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ტიპი მეზობელი საფლავიდან (Grabben i graven bredvid #1)

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ინტელექტუალი ქვრივი და ვულგარული ფერმერი პირველად სასაფლაოზე ხვდებიან ერთმანეთს. ქალი ქმარს გლოვობს, მამაკაცი კი მშობლებს ჭირისუფლობს. ისინი სხვადასხვა სოციალურ წრეს ეკუთვნიან, ერთმანეთისგან ინტელექტი და მისწრაფებები აშორებთ, ხოლო აერთიანებთ მთავარი - ვნება. მათი ურთიერთობა თანდათან დრამატულ ხასიათს იღებს. რა არის გადამწყვეტი ქალისა და მამაკაცის ურთიეთობაში და რამდენად მყა ...more
Paperback, 218 pages
Published 2011 by ბაკურ სულაკაურის გამომცემლობა (first published 1998)
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Erin
I hated EVERYTHING about this book. The terrible, stupid plot line, with its stupid conflicts and "twists" that I had to read TWICE because each event was delved into in excruciating detail by each character (the chapters alternated from Benny's voice to Shrimp's). The crappy poetry intro to each chapter. The annoying characters, especially the librarian, who lived up to all stereotypes of a librarian by being plain and boring and "shrimpy", AND all the stereotypes of crazy women by being moody ...more
Emilyadamc
I loved this book from the very first page.
Every Page had something on it that made me smile, laugh, cringe or just nod my head in agreement. Katarina is so honest with her character's. There were a few times where it felt like she had dipped in my head and pulled some of the thoughts that I don't admit that I think, and then put them in her book. Shrimp was so many pieces of me, and that's probably not a good thing to admit, but it was refreshing. I loved Benny. He was just what I would pictur
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Shellie (Layers of Thought)
Aug 21, 2009 Shellie (Layers of Thought) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: interested in quirky romances
Recommended to Shellie (Layers of Thought) by: ARC
Mini Synopsis:
Benny is a thirty something, single, hard working, Swedish dairy farmer living on his failing family farm. His mother whom worked diligently with him to keep the farm running has just passed away. “Shrimp” is a librarian whose intellectually based life is in the near by city. She has just lost her husband of several years.
Although opposites, the two cross paths numerous times with one another in the local cemetery when visiting their dead loved one’s graves. While both note their
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Katrina
Some books you fall in love with at the very beginning, from page one I was in amore with this little novel. It begins with Desiree sitting on the bench in front of her husbands grave. She is trying to feel bad enough about his death. Desiree is a librarian who lives in the city. Her apartment is in the minimalist in fashion and she dresses mainly in beige. While at the cemetery, she sees a farmer who is constantly planting things at the gaudy, over the top plot next to her late husband.

That far
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Sári
Nagyon jó alapötlet, nagyon jó stílus, humor, irónia, stb., és tetszett az is, hogy fejezetenként váltogatja az elbeszélőt, így ugyanaz a történet két szemszögből olvasható. (Sokszor épp ettől olyan vicces.) Szóval ügyesen leütögeti a saját magának feladott labdákat, sokat nevettem rajta. De teljesen egyetértek a molyról @ppeva értékelésével, hogy mondanivaló szempontjából mellesleg katasztrófa ez a könyv. Én is néha legszívesebben oldalba rúgtam volna (öhm) a főhős könyvtároskisasszonyt a maga ...more
Diane
Benny & Shrimp is the story of two thirty-something misfits. Benny is a Swedish cow milk farmer who has never married. Desiree, A.K.A. Shrimp is a thirty-something, plain Jane librarian who dresses in beige and lives an organized life in her sterile apartment. She is a widow of two years.

Benny and Shrimp meet in the cemetery where they go each day to visit their dearly departed --Benny his parents, and Shrimp, her late husband, Orjan. When they first notice each other, their private thoughts
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Audrie
I browse produce at the market the same way that I browse books at the library: whatever looks appealing at that very moment. I judge books by their covers (really, is there any other logical way to choose them?). Sometimes, an intriguing title, an interesting illustration, or an author's name will draw me in. Each time, I never know what it'll be.

Benny & Shrimp, what a strange title! And probably why I grabbed it off the "M" fiction shelf at the library. Definitely offbeat. The story begin
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Jaime Huff
This book begs the question, do opposites attract and if so, can it work? That seems to be the theme of this book. Or is it, do two lonely people who are completely opposite fall for each other just out of need?

Frankly, I loved this book. It was a fast read, passionate and left me wondering about Benny and Shrimp's relationship. I wasn't sure what I wanted from them. I wanted Benny to find a wife. I wanted Shrimp to be that wife. However, at the same, I didn't want Shrimp to be that wife. Contr
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Jacqueline
It's rare that I come across a novel that I can't find fault with. Benny & Shrimp happens to be one of those rare books.

Mazetti has a way of holding your attention despite the fact that nothing much happens. It's such a simple story, yet the romance between the main characters is anything but. Benny & Shrimp is not plot driven, it's character driven. Such stories require a great deal in the way of characterization and, with such lovable, quirky figures, Mazetti gives us just that.

The way
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Jaci
So, there's a dairy farmer and a librarian. They meet in a cemetery. Her husband is dead. His parents are dead. "Who stands up for the dead? Looks after their rights, listens to their problems, and waters their potted plants?" p.1
The development of this relationship is truthful, unsentimental and as stubborn as the characters. I even liked the ending--nonfairytale-type.
p.36: "She looked like somebody who reads books all the time, voluntarily. Long ones, with small print and no pictures."

p.44: "A
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Ella Endif
La prima cosa che mi ha incuriosita di questo libro è stata la copertina.
A pelle, mi piaceva il contrasto di colori. Poi, ho letto l’introduzione e ho trovato l’idea della trama molto originale. Quindi, così, mentre sbrigavo le faccende di casa, ho iniziato a leggere.
Quel giorno abbiamo mangiato pasta e formaggino. Perché li avevo in casa.
Odio le cose del tipo “un libro in un solo giorno”, ma è stato proprio ciò che è accaduto.
Desirée è una donna sola, che aveva trovato nel marito una scelta
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Julie
J'ai vraiment beaucoup beaucoup aimé ce roman !

Le dernier paragraphe de la quatrième de couverture résume assez bien ce que je pense. Mais j'ajouterai tout de même que la psychologie des personnages est très fouillée. Ils sont "normaux", leurs sentiments sont très bien décrits.

De plus, le narrateur change à chaque paragraphe. Une fois c'est Désirée qui parle, une fois c'est Benny. Ce système nous permet d'avoir leurs impressions, on voit les choses avec les yeux des deux personnes.

On peut ainsi
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Amanda
Benny and Shrimp is a novel about discovering a new passion, and trying to make it work against the day to day problems of everyday life. When they meet at a cemetery - while Desiree (or "Shrimp") mourns her late husband, and Benny tends the shared grave of his parents - it is most definitely not love at first sight. Yet, against the odds, passion grows between Shrimp, the pale, bookish librarian and Benny, the overworked milk farmer. Katarina Mazetti writes in a quirky manner about the trials a ...more
Kung
1 พวกเขาเข้ากันได้ดีอย่างแมวกับหมา
ถ้าเรื่องรักในสวีเดนเกิดขึ้นได้ในสุสาน แล้วเรื่องรักใคร่ในประเทศไทยจะกำเนิดขึ้นหน้าเถ้าอัฐิในวัดได้หรือไม่ --- รู้สึกว่าแค่คิดก็ผิดแล้ว การจีบหนุ่มต่อหน้าหลุมศพสามีของ เดซิเร่ ดูจะก๋ากั่นเกินไปสำหรับบรรยากาศในวัดไทย

“ฉันฝันถึงกลิ่นหอมของดอกแอ๊ปเปิ้ล
เธอนั้นเดินเซเพราะน้ำหนักตะกร้า
ระหว่างเราสองคน ใครจะรู้เรื่องแอ๊ปเปิ้ลดีกว่ากัน”
(จากบทที่ 9, หน้า 43)

นายบ้านป่า กับ สาวสีเบจ เริ่มต้นความสัมพันธ์ได้โคเรียนเลิฟสตอรี่มากๆ เราชอบที่ Mazetti ให้โอกาสทั้งคู่ได้เล่าเรื่องจา
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Cami
I learned that if the librarians stick a 'romance' sticker on the spine of the book you should take the sticker at its word and not be surprised by the odd intimate moments.
This was a Swedish novel translated into English and that alone made it an interesting read.
It's a story about two "middle-aged"(according to the book this is age 35 and 37) people who meet in a cemetary. She's trying to mourn her husband and he's genuinely sad to see his mother, the last companion he had on the family farm,
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Grace
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Amy
Opposites might attract but are they able to make it work and stick together? In Benny & Shrimp, Katarina Mazetti tackles the very real issues of love and attraction in an offbeat and unusual way. Told in the alternating voices of Benny and Desiree (Shrimp) the reader follows the characters as they first loath each other, until they develop a curious physical attraction to each other. Desiree is a young, recently widowed librarian that dabbles in poetry and enjoys intellectual pursuits. Benn ...more
Mary
This slim novel was as addicting as the blurb on the cover claimed. The chapters are 3-4 pages and alternate between Benny and Shrimp's version of the same story. It's a rather quiet story that had me smiling much of the time. The main characters are in their mid-late 30s and getting worried that life is passing them by. Instead of observing, they want to participate in life. So they take a leap and strike up an unlikely friendship that becomes much more - but what? They reach a point where they ...more
Gretchen
The cover flap says this: "Two middle-aged misfits and a love that should not be as complicated as it seems." How could I resist a description like that? Plus, it's a Swedish novel - and I am really growing fond of Swedish novels. The characters were charming and real and the whole time I was just dying to find out how they could resolve that complicated love of theirs. It was charming, blissful, anguish! I was sad when it ended and quickly hopped on the internet to see if there was a sequel (no ...more
Jana
I was cruising along fine with the story. I loved that it was written/set in Sweden. It kept me interested and overall I liked it. Until the ending! NO! Stars revoked for that.

I need to discuss with my dear Fab friend who sent the book.

PS: I love getting a surprise book and keeping it secret until all have read the books. Thanks for this one, Dawn!
Десислава Стойчева
Хареса ми! Различна, свежа, смешна, тъжна...
Amy
This book was wonderful, just lovely. Quirky and offbeat, it is a simple love story. A young widowed librarian and a bachelor farmer keep running into each other at the cemetery. At first they are annoyed by one another and then one day, boom, everything changes. They quickly fall in love and it is more than either of them had every dreamed. But they are doomed from the start. Both are set in their ways and though they love one another, neither can imagine changing the individual lives that they ...more
Opunzia Espinosa
E' rarissimo leggere una storia d'amore "normale", tra persone normali, alle prese con i problemi di gente normale.
Generalmente, nei romanzi che siamo abituati a leggere, lui è uno scapolo d'oro, bellissimo e ricchissimo, inseguito dalle donne, ma a cui nulla importa di avere una relazione. Finché arriva lei, una donnicciola, apparentemente insignificante, ma che invece ha un mondo ed una forza interiore invidiabili, e che, perciò, sa scalfire la dura corazza di lui, fino a rendersi indispensabi
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Chroniques Littéraires
C’est un livre qui se lit vite. Dès le début, on est happé par l’histoire. Les chapitres sont courts, les personnages racontent en alternance la situation selon leur point de vue, ce qui nous plonge dans les différences qui les opposent.

Opposer les origines culturelles est une trame assez classique, et on tombe malheureusement vite dans le cliché. La bourgeoise guindée face au rustre campagnard. La femme qui se tait pour ne pas heurter son compagnon face à l’homme qui se vexe plus vite que son o
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April
I read Benny & Shrimp by Katarina Mazetti in two quick sittings. I really enjoyed Benny & Shrimp. It's a quirky story of love between a farmer (Benny) and a librarian (Shrimp). I liked that this didn't read like a cheesy romance novel, bodices did not rip, chests did not heave.
Read the rest of my review here
Veronique Zancarini
Interesting to see that each time I read a book written by authors from Scandinavia, I get pleasantly surprised by the often simple but efficient storylines. No beating around the bush or tortured characters there ... yet the book was interesting to read and was, in a very casual way, dealing with clash of two worlds and how sometimes, when a relationship fails, nobody is in the wrong.
lovely ariel
"un'incantevole e divertente storia d'amore"=TheTimes ..... [MA DDE CHE'???]

Cosa fare quando ci si innamora violentemente di qualcuno totalmente divereso da noi?? Ecco...questo è il problema reso in questo libro...Non saprei decidere se amarlo o odiarlo poichè mi ha trasmesso sensazioni altalenanti...Desirèe è una bibliotecaria cupa e triste, le è morto il marito da poco a cui lei spesso fa visita, ma che ammette più volte, di non aver amato alla follia..Benny è un campagnolo intento a portar
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Melinda
Honestly, I wasn't even going to bother to review this one because, well, I'm still not entirely sure what I thought of it. It is a very quirky (at least by American standards) book, which is a good thing. I mean, it is definitely unlike other books out there.

I will say, first off, that the "official" summary is misleading. Based on that, I was going in to this book thinking I would be reading about people far older than the characters actually were. Perhaps it is just me, but I do not consider
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Ed
A poorly-matched couple's love (or, attempts-at-love-)story told in Rashomon fashion. (Interestingly, I read this while we have been watching the Showtime series, "The Affair", which uses the same device.)
The relationship in this book between the country farmer and the town librarian (whom her farmer-lover describes in all aspects of her appearance, attire and personality as "beige")seems ill-fated, but it actually ends in a rather surprising manner. (Anything more would be a spoiler.)
This book
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Sabine Bins
Très bon roman, qui décrit bien les différences de culture entre les deux personnages, leurs attentes vis à vis de l'autre, la différence entre le campagnard et la citadine...
Une fois que j'ai commencé j'ai eu du mal à le lâcher jusqu'à la fin :)
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“I don't believe in Love, although I've experienced it. I could say. When I can't sleep, I lie there imagining it's because I never actually gave it a chance. I kind of never reached the stage of thinking I had to put it first, in front of everything else.

Sometimes I feel I haven't really reached dry land yet, and maybe never will.”
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