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Stolen Spring by Hans Scherfig
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Oct 18, 07

bookshelves: school
Read in October, 2007

installation two of Modern European Comedy and Satire cours....

Stolen Spring is a story written in 1940 that follows the often tedious life of private-school danish boys in 1920 Copenhagen. Apparently since its release, this novel has been required reading for most schools in Denmark.

The novel is marked with a very simple writing style. Scherfig’s language in writing about sometimes horrid instances is strangely comical and proves to be a significant strength in the execution of the story.

Overall, the novel succeeds in being a story that mixes opposing thematic elements that can be in once instantly tragic and in the same moment be totally hilarious. However, the story has become dated and now acts more as a strange historical examination of a time since passed. Elements of its narrative now either no longer exist or have gone from the absurd to common. This causes its supposed shocking and tragic elements to not always be entirely funny but rather seem dated and irrelevant.

Pretty average overall...

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