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The Redbreast by Jo Nesbø
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Nov 01, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: detective-suspense, international, scandinavian, translation
Read in October, 2010

Some of my favorite parts:
"On the bar stools along the windows young people in roll-necked sweaters sat reading foreign newspapers or staring our into the rain, holding large white coffee cups between their hands, presumably wondering if they had chosen the right subject at university, the right designer sofa, the right partner, the right football club or the right European town."(81)

"'Good morning,' Betty Andresen said. That was something she had picked up at the hotel management school in Stavanger, to distinguish between different times of the day when she greeted people. Thus in six hours' time she would say, 'Good afternoon,' and two hours later, 'Good evening.' Then she would go home to her two-room apartment in Torshov and which there were someone to whom she could say, 'Good night.'"(86)

"Harry lit up, drew the smoke deep into his lungs and tried to imagine the blood vessels in the lung wall greedily absorbing the nicotine. Life was becoming shorter and the thought that he would never stop smoking filled him with a strange satisfaction. Ignoring the warning on the cigarette packet might not be the most flamboyant act of rebellion a man could allow himself, but at least it was one he could afford."(143)

"He took out his mobile phone. A Nokia, a tiny thing, only two weeks old."(200)

"She had married a Russian, a young professor of gene technology who had taken her by storm and had immediately converted theory into practice by making her pregnant. However, the professor had been born with a gene that predisposed him to alcoholism, combined with a predilection for physical discussion, and so their wedded bliss was brief."(309)

"The monitoring expert they had used in Sydney had explained to Harry that at low volumes the human ear amplifies the frequencies human voices use. Harry thought there was something comforting about the fact that the last thing you heard before everything went quiet was the human voice."(359)

"Sick is a relative concept. We're all sick. The question is, what degree of functionality do we have with respect to the rules society sets for desirable behavior?"(402)

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