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Den amerikanska flickan (Slutet på glitterscenen #1)

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Hösten 1969 i Trakten. Livet rämnar. Den amerikanska flickan Eddie hittas drunknad och hennes vän Björn har hängt sig.

Från denna händelse strålar berättelserna i romanen ut, bakåt och framåt i tiden - till och från olika platser, med Trakten som knutpunkt. Historien om Den amerikanska flickan går som en ibland skimrande vacker, ibland dov och mörk tråd genom tiden - det vä
Inbunden, 491 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by Albert Bonniers förlag (first published 2004)
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There's something rather unfortunate about this book, but I'm not sure how it could have been fixed. Most likely, if you tell yourself "I'll give it 100 pages", you'll never finish it. I found it quite dull until page 277! But I kept on reading, and you do have to be very patient to appreciate this book. There is a possibility the weirdness of it all will put you off rather quickly, but if not, you get used to it, and it just becomes part of this strange story after a while. Since I am becoming ...more
Aug 30, 2011 Brittany rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
It isn't very often you encounter a book with dedications and acknowledgments from a translator. Perhaps on some classical works when Ovid or Virgil didn't opt to thank their publicists, you get a fill-the-space dedication from a contemporary scholar. But really, the emphasis on translator should have been the first sign. The translator thanking the author for answering her questions should have been the second.
Not to say that The American Girl was a bad book. There was certainly no lack of stor
Christine Rebbert
This might well be the absolutely worst book I have ever attempted to read -- I could only make it through about the first hundred pages, and I had no idea whatsoever what was happening in the story. Except that the Finnish author had presumably never actually met an American girl, because she gives them weird names like Eddie and Kenny... Things go back and forth in time; maybe it's artistic and all that, but I just didn't get it. Into the pile for donation to Goodwill it goes; life's too short ...more
Feb 17, 2011 Lotte rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
Zur Autorin
Monika Fagerholm ist eine finnische Autorin, die 1961 in Helsingfors geboren wurde. Zuerste veröffentlichte sie einige Kurzgeschichten. Ihren literarischen Durchbruch erreichte sie 1994 mit dem Roman Underbara kvinnor vid vatten (deutsch: Wunderbare Frauen am Wasser). Im selben Jahr wurde sie für den wichtigsten finnischen Literatur-Preis, den Finlandia-Preis, nominiert.
Den amerikanska flickan (deutsch: Das amerikanische Mädchen) wurde 2005 erstmals veröffentlicht und stand monatelang
Jan 27, 2011 Nina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A few reviews on the back of the book said this novel was "light, playful...a delightful experience". But instead I thought this was a very dark, moody, and heavy coming of age tale. It takes place outside of Helsinki in the early 70's. It was a difficult read because of the style of writing (and perhaps the translation?), but once I got into it (after about 250 pages of the 500) I was engaged by the characters. It had mystical tones, as well as a murder mystery plot line, but it was a lot of pa ...more
Ami Stearns
Dec 15, 2012 Ami Stearns rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It looks like many people on goodreads didn't like this book- I absolutely LOVED it but only after I'd pushed through to about page 100. At that point, I was completely entranced- I love her writing style, it really spoke to me. Yes, it is very confusing in places, and the ending still leaves me with questions- I honestly don't know what actually happened.

The things others have pointed out- unique writing style, repetition, dark and moody- are the things I really loved.

That being said, what I lo
Nov 09, 2014 Alison rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
500 pages of nothing important. You would think there would be SOMETHING that I liked about this, seeing how I finished it and it's about a murder. But yeah. Maybe the translation wasn't good? I can tell this author's writing style was maybe supposed to be really poetic, tons of metaphors and stuff, but I don't think it came across right in English. There were a couple scenes that were really beautiful though, and these scenes, few and far between, might be the only reason I read this much about ...more
AvalinahsBooks | Evelina
For the first 100 pages the book was nearly impossible to read. But after that it became one of the few best books I've read for the last few years. The emotional variety is unbelievable. It also displays incredibly well how deeply people can burrow into conjectures and illusions and how tragic the consequences of silence can be.
Jul 20, 2010 Sam rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The review I read of this was very different from the book I actually encountered. The review led me to believe it was a mystery, when in fact it seemed to be a mess of magical realism with the foreboding of lesbian suicide. It was too annoying to finish.
Dec 29, 2011 Amanda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really think something must have gotten lost in the translation of this book. The storytelling is incredibly disjointed, and it doesn't feel as though it's a stylistic decision- it feels sloppy and confused. The title of the book doesn't really match up with the story, because we never really learn anything about "The American Girl" - instead we follow a bunch of half-baked characters around as they try to find out how and why she died. The author never explores the characters' inner worlds; i ...more
Aug 24, 2011 P rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don't know if something gets lost in the translation here, but I'm not sure I really know what happened in this book. I found it a difficult read, and there are a couple of reasons for this. First, the action goes backward and forward constantly which, to me, is very confusing. There is a lot of repetition as the events are revealed through the jumping around. Secondly, and I don't know if this is a Swedish thing, the style bothered me. At points I found the imagery striking, and I felt the au ...more
"Amerikkalainen tyttö" kertoo seutulaisen tragedian.

Tämä on ensimmäinen lukemani Fagerholm ja toisin sanoen ensimmäinen kerta kun luen mitään vastaavaa.

Muiden kirjoittamia arvosteluja lukiessani huomaan, että kaikki mitä tekstissä villisti rakastan, saa myös kritiikkiä joiltain lukijoilta. Tästä tyylistä joko pitää, tai sitten sitä vihaa. Itselläni meni 3 viikkoa ensimmäisen 80 sivun lukemiseen - ja sitten vetäisin loput 450 niin nopeasti kuin kerkesin.

Kirjana teksti siis haastaa lukijansa, ei
There's just one sentence that describes the plot adequately (at least with my skills): the story involves around the death of an American girl called Eddie de Wire. The events and characters form a puzzle, where sometimes the pieces seem to fit together, but the picture isn't what it's supposed to be. This wasn't exactly a hard read, but concentration is still a key here. At first I didn't get a hold on anything, not the text, or the characters, or the plot, but then I just allowed to be led by ...more
Silvia Losonszka
Feb 22, 2015 Silvia Losonszka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I cannot compare this book for sure to any I've ever read in my life and this is because of it's weird style. It was very hard to read at the beginning, I felt completely lost but after a while a caught up with the story and when the things started to crystallize out I just couldn't stop reading. The plot in overall isn't very complicated with not many turns, but the way it's pictured to the reader makes the whole book exciting. For me this book had a special atmosphere I won't forget easily.
Judith Shadford
Jan 22, 2014 Judith Shadford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Translated from the extraordinary book. Didn't like if for a long time, then "got" what was going on and finished it with considerable awe for Fagerholm's achievement. Did I like it? About the way I like obsessive teenagers (Finnish kids apparently aren't that different from Americans). But Fagerholm told the truth, with all its repetitions. I will always remember the "house in the darker part of the woods". Nor will it be possible to forget Doris Flinkenberg.

If the ending is more t
Apr 30, 2016 Lisa rated it really liked it
The setting is atmospheric and each and everyone of the characters in the novel deserve a book each. The house in the swampier part of the forest was a character in its own right. The prose is adventurous and the repeated sentences keep us anchored in the story. I read the book in Swedish, but can imagine that a translation may be difficult to access. But as a swede, born and bred, in a house in the swampier part of the forest, I know those mosquitoes, ferns and village mentality. Beautiful.
Laura Walin
Oct 30, 2015 Laura Walin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tässä kirjassa oli jotain erityistä. Yritin itse asiassa lukea tätä ensin ruotsiksi, mutta ensimmäisen kerran elämässäni jouduin antamaan periksi. Suomennoksen aloitettuani selvisi kyllä, miksi. Kirja kieli on niin omalaatuista ja kerronta niin poukkoilevaa, että suomenkielisenkin version seuraaminen oli työlästä. Sellaisella hyvällä tavalla, joka kutsui syvälle mukaan tarinan maailmaan. Lapsen silmin koettujen tapahtumien kautta hahmottuu kuva nuorista ja nuorista aikuisista, rakkauksista, into ...more
I'll start by saying I picked this book up after reading a positive review. What I should have paid attention to was the fact that the "review" was in fact from the American publisher of "The American Girl," a Swedish novel by Monika Fagerholm. I read quickly, so when a book is a bit slow to get into, it is disappointing, but I perservere... However, when I had reached page 230 of this 507-page novel (which I learned is novel 1 of 2 in a series) and was still having trouble holding interest in t ...more
Annikka K
Hieno kirja. Jännäri ja komedia. Vaikka tarina oli synkkä (ja välillä olin kyllä aika hukassa sen suhteen, mitä tässä lopulta tapahtui, mikä ei ollut mitenkään poikkeus kohdallani perinteisiäkään dekkareita lukiessa), silti hauskuutta riitti, esimerkiksi tyyliin: "Minä tarjoan sinulle työtä. Ennen kuin käyn käsiksi tohtorinväitöskirjaani minun on kirjoitettava lisensiaattityöni, mutta ennen kaikkea saatava pro gradu -tutkielmani valmiiksi. Materiaalia on valtavasti. Tarvitsen apua sen lajittelem ...more
Aug 27, 2010 Carol rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I FINALLY finished this book. I wanted so much to like it. I was excited to start reading it. But after the first 50 or so pages, I was lost. I put it down for awhile; until I had nothing else to read. And I wanted to muddle through it just so I could finish it. I had hoped it would all makes sense at the end. And I guess it did. I hated the way it was written, all of the repetition od=f certain phrases. It got on my nerves. And all of the incomplete sentences. What was that about. If it was wri ...more
Susan Kasza
Apr 27, 2012 Susan Kasza rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I feel a little dishonest marking this as "read" since I didn't actually make it all the way through! It is not very often that I abandon a book so early, but this was one of the worst books I've ever tried to read. As others have commented, I'd like to believe that part of the problem was the translation. However, I can't imagine all the verbs were lost that way--it was full of random sentence fragments, dependent clauses with nothing on which to depend. I also found the transitions between tim ...more
Maya Rock
Jun 28, 2010 Maya Rock rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It has a million flaws but some great lines. Sort of reminded me of Haruki Murakami but with better structure. I kind of thought it was turning into a murder mystery, but the real, more banal truth I think was telegraphed way too early.

I enjoyed this a lot though. There is something fresh, new, and original that made up for the meandering. It gave me a lot to think about, and Sandra, Doris, the Islander, Lorelei and Bengt were really fascinating characters. I guess there was almost an operatic l
Clover  Youngblood
Feb 16, 2013 Clover Youngblood rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: My Polish best friend
Shelves: young-adult
I had very high hopes for this book. The summary of the novel read like a wet dream for me; I love the 70's and mysteries involving girls my age. I was looking forward to a poetic day dream that would inspire both hope and sorrow in me. Well, I read it for about five days and just gave up on page eighty. So many things about this novel were wrong: the pace, the characters, the writing itself somehow managed to be choppy and sluggish simultaneously. The biggest blemish with this work is that it's ...more
Andrew Harris
Dec 03, 2012 Andrew Harris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gosh... if only i could give half stars.

First the good: Monika Fagerholm writes like no author I've ever read... her repetition of themes, sayings and gestures can be almost hypnotic and, even though I finished this lengthy novel more than a month ago and have read a handful of books since then, some of those repetitions have stayed with me.

The bad: some of that repetition becomes, well, repetitive and at times I found myself wondering if the book was way more an exercise in style over substance
Jan 21, 2013 Megan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to love this but it was so odd and disjointed I had a hard time keeping up with the characters initially. I did really enjoy her style of driving down to the heart of human nature in her characters and the honesty with which she described their true intentions. I was a bit miffed that I went through the entire story only to find out that the secrets and mysteries were really quite commonplace, but it was also sort of a relief if that makes any sense. An interesting story and style of wr ...more
Sep 19, 2016 Päter rated it liked it
Intressant, välskriven, i vissa stunder njutbar men också en form som i viss mån framkallade leda. Tycker inte att innehållet räddade upp formens många upprepningar och brist på dramaturgi. Trots det en bitvis fin kvinnoskildring, en skildring om en tillvaro i mellan verklighet och fantasi, vilken är den tillvaro som också erbjuds läsaren.
Oct 13, 2011 LeeAnn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-years-ago
If I had to read "this was reality" one more time.....sigh! I've read it on several reviews, but I must join in and say I think it was over translated. At least, I hope that is the problem. Otherwise, it was very poorly written in my opinion. I was determined to finsih the book, but I found myself constantly re-reading things just to be sure I understood the message.

The story of the two yound girls entertained me, but it was not worth the all the work!
May 09, 2011 Erik rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, literature
Het leven is geen spel. De meesten onder ons weten dat ook. Sommige mensen komen daar echter pas na een harde leerschool achter. In Het Amerikaanse meisje wordt pijnlijk duidelijk hoe het mis kan lopen als je deze basisregel van het leven vergeet. Tenminste, als je je door het taalgebruik van de auteur weet te slepen.

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Mar 19, 2011 Insomnica rated it really liked it
Wow. This was quite hard to read, as the language is really versatile and has lot of personality in it. But after the beginning the book starts to tempt the reader to continue to keep on turning the pages to know what happened. The plot is thrilling and narration is just beautiful. However, the novel isn't perfect, as sometimes it comes too near being fake. A little less effort would have made it perfect.
This one is proving to be very interesting. Very stream-of-consciousness, very surreal. It seems to take forever to get pages read, however. It's like a sandwich you can't ever seem to finish.

More to come.

Bogged down on this one eventually. Quit. Bad character on my part, but I just couldn't regain enthusiasm after foundering, and went to new books for fun.
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Monika Fagerholm’s much-praised first novel, Wonderful Women by the Sea, became one of the most widely translated Scandinavian literary novels of the mid-nineties and was nominated for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. In 1998 it was followed by the cult novel Diva, which won the Swedish Literature Society Award. Her third novel, The American Girl, became a number-one best seller and won the premie ...more
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