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Ondskan by Jan Guillou
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Nov 12, 2010

really liked it
Read from November 07 to 12, 2010

My mothertongue being Swedish I've heard a lot of hype about this book over the years. And by the creed 'no one is a prophet in his own hometown' I never took it seriously, despite not even being of the same nationality as the author. But I've now read it for school and it far exceeded my expectations. It's a bit teenage-angsty but if you, like me, delight in reading about suffering and those who power through it you will love this book. The main character is portrayed in a way that I at times was taken aback by. The way he knew himself to be steered by his emotions and knew he couldn't avoid it. That acceptance he had of his own emotional self. It felt refreshing. I don't think a woman could have written a book like this. Or, rather, I don't think a woman would have written this book like this. And well, truth is, no one could have written this book but Guillou. He doesn't advertise it anywhere on, or in, the book but it is a autobiografi, which is both horrifying and amazing. And it makes me wonder how much of it is true. Even as fiction it is gruesome and it makes me ache to think that Guillou has lived through this. Perhaps there is a reason for the macho, 'you can't do shit to me' way he carries himself (that same confidence that has made me sort of take a dislike to him whenever I see him on the telly...). Definitely a book worth reading.
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Hanna Yup, it's a good read. The problem with the book is that he claims that this actually happened.

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