Jul 12, 09
Read in July, 2009
What a book! I was way past 17 in 1990 (the time of the narration); I was never a teenager in Norway; I never did half of the things ths main character does; and I don't know any of the music which plays a big part in this book; but to me, this book epitomizes what it means to be 17 at least for those of us from Western European or American societies.
While there are other important things going on in this book, the evocation of what it feels like inside the skin of a boy-man is unlike anything I've ever read. In addition, this novel is beautifully constructed, just pulling you along with (for me) any clear idea of where it is going, despite some hints you can see with hindsight. It's a beautiful work. If I read two more books by this author that are even comparable in quality, he'll be up there on my top authors list.