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Buzz Aldrin, waar ben je gebleven?

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Mattias is geboren in 1969, in de nacht van de eerste maanlanding. Om preciezer te zijn: op het moment dat Buzz Aldrin zijn voet in het maanstof zette. Buzz Aldrin is Mattias' grote idool. Een man die belangrijk werk deed, maar in de aangename schaduw van Neil Armstrong kan leven. Precies het onopvallende leven dat Mattias zelf voor ogen heeft. Als zijn relatie strandt, be ...more
Paperback, 478 pages
Published October 31st 2006 by Podium (first published 2005)
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Els Lens Ik heb precies dezelfde vraag. :(
Geen idee waarom het hele archief dan toch plotseling wel mee mag. De lange uitleg van de psychiater maakt het niet …more
Ik heb precies dezelfde vraag. :(
Geen idee waarom het hele archief dan toch plotseling wel mee mag. De lange uitleg van de psychiater maakt het niet duidelijk. (less)

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Lorenzo Berardi
What I like and dislike at the same time in modern Norwegian literature is the straight and essential style used by young novelists such as Erlend Loe and Frode Grytten. It's a kind of writing that is a thousand miles away from most of the Italian literature I like.

Where Italian authors try to be impressive at any rate using a rich style and many cultural influences even in referring to extreme situations, Norwegian novelists don't seem to care. I mean, they simply put themselves in the shoes of
Intriguing book. The writing style is very direct, quite minimalistic-descriptive and that is not my thing. The main character Mattias is equally colourless: he is deliberately very passive and wants to be invisible (his idol is the second man on the Moon, Buzz Aldrin), he let’s life slip past him, but nevertheless he hits a heavy identity crisis; if you ask me, that is a rather forced story. And finally there is the authentic, but terrible landscape of the Faroer Islands, where Mattias could fi ...more
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good morning, dear readers. Okay, I'm done. First off, I want stars or more tea or maybe someone to help me rake leaves as a prize for resisting the urge to look at this novel in more depth on Goodreads before I got to the last page. I did not look. I did not read any reviews. I did not search "Johan Harstad" to find out as much as I could about him. Next I want to shout out to Michelle, my friend and neighbour, who pointed me in the direction of this novel. The library didn't have it so I bough ...more
A.E. Shaw
Dec 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012

The best book I've read this year, and in the top ten of books I have ever read. The English title is 'Buzz Aldrin, What Happened to You in All the Confusion?'

Sometimes you come across things that are like looking at a bit of your own heart in a mirror. This is one of those things.

The thing it reminded me of most is the Icelandic film, Englar alheimsins, possibly because it deals with mental health and the very northern bits of Europe, but also because of its focus on mundanity and detail, and
switterbug (Betsey)
Mattias, the narrator and protagonist of this melancomic, bittersweet story, is a Norwegian on the cusp of thirty in 1999. He is a brokenhearted gardener and music lover whose prospects are looking dim. Mattias has always wanted to be as anonymous as possible for as long as possible. A cog in a wheel. His hero is Buzz Aldrin, the astronaut who was the more experienced pilot but whose fame paled in the shadow of Neil Armstrong. His backup hero is Steve Martin--especially the sad sack roles that M ...more
I liked this book, but not as much as Harstad's 'Max ...' and 'Hässelby'. As in his other books, this seems to a story about how human fates mesh with the spirit of a very distinctive place; in this case, an out-of-the-way cluster of islands in the Northern Atlantic, and, as an intuited rather than heard counterpoint, a mirroring archipelago in the Caribbean. The protagonist is another 'man without qualities' who desperately wants to blend in. Third motto theme that seems to resonate through Har ...more
Oct 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Buzz Aldrin What Happened To You in All The Confusion? is a novel by the Norwegian writer,  Johan Harstad. An aery yet tangible story about the desire of being second best in a world where attention-seeking is getting an obsession. In this book we then see deserted, far and almost lunar landscapes show their appeal, as safe landing where one may disappear to reappearing only later feeling more authentic.    

The story is set in a kind of lunar environment, namely that of the Faroe Islands, a No ...more
Mar 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
from publisher

Read 8/25/12 - 9/8/12
4 Stars - Strongly Recommended to those who prefer coming in second
Pgs: 471
Publisher: Seven Stories

Johan Harstad's novel had been lingering on my bookshelves for over a year. Though I cannot recall whether it was a copy I requested or one that was simply sent for review from Seven Stories, there it sat, patient, unassuming, and content, waiting for me to find a reason to pick it up.

And a reason found me on August 25th, in the form of tweets that alerted me to t
Jul 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: norwegian
As all the reviews says, a book about being number two. but as well great description of feeling rootless, how coincidences makes you end up somewhere and the artto make your own life. And how an imporant role time and proximity plays in relations between people.

Have to show two passages (in norwegian):
an example of simple but great comparisons:
“Jeg tenkte på ting jeg hadde lest. At den som skal dø, mister sansene i minuttene før. En etter en. Først smakssansen, senere evnen til å lukte. Så fors
Richard Derus
Rating: 2.5* of five

The Book Report: A stream-of-consciousness first novel recounting nineteen years in the life of Mattias, the kid who never wanted to be seen or heard. He got his wish all his life long, except that it cost him the love and affection of two women, the fame that could've changed his life had he pursued his talent for singing, and landed him in the tender clutches of a mental institution in the Faeroe Islands. There is a happy ending.

My Review: Without a doubt, the worst title i
Jul 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Buzz Aldrin, What Happened to You in All the Confusion? is a book about nothing much. Just about a life slowly unfolding and a talent unused. Just about a life spinning out of control as fast and as quietly as a rocket orbiting the moon. It’s a book about the distance we have to travel in order to make relationships work. It’s a book about the footprints we leave behind and the untamed territory ahead; like the first step on the moon.
Twenty-nine-year-old Mattias had been content, no, he has work
Jul 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-reads
This is the story of how Mattias, from Stavanger, Norway, navigates his life through some very rough years of severe mental anguish.

I was the kid in your class in elementary school, in high school, at college, whose name you can't remember when you take out the class photo ten years later, to show your boyfriend or girlfriend how you looked back then. I was the boy that sat almost a the center of the class, one desk from the wall, the guy who never forgot his gym clothes, who was always ready fo
Aug 10, 2011 rated it really liked it

When I first came across Harstad’s book, I, like many probably, thought that it would actually be about Buzz Aldrin or perhaps, maybe about, you know, space. What it turned out to be, instead, was a really intense study of socio-emotional interactions between self and others.

The now famous downward spiral of the second man on the moon is merely a catalyst for our protagonist, Mattias, as he explores his own life crisis. A successful gardener and self-procl
Jul 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own, m-and-k
It's hard to decide what I liked most about this novel. There is the underlying thought that Matthias carries throughout the novel: that there is beauty in being second best. There are also the characters, that Harstad captures beautifully. But above all, there is the scenery and the way that the author sketches it makes me want to pack my bags and see the Faroe Islands for myself.

Though, I can't decide how I feel about Matthias. He is a good-hearted guy, undoubtedly. But his acceptance of his f
Mary Lou
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Please... just kill me now.

A friend enthusiastically recommended this book, describing it as the story of a man who was happy just being a cog in the wheel, but having no ambition to be in the spotlight. As an introvert whose goal in life is to live quietly, simply, and happily, I was eager to read it. Kindred spirits and all of that.

What I wasn't told was that these are the stream-of-consciousness ramblings of a man with a history of depression, living in a group home with others who have sim
Natasha Andreeva
It's a spineless book of a spineless hero, flooded with random events, thoughts, and emotions that are not justified even by the declared mental illness of his--and being written from a first person perspective it exploits this excuse a lot. It's a tiresome stream of consciousness that challenges reader with bore. Everything past the catchy first line ("The person you love is 90% water, and there's been no rain for weeks") is, well, water. Just not the best kind. ...more
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Finally made it to pick up this book. Not sure what to expect, but that is often the case when one skips the back cover.
This book is about a young man, a quite peculiar guy, that aims to live outside of the spotlights. It’s great how Harstad takes you along a journey from insides the protagonists head. You experience the world as he experiences it, and how he perceives the relationships to the people around him. As a reader, and this is a very admirable trick, you start to see what other people
Tim Roast
Mar 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well, the story, for it is a story and not a biography of the astronaut Buzz Aldrin (that's clear because it says so, on the cover no less - "a novel"), follows the Norwegian Mattias. He has a job and a girlfriend but then he loses both in quick succession, goes into meltdown and ends up in the Faroe Islands. There he is taken into a sort of psychiatric hostel. He then grows to love his adopted country because it mirrors the way he is, a person that doesn't like the limelight (hence the title re ...more
Jul 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-bokmål
This is the second time a book unrelated to me has aligned perfectly with my life. The first was Tallstar's Revenge by Erin Hunter; a children's book about sophisticated cats that often end up murdering each other. However, Buzz Aldrin, hvor ble det av deg i alt mylderet?, was a lot more subtle in its synchronicity. I've read Darlah by Johan Harstad in the past where things - mildly put - escalated. I wasn't sure what to expect from his earlier work, where the madness appears to be more internal ...more
Aaron (Typographical Era)
“It takes vast willpower, luck, and skill to be the first. But it takes a gigantic heart to be number two.”

Oh how we all ache in some way for the attention of the spotlight. At one time or another we’re all desperate to be recognized for what be perceive to be our unique importance. Maybe we seek this from a loved one for simply being ourselves, or from a co-worker for a job well done. Perhaps more ambitiously, we crave it from a legion of adoring fans for being the hottest sensation on the pla
Jan 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: in-dutch
Not a story to knock you off your socks because it's so smart or ingenious, but a lovely, slightly odd tale of a young man (Mattias) that just wants to be useful, a part of the rotating earth without getting honoured or even noticed. What makes it good, is the unique charm that comes with it, beautifully written sentences, a style so engaging that you can not -not- like it. "She looked dismayed, seemed to be shrinking in the bed. I had to search between the sheets for a while before finding her ...more
Bram Peeters
Aug 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A life that might happen when you just want to fit in, but you don't really.

Very melancholic book, about choices or the lack thereof, destiny and friendship. Not as much rock-and-roll as the front blurb promises but then that wasn't really required. I loved it, even when I found it getting a bit tedious and constructed in the final stages. Definitely a good read, and the first book I read that made me want to travel to the Faroe Islands. And to keep my mental health.
Jan 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick re-read. It's sooo good but the end still feels half-assed and hurried. ...more
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Best book of the century. IMNSHO.
Read it and you know.
Bert van der Vaart
A well written book about a young-ish Norwegian single child brought up in a middle class Stavanger home, who is trying to deal with his role/purpose in life. Along the way, the book reflects Norwegian society of today--very wealthy, very regulated, and very concerned about a seemingly unendless number of things which Norwegian conventional wisdom seems to believe there can be no answers--whether for example, anything can be done about the slowing down of the Earth's rate of spinning as the moon ...more
If you want a long, in-depth, front row seat to a man's struggle with disconnection, depression, and anxiety this is an elegant and honest presentation. The bleak but compelling setting (Faroe Islands) matches his interior landscape - an odd combo of Scandinavia's simplest beauties and harshest conditions. The analogy to Buzz Aldrin (his 2nd & oft-overlooked place on the moon, his post-mission struggles on Earth) works, but also seems overworked. It works for a clever (reader hooking) title and ...more
Tally Sky
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book! It compels me to write a review, which I never do, not even for a really note-worthy volume. It's been sitting on my shelves for about a decade and why, oh why did I not reach for it earlier? I'm normally a very slow reader and the translation of my choice amounts to 538 pages in the tiniest font, I had morally braced myself, prepared this to be an extended, tedious read, with many reviews indeed stating it's a slow-paced northern tale. I swear, it's so well written, I've never read a ...more
"The person you love is 72.8% water.. you wish you could embrace something eternal in them..but you cant, because almost everything is water and futile holding onto.". While we strive for a firm identity, the world is in a constant state of flux. But this unstable existence can be seen as something liberating, something that enables individual opportunity.., where nothing is written in stone and our horizon is constantly expanding. ...more
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
It's overwhelming! I've had a lot of thoughts reading this book, it really speaks to me in a different kind of level. It's about how you have to take risks and how it's okay not to, that somehow you will always have an impact to something or someone even though you tried really hard not to or tried hard to be invisible. All in all it's great, would definitely read it again! ...more
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book. It’s quirky and funny and yet captures the loneliness and isolation that so many of us feel as we slog our way through our average lives. By the end, I felt so inspired by the reminders throughout the story that all any of us truly want in life is to be noticed and to be loved. A gem of a book.
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Johan Harstad is a Norwegian author, graphic designer, playwright, drummer, and international sensation. He is the winner of the 2008 Brage Award (Brageprisen), previously won by Per Petterson, and his books have been published in over 11 countries. In 2009, he was named the first ever in-house playwright at the National Theatre in Oslo. His first novel Buzz Aldrin, What Happened To You In All The ...more

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