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3.55  ·  Rating details ·  2,371 ratings  ·  387 reviews
A veces no tenemos ni el tiempo ni la valentía de pedir perdón. El sentimiento de culpa permanece en algún lugar de nuestra mente, listo para torturarnos cuando lo creíamos olvidado. Partiendo de esta idea cuatro jóvenes berlineses crean Sorry, una empresa que se ofrece a contactar con las víctimas de nuestras pequeñas crueldades y disculparse por nosotros.

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Paperback, 430 pages
Published 2010 by Seix Barral (first published 2009)
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sorry, no.

but the people that froth over The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo will likely find something to appreciate here. this has all the same over-the-top violence and sexual abuse coupled with characters i can't seem to give a damn about with many branching storylines that eventually converge in a way that seems overplotted.

so, very reminiscent of that book, to which i gave three stars, but which the more i think about, the less i actually feel it deserves. violence doesn't bother me - i am one
Sonia Gomes
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Lance Greenfield
Nov 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever felt sympathy for a murderer?

What? Never?

Do you really believe that it would be impossible for you generate such feelings?

Well, read Sorry and you may change your mind!

Don't get me wrong. This story is dark, and sinister, and horrific. But it certainly challenged my own vIews and values.

Initially, the narration is confusing. The chapters flip between the main characters of the book. The narration also flips from first person singular to third person singular and back again, and th
First of all: I doubt Drvenkar is for everybody. His writing (narrative) style is probably something you either love or hate. I for once love it. Either way, what we can agree on: It's something very different.

So here are the things you might want to know about Sorry (don't say I didn't warn you). It has multiple narrators. And different point of views. There's all of it: First person POV, second person POV (Drvenkar does that brilliantly, his other most brilliant Thriller Du is written complete
Kris felt he was treated unfairly by his employer and then later wrongfully dismissed from his job, but instead of seeking revenge he comes up with a plan to form an agency called ‘Sorry’ along with his friend Frauke, Tamara and brother Wolf. The agency is hired out, and is spokes person on behalf of companies who wish to apologise to their employees whom have felt wrongfully done by. They bought a house in an isolated county side and their venture was thriving. Until one day Wolf set out on his ...more
Jan 31, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Rich Stoehr
Jul 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amazon-vine
There's a saying that applies here: "Nothing good ever comes for free." Zoran Drvenkar's thriller novel Sorry is a nearly ideal illustration of this idea.

It's a deceptively simple yet compelling idea...the sort of thing that sounds brilliant when you're drunk and hanging out with your friends. And that's exactly what happens at the outset of Sorry. Old friends Kris, Frauke, Wolf, and Tamara each seem lost on their own, but one night they have an idea. Just a spark, but it catches and within a f
Oct 14, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.0 out of 5 stars SORRY - this was not for me.

This suspense thriller about four disaffected friends whose unique business venture goes dreadfully wrong was not for me. I would call it a complicated mess. As a device, the author used shifting points of view throughout the narrative as well as all different voices (first, second and third person) alternatively so that the reader was often confused. Not only that, but there were also backward and forward movements in time so that any sense of an u
Teagan C.
For the first quarter of the book I was a bit confused, and for the first third I found the writing style to be really pretentious but that petered out with the more that I read. As the story unravelled it became a bit more easy to read. The book had a good concept to begin with but many of the things the characters did I found questionable enough even with the characters personalities to bring me out of the story. The writing style and ideas within the novel were interesting enough that I may g ...more
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Mar 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-review-copy
My first thought when closing the final pages of this book was "WOW!” I haven't read a thriller recently that packs quite as much of a punch as this one. It tells the story of a group of four friends who decide to go into business together with a new, original idea. They set up an agency to say 'sorry' on behalf of their clients - the idea is that big businesses don't want the embarrassment of having to admit in person that they're wrong, so our protagonists do it for them, for a fee. All is goi ...more
Nov 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 17, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Giving up at - 35%. Can't stand any of the characters, and none of them interest me in any way. Most of the plot till now was completely implausible and very poorly explained. There are no psychological motives to anything any of the characters does, and frankly, this book has an atmosphere that disgusts and repels me. Sorry, not for me.
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
A fast-paced, dark thriller that I really...enjoyed, if "enjoy" can be used to describe anyone's feelings about a book dealing with a subject matter such as this one.

"Sorry" follows four friends that put together an agency that apologizes for people (actually, more for companies and business people...not personal apologies). The company booms and the friends become successful beyond what they ever imagined when they started up. Just when they think everything is perfect, they get contacted by a
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was on board for it, was gripped at times, but with the whole thing over with, I think it's only OK.

The first thing I noticed about it that I how it used all of the major perspectives in writing, which I thought was kind of neat--the author writes well enough that doesn't feel overly gimmicky--but then it sort of reveals itself to be just there to spice it up a bit. Having that 2nd perspective so that the reader takes the place of one of the major characters was kind of interesting though. The
Hannah Polley
This is the second time that I have read this book and the second time that I have thought it is ok. I normally love thrillers and this one is alright but not as gripping as others that I have read.

Four friends set up an apologising agency, where they are paid to apologise for other peoples mistakes. They are hired by a murderer to apologise to his victims and he drags them into his world.

There are quite a lot of stories going on in this book, each of the four friends in the agency has a backs
Kathy Davie
May 11, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Drvenkar claims this is a thriller; in my book, this was more of a horror story!

My Take
This was godawful horrible. I'll give Sorry a "5" for the concept behind it and for the mechanics of the writing which was very good as well as the high level of horror, but Drvenkar kept it all so vague that I was never sure what was happening---a "2" in my book which averages out to a "3.5".

I suspect the vagueness is necessary for part of the story---the part that holds back the identity of the murderer. But
Feb 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The stories of the protagonists are very good, the author detailed them in an excellent way. The conclusion seemed a little rushed.
Jul 05, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Actual rating: 1.5 ⭐️

No, I don’t hate this book. But I don’t like it enough to give it 2 stars.

I liked the general idea of the story. However, the execution was awful.
Naya Kyo
Feb 17, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
OH GOD ! oh God please ! But sorry SORRY, NO !! why am i even apologizing !!
I have never read such an irritating and disturbing book that it is NOT as dark as it seems !
Why this even should be categorized as a thriller? This was just a horrible book to read and the fact that I spent almost a month reading it deeply hurts because of how much I was too drowsy to flip the pages right to the end; it was like i am forcing myself to end this whole inconvenient boring story line with poor story-tellin
Feb 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unapologetically thrilling
Who is “you” and who is “I?”

Figuring that out is part of the entertainment in this gripping and slippery, grisly thriller that keeps convoluting reality with its use of language and shifting points of view.

But stick with it and try to keep up as time and narrator change. It’ll be worth it. “Sorry” is that kind of a novel that will stay buried in your head for a long time to come.

A literary trickster, Drvenkar is best at manipulation. He’s a master of control and sometim
Wendy Hines
Four friends are having a rough time of it. Frauke's mom has been committed to an asylum and since her father can't sleep alone, he relies on Frauke to retain his sanity. Wolf is heartbroken and filled with grief; the woman he loved overdosed and died. Kris is a journalist but was fired and Tamara lives with the guilt of giving custody of her daughter Jenna to her ex-lover, and the fact that she is a terrible mother in her own mind.

One evening when they are hanging out, they come up with the ide
Jan 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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May 06, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, vine
Sorry by Zoran Drvenkar is one of the more boring books I’ve read in a long time, even more boring than The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I use the term “read” loosely because I didn’t actually make it through either one of them. Every time I picked up Sorry to read it, I fell asleep pretty much in the first paragraph so I finally gave it up after 100 pages. In Sorry, a group of friends who have fallen on hard times start a business in which they deliver apologies and settlement offers to people ...more
Angel Perez
Sep 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: read-in-spanish
A mind-bending experience. One of the best books I've ever read.

I decided to read this book during my summer holidays. I saw the spanish cover of this book and it really got me, so I decided to take a look at it and after a few pages, I was totally hooked!

It has a fast pace, it's really catchy, Drvenkar's always changing the perspective of the book to keep your attention, and it's an extremely solid plot. A really well-written book.

There are some things to point like:

- The author tends to get pr
Alexandra Nunney
Nov 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you like dark thrillers then let me recommend 'Sorry'.
Four friends start an agency that basically goes around apologising on behalf of their clients, but when their next client turns out to be a killer things start to go very wrong for them.
A wonderfully woven story that genuinely gave me the creeps. It reminded me, in feel not so much in story, of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
The reason it's a 4 and not a 5 for me is that in the beginning things were a little confused and jumbled. I think
May 30, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fail
This was far the worst book I've ever read. I still got nightmares when i think of it *brr*
The Story Outline of an Excusion-Agency seems very promising but it turn out to be just... disgusting - the murders are horrible, the all-too-graphic description of the rape of an underage boy was too much for my stomach!!
The Characters are not realistic at all - I don't understand why the book got good reviews - Just don't touch it!!
Oct 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Everything starts with a lie and ends with an apology"

What a twisted little story. I couldn't see all the connecting pieces until the end. I tried to tie it all together but I just couldn't see it all. I loved the rich atmosphere and the characters. Frauke, Wolf, Tamara and Kris were very well done - each playing off each other with their own flaws and strengths. This was hard to put down once I hit halfway.
Elliot Schnapp
Very ambivalent about this book. Extremely ambitious and skillfully written, but also disturbing. Almost pornographic in its violence, and at times it makes the reader feel complicit in the characters' perversity. Not sorry I read it, but not at all sure I would recommend it.t
Aug 21, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Where do I go for a refund?
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Zoran Drvenkar was born in Križevci in Croatia in 1967 and moved to Berlin with his parents at the age of three. He has been a writer since 1989, and his novels, poems, plays and short stories have won him numerous awards and prizes. Zoran Drvenkar currently still lives in Berlin.

In 2004 he wrote the childrens book Die Kurzhosengang under the pseudonym Victor Caspak & Yves Lanois.

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