Den vidunderliga kärlekens historia
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Den vidunderliga kärlekens historia

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  983 ratings  ·  90 reviews
Det är inte bara hans kärlek som är vidunderlig – utan också han själv, Hercule Barfuss. Alltsedan han föddes på ett glädjehus i Königsberg 1813 har han väckt människors fasa med sin vanställdhet. Han är också döv, och dvärg, men han har fått en sällsynt gåva – förmågan att läsa andras tankar. Den kommer att skänka honom ett våldsamt och märkligt öde, och farliga fiender.....more
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Frosty Dahlia
I read this book on the original language (Swedish) and it really is one of the best books in Swedish literature for a very long time. It takes you through adventures both amazing and horrible and feelings of joy and despise. The reason it doesn't get five stars is that on occasion it gets somewhat pretentious but overall it is a great piece.

It really is a shame about the title. I just know how a title like this puts me off reading the book and I would never have read it unless two colleagues o...more
Pete
Mar 20, 2008 Pete rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: 2008
Wow, I really wanted to like this book, it seemed that it would be intersting, and it almost was. It had the elements of a short story and it dragged because it was made into a novel. The characters were hollow accept for the "Hero" Barefoot, but even then... The story telling was disjointed and confusing, I often had to double back in a chapter to see if I skipped a major event that was being discussed or I needed explanaiton that was skipped over. The non-sequesntial stroy telling can be done...more
Joe Collier
Interesting historical story about a boy, born with sever physical defects but with psychic/telepathiuc abilities. Also some interesting perspectives on deafness and sign language. A love story, too.
Nancy Hill
Deeply layered, rich characters, dark and foreboding, yet full of hope. Incredibly researched. Imaginative, seductive, surprising, a dream of a book from which I did not want to awaken.
Spider
Though tragic in the extreme, this was so well written, so extraordinary, & such a fascinating exploration of human behavior, I recommend it.
Marianne
En av de mer henrivende bøker jeg har lest. Vanskelig å legge fra seg. Vanskelig å glemme.
John Hatley
A truly amazing book, horrifying at times, but a truly astonishing love story.
Amanda
Boken var bra, men aldrig så bra att den gav mig någon speciell, kvarvarande läsupplevelse. Även om Vallgren jobbar hårt med beskrivningar av karaktären tycker jag inte att jag lär känna denne tillräckligt för att ge huvudpersonen den sympati han förtjänar. Det blir lite krystat och ganska pretto ibland och de "fantastiska" kärleksbeskrivningarna som finns är klyschiga. Ändå får boken en trea för den hade trots allt en fin berättelse och handlade om något spännande och ovanligt. Läs den, för all...more
knedlica
Meni je počatak bio stvarno obećavajući. Malo patim na dokumentaristički pristup pa me ono prvo uvodno pismo osvojilo. Djelovalo je kao početak jedne lijepe sage.
Kad krene radnja o Herculu i Henriette, njihovo rođenje, prve godine... jakoooo dobro.... Ali postupno se gubi polet i napetost. Razdvoje ih, kreće lutanje i potraga. I tada bi trebalo biti najzanimljivije, zar ne?

Ali, iako Herculle stvarno ima obilje doživljaja, kao da je ostalo puno toga nedorečeno.

Prvo - fale mi emocije. On ju voli...more
Roberta
Konigsberg, 1813: nel bordello della città due prostitute stanno partorendo. Una di esse dà alla luce una splendida bambina, Henrietta, l'altra muore partorendo un maschietto orribilmente deforme, la cui sopravvivenza di anno in anno sfida la scienza, e che viene battezzato Hercule. I due, nonostante le atroci differenze, cresceranno fianco a fianco amandosi teneramente. E quando il bordello cade in disgrazia e i due vengono separati Hercule, nonostante le indicibili sofferenze a cui è soggetto,...more
Luni
I really wanted to like this book. But after Henriette died I just wanted to close it and forget I ever read it. I finished it though, not really worth it.

Hercules Barefoot loves Henriette with a love that defies even death, yet when she calls from her grave, and stops him from killing the guy that killed her, he moves to USA and have kids with two different women, by cheating on one of them. He leaves them both, has no contact with his first daughter and is gone five years to search for gold....more
Lauren
For the record, I still don't have the title of this book memorized. I'm very much divided about this book - on the one hand, it's an interesting story, but on the other, it's not well told. This is a translation from Swedish and, to be fair to Mr. Vallgren, I do think something was lost in the translation. But it's more than that. The book, as its title indicates, has all the makings of an epic tale of humanity, of the lines between good and bad, dark and light. But something's missing - the ma...more
Callie S.
Chi ama le saghe e il grottesco alla Süskind, potrebbe trovare in queste pagine un completo appagamento del proprio gusto. Vicino al Profumo nell'ambientazione e nel clima narrativo, Storia di un amore straordinario è la cronaca di una passione che supera la stessa deformità, e di un dono sovrannaturale che diviene lo strumento di una spietata vendetta. Notturno, barocco in certune sue descrizioni, appassionato nelle digressioni, è quel che a buon diritto potrebbe qualificarsi come romanzo fiamm...more
Alan
Sep 23, 2008 Alan rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Alan by: Lesley
"For our hero, years of darkness and humiliation were in store."

So ends the first section of this bleakly inventive Swedish novel - and indeed, this prediction proves accurate. The life of the deformed dwarf Hercules Barefoot (Hercule Barfuss) is lit only briefly by sunshine. Short-lived interludes of happiness serve only the better to contrast with the near-relentless cataracts of pustules and perversions which are his lot.

I read this back-to-back with Chet Raymo's The Dork of Cork, another...more
Erin
I’m not even sure how to begin this review….I can’t quite figure out if I liked the book or not. I did finish, and there were certain sections that I couldn’t read fast enough, so that is good yes? But other parts were slow and evasive and drawn out, but in such a dramatic way that it frustrated me.

Perhaps part of it was the translation, although I get the feeling the author himself is given to being dramatic and evasive, but I’ve only read this one book by him, so I could be totally wrong.

It’s...more
Flygaren
Det är inte bara hans kärlek som är vidunderlig – utan också han själv, Hercule Barfuss. Alltsedan han föddes på ett glädjehus i Königsberg 1813 har han väckt människors fasa med sin vanställdhet. Han är också döv, och dvärg, men han har fått en sällsynt gåva – förmågan att läsa andras tankar. Den kommer att skänka honom ett våldsamt och märkligt öde, och farliga fiender.

Den här boken diskuterade vi under andra bokcirkelträffen. Jag gillade den första början av boken, men tappade sedan intresset...more
Leajk
Nov 17, 2012 Leajk rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: ingen
Recommended to Leajk by: svensk media, titeln
Shelves: rubbish, sweden
För att vara rättvis mot boken har jag delat upp recensionen i två delar, det positiva och det negativa.

Det positiva med den här boken:

- titeln

Fantastisk så klart (innan man läst boken), det var framförallt den som övertalade mig att läsa boken

- den korta historien i början om en koloni av döva

En idyllisk bild av ett samhälle, intressant bild av dövhet

- delar av beskrivningen av Vatikanens hemliga bibliotek

Förmodligen mest eftersom delar av mig älskar en konspirationsteori

Det negativa:

- histor...more
Emily
This is a page turner, for sure. I couldn't really quit once I'd gotten a chapter or two into it. It reminded me of another carnivalesque "freak" novel, Geek Love. But I liked this one a lot better than Geek Love. Despite the fact that this novel sometimes seems to be "a series of unfortunate events" it has an underlying optimism and love for its characters that keep it from getting too bleak. And it does get bleak, yes indeedy do. Dickensian bleak without the Dickensian filter shielding us from...more
Josiah
A quick read. Felt like it could have been more. At times it emulates those classics where the hero overcomes all odds. But I think the author really wanted it to be a revenge novel, and spends essentially the last third of the book rather gruesomely detailing the reprisals of the main character. The author, as if fearful that this might be a little too graphic, steps back a little from the action at this point, putting blocks in the trail, like resorting to newspaper excerpts to tell parts of t...more
Joseph Sverker
Nja, säger jag om den här boken. Nu bodde jag utomlands när den kom ut, men som jag förstår det blev det något utav en hype kring den här boken, me jag kan inte förstå i vad den skulle bottna. Visst är den en bra infallsvinkel och medryckande historia, men att den skulle vara något speciellt är jag frågande till. För det första tycker jag att Vallgrens språk känns rätt fattigt, använder man ""ödesmättat"" två gånger på ett uppslag utan att verka vara medveten om det så stör det mig i mitt intryc...more
Rebekka Steg
I loved the premise of The Horrific Sufferings of the Mind-Reading Monster Hercules Barefoot by Carl-Johan Vallgren.
I read the novel in a Danish translation of the Swedish original. The meaning of the Danish/Swedish title is quite different to the English. I read a book called The Story of the Wonderful Love, which gives very different expectations to the book!
The first third of the book was amazing and I absolutely adored it. However the second third absolutely tore everything apart and I star...more
Daniel
(I've read the original swedish version).
For starters, I'd been told from numerous people that the language of Vallgren would be true art. I do not agree. Yes, some sentences are beautifully put and he do master technical writing beyond most authors of today. But apart from those few sentences -- that are indeed really great -- I only end up with a feeling of someone trying too hard. It doesn't feel authentic.
Then to what really counts -- the story: Vallgren builds it up very well -- it's myste...more
Jenny
Although the characters are quite one dimensional, and despite that the heroine is a damsel in distress dressed like an angel in white, and despite a few turns of the story that feel illogical and therefore disturb the flow of the story, I really enjoyed the book. Despite that the love Hercule feels for Henriette is manic and obsessive the book manages to say something important about love and hate and human nature. It's a brave book in the sense that it allows love to prevail over hate and sorr...more
Brooke
This one was fairly grotesque and hard to handle in parts (the description of the protagonist gives me the serious willies, par example), but as you all may have started to learn about me, I like reading about grodie stuff in books. I thought the pacing was interesting (a.k.a. kinda bad) in that the author was very quick about moving the action from one major event to another, yet he tends to expound excessively on some of the more mundane details of the story. I liked the ending; I liked the da...more
Kate
This was a pretty weird book. Not bad weird, but it was definitely not what I was expecting. Much like Life of Pi, it was extremely gory in parts, which seemed unnecessary but definitely added to the whole idea of the intensity of the main character's hatred. It reminded me a little of The Count of Monte Cristo...it's a book about revenge and forgiveness. It also reminded me of The Hunchback of Notre Dame (though I'm going off the Disney movie since I've never read the book). The main female cha...more
Neetha Philip
This book takes the reader on a roller coaster ride of emotions. While the book captures the essence of Hercules' character it also leaves the reader with a sense of pessimistic optimism. Hercules, the mind reading monster, gets the only thing he wanted--love, from the only person he wanted it from--Henrietta. However, circumstances lead Hercules on a search for revenge. This book is truly heart-breaking. One finds oneself filled with self-disgust. It brings out the fact that humanity is so unsa...more
Marie
Mar 09, 2012 Marie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: best
Maybe it's because I read it in Swedish, but this is the best book I have ever read! Partly because of the story but also because of the beautiful flow and language used in it, feels like reading a poem. The English title is quite misleading though, straight translation would be something more like "THE FABULOUS/NEVER-ENDING(can't think if a proper word in English) LOVE STORY". Carl-Johan Vallgren is a classic Swedish singer-song writer, and he brings a bit of that feel into this story. Would re...more
Marie
Maybe it's because I read it in Swedish, but this is the best book I have ever read! Partly because of the story but also because of the beautiful flow and language used in it, feels like reading a poem. The English title is quite misleading though, straight translation would be something more like "THE FABULOUS/NEVER-ENDING(can't think if a proper word in English) LOVE STORY". Carl-Johan Vallgren is a classic Swedish singer-song writer, and he brings a bit of that feel into this story. Would re...more
Yelyam
Lu en français - "Les aventures fantastiques de Hercule Barfuss"
Gabri
Indubbiamente uno dei peggiori libri che abbia mai letto.
Sono stata tratta in inganno dal titolo e dalla quarta di copertina. Pensavo si trattasse di un bellissimo romanzo d'amore (e c'erano tutte le premesse ottimali), invece per più della metà del libro il protagonista dà sfogo al suo odio e si abbandona a numerosi atti di violenza. La redenzione che avviene alla fine proprio non mi ha convinta: non si può cancellare con un colpo di spugna ciò che Hercule ha commesso (seppure abbia avuto dell...more
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He is the author of eight novels, of which The Horrific Sufferings of the Mind-reading Monster Hercules Barefoot is the first novel to be translated into English. His novels have been translated into twenty-five languages. He lives in Stockholm.
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