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Max, Mischa & Tetoffensiven

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  3,309 ratings  ·  404 reviews
MAX HANSEN er søvnløs i Midtvesten. Han er teaterinstruktør på turné tvers gjennom USA. Det kan være at han har blitt amerikaner. Han har ikke vært hjemme på over tjue år.

HELST SKULLE HAN aldri forlatt stedet han ble født, en forstad til Stavanger hvor man fikk bråke så mye man orket mens fedrene var ute på plattformene i Nordsjøen og hvor stillheten la seg tung over huse
Hardcover, 1082 pages
Published October 28th 2015 by Gyldendal
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Jun 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me a year to finish the 1250 pages of "Max, Mischa & the Tet Offensive". This book is too long, there were several hundred pages that needed cutting, and from a literary standpoint there is a lot of wrong with this (everyone is always the best at everything, it's very constructed, the whole war sequences from another POV did not work, stylistic choices are clumsy at times), but I can't in good conscience give this less than 4 stars.

This novel goes all out and tries to do so much. It wan
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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One of the best books I read this year!
I love the long sentences, alternated with short ones. The theme of how long do you need to be away before it is too late to return, oozes through the entire book. Different views, different times, changes in perspective. I love it!
Bram Peeters
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Ok, it's a brick of a book. But it doesn't read like a brick - Harstad takes the time to build the story, he doesn't seem to want to impress but just keeps on drawing you further in the life of Max.

There's a lot in the book, drama, love, art, history, economy,... And sometimes the writing makes you happy to read. Definitely worth the read when you can find the time to do it justice. Maybe in a hundred years from now this is one of the classics. I wouldn't be surprised if Mr. Harstad doesn't kno
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Ruben Vermeeren
Dec 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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I did it, 1230 pages! I wouldn’t have thought I had the endurance for such a long read, especially one with not much in the way of plot at all, let alone any tension.

But it has been a great companion over the past two months, it never felt like a chore, it reads extremely well (the Dutch translation is excellent) and I will miss Max and his friends.

I agree with other reviewers that the book is by no means perfect and surely it could have been shorter. It was a bit too saccharine for my taste,
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Worth it
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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4,25 stars
Pieter Verhoeven
Aug 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Reading the book gradually becomes a parallel universe you feel more and more comfortable in but will inevitably come to its end. It is about friendship and how how friends come an go, some never leave and how growing up means understanding you start becoming aware of the significance of 'never'...'never again'.... quite dark sometimes...
Highly recommend to (re)watch Apocalypse Now first, listen to its soundtrack on Spotify while reading and keeping Google Maps at a close distance to wonder tho
Raf Linmans
An engaging story + clear language + cultural references from my youth = a fantastic read!
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazingly well written, never boring and sweet, raw and bitter, all in once.
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Febe Cosemans
Oct 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is a must read
Jul 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Personal notes taken from about page 700: At one level, this book is about literature, theatre, and the arts: it is about how artists create representations that are meaningful and evocative, as is especially embodied by the one main character Max, who makes people act and perform (!) in particular ways. The author's awareness of all this is made explicit via the motif of Apocalypse Now and Max's viewing and reflections in the final pages of the novel of Coppola's scrapbook about the fim, its du ...more
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful, sophisticated.
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you can get your hands on a copy, read this! And take your time, it's worth it. If the number of pages scares you, start with his other book "Buzz Aldrin, where are you", which I love, but this one is definitely better. ...more
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed it so much I read it very slowly to make it last long!!
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is just oooh yeahh gimme more
Apr 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
Although the book is very substantial in length, I think it fitted the storyline perfectly. The story felt somewhat like a flowing river which pulled the reader in in a subtle way slowly letting the characters, relationships, settings develop. And just like people suddenly realize the passing of time, the broken relationship and the long unsolvable quest of becoming and identity, this uncovering phase unfolds itself much quicker in the last few hundred pages of the book than the long (and I cann ...more
Oct 26, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely nothing worth mentioning happens in this book. The reader doesn’t get to know any of the characters, including the main character. It’s like Hartstad purposefully tried to keep the reader at a distance. Not once was I fascinated by a character’s behavior or way of thinking. All characters were the same blend of boringness, which made it impossible to get drawn into the story. The only reason why I didn’t quit after a hundred pages is because people I hold in high regard told me it’s a ...more
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had to read some of the glowing goodreads-reviews to persist through the first chapters of this book, but after that, it just had me. Beautiful story, fantastic characters. Yes, the sometimes pages long sentences and byways could be a bit irritating, I have to confess I did skip some pages here and there, but all in all, I could start reading at for the second time right now, if I didn't have other books to read. Truly a great novel. ...more
Nov 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novel, e-reader, 2020, borrowed
Wow, I'm done! Grateful for having read it. Went through it "quickly" and it didn't feel like a long read actually. How I remember it: no real story line or build up of tension, yet still a page turner, long long sentences, good quotes, relaxing novel. For those considering it: perfect read for for the coming (boring) winter. ...more
Dec 13, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm really disapointed about"Max, Mischa & the Tet Offensive". This book is too long, there were several hundred pages that needed cutting... especially all the parts about plays and artwork made by Max en Mischa don't add to the story. The author had the pretension to write a Magnus Opus, but by this ambition he lost himself completely. ...more
Uta Birken
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
loved it, even when the author tended to have long speeches about everything, it was sensible, and the problem of never beeing at home touched me. I even watched apocalyse now for three hours.
One of my favorite books
Rita Schroen
Jun 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What can i say about this book? Everything i want to say sounds like a cliche: it’s a journey, i feel like the characters are my friends, i can’t stop thinking about it, it made me think about art and friendship. It’s not enough to say these things, you just have to read it yourself.
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
5 stars for page 1-199
4 for 200-399
3 for 400-600
2 for 600-800
1 for the rest.

I did not finish, as I simply ended up feeling no connection and the story started to feel Kafkaesque.
But the first 400 pages or contain brilliance (just like Kafka's the cockroach).
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So good, I started immediately a second reading.
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Best book i've read in a long time. Brilliant. Husker Du and The Doors make a perfect soundtrack and reading experience. ...more
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Geraard Van Heusden
hypnotising and difficult to lay down but overly self-pity
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