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Popular Music from Vittula by Mikael Niemi
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Sep 11, 2007

it was amazing
Recommended for: Anyone of Scandinavian heritage
Read in August, 2007

The blurb on the cover is apt - "Hauntingly beautiful." Set in the far north regions of Sweden during the 1960s, "Popular Music from Vittula" follows the (fictionalized) boyhood and adolescence of the author. It is full of the yearning and desire to be a man that is common to boyus the world over, but with the unique Scandinavian tinge of perceived inferiority and self-deprecation. The settings are eerily wonderful, and makes anyone who reads it want to experience, or at least view, the life of Swedes outside of the cities. Personally, the book explained a lot about my families quirks (3rd generation immigrants from Sweden, Minnesota born and raised), and led me to appreciate fully my culture, especially the sweet, heroic death of alcohol poisoning hinted at in later chapters. Alternately hilarious and heartbreaking, this book is great for everyone.

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