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Alussa on pieni perhe: Joe, Alina ja vastasyntynyt Samuel. Joe on amerikkalainen neurotieteilijä, joka yrittää edetä urallaan uudessa kotimaassaan Suomessa. Alina on puolestaan jättänyt omat opintonsa ja keskittyy hoitamaan Samuelia kotona.
Vuosia myöhemmin Joe ...more
The characters in this novel excel at finding a social cause that aligns with their own best interests. They are good at thinking they are good, even when they are behaving selfishly and stupidly. As I read I couldn't help but examine my own beliefs and actions in a m ...more
The first chapter narrated from Alina’s point of view was promising. The theme itself is promising and it’s a hot issue, do doubt. Author’s style is easy to read and the characters are vivid. But around page 70 I realized I was fed up with the long descriptions of academic environment and academic problems. Yes, it’s a very ...more
The Good: The plot to this one was definitely unique and Valtonen has a way with just taking a complex and story unlike any other and weaving it into this crazy mountain of multiple storylines and really showing the different changes the characters make throughout the amount of time we get to hear their perspec ...more
Right off the bat, I will say that this title was definitely marketed incorrectly. If you're expecting a thriller, then you may be disappointed when you realize its more of a contemporary fiction novel (which isn't a bad thing!). Just go into THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO knowing that it isn't a thriller. However, it is a great character study with an intertwining story between them.
Joe Chayefski has fin ...more
And talking about annoying; this book features the most irritating main character I've ever read. He's condescendi ...more
Joe is so ...more
This novel is the winner of the Finlandia Prize 2014. The author is a psychologist from Helsinski. He studied neuropsychology as a Fullbright scholar at Johns Hopkins so he is well-qualified to write about the subjects in his book. This is a hard book to review without spoilers.
The protagonist, Joe, is a top neuroscientist involved in research using live animals which d ...more
The initial premise of a young American who abandons his wife and child in Finland and then faces repercussions in later years when he is a respected scientist works well. The opening scenes between the newlyweds are well written and feel genuine.
The iAm and it's marketing to teenage consumers is a brilliant concept and very believable. The animal rights debate is worth reading about and their are many astute observations about what it means to be a parent especial ...more
So more like 4.5 stars. Only thing for me, was the slowness in some parts and the time lining, so I didnt give it 5 stars. But definitely a must read. ...more
The characters in this book cannot take responsibility for any of their actions which to me is the main theme througout this book. This is what keeps the story going. And because of this, the characters will create excuses after they've done something to try to justify their actions.
Because of their immaturity and privilege they have an inability to face life, its consequences and dissapointments which in turn makes them retre...more
Not by a long shot. ...more
This book made me feel like I was missing something from the very beginning and you know what, I loved that. I respect that because for any writer to delve into the intricate thoughts of characters and bring out their flaws in a way that the reader acknowledges, without affecting the narrative adversely is not an easy fete. Hats off to Mr Valtonen!
The story centers around Joe, a renowned Neuroscientist who on the outside seem ...more
I admit that I struggled to reconcile where I originally thought the book was going with where it started heading halfway through, and almost put it aside as it continued to switch between the inner journey of a now middle ...more
The jacket flap for "They Know Not What They Do" makes it sound like a techno-thriller. It's not. This is a story about divergent lives after a failed marriage between an American man and a Finnish woman, as the man returns to America and starts ...more
The language could be a little bit easier to read, but only because I would like to read the book faster. It is absolutely a book to read if one like books which quickly build suspense and wondering.
One part of the book ...more
This is the epic story of Joe Chayefski, a well-respected neuroscience researcher, and his son Samuel, whom he abandoned when he left his wife in Finland to move back to America to continue his research. Samuel is now 20 and is involved with an organization who wants to change the world. The two meet again as both men pursue their passion for their work. A subplot is the story of Joe's daughter Rebecca, who is commissioned by a tech company to sam ...more
Difficult to say if I have the right book as I don't read Finnish. But it looks like the same number of words, so here goes. And the same author
I read this book in English. Hey, I'm an American, I read everything in English.
Anyway, it's been translated. And it is quite good. A thriller in the heavy, teaching, questioning style of Franzen. Gripping and beautiful, the very depths of the soul clarified and illuminated for the reader, the small moments rising to a perfect c ...more
Though everything was presented like some long drawn out lecture on possible dystopian present, I feel like I ended up learning a ton about things I took for granted, and for that and for the last part when the pace picks up, this is getting a solid 4. Otherwise the narration felt stilted, maybe because of the translation, and the beginning dragged. I believe the beginning should have been in the middle or edited more and made concise. Also, that title, I get ...more
Just one note on the translation though: I highly doubt a Finnish author used 'Scandinavia' where it appears in the English here.
Hänen romaaninsa Siipien kantamat sijoittui Bonnierin romaanikilpailussa toiseksi ja sai sekä kriitikoilta että kirjabloggareilta erit ...more