I tried to send Erlend Loe himself a letter once.
I couldn't find his address so I tried his e-mail. I wrote him a long nice one with loads of questions, but the one he gives in the book is defunct and when I contacted his publisher they started asking questions.
I was too intimidated to make anything up.
I really wish I had. He seems like the sort of person that needs to be e-mailed.
What used to excite me when I was little:
- animals, especially cats, birds and baby goats
- betting my life on everything - if this does/doesn't happen, I die; racing against buses - if I lose, I die
- broken toys and old things, small parts of broken things
- building blocks / construction toys
- cardboard boxes
- c ...more
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from my blog Reading In Winter
Naïve. Super is one of those books that you will want to treasure, after consuming it, but then feel like you can’t just keep it for yourself—you have to share it with people.
As soon as I finished reading Erlend Loe’s brilliant novel, I promptly breathed a sigh of satisfaction, packaged it up, and mailed it to someone I thought would appreciate it.
Seriously, I’m not even going to get into reviewing this book until you promise me you’re going to read it. Promise? OK.
This book is naive. This is why it's super
A refreshing look at a young man from Norway trying to make sense of his life and attempting to find meaning in it. Perhaps the narrator is a bit too serious or obsessive in his assessments over the purpose of his life. He thinks constantly about the question of time and space. His over-adjustment to this uncomfortable predicament is to simply throw a ball against a wall all night or repeatedly hammer wooden pegs into a board. And this might seem too juven ...more
This is a brave book. Dialogue is just discarded for the most part. The unnamed narrator is almost anti-protagonist. He is a nice guy. There aren't many books purely about nice guys. There are, however, countless good works about nice guys battling against adversity. The interesting thing about Naive Super is that the adversity is the character's own doing. The adversity is his depression. Almost like a quarte ...more
عنوان: اَبَر ابله ؛ نویسنده: ارلند لو؛ مترجم: شقایق قندهاری؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، ثالث، 1389، در 231 ص، شابک: 9789643806347؛ موضوع: داستانهای نروژی قرن 20 م
روزنگاشته های پسری 25 ساله است، شادی درون در خود نهفته دارد. بار نخست که بخوانید ابلهانه و ساده است اما. دیگر بار که بخوانید روانشناسی آدمهاست. اگر زمان با شما یار بود بار سوم هم بخوانید و مدارا کنید
داستان با این جمله ها آغاز میشود: من دو دوست دارم، یک دوست خوب و یک دوست بد. و البته برادرم هم هست...پایان نقل ...more
This book wasn't really exactly like I expected it to be. It seemed like one of those hip, deep meaning, hipster reads, but at the same time something that anyone who is reading it might relate to.
The protagonist searched for meaning of time and although sometimes his search seemed childish, it didn't speak to me. I did understand the book and (I think) many ideas in it, yet it is not how I would solve this problem and that is the reason it didn't live up to my expectations. Yet it ...more
პირველი რამდენიმე გვერდი რომ წავიკითხე, უცებ გავიფიქრე "ოი, ჩემნაირი ბიჭი წიგნში!". ეს პირველი შემთხვევაა როდესაც ჩემი ახლანდელი მდგომარეობა ბევრ რამეში ემთხვევა წიგნის გმირს და რაღაცნაირად უცნაური და უცხო იყო. ამიტომ ამიჩუყდა გული ცოტა :დ
აბა, წარმოიდგინეთ, 24 წლისას ან 26 წლისას რო წამეკითხა- სულ ყველაფერი სხვანაირად იქნებოდა.
ეხა მე გეტყვით რა აღმაფრთოვანებდა ბავშვობაში:
Bokens berättare genomgår en kris. På sin 25-å ...more
As a tribute to the book, the list of things that used to excite me when I was a child ...more
Like many of Coupland's characters, the anonymous narrator of Naïve.Super is a bright young guy from a comfortable background who sounds mildly depressed and feels that his life lacks meaning and direction.
The most remarkable thing I found in this novel is the lack of ego, and this is where the difference from similar writers is so apparent. Nowhere is there any discussion of status, fame or recog ...more
Anyway, to the book: I loved it. The deceptively simple style gave a moving description of a quiet and reflective time in the narrator's life which maybe didn't go as far as being a story, bu ...more
کتاب بیان دغدغه های نویسنده و روایت اوست از حالتی که بسیاری از ما در مواجهه با جامعه با آن روبه رو هستیم،یعنی فکر کردن درباره ی چیستی.
نویسنده اهل نروژ و جزو پیروان مکتب نئیویسم است. مکتبی که تا پیش از این کتاب اسمش را نشنیده بودم نوعی فارست گامپ مدرن ،نوعی فرار از واقعیت و تفاوت با جریان روال عادی جامعه.
مشکل راوی زیاد فکر کردن است، مشکلی در بخش های پایانی برادرش دایما برای حل آن به او تذکر می دهد. نئعی بی تفاوتی بدون غم و تمام روایت تلاش برای رفع این بی ت ...more
They text only got me interested, when it talked about "girls". Just as everything else as well, the protagonist greatly simplified women by not seeing them as individuals and always in their relation to men.
Seeing a girl, he immediately wondered, if she had a boyfriend. Never did he wonder about the girl herself.
"They're strange things, girls. One can't avoid them. They're ...more
It started off great but the writing style got repetitive very quickly and it became quite tedious to read.
I enjoyed certain chapters and overall it was enjoyable but it was trying to hard to be The Catcher in the Rye but with an older character.
It's very short though so I would recommend it if you enjoyed Catcher, The Bell Jar and books like that but this wasn't as good as those in my opinion!
La mayor parte del tiempo es una mentira como un camión. Porque hace falta una clase intensiva de econometría para geolocalizarte en un espacio en el que puedas gritar abiertamente: ¡Sí, estoy! Dudo que cualquier cartógrafo del tres al cuarto pueda llegar a resultados concluyentes sobre tu capacidad para ubicarte en el mundo.
De este resquemor contra el sistema preestablecido surge esta novela iniciática sobre un chico que, de pronto, se ...more
I read this book in a time where I really needed to something to cheer me up, or at least to take my thoughts away from the dismal situation I was facing. And let me tell you, Naive. Super did that to an extend that made me quite sad when the book ended.
The premise of the novel is that a guy around my age just suddenly collapses in desperation and finds his life completely lacking of anything. He then takes this situation ...more
In 1993 he debuted with the book Tatt av kvinnen, and a year later published a children's book, Fisken, about a forklift operator name ...more
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-45 litres of water
-Enough chalk to whiten a chicken pen
-Enough phosphorus for 2,200 matches
-Enough fat to make approximately 70 bars of soap
-Enough iron to make a two inch nail
-Enough carbon for 9,000 pencil points
-A spoonful of magnesium
I weigh more than 70 kilograms.
And I remember a TV series called Cosmos. Carl Sagan would walk around on a set that was meant to look like space, speaking in large numbers. On one of the shows he sat in front of a tank full of all the substances human beings are made of. He stirred the tank with a stick wondering if he would be able to create life.
He didn’t succeed.