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Preview — The History of Danish Dreams by Peter Høeg
The History of Danish Dreams
From the author of Smilla's Sense of Snow comes this highly imaginative novel, "wonderful in scope . . . crammed with Danish history, social realism, satire, magic realism, high romance, and sexual goings-on" ( Newsday ).
In a Danish feudal castle, 1520, a count believes he has pinpointed the center of the universea patch of land on his estate. But when his discove...more
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Just read Gormenghast instead. You'll get the same message, less nationally specific, and with even mor ...more
Hoeg sketches a family representing the Danish transition from medieval times (and charm) to modern society (20th-century conformity). I was completely absorbed in the story of the aristocrat who seals off his estate and makes ...more
The writing is stunning and surreal and Høeg plays game after game with the reader's expectations. It moves from fairytale to a weird Danish Gatsby to a piercing psychological study and back. And in the end, it is deeply moving.
I pretty clearly need to reevaluate my opinion ...more
Through 4 generations, the characters' lives are suffused with magic-realism. Where it works, it feels like an apt modern mythology - th ...more
The first half of the book, detailing the Count who stops time and the grandmother who can predict/dictate the future, is imaginative and interesting. There's a sort of wonder and fantasy about the people from before the 20th century. After that, however, the descriptio ...more
And I was sitting there, trying to find some more books, when I stumbled upon The History of Danish Dreams. Considering I have Danish friends and turn into a deaf mute whenever talk gets going about their homeland, I figure it would be a good introduction. And the author apparently is an e ...more
Vorrebbe tanto essere brillante/rivoluzionario/Cent'anni di solitudine, ma fallisce miseramente nel suo intento. E' chiaro che l'autore sceglie certi personaggi, certi luoghi, certe situazioni con l'unico intento di far restare a bocca aperta il lettore (intento peraltro talmente dichiarato da far risultare l'intera opera patetica): non c'è una storia da raccontare, infatti la "storia" non starebbe in piedi se non ci fosse la mano dell'autore che in ogni momento la tiene in piedi e la indiri ...more
But do not despair for this author! He had a smash hit with Smilla's Sense of Snow (a mystery). I highly recommend it.
But somehow I found it really difficult to read. Maybe the translation is awkward?
I will finish this book later.