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3.61  ·  Rating Details ·  550 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
Eleven-year-old Herman is not that different from other boys--except that he is going bald. Presented with this dilemma, Herman uses his fertile imagination and comical viewpoint on life to navigate through the rough seas commonly known as "growing up." In the process, he teaches everyone something about friendship, courage, acceptance, and love.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Arcadia Books (first published 1988)
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May 11, 2016 Liz rated it it was ok

Not my cup of tea.
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Herman By Lars Saabye Christensen

In the book we meet a character who named Herman, Herman is eleven years old.
In the beginning of the book we discover that he did a medicine border because he started to lose his hair.
After Herman lost his hair he was ashamed to go to school, he thought everyone will laugh at him when they will see him.
He put a cape on his head and went to school, in school suddenly everyone wants to play with him and be with him, he thought that everyone felt sorry for him beca
Oct 30, 2012 Annabel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Herman is geschreven in dezelfde innemende onschuldige stijl waar Lars Saabye Christensen om bekend staat. De wereld in het verhaal wordt gemaakt van objecten in plaats van ideeën, en dingen die er vreemd uitzien terwijl ze normaal zijn. Dit klinkt heel verwarrend maar als je het boek leest is dit de perfecte omschrijving. De toon is redelijk van deze tijd een modern verhaal dus.

Herman de hoofdpersoon in het verhaal is een 11-jarige jongen die lijdt aan plotselinge en onverklaarbare haaruitval.
Alessandro Margheriti
La storia di questo bambino malato a cui non gliene va bene una è raccontata con una prosa ineccepibile, mette in evidenza il candore del protagonista con le sue mille domande a cui cerca di dare improbabili risposte.
Però davvero, questo libro non poteva essere più triste di così.
Brynhildur Stefánsdóttir
Aug 25, 2015 Brynhildur Stefánsdóttir rated it really liked it
þessi bók er æðisleg, mannlegt líf barns í samfélagi, meðvirkni samfélags og hvernig barn tekst á við að að skera sit úr hópnum og notar ímyndunaraflið stundum hlaupa með sig í gönur. Sagan er sögð á barnamáli og þess vegna verða áhrifin svo mikil af lestrinum
Apr 20, 2014 Steph rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Herman is a sensitive eleven-year-old boy with alopecia areata and a quirky imagination. With his sincerity and wit, Herman had my heart by the end of the first chapter.

"Are you eating leaves?" Ruby asks.
"Once in awhile."
"You're the only one I know who eats leaves."
"Then you don't know many."

This is a charming, classic Norwegian story about childhood that is sure to make you smile.
Joana Marinho
Jan 28, 2016 Joana Marinho rated it liked it
Very tender the world of Herman, a young boy of Oslo
Jan 20, 2009 Chana rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
A young boy loses his hair and faces his fears. Written in a fantastical and whimsical way that didn't always appeal to me, but sometimes struck me as the best way that one could describe things. Small sample, "Mother's nightgown is red with yellow dots, she looks like a huge ladybug. Herman begins counting the dots for then he can find out how old he is. ... Now Father is there too. His pajamas are yellow with red dots. He looks like a serious outbreak of the measles." OK, it is a strange book ...more
Sep 05, 2011 Annett rated it really liked it
A beautiful story about an eleven-year-old boy who slowly but inexorably loses his hair. I don't find the translation altogether congenial but it still brings across the fear, anger and other emotions Herman sees himself confronted with. By his classmates, his teachers, red-haired Ruby and, most of all, his parents. He needs to come to terms with the fact that people feel pity for him and it is sometimes heart-breaking to read about his struggle. But in the end... .
Jun 10, 2012 Dorly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again Christensen explores childhood... How complicated an ordinary life can be, and how love and patience put all the pieces back together in the end.
This story reminded me once more why children should always show great forbearance toward grown-up people.
Sep 12, 2008 Diana rated it it was amazing
A short novel about a boy who loses his hair. It seems to be aimed at young adults but I loved it too. The beauty of it is in how Herman copes with his problem by using his huge imagination.
Oct 18, 2012 Lucitana rated it really liked it
It didn't move me as much as Model or Half-brother did but he stays my favourite author. Herman is a simple story, reading just for pleasure without need to think about what you are actually reading.
Joana M
Jul 16, 2014 Joana M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Herman <3
Aug 22, 2008 Kelda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read a Norwegian edition of this book. A surprisingly humorous and touching account of a young boy loosing his hair.
Não é bem o meu género, mas, apesar de ser um pouco confuso, foi uma leitura agradável.
Aug 04, 2012 Tania rated it really liked it
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Randomly chosen to be book #43 for 2012. Looks interesting.
Mar 20, 2012 Odd-widar rated it it was amazing
..awesome - just awesome..
Mar 16, 2013 Rozemarijn rated it really liked it
Kjempefin og søt bok!
May 11, 2014 Lyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lyn by: Rebecca
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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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