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Ingrid Winters makeløse mismot

(Ingrid Winter #1)

2.96  ·  Rating details ·  6,007 ratings  ·  664 reviews
Ingrid Winter sitter fast. I huset hun ikke får solgt, i FAU-møter, i jobbkonflikter, i frykten for dørselgere, i et ekteskap som har mistet gnisten, i sin egen hverdagsangst. Bedre blir det ikke når hun ufrivillig blir plukket ut som representant i en jobbdelegasjon til St. Petersburg. Det skal være starten på forskningssamarbeid over landegrensene, men med Ingrid Winters ...more
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Published 2015 by Tiden
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Cerra I believe Ingrid is referring to (*spoiler alert* for a movie) The Others with Nicole Kidman. Ingrid refers to a couple other movies (Star Wars, The M…moreI believe Ingrid is referring to (*spoiler alert* for a movie) The Others with Nicole Kidman. Ingrid refers to a couple other movies (Star Wars, The Matrix, Silence of the Lambs) before this "murder of my family" one, which leads me to believe that she's talking about The Others or another movie (one I haven't seen).(less)
nicole mckinney I suspect that since the author is a married mother of three and teaches at a college that it is roughly her life...

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Always Pouting
I really wanted to like this book because I'm shallow and I saw the cover and I'm like this is going to be totally great and then it's title was The Marvelous Misadventures of Ingrid Winter and so I assumed that it would be something exciting or funny. The book wasn't really exciting at all because the whole plot line seems to be about them moving and doing work things and dealing with kids. Like there was barely a plot line and it was all kind of messy and didn't come together. Also I found the ...more
I'm...not entirely sure what I just read. Maybe Ingrid's cough syrup fumes wafted out to me?
Megan Johnson
This book was slow and hard to follow. I honestly didn't understand most of what was going on in this book.
Whistlers Mom
Feb 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I you don't fall in love with Ingrid, maybe YOU are neurotic.

I don't know who wrote this book description, but I wish to lodge a vigorous protest against the use of the word "neurotic" to describe the heroine - Ingrid Winter. She's flaky, a raging hypochondriac, lacks a backbone, and has seen WAY too many sci-fi movies, but she's not neurotic. She is, however, surrounded by neurotics. Aren't we all?

This is one of those books where you start out wondering why the wife doesn't kill her humorless,
l myers
Feb 04, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
One of the worst books I've ever read!!!!!

This is one of the dumbest books I have ever read. It wasn't the least bit funny. I honestly couldn't figure out what the point of the story was. It only cover the day to day life of a neurotic woman rearing a family and juggling a job. It is set in Norway so some things make no sense to Americans.
Save your time and money on this book. It is a giant waste!!!!!
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, free, owned
As a stressed mom-of-three who is also "desperately trying to hold it all together" I thought reading a book about another one would be comforting, solidarity-style. That was a poor choice. Remind me that books about people who are stressed just make me stressed.

Beyond that, the last 40% of this book was nonsensical. I'm thinking a lot was lost in translation and cultural differences? Ingrid was supposed to be neurotic, not psychotic. And, FYI, finally selling your house does not cure metal illn
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Marvelous Misadventures of Ingrid Winter by J.S. Drangsholt is a cautionary tale regarding the tragic consequences of spending an excessive amount of one’s life obsessing over a single subject paired with the concomitant failure to develop basic social skills followed by the systematic institutionalization of said persons and then gleefully watching the resulting carnage like some sort of malevolent deity. Or to repeat myself, a story about university faculty. Our heroine is Ingrid Winter wh ...more
Rowan Greene
Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my free Kindle Prime read and I'm so glad I picked it! Home.Run. Best book I've read in a while.

Ingrid is slightly neurotic and extremely passive with a knack for getting herself into some sticky and/or awkward situations. The premise was unique and well developed. The pacing was perfect and the dialogue is the best I've read in a long time--snappy, witty, and perfectly executed. The characters are all well-developed as well and they leap from the page. Her colleagues--especially the De
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this. Ingrid is very easy to sympathize with even with all of her faults. Maybe it's because I am the same age as Ingrid that I identified with the character. However, I don't have one kid let alone three so reading about her juggling family life with multiple children and two working parents just gave me a bit of anxiety. It's no wonder Ingrid is so neurotic.

All in all a great read that was wrapped up very nicely.

Fans of Where'd You Go, Bernadette or The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 8
The Marvelous Misadventures of Ingrid Winter, by J. S. Drangsholt, was written in Norwegian and translated charmingly into English. It is another in the long line of university-set fiction – are they all set in literature departments? It offers a twist. This is the first (that I remember) to address issues of retrenchment or, in the more interesting (and accurate) British descriptor, redundancy.

There are other twists on this old story. The narrator, Ingrid Winter, is the mother of three young da
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

I really don't know what to make of this book, the author, the plot, the characters or the translation. I'm not stupid, so I don't think that I've missed the point of the book (although I might have done) and can only assume its the translation.

I've read Scandinavian literature before - Stig Larsson, Jo Nesbo etc and have always found them a little quirky but readable, I've also read books outside my normal genre before and enjoyed them - Little Coffee Shop in Kabul for exampl
Mar 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute, quirky book. I liked the characters. I am not sure I would have liked it as much if I didn't work in academia. There was a lot of relatable, funny stuff. I loved the main characters honesty about parenthood.
Mar 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first part of this book is a hilarious take on the calamities of everyday life. We follow Ingrid Winter, a working wife and mother of three, as she attempts to navigate the petty world of university-politics, sell her house and not roll her eyes at her co-workers. At least not as often. Which is hard, and understandably so, since her co-worker happen to be neurotic, overbearing, overzealous monsters, who should probably be locked up in some kind of bunker for the good of society. (The fact t ...more
Feb 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not really sure how to rate this book. It was well-written. It was cute. It was weird. It was a bit confusing. It was not funny (didn't even inspire an actual smile, let alone a laugh) but it was amusing. And I actually really enjoyed reading it. I guess I'd give it 3 1/2 stars and I think I'd read more, if this turns out to be a series.
H.A. Titus
Mar 06, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didn-t-finish
I honestly didn't get this book. I consider myself a head-in-the-clouds dreamer with poor social skills, but this went beyond that. The MC needed professional therapy. She also needed to grow a pair and stand up for herself. Her husband was a jerk. Her coworkers were idiots. The only plausible part of the book were her kids (who I surprisingly didn't find bratty--a rather uncommon occurrence in books nowadays.) I couldn't force myself through the train wreck any more and bailed halfway.
Maybe I'
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is weird. I can only assume that there is something seriously lost in translation. In parts is reads like someone stuck it into Google Translate and published the bizarre, disjointed, nonsensical results. None of the characters are likable or relatable. Ingrid has her moments, but in the end she's psychotic and self-destructive. It's hard not to root for her husband who's a stick in the mud but clearly the one keeping their family from imploding in Ingrid's hands. The plot is all over ...more
2.5 stars rounded up. This book wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t exactly very good either. It was my choice for a bookclub, and while I am glad it wasn’t bad, I wished for something more. It was a book I received for free through Amazon Prime First Reads, and it was translated from Norwegian.

I’m rounding up to three stars mainly because I definitely appreciated the humorous commentary around academia, committee meetings, and forming committees to revise the course offerings when they were just revised
It was okay. A very quick read with a bit of humor...
You have to appreciate a foreign style of writing, which I do!, and be willing to go along with the quirky style.
The synopsis describes a neurotic Norweigan woman, and she is that in abundance! It also contains some of the quirky humor that I found in "Big Little Lies" by Liane Moriarty in the form of parenthood, the antics one finds in an academic setting (publish or perish, sacrifice him/her rather than me, and so forth), and just trying to
Feb 12, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I came across this book from the Kindle First program. I have a trial of Amazon Prime right now, so it was free. I figured I couldn't lose, but I did -- my valuable time. I'll start with the title -- "Marvelous": I'm not sure if this is a poor choice from the translation, but there was nothing remotely "marvelous" about Ingrid's "misadventures." Regarding the plural (misadventureS), there really was only one true "misadventure" in this book, and otherwise, mainly just a lot of bad decisions from ...more
Another misfire from the Kindle First cannon. I cannot remember the other choices, but I have shied away from books from Kindle First that have been translated into English. So, I must've either missed that about The Marvelous Misadventures of Ingrid Winter, or I was hard pressed to just choose a free book and rip the bandaid. Either something is lost in translation, or its a cultural difference, or its a combination of the two, I found this book to be a difficult and monotonous read overall.

Pam S
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I discovered this book as I was fervently searching for something out of my usual reading wheelhouse of non-fiction, memoir, true crime, and dystopian fiction. It was one of only a handful I saw that intrigued me and I was surprised to see so many lukewarm and negative reviews of this title. I suspect that maybe, as others have mentioned, there is something being lost in translation; a deeper cultural meaning for Scandinavians that American readers may not readily pick up on. That said, I am a g ...more
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This review can also be found on my blog: Under Literary Construction

Ingrid Winter is a mother of 3 working as a literature professor and full of anxiety, paranoia and the victim of an overactive imagination. In an attempt to purchase her dream home, she strains her family's finance as well as her marriage. And to make matters worse, extra responsibilities from the PTA and her university chair a constantly thrown on her lap, such as a trip to Russia to establish internationalization and bilatera
Sep 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
I picked this up as a free Kindle book and this is definitely not the type of book I normally read but I really enjoyed it. It was funny, witty, and quirky but also a reflection of today's fast-paced and stressful lifestyles. Ingrid is a woman who no longer has the ambition to play "office politics" (at the office or in her personal life). I believe that she loves her career and no question she loves her kids but is sick of all the BS associated with her job and the other kids parents.
Feb 21, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, dnf_19
This was added to my dnf shelf. I slogged thru 60% of the book snd asked myself, “Why am I wasting my time on this?” The main character was whiny, snarky and sniveling. The plot was both pretentious and boring. The final decision to not finish was when I realized that I didn’t really care how it ended.
Feb 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, 2017
This was sweet. I got this free through my Amazon Prime membership. If I had purchased this to read on an airplane ride, I would not have been disappointed. I needed something very light to read and this was a great fit.
I got this book for free from Amazon Kindle First Reads.

Well this was a hoot! True, there's not much of a plot, as some reviewers have mentioned, but I thought it was a hilarious novel and I laughed out loud quite a few times! Very funny & quick read (would have finished sooner if not for a dying kindle). I highly recommend it to anyone looking for something light and fluffy to read.
Jul 02, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Well, I realised I do not like to read a story about a neurotic professional, who, to put it politely, acts naive in every matter, be it professional or personal. There was no spark of brilliance anywhere, neither in the protagonist nor in the book. The so called humour failed to inspire even half a smile.
I read through only because I find it difficult to leave books halfread.
Jules (Never enough time to read)
Probably closer to a 1.5 star rating.

The writing wasn't great at points but that might be partly due to the translation and the story was a little dull. It was definitely not a marvellous fun read.

I did love the cover art.
Danny Reid
Reads like a lame sitcom. Some nice moments and a great cover can't save it.
Aziza Naderi-Weisblatt

What a terrible book. Not one single character is likeable. I hated the amount of time I wasted on this read when there are so many other books out there worth reading.
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Janne Stigen Drangsholt er en norsk forfatter. Hun debuterte med romanen Humlefangeren i 2011.

Drangsholt bor og arbeider som litteraturforsker i Stavanger, der hun er førsteamanuensis ved Institutt for kultur- og språkvitenskap ved Universitetet i Stavanger.
Drangsholt er fra Universitetet i Bergen med en avhandling om den britiske forfatteren Ted Hughes.

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