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Brødre i blodet (Elling #3)

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  785 Ratings  ·  63 Reviews
ELLING is the endearing and hilarious story of two outsiders struggling to come to terms with the real world. Recently released from a mental hospital, Elling (shy, neurotic, plagued by a wildly overactive imagination) and his best friend Kjell Barnes (big, dim, fundamentally opposed to changing his underwear) share an apartment in Oslo and quickly find themselves overwhel ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published 2001 by Bokklubben Nye Bøker (first published 1996)
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Mar 21, 2013 Omaima rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
تحكي الرواية عن ايلين المصاب بمرض التوحد والذي كان يعيش بصحبة والدته ثم توفت تاركة إياه بدون خبرة في الحياة. ينتقل ايلين بعد وفاتها الى دار رعاية وهناك يقوموا بتأهيله ليستطيع التكيف مع المجتمع. في هذه الدار يعرف ايلين صديقه فيما بعد كجيل باجرني الذي يعاني من إعاقة ذهنية. بعد انتهاء فترة التأهيل يخرجا سويا للعالم تحت إشراف الدار التي تمنحهم شقة صغيرة ومرتب شهري يساعدهم في بدء حياة طبيعية.
يعيش ايلين وكجيل في العاصمة أوسلو بمخبأهم دون محاولات جدية للاندماج في المجتمع والتعرف على الجيران. يحاول فران

I just adore this book. So full of positivity, joy, humour, and those little moments that make you smile inside and out. It is possibly my all-time favourite book, damn near perfect in every way, and I urge everyone to read it.
Check out some of the other reviews here for more detail on the plot/storyline.

As to the question 'What makes a perfect book?' It's obviously a personal thing, but books don't need to aspire to greatness to be great, and Elling is a case in point. You don't need to tread
Tereza M
Příjemná novela o dvou chlápcích, kteří trpí sociální fobií a přidruženými věcmi. Vyprávění vedené z pohledu jednoho z nich je jemně vtipné až roztomilé, protože ti dva se zkrátka snaží žít normální život a přijde jim to náročné.
Ovšem kdybych to nečetla, nic by se nestalo.
Mar 16, 2009 Randle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
What a wonderful tale! The characters in this book are so very, very human. You've experienced every feeling the main character has, and like en extremis as well - but he just doesn't know how not to show it. Ingvar Ambjornsen's writing style flows easy and effortlessly, and the simple goings-on of everyday life will be seen in a whole new light through the eyes of two men who don't even know the meaning of the phrase 'everyday life'. It'll make you appreciate your own so much more. And Ambjorns ...more
Mar 03, 2010 Katy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an unexpected gem! I picked this book up as an afterthought at a library book sale. I had no clue what exactly what it was about (the synopsis is pretty vague) and wasn't sure what to make of it, but I stuffed it into my bag and didn't think of it again until I was digging through that bag a week or two ago. I decided to give it a shot.

I was pleasantly surprised. From the first chapter, I was delighted. I came back to this book to read again and again, just to visit my dear friends Elli
Madhav Mohan
I read this a while back. But back then, I found it to be an incredible if quirky take on a coming of age novel, courtesy of a hyperactive mind (Elling, ladies and gentlemen) and his partner-in-crime Kjell. It 's a refreshing take on mental illness and there's a lot of positive energy going on. I'll re-read it soon, if only because goodreads reminded me. :D
Feb 14, 2016 Amiad rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
ספר נחמד על פגועי נפש. חבל שהוא השלישי בסדרה ואת השאר לא טרחו לתרגם לעברית.
Jul 14, 2015 Rafa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesante novela, basada en un divertido personaje (que recuerda demasiado a Ignatius J. Reilly), que al formar parte de una tetralogía nos deja un poco en el aire. Esperaré a futuras traducciones.
Sep 07, 2013 Cmorice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Elling, social-démocrate jusqu’au bout des ongles, a longtemps vécu « avec maman ». Mais à la mort de celle-ci, il a un peu perdu les pédales – lui qui est déjà, au bas mot, monomaniaque, hystérique, voire carrément atteint de délires obsessionnels. Les services sociaux ont donc décidé de le placer dans une institution psychiatrique. Horreur !

Avec "Elling", les lecteurs de Gaïa vont être ravis. Ils vont retrouver cette façon très scandinave de faire se côtoyer les différentes classes sociales en
أحمد ناجي
Jan 24, 2017 أحمد ناجي rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ترجمة أميمة صبحى جميلة. رواية بونبناية
تدوب في الفم بل سواد، ولا ثقل ايقاع
Kristýna Obrdlíková
Oct 10, 2016 Kristýna Obrdlíková rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: beletry
Bylo to milé, zábavné, věrohodné a dobře napsané.
Sep 15, 2016 Muath rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

قبل قرابة النصف السنة شاهدت الفلم المسمى بـاسم الرواية والمقتبس منها، وبهذا كنت خالفت الروتين المعتاد في قراءة الرواية قبل مشاهدة الفلم ومن ثمّ انتقاده والتفصيل في أخطاءه لتأكيد أفضلية الروايات على الأفلام المقتبسة منها.

تدور أحداث الرواية حول شخصيتي ( إلينج ) و ( يل بيارن ). الأول عاش حياته كأنه جنين قضى أربعين سنة في رحم أمه، تغذيه وتعيله، وتحتضنه كقلعةٍ تحميه عن كل ما هو خارج عن محيطها. عندما تموت الأم ُيترك ( إلينج ) لأول مرة وحيدًا في هذا العالم، وكأن الجنين ولِد أخيرًا بعد أربعين عامًا
Fraţi de cruce este un roman nordic subţirel, dar cu umor grămadă, înclusiv mai de autobază. E despre prietenia dintre doi bărbaţi cu probleme: Ellig, cel care povesteşte, şi Kjell Bjarne, un fel de căpcăun blînd, cam pe la 40, obsedat de sex, cam nespălat, timid şi virgin.

Cei doi trăiesc împreună într-un apartament din Oslo plătit de serviciile sociale, cresc două pisici şi, la momentul în care începe cartea, tocmai ieşiseră dintr-un centru de reabilitare, o instituţie de psihiatrie unde s-au ş
Susan Koefod
Oct 29, 2011 Susan Koefod rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Elling is an anxious neurotic. His roommate, sex-obsessed Kjell Bjarne, is not so much simple-minded as he is single-minded. They are the odd couple of released mental patients, Elling the Felix, and Kjell Bjarne Oscar the slob. Both need each other to function normally and the relationship between the two men grows and deepens, in unexpected ways.

As the book opens, they are given their own apartment in Oslo and told to learn how to survive outside the mental institution they've been released f
May 05, 2014 Bettie☯ marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bettie☯ by: BrokenTune
Shelves: norway, film-only
Description from IMDB: When his mother, who has sheltered him his entire 40 years, dies, Elling, a sensitive, would-be poet, is sent to live in a state institution. There he meets Kjell Bjarne, a gentle giant and female-obsessed virgin in his 40s. After two years, the men are released and provided with a state-funded apartment and stipend with the hope they will be able to live on their own. Initially, the simple act of going around the corner for groceries is a challenge. Through a friendship b ...more
Feb 13, 2016 Melania rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

raţi de cruce spune povestea emoţionantă şi în acelaşi timp incredibil de amuzantă a doi prieteni aflaţi la periferia societăţii, care încearcă să se integreze în lume, să devină „oameni normali“. Elling, un bărbat timid, nevrotic, posesor al unei imaginaţii debordante şi hiperactive, şi Kjell Bjarne, prietenul său cel mai bun, un uriaş slobod la gură, îndărătnic şi complet ostil schimbatului lenjeriei intime, tocmai au fost eliberaţi di
Feb 04, 2016 Jenny rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Jag tyckte inte om den här boken. jag blev bara frustrerad på Elling, som är huvudpersonen och ur vars synvinkel allt berättas, eller snarare genom hans tankar. Boken är skriven på ett bra sätt men jag kunde inte läsa en enda sida utan att bli lite irriterad på Elling och allt hans oroande. Jag skulle dock säga att den är värd att läsa eftersom mina kompisar tyckte om den och de är ganska svårflörtade vad det gäller icke-ungdomsböcker. Jag får väl i alla fall säga att jag gillar Ellings vän Alfo ...more
Jul 18, 2012 Laëtitia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Voilà: j'ambitionnais de devenir purement et simplement un bouffon, un histrion. Oui, exactement, je me sentais déjà comme tel. Un pitre. Un petit plaisantin chafouin. Non pas un vulgaire et violent azimuté, cela allait de soi. Non pas un médiocre dingo de la gâchette et autres pauvres hères du même genre. Non, une nature libre et hardie, un zigoto qui ne trouvait rien de mieux que de composer au débotté un poème en vers libres, qu'il gribouillait avec négligence sur la note de restaurant pour ...more
Feb 25, 2013 Sherry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've watched the film and read the book and I recommend both!

Elling and Kjell Bjarne are not what you would characterized as 'normal,' loud noises and people frighten and stress them out. As they leave Broynes Rehabiliation Centre and move into an apartment in Oslo, they must try and live like 'normal' people. Ambjornsen paints both men vividly, Elling the prude with a hyperactive imagination, and Kjell Bjarne -- the huge orangutan. I love how the novel not only depicts realistically their stru
Feb 26, 2008 Marjanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is crazy, but in a good way. I wish they had used the title from the British printing "Beyond the Great Indoors" because it captures the story so much more. This novel is about a man's experiences in regaining his life after being committed. He has a roommate, who he met at the institution, and is equally crazy. I liked the characters, their various aspirations, and how they are learning to live in the world. There is some language, and random thoughts about sex. But I liked the story ...more
Mar 28, 2012 Bungo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Odd and funny! Elling and his large friend Kjell Bjarne have been given a flat together after leaving a rehab centre. Both have major social issues which means things such as visiting their social worker's house for dinner or popping out for a meal become huge but hilarious obstacles. Narrator Elling massively overthinks things and occasionally flies into rages but you can't help identifying with a lot of his neuroses - up to a point at least. Glad to have read this, also makes me want to go to ...more
Dec 10, 2011 Gillian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a fascinating little novel, giving an insight into the mental world of two exceedingly strange Norwegian men after they are released from a mental hospital. IT is different, light, and quirky. It really worked. As one reviewer has said, "we all have some Elling inside us".
I had this book and lost it and was very sad about this because I would love to share it with my book club. However, thanks to the wonders of modern technology I have found it on the internet. Love it!
Michael Feehly
Aug 24, 2012 Michael Feehly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Elling is just a cute, perfectly heartwarming novel. I loved the movie, which I think was a bit more polished that the source text. The novel is narrated from Elling's perspective, which can be slightly annoying at times. But there again there is a little bit of Elling's neurotic, anxious, idealistic, poetic, and opinionated soul in every reader. Though he seems comical and a caricature of social anxiety, Elling is loveable even though he is not always endearing.
Aug 21, 2012 Christoffer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
Elling is a wonderful, touching story. Ambjørnsen portraying a man, Elling, who all his life has lived in the shadow of his mother. Filled with social anxiety and fear of the society around him, Elling must figure out life on his own - without his mother telling him how. Sad, touching and humorous at once.
Cenhner Scott
El problema de leer series es que si no lees todos los libros en el orden que corresponde, siempre te perdés algo.
Eso me pasó con este libro.
Está bien, igual; no lo leí esperando una revelación o una obra maestra. Quería algo ligero y un poco gracioso para reactivar la lectura, que había abandonado unas semanas.

(Qué review pedorra, pero es eso, un libro simplón y pasatista y divertido)
Jul 15, 2012 Kevin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

It's a few years since I read this book, under it's original and more fitting title " Beyond the Great Indoors". It's an enjoyable left-field tale of friendships and phobias, that's at turns sad, witty, heartwarming and ultimately uplifting. A thoroughly enjoyable book that I would recommend to anyone who doesn't like to be pigeon-holed by what they have read.
Nov 27, 2011 Joanna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scandinavia
It's been nearly 4 years since I read the 1st part of Elling series and I almost forgot how great these books are! I couldn't stop noting down the best fragments (IMHO). I've got now quite a collection of extraordinary quotes. The book is witty, hysterical, serious, and everything that I expected from it!
Oana Kovacs
The story is very touching. Both Elling and Kjel find it hard to adapt in the society, so they each find their own manners to build their lives as they want them to be.
A funny and cute story about everyday life in Norway, poetry and friendship.
Jul 05, 2011 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was such a lovely little book. Very quick read, and the characters are so colorful and fun. It's also great to see them progress along with the book. I saw the movie first, and it very much does justice to the book. I give it four stars only because I wanted more of Elling and Kjell Bjarne.
May 17, 2013 Kadia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Suntem ceea ce credem ca suntem. Recunosc ca nu am putut sa ma asociez si nici macar sa plac vreunul dintre personajele cartii, dar m-a facut sa ma gandesc ca viata unora este ciudata, iar sistemul social norvegian este de invidiat.
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Ingvar Even Ambjørnsen-Haefs is a Norwegian writer. He is best known for his "Elling" tetralogy: Utsikt til paradiset (1993), Fugledansen (1995), Brødre i blodet (1996), and Elsk meg i morgen (1999).

Brødre i blodet ("Blood brothers") was turned into a successful movie, entitled Elling, which received an Oscar nomination in the Best Foreign Film category in 2001. The English translation of the nove
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