop tsrayne alu Boston. Slä txokefyaw meve ’ì’awn nì’awtu … stum ne tì’i’a. Taweyka len kemo a *
Slä tsari ke payeng ayngar oel.
Fìvurìl ngop aysäfpìlti a lu stxong. Ke lu nìpxi teri teynga pefya ve’o kifkeyä ’oli’a ki pefya sute a tsamì latem. Peu tsranten nìngay? Pesu tsun livu mal fkoru nìngay? Peut awngal omum teri kifkey tìreysì a awngapxaw nìngay? Natkenong, krra tsasyuve meveyä nän, zene nivume teri na’rìng sì ayewll. Zene nivume teri pewll lu tsukyom, lu ketsukyom fte emrivey. Tsal fkoru fpeykìl ftxey awnga tsirvun emrivey mì hifkeyo a luke syura, luke eltu lefngap, luke spulmokri, luke fmawn *
hrrap sleyku ~ produce danger, endanger; in Gefahr bringen, gefährden (after the model of txopu sleyku)
ulte fìfya nìtut ~ and so on; und so weiter
This book is a real gem in a way that is difficult to describe. The author wrote it several years ago but I think that the topic is real and still alive. It will make you think about life, the world, and the order of things.
It’s the story of two sisters, Nell and Eva, who live with their parents in a little house in the Redwood forest of California. Quickly the reader learns about the death of their mother from cancer and shortly thereafter their father dies in an accident in the forest as well. So, the two girls are on their own with little food and the dangers of the forest and the outside world.
Nell wants to study at Havard. Eva wants to become a ballet dancer. For the first part of the story both concentrate on maintaining a normal life. Nell is the one who tells the story as part of a notebook that her sister gave her one day. One of the last notebooks because, as the reader is told, the world has changed.
That change happened slowly and the reader never exactly learns what happened. In fact, the two don’t know exactly either. Only a few little hints are given in the story. In the little space of the house in the forest the reader can guess about what happens outside of the forest in the city and beyond. It starts with the electricity not working until it disappears completely. And the last time the family goes to the city, it seems that there is no leadership anymore, no rules and no order.
For the most part of the story the two sisters have to take care for each other on their own. There is, however, a boy Eli whom Nell likes a lot. He has the (empty?) hope that another part of the country starts to get better again. He wants to go to Boston with the sisters. But otherwise the girls are on their own … almost to the end. Because something happens that will endanger their quiet life in the forest.
But I won’t tell you about that.
This story creates strange, unfamiliar ideas. It’s not exactly about how the order of the world ended but rather how people in it change. What is truely important? Whom can you really trust? What do we really know about the world and life around us? For example, as the their food runs out, they have to learn about the forest and the plants. They have to learn which plants are edible and which aren’t in order to survive. It makes you think whether we could survive in a world without energy, PCs, mobile phones, news and so on. It’s difficult and I don’t have a truely satisfying answer.