Liv Strömquist is both funny and witty, attacking politics and attitudes of society. Her attitude to society is having to portray it through satire. ILiv Strömquist is both funny and witty, attacking politics and attitudes of society. Her attitude to society is having to portray it through satire. In the book, she explains the most irritating people types, what Robert Gustafsson, a comedian, contributes to the evolution theory, why Niklas Strömstedt, a musician, has to be with every female announcer on channel four and a future perspective of why Moderaterna, the rich wing political party, died out.
Compared to some of her other books, it is not as sharp and witty. Never the less, it's definitely interesting....more
A book about movies through the ages. Everything from movies such as Psycho and The Godfather to Star Wars and The Matrix. There are facts about the pA book about movies through the ages. Everything from movies such as Psycho and The Godfather to Star Wars and The Matrix. There are facts about the productions, but there could have been more information about how the movies were made and the purpose of them....more
Taylor, the leader of the boarders at the Jellico School, has to face Jonah Griggs, the leader of the cadets, her previous friend turned enemy. The teTaylor, the leader of the boarders at the Jellico School, has to face Jonah Griggs, the leader of the cadets, her previous friend turned enemy. The territory wars take up much time during a few weeks every year. At the same time, Hannah, Taylor's friend and only adult contact, disappears. She leaves a manuscript behind about five children eighteen years ago. Taylor begins to investigate her disappearance and it leads her to face her own past. She realizes that it might have something to do with her mother, who abandoned her when she was a child.
I didn’t get this book. The writing is confusing and there was something that made me not care about the characters. Parts of the book were good, and the ending was beautiful. However, I didn’t get caught up in it. Taylor isn’t very likeable. Characters don’t have to be. Actually, the most wonderful characters are often not very sympathetic, but Taylor is difficult and tiresome in some way.
The tone is somewhat gabby, as many young adult books are. There should be a way to bring forward the substance in the story without so much babble.
The territory wars between the factions was interesting. There are many people that Taylor consider as friends and enemies, but actually, most people are somewhere in between. The part where Taylor searched for her mother is also interesting. All in all, the book has some beautiful parts, but there are tedious parts between them....more
A book about art, explaining the meaning of 66 paintings. The selection contains everything from an old roll from 1100s, the Qingming roll, by the paiA book about art, explaining the meaning of 66 paintings. The selection contains everything from an old roll from 1100s, the Qingming roll, by the painter Zhang Zeduan, to modern art like Athanor, by Anselm Kiefer. The book gives you an historical and artistic perspective to the paintings.
The paintings that were most interesting were Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo The School of Athens by Rafael Whistler’s Mother by James McNeill Whistler Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci The Arnolfini Marriage by Jan Van Eyck Van Gogh’s Chair by Vincent van Gogh An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump by Joseph Wright of Derby The Hay Wain by John constable, Allegory of the Planets and Continents by Giambattista Tiepolo Bridge over a Pond of Water Lilies by Claude Monet The Kiss by Gustav Klimt The Metamorphosis of Narcissus by Salvador Dali Guernica by Pablo Picasso, Röd interiör, stilleben på blått bord by Henri Matisse Autumn Rhythm by Jackson Pollock Marilyn by Andy Warhol.
The mysterious atmosphere and the beginning of enlightment and science in An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump. The mysterious mirror in The Arnolfini Marriage. The feeling of someone leaving you in Van Gogh’s Chair. The symbolic elements in The Metamorphosis of Narcissus and the surrealistic elements in Guernica. They all captured me and gave a new dimension to the paintings. However, I would have liked the book to have even more information and interpretations about motives, the time of the paintings, colors and meaning....more
The first of my friend Sofia Rutbäck Eriksson's books about the children Maya and Zack, who solves mysteries in Kyrkbyn, Church Village, outside LuleåThe first of my friend Sofia Rutbäck Eriksson's books about the children Maya and Zack, who solves mysteries in Kyrkbyn, Church Village, outside Luleå in Sweden. The two children have something important to do in december, ever since they heard about the missing, golden Baby Jesus figure from the church. They decide that they are going to find it. It is an exciting story, with much history and dark evenings among the small church cottages....more
Bridget Jones has turned 51 and has two children. As a singel mother, it is difficult to manage everything and furthermore, to meet the right man. TheBridget Jones has turned 51 and has two children. As a singel mother, it is difficult to manage everything and furthermore, to meet the right man. The book is funny at times, especially at the fat section at the hospital and when meeting the teacher Mr Wallaker in the worst situations. However, I don't understand the author at all. Bridget has a normal weight. She is not fat. If she needs to consult a doctor about her weight, she should really be fat.
I haven't read the other books, but I have seen the movies. She is older now. She is confused and ends up in funny situations, as always, but all she thinks about is men, instead of appraciating what she has. Two children. On the other hand, the view that women should be perfect is tiresome, and not interesting at all. Women are not perfect, even if they try, and should not be portrayed that way. Bridget would be strange if she became a responsible, perfect mother. Furthermore, she struggles with loss and grief, which affect her as a person. She doesn't know what to do.
The twitter part is her trying to be young and to meet someone, but I it has too much space. It is not very interesting to read about her being worried to not get followers and then to lose them.
All in all, it is a rather funny book, but the other two are no doubt better....more
Helen Alving is about to dedicate an orphanage in the memory of her deceased husband. It turns out, she dThe play was written by Henrik Ibsen in 1881.
Helen Alving is about to dedicate an orphanage in the memory of her deceased husband. It turns out, she doesn’t want her husband’s money, but to give it away so that her son, Osvald, doesn’t inherit it. She doesn’t want her son to have anything to do with his father. When talking with Pastor Manders, Helen reveals the darkside of her marriage, including her husband’s adultery. Despite her husband being unfaithful, she stayed with him for the sake of her son, and to not be shunned by society. She does anything to prevent Osvald from becoming like his father, but, unfortunately, that is easier said than done. Osvald has returned home from Paris and seems to be bothered by something and rather down.
Helen realizes that she has protected her husband’s adultery out of cowardice, not love. She realizes that she has to tell everyone, including her son about the true nature of his father.
Gengångare means ”those who return” or ”revenants”, those who frequent the same place. The translated title is Ghosts, but it doesn’t mean ghosts in the traditional sense.
It was written in 1881, but the theatres refused to play it, and eventually, in 1882, it was set up in Chicago. It is a commentary on society and social conventions of the time. It is always interesting to read something that has been banned or burned, because of the strong themes, obviously considered to threaten society. It was controversial in its time, with themes such as adultery, religion, incest, women’s part in marriage, syphilis and euthanasia. Perhaps, the most controversial part was the priest. He is portrayed as a hypocrite and narrow-minded person, who does anything to maintain social standards....more
In the year of 1818, Mary Godwin, later Shelley, was in Geneve with Percy Shelley, Lord Byron and his physician Dr. John Polodori. This is a historicaIn the year of 1818, Mary Godwin, later Shelley, was in Geneve with Percy Shelley, Lord Byron and his physician Dr. John Polodori. This is a historical moment of literature. During a night of bad weather, they decided to write ghost stories. Lord Byron started writing The Vampire, which was later developed by Polidori. The story is fascinating and considered to be the first book with the aristocratic, attractive vampire that is common today. Percy Shelley wrote Fragment of a ghost story. Mary Godwin started writing Frankenstein.
It is an odd beginning of a book. A foreigner that has nothing to do with the main characters is on a boat, seeking adventure. He soon encounters Frankenstein and the creature. The first and last part of the book show that it has really come down to a primitive hunt that will destroy them both, whereupon they get the rest they seek.
The scientist Victor Frankenstein creates a being and gives it life with a a thunder lightning. What he doesn’t think about is how to treat this being, and the being’s feelings. Eventually, he become more and more depressed, when the creature is slowly destroying his life and the lives of the people around him. It is suggested that Frankenstein is based upon other stories. Rumor has it that one of the Grimm brothers told Mary Shelley's mother about Johann Conrad Dippel, a mysterious doctor and alchemist, born in Frankenstein Castle. However, Mary Shelley has denied that he had anything to do with Frankenstein.
At first, I thought it strange that the creature didn’t know what a sun or moon are, but he knew how to identify a cape, birds, a day and what time it is. I thought it rather far fetched that he knew about Pandemonium in Paradise Lost, by John Milton. Then, it turned out that he had learned a language and read books. This made me think about language. How much do people understand without a language? Thought and language, what is developing the other? Without being able to speak, it is rather difficult to think. Perhaps, one can feel happiness, love, sorrow and anger, but it must be difficult to draw conclusions or make decisions. The creature in the book seems to have been able to think before he learned a language, perhaps because he was created the way he was.
The creature is called a monster because of his features. Being unattractive means having to prove oneself more, and being treated in a bad way. In this way, the book has similarities with The hunchback of Notre Dame and The beauty and the beast.
The creature is not a monster. He is really like a man, succumed to darkness and revenge. To call it a monster is revealing a somewhat limited mind of Frankenstein. He created the creature, and then adandoned it. It resembles a God abandoning man kind, or a parent abadoning a child. Of course he was curious about his origins and thought that his creator liked him. Unfortunately, Frankenstein despised the creature. Without love and role models people develop differently. The book is of current interest because of man kind’s constant attempts to create. The thought about creation and responsibility feels important when artificual intelligence is being developed....more
Annie Raft and her daugher Mia arrives in the fictitious village of Blackwater in Jämtland in Sweden. They have left Stockholm to live with Annie’s boAnnie Raft and her daugher Mia arrives in the fictitious village of Blackwater in Jämtland in Sweden. They have left Stockholm to live with Annie’s boyfriend Dan in a collective in the mountains and Annie is going to work as a teacher. On their way there, they happen to stumble over a couple murdered in a tent in the forest. Twenty years later, the case is still unsolved, and Annie sees Mia with a man that she saw in the forest of the day of the murder.
The murder in the book is suggested to be loosely based on a real murder in Appojaure in 1984. Thomas Quick, or Sture Bergwall, who has confessed to sixteen murders, claimed he was the murderer even in this case. He was sentenced for eight of the murders, with the same prosecutor and a biased psychotherapist. On a later trial in 2013, he was freed from every murder due to lack of evidence.
There are many characters in the novel, of which many are not important. The most interesting character is Johan, who grows up in a destructive family, constantly under threat. There is a dark part where he is put in a well by his horrible brothers, which I will remember for a long time. Johan struggles with his past and his future. He saves an eel from the well, perhaps because of his own feeling of insignificance and loneliness. Such a character is interesting to follow, to see grow up and to face his situation. Birger, a doctor in the village, and his dysfunctional marriage, is also interesting. However, I can’t seem to care for any of the others.
The book was published 1993 and has earned Kerstin Ekman the August price, and is considered the best thriller in Sweden. I can’t really understand the wonder of this novel. It is well written and thrilling at times, but there are long passages that are not very exciting and seem to have nothing to do with the story. There are too many parts that slow the book down, without any obvious purpose. However, the last hundred pages are wonderful....more
This children's book takes place in Kyrkbyn, the Church village, outside Luleå in Sweden. My friend who has written it has used some old words and folThis children's book takes place in Kyrkbyn, the Church village, outside Luleå in Sweden. My friend who has written it has used some old words and folklore from the region which is exciting and important to use for them to not disappear.
Themes such as environmental destruction, daring to speak up and cooperation are teaching children something important. The two children that are siblings have to work together to solve the mystery, despite their differences. This is the second book by the author....more
Hamlet, prince of Denmark, is studying abroad and returns to Denmark when his father dies. He is in mourning and despise the fact that his mother, theHamlet, prince of Denmark, is studying abroad and returns to Denmark when his father dies. He is in mourning and despise the fact that his mother, the queen, has married Claudius, his uncle, now the new king of Denmark. The ghost of his father appears and tells him that Claudius has murdered him for the crown and the queen. Hamlet wants revenge and decides to do it in a spectacular way.
Hamlet is an interesting, complicated character. He decides to murder his uncle, but he hesitates. Calculated revenge is a difficult decision to carry out. Unfortunately, the women don't get much attention. Ophelia’s character remains blurry and she could have been portrayed more carefully. The same goes for the queen, Gertrude, who married shortly after her husband died. It would have been interesting to know her feelings and thoughts. These women are complicated and fascinating, and they really deserve to be complete characters.
This is one of Shakespeares tragedies, and very dark. Horrible deeds follow each others and lead to destruction. It is gothic in a way that resembles the 1800's literature. There are many interesting themes, such as melancholy, revenge, insanity and religion’s view of suicide. It has influenced authors like Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Charles Dickens. It is the most performed Shakespeare play, perhaps the most performed play ever. Furthermore, it is considered the world’s most filmed story after Cinderella....more
The journalist Peter Pomerantsev describes a Russia where the boundaries have become blurred and surrealism rules. So-called city engineers corrupts,The journalist Peter Pomerantsev describes a Russia where the boundaries have become blurred and surrealism rules. So-called city engineers corrupts, gangsters have become actors and so-called gold diggers live in a district near rich men's residential areas to be available (they get a salary and free accommodation). Police change laws over night to frame companies. Buildings are demolished and rebuilt. There is a world of bribes, threats, oligarchs, mafia, mystics and glittering super models.
Peter Pomerantsev was born in Kiev in 1977. The family emigrated to London, but he returned to Moscow, and after graduation he began working as a producer of entertaining documentaries on the TV-channel TNT. Through his work, he has many acquaintainces, everything from powerful people to previous gangsters who play themselves in movies.
Peter Pomerantsev describes how the politicians insinuate themselves into ideologies and movements, exploit them and make them totally surreal. He claims that even the opposition is part of the propaganda, ”constructed and financed in a way that actually strengthens the Kremlin” (my translation).
People have learned to play different roles. "The Soviet stagnation led to perestroika, which led to the collapse of the USSR, liberal euphoria, economic disaster, oligarchy and a mafia state." (my translation). What was left? A world where nothing is true and everything is possible. Moscow is described as a changing shape, "an oligarchy in the morning and a democracy in the afternoon, a monarchy during dinner and a dictatorship at bedtime.” (my translation). The corruption apparently knows no boundaries, and the people that adapt are the ones who survive. They changed from communists to capitalists, but it is not enough. Bribes are needed for everything from receiving driving license to be able to avoid military service, according to Peter Pomerantsev.
The architecture testifies to Russia's multiple identities. "The city writhes in pain, while twenty-first century Russia seeks, flees, returns, denies and invents itself again." (my translation). Countless buildings have been torn down and rebuilt, but often remain empty because "real estate is the most effective way for moneylaundering” (my translation).
The book depicts the uncertainty in a society without guarantees. The chemist Jana Yakovleva, who runs a business with cleaning agents, was arrested for drug dealing. Peter Pomerantsev claims that FSKN, the Federeal drug control service of Russia, had changed the rules for chemicals over night to be able to frame her. He states that business competitors or bureaucrats' pay security services to seize a company; while they are in prison they seize their registration documents, the company is re-registered with other owners, and when the original owners are released, the company has been bought and sold and broken-up by new owners. ”It is the most common way to take over companies in Russia”, and it is the way the Russian elite earned their first money, he claims.
One of the most frightening parts of the book is that of the media. "There is no such thing as objective journalism," claims the editor of Russia Today. One of the producers of the channel Ostankino explains: "During the past twenty years we have lived through a communism we never believed in, a democracy and economic collapse and mafia government and the oligarchy, and we have realized that everything is an illusion, that everything is PR " (my translation).
At the end of the book, the influence of Russia is described. Approximately 400 billion are exported from Russia every year and London is regarded as "a perfect hangout for money laundering: there are brilliant lawyers who protect the stolen assets, great bankers who move money, and police officers who don’t ask where it came from." (my translation).
The book is very interesting, but there could have been more information about certain people. But, never the less, it's fascinating to read about Russia from this perspective. Peter Pomerantsev is critical, but he is equally critical of himself (which is positive, because certain topics are sensitive and easy to attack and exaggerate). "Despite all our claims to depict the real, documentary filmmakers are always manipulators, viziers in miniature who seduce, shape, invent our protagonists ... Afterwards, we will be persecuted by those holograms that we have created. The feelings that our protagonists once poured out remains within us. And we begin to live in the parallel reality of the video ghosts." (my translation). A player in the world of surrealism....more
The author Niroz Malek refuses to leave Aleppo in Syria. He writes short stories about everyday life, love and death, everything strongly affected byThe author Niroz Malek refuses to leave Aleppo in Syria. He writes short stories about everyday life, love and death, everything strongly affected by the war.
He was born with the name Nouri Hasso 1946 in the city and has written six novels and eight short story collections. This book is full of reflections about life in Aleppo. During his walks in the city he tries to find a way past checkpoints. At the square, memories washes over him. In his apartment he writes his storys in the light of candles during power failure. When the bombs fall he heads into his imagination. It is an unforgettable book about the literature's significance when fighting for what you believe in. Niroz Malek refuses to leave Aleppo, as long as he think there is a possibility for a political and democratic solution.
Niroz Malek paints a dreamlike, surreal picture that resembles magic realism. A big part is the monologues with memories and dialogues with other people, living or dead. Threats and death is constantly present. A boy with Down syndrome is shot in front of him. A soldier wants his help to write a letter to his girlfriend, but dies before sending it. Bombs fall near-by and soldiers fire at everything. The boundary between the living and the dead is evident, but is blurred out in his imagination. In a few short stories, he is not even sure that he is alive, after all the interrogations.
We have seen lots of pictures of the war in Syria, but this depiction makes it possible to get a tiny glimpse into everyday life in a war-torn area where the world is totally different and nothing can be taken for granted....more
Horace Engdahl, a member and former permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, that hands out the Nobel Prize in literature, has written a book withHorace Engdahl, a member and former permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, that hands out the Nobel Prize in literature, has written a book with interesting aphorisms. The book also includes a play with a monologue.
It contains reflections and discussions about men, women, time and aging. He came up with the title, The last pig, in a dream. It should, but it doesn’t, rather refer to the narrator as a male chauvinist pig. The narrator has a contempt for a political correctness, which is somewhat interesting and controversial, but sometimes too irritating. (He discusses connotations. Kärnfamiljen, the nuclear family, with heterosexual partners and children, have, according to him, a negative denotation, like nuclear waste and nuclear weapons. He seems to be tired of the open-minded, including points of view.)
Even though he points out that the book is somewhat personal, but not private or biographical, it is easy to interpret it as his own opinions and the book as a response to his ex-wife Ebba Witt-Brattström's book about a marriage (also a book that is suggesting biographical elements.) As if he wants to give the male perspective to Ebba Witt-Brattström's criticism. She is a feminist and was involved in starting FI, the feminist political party. They are both professors in the Nordic Literature, and when not being able to live together, they continue to argue through their books. You recognize some of the content from her book, such as the man’s attitude to hiw role in a marriage and his contempt for feminism. Likewise, the woman's independence and the struggle for equality. If you have read her book, much of it seems to be a dialogue between two people that resembles the authors. I think her book about when and where the relationship was over, is superior, regardless of the level of authenticity. His book revolves much around differences between men and women, and denying the structures of society. The narrator doesn't have to be him, but he never explains why the narrator refuses to understand the importance of equality, and why he views women as beneath men in a marriage. I would have liked to read about that.
Sexist aphorisms that are ancient, worth discussing (view spoiler)[ *Women try to trivialize an erotic union when the relationship is over. No woman can become sublime through debauchery, as a man can be. Sex is a woman's defeat and a man's eternal victory. *The classic female debaters, the feminists, aim to reduce sex, and increase courtship. Courtship raises the value of women while sex decreases it. I don't know where to begin, but I thought an intelligent, cultural man would think differently. If they are the author's opinions. (hide spoiler)]
Some memorable aphorisms (view spoiler)[ *Literature happens in the author's absence. The condition of literature is that writers and readers do not meet. *The difficulty maintaining a conversation over the phone, without direct contact. The importance and meaning of silence, compared to in real life. *Art has become an antithesis to materialism, whereas in the past it was an antithesis against puritanism. *He mentions that Rousseau pointed out that a society of complete justice would mean to never be able to leave it. Those who would want to leave would be criminals. *Disgust for luxury is a form of sexual fear. *The difference between apples and pears depends on whether the observer is a man or a pear. *Loneliness is not a shadow of death, but death is a shadow of loneliness. (hide spoiler)]
One of the major arguments revolves around becoming superfluous, to no longer being needed, but still have the need for appreciation and acknowledgement. The last pig, or male chauvinist pig, is giving its thoughts and feelings on its way to slaughter, or destruction, which means being forgotten.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
It is a fastidious novel with polished sentences about when love and marriage becomes destructive and dysfunctional. The novel is inspired by Märta TiIt is a fastidious novel with polished sentences about when love and marriage becomes destructive and dysfunctional. The novel is inspired by Märta Tikkanen's The Love Story of a Century and August Strindberg's The Dance of Death. It is a fragmentary lyrical prose, containing exquisite expressions on display, a contest of argumentation and a dance of death. It is a verbal war between two people, He and She. (He says that the most important is perseverance, and waiting for the opponent to make a serious mistake.) There are many references to literature, everything from Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights to Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex.
The book is fiction, but to some extent it resembles the author's own marriage. She divorced her husband before writing the novel. They are both professors in the Nordic Literature. Ebba Witt-Brattström is a feminist and was involved in starting FI, the feminist political party. Horace Engdahl is a member and former permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, that hands out the Nobel Prize in literature. The similarities in the book are striking. "She" works at the Ministry of Gender and "He" sits on the Board.
How do two people that eloquent, belonging to the culture elite, fight? (view spoiler)[ He is sneering, condescending, reduces and defies her. She is tired of being the subject of all mistreatment. She wants to try couple therapy. He does not believe in therapy and think it only works because both believe that their partner has retreated. "War must be won or lost", He says. He thinks the emancipation put ideas in the heads of women. He despises feminism. She thinks He is distorting her words and that "He is a phrase machine". She thinks that He can only think in terms of superiority and inferiority, that her success threatens him and that he only knows how to rival. He claims he does not compete with women. He claims that her intellectual vanity was greater than her goodness. She thinks he's a psychoanalytic meltdown. She wonders if their love was "only props from her illusion chamber". She thinks the purpose of their alliance was to "give legitimacy to the branding concept: The man of the elite with a feminist hostage". She feels guilty for having "deceived many of her sisters". He wonders why she must always express herself with more words than he, and She responds that "the person with power is able to keep silent in mean game". He wonders why they need to have the same opinions. She answers that they don’t, but they have to respect each other. (hide spoiler)]
They try to reconcile, but fall back into their roles that, according to them themselves, in fact are the misunderstood and the oppressed, but in each others eyes become the oppressor and the crazy person. The man who despises and likes mansplaining, and the woman who reacts with coldness. The man who beats the woman, and the woman who tries to protect herself. This is serious. Is the author accusing her former husband of abuse? She does not want to reveal what is autobiographical and not. It is difficult to determine whether the abuse has happened or is simply a way to clarify the balance of power in a relationship. He may be a kind of Schrödinger's cat, either guilty or innocent, or both, until we have the facts. It is irresponsible if it is not true, because we think about the author's relationship. It is impossible to resist.
There are many themes in the book. The man has the lead role and the woman is basically an extra, according to them both. He sees it as a matter of course to be dominant. Despite her having saved him from destruction in some way, and alone having provided for the family sometimes, he views himself as the superior, dominant part. It probably reflects something deeper: The structures of society. Everyone has a relation to it. It's difficult to divorce society. In this way, the novel may be an allegory of power structures in society. Only a thought.
Another theme is the woman's guilt. She feels she has betrayed her sisters. She does not practice what she preach. As a feminist, she feels schizophrenic. The man she loved turned out to be an opponent in disguise. She is disappointed that she thought he was on her side when they married. In a way, perhaps the worst disappointment for her is that she has let herself down.
There is another interesting observation. Despite their immense vocabulary, the man can’t resist using insults about gender and the female genitalia, trying to offend his wife, not because of her opinions, but because of her sex. (The woman doesn’t do that to the same extent.) As if that is relevant. That is counterproductive because it shows his lack of arguments. It's interesting to think about. Most people claim they want to treat people the same, regarless of their sex, and so did probably He, but in the heat of the moment the true nature emerges, and He, the most eloquent man, ended up on the level of a child.
All in all, it is a fascinating novel, carefully written with a certain style, like poetry, which is exciting. It sometimes gets a little repetitive, but fights in a relationship often are. It's not Strindberg, but he was in a class of his own.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Petra Backstrom’s debut novel revolves around 19-year-old Maj and her relationships with her ex, a new guy, a stalker and her best friend's dad.
Maj isPetra Backstrom’s debut novel revolves around 19-year-old Maj and her relationships with her ex, a new guy, a stalker and her best friend's dad.
Maj is no timid little creature. She has a lot of opinions and tries to avoid what is considered lame. She smokes, drinks and have sex. She is outgoing but at the same time naive and immature. Sometimes she feels uncertainty and fear of closeness. When someone points out her way of distance herself from feelings and she realizes that it is a defense mechanism, she decides to devote herself to an emotional experiment. It is no easy task when she is involved with four guys at the same time. Especially not when she suffers from characteristics such as restlessness.
Sometimes it gets a little repetitive, but it is mostly interesting. The level of realism can be discussed. How the young Maj is capable of managing four relationships and the anxiety at the same time. But in fiction, everything is possible. Maj is like fresh air blowing away old dust. The contrast to her father's stereotypical girlfriend is striking. To say that the novel only revolves around romancces is not correct. Petra Backstrom uses the characters to describe Maj’s personality and development. She gives Maj an ability to observe which are both interesting and entertaining, like hating the letter ”c” which she believes is schizophrenic. A letter should not be possible to pronounce in more than one way.
The young adult novel is crisply and the language is youthful and full of details. The characters feel alive and the dialogue captures the atmosphere. Maj do not really want to see four guys. Who will she choose? She has many conflicting emotions. As usual, it is easy to be wise in hindsight, but at the moment it is difficult to make the right decision....more