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Den vidunderliga kärlekens historia

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  1,505 Ratings  ·  120 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
Hardcover, 341 pages
Published 2002 by Albert Bonniers Förlag (first published 2001)
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Frosty Dahlia
Apr 11, 2010 Frosty Dahlia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 20, 2016 Zeren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Etkileyici bir başlangıcı ve sonu olan bir romandı benim için. Ama ortalarındaki tekrardan hayli sıkıldım, hikayenin yönünü tahmin etmek de pek zor değildi. Sondaki sağır ve dilsizlerle ilgili verilen yaşamsal bilgiler kendi adıma romanın genelinden çok daha çarpıcıydı. Arka arkaya yaptığım çok iyi okumaların gazabına uğramış da olabilir.
Aug 04, 2016 Leylak rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
19. yüzyılın başında bir genelevde doğan, üstün güçlere sahip hilkat garibesi Herkül ile aynı genelevde aynı saatte doğan güzeller güzeli Henriette'nin maceraları, aşkları, düşmanları, dostları, engizisyon, tımarhaneler, sirkler ve daha neler neler...
Katman katman bir öykü sizi bekliyor, mutlaka okuyunuz
Mark Ryan
May 29, 2015 Mark Ryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Horrific Sufferings of the Mind-Reading Monster Hercules Barefoot: His Wonderful Love and His Terrible HatredNow you have finished wondering at the title we can, oh, you want a little more time with it, ok. The Horrific Sufferings of the Mind-Reading Monster Hercules Barefoot: His Wonderful Love and his Terrible Hatred. Ok can we continue.

This was my first Carl-Johan Vallgren and I have to admit it was the title and cover design that made me buy it a long time ago in a random book store, subsequ
Mar 10, 2016 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-for-school
Actual Rating: 3.5 stars

I really liked this book. I thought it was great and it is a Swedish novel I would certainly recommend to everyone!

The story follows our protagonist Hercule Barfuss. He is born a dwarf with a severely deformed body. He is deaf and cannot speak. However, he has been given the gift of being able to read other people's thoughts. An incredibly moving and at times horrendous story which follows Hercule's life over about 80 years.

What really makes this book stand out, at least
Mar 20, 2008 Pete rated it it was ok  ·  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
Ой, эта премилая скандинавская литература.

Пролог рассказывает читателю о языке глухих, об универсальности языка чувств, о верности и преданности; потом следует удивительная история двух детей, родившихся в один день, таких разных, но истово преданных друг другу, а потом сразу — ррраз! — отрезал грудь! жестко изнасиловал! призвал инквизицию!

В общем, "вокруг кричала толпа, валялись трупы животных и затоптанных людей", а Эркюль, значит, "услышал голос чистой, ничем не замутненной любви".

Нет, ну эт
Jul 14, 2013 Jenny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nancy Hill
Aug 30, 2013 Nancy Hill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nov 17, 2012 Leajk rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ingen
Recommended to Leajk by: svensk media, titeln
Shelves: sweden, rubbish
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
Sep 27, 2008 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Elisa Lironi
This Swedish novel had the perfect elements and settings which could have made it an extraordinary book: a deformed mind-reading "hero", overwhelmed by love and hate, living his life in a bordello, a freak show, a Jesuit monastery, an asylum and many more. Although the storyline and its characters remained too shallow for me to fully appreciate, the book wasn't bad and was definitely fun to read.
Jul 21, 2009 Brooke rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 05, 2012 Kate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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'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
Anna Wikland
Sep 20, 2016 Anna Wikland rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Jag slutade läsa efter ett ganska långt tag, men jag tyckte boken blev alldeles för svammlig i min smak, säkert en bra bok men inte min typ
Neetha Philip
Aug 02, 2009 Neetha Philip rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Louise Dickens
Apart from having a ridiculously long title, this book is a one-of-a-kind that you will either love or hate.

Set in a fictional Victorian-inspired era of Europe, our hero Hercules Barefoot is born deaf, dumb and horribly disfigured. However, Hercules Barefoot also has the power to read people’s minds, and it’s this power which is both a gift and a curse in his long and miserable life.

Described as a love story, the majority of the book follows Hercules Barefoot searching for his one true love, Hen
May 14, 2015 Ezgi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Geçtiğimiz yüzyılda bir genelevde annesinin de ölümüne yol açan bir doğumla dünyaya gelen Herkül’ün aşkının hikayesi. Herkül bir hilkat garibesidir. Sırtında bir hayvanı andıran tüyleri, tavşan dudaklı yüzü, sağır kulağı ile görenleri korkutan bir bebek. Fakat Herkül’ün bir özelliği vardır, insanların zihnini okuyarak kendilerinin bile yüzleşmeye korktuğu iç dünyalarına yolculuk yapabilmektedir.

Yan odada ise dünyalar güzeli Henriette dünyaya gözlerini açmıştır. Genelevde aynı
Aneliya Petrunova
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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.
Jun 21, 2014 Yelyam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lu en français - "Les aventures fantastiques de Hercule Barfuss"
Feb 01, 2009 Spider rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Though tragic in the extreme, this was so well written, so extraordinary, & such a fascinating exploration of human behavior, I recommend it.
En av de mer henrivende bøker jeg har lest. Vanskelig å legge fra seg. Vanskelig å glemme.
Feb 01, 2016 Jasmina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
e ovo je jedna čudesna knjiga… u početku me oduševila i uvukla u sumoran i prljav svijet u kojem se razvija istinska i nadnaravna ljubav između dvoje djece. Hercule i Henriette bivaju okrutno rastavljeni i Herculeov život prepun strašnih događaja vodi potraga za njegovom ljubavi… knjiga je zabavna, mistična, napeta, s jedne strane tužna i ružna pa opet nekako čudesno lijepa… ali nakon svega ostaje mi puno upitnika iznad glave, neki su se likovi nezasluženo izgubili, pojedini dijelovi ostali su n ...more
John Hatley
May 29, 2012 John Hatley rated it it was amazing
A truly amazing book, horrifying at times, but a truly astonishing love story.
Uykusuz Okumalar
19.yy Almanya'sında geçen bu hikaye, aşktan ziyade dönemin insanlarındaki yozlaşmaya,eşitsizlik ve adaletsizliğe, kutsal adledilen şeylere gösterilen saygısızlığa ve çıkarlar doğrultusunda nasıl kullanıldığına, alt sınıftaki insanların yaşadıklarına dikkat çekiyor. İnsanların en büyük sorunlarından biridir belki de, farklı olanı ötekileştirmek,yargılamak,kabul etmemek hatta kötü ilan etmek. Herkül'de bu saçma yaklaşımdan fazlasıyla payını alıyor. Edebi yönünün gücü ve içerdiği mesajlarla mutlaka ...more
Apr 27, 2016 Tuija rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aluksi innostuin kovasti kun on niin erikoinen asetelma: kuuromykkä ja pahasti epämuodostunut poika ja normaalia kauniimpi tyttö syntyvät bordellissa samana myrsky-yönä. He kasvavat yhdessä ja pystyvät kommunikoimaan koska pojalla on kyky päästä ihmisten mieleen ja ymmärtää heitä sisäisesti. He myös juttelevat sujuvasti ajatuksilla. Hyvin kiehtovaa! Jatkossa ja etenkin loppua kohti tarinaan tulee karmeita tasoja, joita ei ollut niin kiva lukea. Kiinnostavan erilainen kuitenkin. Taidan etsiä lisä ...more
Aug 04, 2016 Sofia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
El amor a primera vista también es posible con los libros. Con este en concreto tuve un flechazo hace ya unos cuantos años, y por alguna razón indescifrable, supe desde que leí la contraportada que me enamoraría de él como el protagonista, Hercule Barfuss, cae rendido a los pies de Henriette Voguel. Este año, por fin, pude comprobar que tal flechazo no fue en vano.
Vallgren tiene una capacidad narrativa deslumbrante. Es cierto que la historia, a parte de sórdida y extravagante, es compleja en lo
Jul 06, 2014 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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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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