This is the stark truth for Sophie, the narrator orchid astronomy, A strong poetic novel for the first time by the Canadian writer Tsnova Haydn. Sophie lives in Wesselfjord, in the frozen Norwegian north, where she deals with personal tragedy and the horrific effects of climate change. Norway’s natural beauty, snow, ice, and creatures, national symbols of pride, are eroding along with a mystical sense of peace.
“Can scientists negotiate with reindeer?” It challenges readers to look. Humanity may be past the point of talking its way out of the damage it has done. Sophie tells the story of one frail person recovering from a family death – “That mother would choose to suffocate. Buried alive under the cruel storms of winter.”– Who has to face disturbing events – “Millions of tons of crude oil are leaking into the ocean, day in and day out.”
In this easily imaginable present, the collective is guilty of plundering the planet, while the individual, aware of the damage, is powerless to stop it. Through Sophie, Haydn depicts a scientist who has tragically given up centuries of knowledge in favor of quick profit and instant gratification. It muses on the struggle to exist as serene human beings and to experience both natural sensuality and eroticism – “A girl licks salt from her parched lips. Inhales an entire ocean of a stranger’s skin.”– when the anxiety of imminent death is always present.
Orchid Astronomy Not just a commentary on environmental damage, but a study of trauma. Sophie is unable to separate her two griefs: the death of her mother by suicide and the slow death of her home. As Sophie reflects on the depressing state of the world in her time, as an environmental activist, she describes her late mother, who also suffered from the climate crisis: “Her eyes are bruised with grief—the color of an oil slick. ‘Yes, we are sorry, aren’t we? Dealing with this coin?’”
Even while grappling with such heavy losses, Sophie is grounded in thought. Rather than wallow in emotional turmoil, she rationally assesses her position with references to ecology, mythology, philosophy, science, mathematics, history, and astronomy. Sophie tries desperately to connect the dots. She wants to create a new individualistic astronomy that explains everything, especially what is beyond her control.
Each class is named after the star alignment. Sophie organized her thoughts like an astronomer: “All that, which can lead to the disintegration of carefully built life, measured by the rotation of gears and planetary bodies.”
Some readers may find the book frightening. The poetry is detailed by Haydn’s encyclopedic knowledge of science and the arts, which she uses to great effect, but can also be disconcerting. Readers may sometimes have to search for something, although this is a convenient way to absorb the book.
Sophie’s story forces readers to learn new things and think about the world as an increasingly unstable entity. She also urges readers to reflect on loss, an inevitable and inevitable condition that everyone will face.As Da Vinci’s successor, Hooke went on to make the trip a matter of public inquiry. “If you look in the rear view, I’ve already left you. To the point of mania. Sarvis opens his mouth.”
As a storyteller, Sophie tends to be drawn into memories and ideas, and into the world she knows so well, the world of literature. Nor is the story timeline linear; It is intermittently zig-zagging. But there is also a joy in the lush language, which makes up for moments of disorientation the reader might experience.
Haydn’s work is poetic, abstract, and insightful. who reads Orchid Astronomy It is then possible to look at the stars and see a new universe.