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Beatles (Kim Karlsen Trilogy #1)

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Beatles er en munter og vemodig roman om fire Beatles-frelste Oslogutter av årgang 1951, fra de som syvendeklassinger står på spranget inn i voksenverdenen - "Vi tok framtida på forskudd, og den så sabla bra ut" - til 25. september 1972. Ingen går tørskodd når dønningene fra ungdomsopprøret ute i Europa skyller inn over dem og deres beskyttende tilværelse. Aftenleserne har ...more
Paperback, 732 pages
Published 2008 by Capellen Damm (first published 1984)
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You know it ain't easy

What is this book about? I can see why most of the reviewers are having trouble. It's got laugh-out-loud slapstick, heartbreaking tragedy, unforgettable characters, ridiculous stereotypes, breathtaking lyricism, flat ultrarealist prose... you see the problem. But one thing's clear. There's a whole lot about the Beatles.

So let me introduce to you

Kim Karlsen is 11 when Love me do comes out. He and his three friends are immediate converts, and identify with John, Paul, George
Oct 13, 2014 Teresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wavering between 3.5 and 4 ...

Notice the absence of the The in the title: there are The Beatles and then there are Gunnar, Kim, Seb and Ola -- four good-hearted, The Beatles-loving teenagers growing up in Oslo in the mid-60s. But what might seem like a mischievous comic romp of a novel turns deadly serious as politics, police brutality and drugs become a part of the boys' lives into the very early 70s.

I loved the concept and greatly enjoyed the Oslo setting (as I'd recently been there); but what
João Carlos

Fotograma do filme "Beatles" realizado por Peter Flinth baseado no livro de Lars Saabye Christensen

“Beatles”– 1º livro de uma trilogia - de Lars Saabye Christensen (n. 1953) é a história do narrador Kim Karlsen e dos seus amigos Gunnar, Ola e Seb. Quatro adolescentes que crescem em Oslo no período em que Beatlemania invadiu a Europa e a Noruega e que adoptam os nomes dos quatro músicos – Paul, John, George e Ringo.
A narrativa inicia-se na Primavera de 1965 e termina no Verão/Outono de 1972, e
Jul 28, 2013 Roxa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I never wanted it to end. My heart still aches after reading the ending. Such a good book! Especially for someone who loves music and cares for friendship.
Jun 13, 2015 Kalina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Четох „Полубрат” на английски, защото бях чула от много места, че преводът на български е ужасен. Преди седмица имах честта да се срещна лично с Ларш Собю Кристенсен и Анюта Качева, негов преводач, както и с Весела Люцканова, негов издател. Купих си и „Бийтълс” на български, за да проверя лично дали и колко ужасен е преводът.
Първо да спомена, че отзад на книгата е написано – преведена на повече от 30 езика. Тоест, госпожа Весела Люцканова се е сдобила с честта, но и с огромната отговорност да бъ
Lorenzo Berardi
Reading 'Beatles' was another long walk I took down Memory Lane.
Bless Lars Saabye Christensen for setting another novel in that specific area of Oslo I remember so fondly!

The English edition I owe boasts that 'Beatles' is 'The International Bestseller' and in fact this is the book that made Mr Christensen famous in Norway and abroad.
Not to mention that a few months ago I spotted a hoodie eagerly leafing through this same book at a bus stop in the sleepy English town of Hereford (just don't ask
Sep 24, 2012 Filipe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I remember seeing this book in my home since 2005, which the date of release of the portuguese translation. I've just decided to read it this summer, in late June, at the breaks of some study for the university exams. Sometimes, it was hard to stop reading to sleep a bit, and sometimes, without noticing it, it was already 4 or 5 o'clock in the morning. Now about the book, it was great, and one of the best things I have ever read in my life. A good and very well told story, moving in some parts, ...more
Aug 22, 2012 Nina rated it it was amazing
En av de beste bokene jeg har lest. Jeg likte at denne boka innholder bare ikke Kim's eventyrene, men også de andre problemer av de '60 årene, som kapitalismen og innflytelsen av kommunismen over det norske samfunnet. Eskapadene til de fire vennene (Kim, Seb, Gunnar og Ola) var veldig interessante og de holdte leseren i spenning. Jes synes denne boka inneholder mange temaer, inkludert kjærlighet, krigen, musikk, vennskap og så videre. Hvis jeg bør si hva gripet meg, det var kraftigheten til venn ...more
This is a really problematic book to talk about, after almost 600 pages I still can't decide if and how much I actually liked it.
I definitely got bored in several occasions, mainly because of the abundance of repetitive situations (a trait common to many Scandinavian narrators, apparently) but I was also enthralled, moved and touched more often than not.
What hooked me in the beginning was the title: I grew up with The Beatles, just like the Kim, Gunnar, Seb and Ola, but without "the revolution"
Dec 27, 2014 Eff rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reading-europe
I must admit, that Ive borrowed this from the library just because of the title. But even if it was about "Beatles" it wasnt about them at all...and that was surprisingly the best thing about it. Bittersweet norvegian story from amazing era which went together with amazing music. You start to read it yesterday and then you suddenly realise its tomorrow. Need a sixth star for this. Howgh ...more
Sep 25, 2012 Jenny rated it really liked it
A wonderfully written coming of age story that I highly recommend to anyone. I would have given it five stars, but the I found the ending a bit off-putting.
Feb 10, 2013 Sunniva rated it really liked it
Beatles er den beste norske boken jeg har lest på årevis. Det er noe med språket til Saabye Christensen, det litt uformelle og ungdommelige som umiddelbart skaper den kameratslige atmosfæren som ligger i vennskapet til de fire guttene. Saabye Christensen krydrer også boken med herlige, nyskapende bilder som elegant formidler følelser. Historien i seg selv er en gripende fortelling om Kim Karlsen, og hans personlige utvikling gjennom barndommen. Identitet, vennskap og oppvekst er utvilsomt sentra ...more
Tanja Berg
Rating 3.4* out of 5. This is not a story of the Beatles, but of four friends that are fans, growing up in Oslo in the 1960's. It's a fairly average coming of age tale, there isn't really anything new. Friendship, love, school, death, revolution. The Oslo/Norway angle is probably important for locals, it didn't add anything in itself to me. I enjoyed reading this, but felt like I was missing out on cues - which I probably was.
Mary  Goodnight
Jul 28, 2011 Mary Goodnight rated it liked it
Victime d'une traduction déconcertante (sans connaître le Norvégien, je suppose que certaines expressions, traduites littéralement, sont inadaptables en Français), ce roman peut laisser indifférent pendant un bon tiers de sa lecture. Ni déplaisant, ni vraiment addictif. Vers le milieu de l'ouvrage, impossible de le lâcher. Et le soufflé retombe peu à peu dans les 100 dernières pages, avec une fin plutôt décevante. Non parce qu'elle est ouverte, mais parce qu'elle est bâclée, laissant dans l'ombr ...more
Apr 21, 2014 puck rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nu este despre Beatles. Poate vă veţi identifica puţin cu Kim. Sau poate el vă va aminti de cineva. Pe mine m-a făcut să tânjesc după nişte timpuri în care eram (sau aşa percep eu acum) mult mai direcţi, mai simpli, mai profunzi, mai nedomesticiţi şi mai sinceri. Those days are gone for ever.

Feb 05, 2015 freewayflowr rated it it was amazing
My favorite book of all time, and probably the best of all Norwegian books ever written.
Derek Baldwin
Drifts along page after page, the characters get a bit older and learn a few trite life-lessons along the way, and the only thing that makes it distinctive is the Norwegian setting...which barely seems worth commenting upon because the Norway that's depicted seems like just about everywhere else. Or was that the point of the novel?

This is perfectly readable and has some entertaining moments but is really mediocre. The translation uses lots of anachronistic English slang words which is very jarr
Damjan Zorc
Feb 01, 2016 Damjan Zorc rated it really liked it
Knjige o odraščanju, v angleško govorečem okolju imenovane coming-of-age zgodbe, imajo poseben čar. Samo spomnimo se na primer knjig Manj kot nič Breta Eastona Ellisa, Tek za zmajem Khaleda Hosseinija, Charliejev svet Stephena Chboskyja in ne nazadnje novele The Body Stephena Kinga. Po vseh teh literarnih predlogah so posneli tudi bolj ali manj uspešne filme in nič drugače se ni godilo tudi Beatlom iz leta 1984, ki so jih norveški bralci pred nekaj leti razglasili za svojo najljubšo knjigo in so ...more
La Stamberga dei Lettori
Dovevo chiamare a raccolta le mie forze, mi dissi che non ero ancora perduto, dovevo soltanto avanzare di un passo, nell’una o nell’altra direzione, per ritrovarmi là dove c’erano Seb e Gunnar. Bastava dire soltanto una parola, la parola. Ma qualcosa in me, nelle ossa, nel petto, opponeva resistenza. Non era tanto facile. Mi ero sbagliato. Dovevo cominciare da qualche parte. Qui.

Beatles è uno dei libri più difficili da recensire che abbia mai portato sulle pagine di questo blog.
Difficile perché
Hugo Falque
Aug 27, 2014 Hugo Falque rated it liked it
Beatles raconte l'exaltation bourgeoise d'un groupe d'enfants des quartiers chics d'Oslo dont l'amitié se renforce à chaque nouvelle sortie des Beatles. La banalité de leurs péripéties, plus proches du Petit Nicolas que des 400 Coups, frappera les lecteurs insensibles à la Scandinavie. Bien que vibrant, le récit se contente de dater une multitude de souvenirs nostalgiques en privant la quasi-totalité des personnages d'un traitement psychologique ; les quatre protagonistes sont d'ailleurs indisce ...more
Aug 12, 2009 Stine rated it really liked it
This writer he doesn't just write a good story, he works a lot with the reader as well. I was so into this book that at a certain point, when the main character does something that really disappoints me, I stopped reading for several days. I was annoyed at him! That is great writing!
Росен Григоров
Jul 30, 2014 Росен Григоров rated it really liked it
„Бийтълс“ на Ларш Собю Кристенсен пленява сетивата. Пленява ги, защото те вкарва в капана на изминалото безвъзвратно юношество, карайки те да разсъждаваш и мечтаеш като 16-годишен, докато държиш книгата в ръцете си. Неусетно разиграваш наново своите собствени преживявания, чертаеш различни сценарии на случили се преди години истории, копнееш по неказаните думи, които може би щяха да те направят по-добър. Гениална клопка – довършваш последните редове, събираш отново страниците в тяхната хартиена ...more
Nov 05, 2008 Isakree rated it it was amazing
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The book is about four boys growing up in Oslo in th 60's. I think I can relate to this book because I lived by the place it was written about. It's a really funny story that made me laugh lots of times.
Cinabru Hoffmann
Jan 21, 2015 Cinabru Hoffmann rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nu ascult Beatles. Cumva nu s-au legat de mine, poate ca nu a venit momentul. Dar cum am trupele mele preferate, pot sa inteleg foarte bine Beatlemania. Cred ca am ascultat cateva piese dupa "Padurea norvegiana" a lui Murakami, si nimic mai mult. Poate tocmai de aceea am asteptat cu nerabdare cartea lui Lars Saabye Christensen (unul dintre cei mai populari autori norvegieni contemporani), publicata in colectia Cotidianul. Este o carte buna, se citeste rapid in ciuda faptului ca are cateva sute d ...more
En bok jeg åpna og lukket en gang - det vil si jeg begynte å lese den og stoppa ikke før boka var lest.
Libri &
Sep 03, 2015 Libri & rated it really liked it
Beatles è un romanzo di formazione di Lars Saabye Christensen. Un libro pregno di tristezza, nostalgia e fervore degli anni '60 e '70. Tutto ha inizio nella primavera del 1965 a Oslo, in Norvegia. Kim, come del resto il mondo intero, all’età di quattordici anni sogna di creare una propria band, simile a quella dei Beatles. Con gli amici di sempre Ola, Gunnar e Seb, crea un gruppo che denominano The Snafus, adottando i nomi dei Fab Four: John, Paul, George e Ringo.

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Fred Alexander
Jun 01, 2014 Fred Alexander rated it it was amazing
For en fantastisk bok. Kanskje den beste norske romanen jeg har lest. Anbefales.
Jan 30, 2014 Hydrogeneblues rated it really liked it
First off, I quite liked this book. The Lithuanian translation is luckily vivid and fluid. I'm also a fan of the sixties. I found the story to be entertaining and the mood light-hearted.

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I have only one issue with the book - the ending. It is apparently connected to the very beginning, the first page, describing the narrator and his state at the time of writing. The whole book I have is 694 pages long. Only in the last chapter (from pg. 678 onwards) do we realise that Kim starts writ
Herdis Marie
Aug 31, 2015 Herdis Marie rated it really liked it
Det er noe helt spesielt med hvordan Saabye Christensen skriver. "Beatles" handler ikke om store omveltninger eller dramatiske slag og har ikke spesielt mye tradisjonell action. Alle omveltninger er personlige, nære, og dreier seg rundt hovedpersonens liv. Historien utspiller seg for det meste på 60-tallet, der det riktignok er mange dramatiske historiske hendelser som ligger og ulmer i bakgrunnen, men det er ikke disse som er i fokus, selv om tiåret hovedpersonen og hans venner vokser opp i nat ...more
May 19, 2015 Ida rated it really liked it
Ah, mer ting i tiden! Beatles forteller historien om fire Beatles-frelste Oslo-gutter som entrer sin ungdomstid på 1960-tallet. Boken går over et tidsløp på flere år, og utgjør en historie om musikk, pubertet og det å vokse opp generelt, ungdomstid og politikk slik den så ut i 1960-årene. Boken er fortalt gjennom hovedpersonen Kim Karlsens øyne, og den er kreativt og livlig skildret. De politiske diskusjonene og debattene guttene engasjerer seg i er intelligent fremstilt, foreldrene virker ekte ...more
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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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