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The Discoverer (Jonas Wergeland trilogy #3)

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The Discoverer finds Jonas released from prison, having completed his sentence for the death of his wife. He his aboard the Voyager, a ship which is exploring the longest fjord in the world, along with his estranged daughter. Onboard, he explores his past, telling his own version of what happened the fateful night of his wife's death.
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published August 30th 2009 by Open Letter Books (first published 1999)
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karen
Aug 20, 2015 karen rated it it was amazing
as the kids say: OMFG.

i am sitting here, stunned BY A BOOK!! it's like all of a sudden, everything in my life makes sense. although,it was probably a good idea to take a break to read under the dome right in the middle of this trilogy. i was, quite frankly, getting a little sick of jonas wergeland, and the pause was useful in giving me some much-needed space from his claustrophobic life. plus, the contrast certainly did not hurt kjaerstad. it's just that jonas wergeland is a character packed to
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Manny
Oppdageren (The Discoverer in English) is the third and concluding volume of the trilogy that starts with Forføreren . Since the three volumes form a tightly-knit whole, it makes most sense to review the whole series, which is one of the most powerful, moving, original novels I've read in years. It's staggeringly inventive and daring, and it's not just displaying post-modernist cleverness for its own sake. Quite the contrary. The book has a burning desire to reach out to you, touch you, and cha ...more
Greg
Dec 06, 2009 Greg rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, open-letter
Back in early summer I started reading this trilogy. In my head I had a perfect plan. I gave each of the first two books roughly a week to be read, and when I finished the second book the third one would be arriving in the store. I'd finish The Conquerer and that day, or maybe the next copies of The Discoverer would rise up from the stores basement, I'd buy the book and read it immediately. Like all perfect plans this one went to shit. The Discoverer was delayed in coming out by a few months, so ...more
tim
Jan 25, 2012 tim rated it it was amazing
Why are the books that seep down deepest and saturate our core the very ones that prove most difficult to review? Deleted review after deleted review. Will this be the one I finally release with minimal regret? Why do I feel so compelled to write a review for this anyway when I’ve never felt so much terror at the prospect of failure? Because, this is one of those books. It needs to be read, no matter how far my fumbling fingers fall short of doing it justice.

The Discoverer is a work of art incom
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notgettingenough
Feb 15, 2010 notgettingenough rated it it was amazing
Shelves: modern-lit
Maybe this whole 3 volumes, 1200 pages is a case of beware of low-flying sperm. I won’t deny having my suspicion that many years from now I may think I failed a basic IQ test.

But it’s now and I don’t think that. So this is how to start. Go here and listen to this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nECoA-...

The reason we are starting here is that young boy Jonas thinks if there is one thing to take to the extra-terrestrial Vegans to make them think well of human-kind it is this. Jim Reeves singing
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Alan
Aug 23, 2012 Alan rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Alan by: just about everybody on goodreads
Shelves: novels, read-in-2012
updated Aug 23rd 2012
not quite currently reading, but about to, when my holiday begins (tomorrow).
..reading on Woolacombe beach, or when it's too wet or foggy in the apartment above W. beach. So glad I bought my iPOd cuz I needed to listen to 'Rubber Soul' while reading, and of course have all the Beatles including most bootlegs on it. Even listened to Michelle and What Goes On which I normally skip. Of course 'Girl', 'The Word', and especially 'Norwegian Wood' are the most relevant tracks in re
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Zoe
Sep 28, 2011 Zoe rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Zoe by: Manny
Shelves: i-own-a-copy
Masterpiece !!!
Elaine
Sep 26, 2010 Elaine rated it it was amazing
Reading The Discoverer is like getting the gift of perceiving a person's inner dialogue, that never-ending discourse running through our minds, changing as we see or smell or hear something different, recall events and people, get ideas which travel to other ideas, all the while praising, criticizing, blaming, feel guilt. The result is an exhilirating roller coaster ride not only inside Jonas's head, but also of the scenery he is mentally or actually viewing. Kjaerstad, the author, or, rather, J ...more
Maurice Conchis
Oct 28, 2011 Maurice Conchis rated it really liked it
Jan Kjærstad er næsten et fortidsminde, en duft fra ungdommen, og jeg kan på ingen måde gengive, hvad hans trilogi handler om eller i hvilken rækkefølge.

Hvad jeg til gengæld kan, er ihukomme den grådige følelse af at inhalere alle tre bøger i en kæderygende tåge af vellyst. De var fremragende skrevet, og jeg ringer nok snart på Jonas Wergelands dør igen.
Madhuri
Jun 19, 2010 Madhuri rated it it was amazing
Discoverer is a remarkable book - one I got myself completely taken with. It is the final part of a trilogy, and though reading the last part of the trilogy before you have read the prequels may not be the prescribed order, the book stands alone on its own so that it does not become a handicap.
The book is about Jonas Wergeland, an elusive character, who is a TV-genius, responsible for some remarkable shows on Norwegian television. He comes back from a trip one day to find his wife dead. He is tr
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Ina
I finally finished that book which took me sooo long. Not that it was boring. The truth is that it was a really sophisticated read, a complex story for a complex main character, nothing you should skim through after a stressful day. This book is about love, every shades and aspects of love you can imagine. Great, but difficult to read (and 'digest').
Susan
Oct 25, 2011 Susan rated it really liked it
Shelves: bailed, novels
Odd gargantuan structure of overlapping spirals each containing a peak or an abyss describes the life of the multi-faceted protagonist, hardly everyman, rather a master of many arts who experiences intensely everything that comes his way.
Larissa
Review of The Discoverer (and the rest of the Wergeland Trilogy) here: http://www.thelmagazine.com/newyork/t...
Kent Hayden
Jun 15, 2012 Kent Hayden rated it liked it
Shelves: bailed-on
This series started out fantastically and I still think the first volume, The Seducers, is excellent. By the time I got to this third one it started wearing a bit thin.
janine
Apr 28, 2010 janine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
forget everything you thought you knew about jonas , or rather, try to remember everything you ever knew about him, because it is all true.
Jonas Wiklund
After the two first books of the trilogy, both very good, Jan Kjærstad finally nails it. Amazing.
Erin
Aug 27, 2011 Erin rated it really liked it
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Arild
Jul 07, 2009 Arild rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good norwegian writer has written a trilogy which I found amusing, they were easily read and can be recomended for days with sunny weather and you dosing off at the beach.
Oriana
Dec 25, 2009 Oriana rated it it was amazing
Shelves: phenomenal, read-2009
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Jan Kjærstad is a Norwegian author. Kjærstad is a theology graduate from MF Norwegian School of Theology and the University of Oslo.
He has written a string of novels, short stories and essays and was editor of the literary magazine Vinduet ("The Window"). He has received a number of prizes, the most important being the Nordic Council Literature Prize, which he received for the perspectivist trilo
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