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Maskeblomstfamilien

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"Jeg hadde en god oppvekst. Far døde da jeg var tolv. Mor la seg tidlig. Jeg var enebarn."

Slik åpner Lars Saabye Christensen sin nye roman, et kammerspill som finner sted i de brede gatene bak Slottet, midt på sekstitallet. Fortelleren beretter om sin oppvekst, fra han er tolv til sytten, i et hjem som er en brønn av hemmeligheter, forstillelser, taushet og unnlatelsessynd
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Paperback, 284 pages
Published 2004 by Cappelen (first published 2000)
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Manny
You've got to hand it to the Norwegians. They're a tiny country, with a population of a bit over four million people, and they have this incredible literature. I'm not sure whether it's cause or effect, but they really, really love books.

Maskeblomstfamilien is a startling example. We were going on a walking holiday in Norway, and I had somehow not packed anything to read - a serious omission, because there was a 10 hour train ride from Oslo to Jotunheimen. We had a break while we changed trains,
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Anne Sofie
Jun 06, 2012 Anne Sofie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mysterious, dark and heavy. This is a book you have to interpret everything written, beautifully written.
Juni Palmstrøm
Jul 22, 2015 Juni Palmstrøm rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
dette er den beste boken jeg har lest av saabye christensen så langt, og jeg har elsket de tidligere bøkene hans
ahhhhhh
Pernille Tårnes
Jul 01, 2011 Pernille Tårnes rated it it was ok
Jeg er litt usikker på hvor jeg skal starte når det gjelder denne boken.
Jeg ble aldri revet med. Jeg ble like likegyldig, som karakteren, og kjedet meg igjennom mesteparten av boken. Men selv om jeg satt med samme følelse som karakteren, følte jeg ikke på noen måte samhørighet e.l.
Den var til tider veldig godt skrevet, samtidig som den andre ganger var veldig dårlig skrevet. Setningene var for forvirrende og oppbyggingen et kapittel for seg selv. Du sitter så absolutt igjen med "hæ"-følelsen so
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kAtja
Jul 15, 2009 kAtja rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
scares me that the main character is acting exactly the way i do
Malin
May 05, 2013 Malin rated it did not like it
1.5 stars

"I had a good childhood. My father died when I was twelve. My mother went to bed early. I was an only child."

These are the opening lines of Maskeblomstfamilien, a title which can be translated as The Figwort Family, but which can be interpreted in several ways, and holds more than one meaning. The plants and flowers of the Figwort Family usually have large leaves that cover up and blanket the ground. The flowers are often without scent, but if they do smell, it's more of an unpleasant s
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Samina
Dec 22, 2016 Samina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Üleni ebameeldiv. Aga huvitavalt kirjutatud.
Marie
Mar 01, 2015 Marie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dysfunctional, nordic
I read this book in one sitting (only interrupted by the bare essentials). I was thoroughly dumbfounded by the whole thing, throughout and afterwards, but I still kept going, and I still liked it a lot. I just couldn't put it down! I had to know what really happened, and what was the reason for it happening. But then suddenly the book ended ... and now 2 days later, I'm still not sure what it is I just experienced!

This is a book where you have to read a lot between the lines, nothing is told exp
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Camilla
Apr 16, 2016 Camilla rated it it was ok
"Jeg hadde en god oppvekst. Far døde da jeg var tolv. Mor la seg tidlig. Jeg var enebarn."

2.5 stjerner. // En roman om skam og identitet. Om et kammerspill som finner sted i de brede gatene bak Slottet midt på sekstitallet. Om et hjem fullt av hemmeligheter, forstillelser, taushet og unnlatelsessynder. Om en far som tar livet av seg på første side og om en mor som legger seg for godt. Om å vokse opp med en mager Tante som ikke gjør livet lyst for noen. Jeg synes dette var en helt grei oppvekstsr
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Annett
Aug 04, 2011 Annett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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John Erik Lindgren
Har hatt denne liggende lenge, faktisk helt siden den kom. Er egentlig ingen stor fan av LSC, men fikk en følelse av at denne boken skilte seg litt ut, på en positiv måte. I og med filmatiseringen i år - en film jeg riktignok ikke har planer om å se - grep jeg til den da jeg var syk et par dager. Og den var fengende, jeg måtte lese den ut. Men det er jo en bisarr historie, egentlig ikke så mye å kjenne seg igjen i.

Satt vel igjen med to erkjennelser: 1. Vi er alle outsidere på en eller annen måte
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Carsten
Jun 21, 2016 Carsten rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading this is an absolutely crazy experience. I found it exhilerating. So much is hidden between the lines, and you never really seem to be able to grasp the bigger points there. Uncovering these really needs a lot of reading afterwards. I highly recommend Cecilie Terese Gjerland's master's assignment on this book, "Skammens Maske – en analyse av maskebruken i Maskeblomstfamilien". It's a 65-page PDF in Norwegian, and once you've read both the book and this you'll find that this is actually on ...more
Charlotte
Mar 21, 2016 Charlotte rated it liked it
This is the sort of book I can't rate any higher for fear of my own sanity. I can't love the book, but I can say that the storytelling pulled me in and had me lose track of time- I even missed an appointment.. Disturbing, fascinating content that just kept me turning the pages. Definitely picking up another book by this author soon.
Marie
Jun 21, 2009 Marie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: norwegian
Dette er en av Saabye Christensens litt mystiske versjoner, en sånn hæ? hva mente de egentlig nå? - bøker. God Bok Boksirkel har ofte denne boka som referanse for andre bøker som ikke sier tingene som de er, kontrollspørsmål: "er den sånn Maskeblomstfamilien far-out?"
Men en fantastisk fin bok er det!
Sonja
Jan 08, 2016 Sonja rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Het verhaal op de cover deed veel meer beloven dan dat het in het boek overkwam. De verwachting was dat je de omschakeling zou ervaren van Adrian tijdens het proces van het gevoel van jongen naar meisje. Het werd traag omschreven en ook verwarrend. Het boek viel me enorm tegen.
Alexandra Paula
Ich habe mich in diesem Buch regelrecht eingesperrt gefühlt. Es war sehr düster und bedrückend- doch trotz allem gab es einen enormen Interpretationsspielraum. Alles in allem sehr interessant. - Weiterempfehlen würde ich es aber wahrscheinlich nicht.
Johanne Skov
Jeg undrede mig fra jeg læste første side i denne bog over hvad der foregik - det gør jeg stadig!
Bogen er værd at læse, men man skal være forberedt på en masse skjulte hentydninger og mærkelige handlinger...
Christina J.
En sterk bok med et interessant og tabu-belagt tema. Noe av det jeg elsker med Saabye Christensen er at han skriver om Frogner, så for meg blir bøkene enda mer levende.

Filmen er også verdt å se.
Lian
Feb 13, 2016 Lian rated it it was amazing
Jeg gråt gjennom denne boken. Mye. Den var rett og slett smertefull å lese og definitivt en tung bok jeg skulle skrive særemne om. Utrolig bra bok, gripende og grusom.
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Lars Saabye Christensen is a gifted storyteller, a narrator who is imaginative, but equally down to earth. His realism alternates between poetic image and ingenious incident, conveyed in supple metropolitan language and slang that never smacks of the artificial or forced. His heroes possess a good deal of self-irony. Indeed, critics have drawn parallels with the black humour of Woody Allen. But be ...more
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