This was an obligatory read for my end of highschool essay exam but I was pleasantly surprised by it. Honestly, I though it was going to suck but I th...moreThis was an obligatory read for my end of highschool essay exam but I was pleasantly surprised by it. Honestly, I though it was going to suck but I thoroughly enjoyed it. It gave me a sense of calm and it made me feel quite at peace. The way that it's written makes you feel like a silent observer that's standing to the side of the characters, observing and following. It is happening in Norway and it's focused on a character named Trond. It skips from his one particular summer in his teens to a period in his life when he is growing old. It works through associations, memories and working through past unresolved problems. Trond is quite a complex character who never truly delt with his father suddenly leaving him and his family forever, at the end of that faithful summer. He brought his pain into his adult life and now that he's old he's finally, slowly, letting it go. The characters around him are, as far as I observed, even more complex. I found Jon especially interesting even though he didn't actually appear in the book that much and was basically just a resonance, an echo of his father leaving. He too, left Trond's life quickly and unexpectedly. Jon's little brother, Lars, a boy who had a twin but shot him accidentally when they were young, right in the middle of that summer, is a character that incidentally also apears later in Trond's life. He just happens to be the only neighbour of Trond who has secluded himself in nature and rarely has any contact with other people. In that time period, Trond lives alone with his dog, and is drowning in his comforting routine which is broken by Lars who is basically the person who brings him back from his long winter nap as I like to call it and makes him a bit more human again. Another intrusion into Trond's secluded life is his daughter who visits and makes him think. All in all, this book is amazing and I loved how psychological it was. I'm sorry to say my review is a bit confusing because I simply spat things out in order they came to my mind. But I hope any reader of it still got a general sense of the book. There are many things I didn't mention simply because this review is so chopped and messy I don't know where to put them. I just need to say I'm so very glad I was introduced to this book and I hope many more people decide to read it. It made me think about my future and about my life and it made me think about pain and what happens to it if you don't resolve the things that hurt you in the past but instead drag them with you throughout your life.(less)
This book was extremely hard to read. I don't like it, overall, but I like the idea of it quite a lot. The style of writing was not to my liking and i...moreThis book was extremely hard to read. I don't like it, overall, but I like the idea of it quite a lot. The style of writing was not to my liking and it dragged on and on. I had to read this book for school and we had a discussion on free will. Would you rather be controlled and happy, or free and unhappy? Definitely thought provoking.
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