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(Innsirkling #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  1,242 ratings  ·  96 reviews
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David har mista hukommelsen, og i ei avisannonse med foto blir venner og kjende oppfordra til å skrive brev til han for å hjelpe han med å finne tilbake identiteten sin. Forteljingane handlar om avgjerande val, feilslåtte ambisjonar og lengslar. Innsirkling 2 (2010) er ei fortsetting av historia om David.

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David kan ikkje
Hardcover, 284 pages
Published 2007 by Aschehoug
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Adam Dalva
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating concept for a novel, the first of a trilogy: the lead, David suffers from total amnesia, and his doctors ask various people in his life to write him about their experiences with him. It's wonderful watching David's (strange) character be assembled Rashomon style from the three narrators' letters, since the voices are so different, brilliantly embodied by Tiller's flexible use of first person.

The breakthrough here, I think, is that there are really SIX voices here, three reliable, th
You know what it's like to be in the room when a married couple -- most likely your parents -- argues on and on and on about the most inane minutiae? There's a bit of that in play in this book and boy, howdy, does it take its toll as the book drags on.

The concept is promising, anyway. Guy loses his memory. Three different people answer the call to write letters with common memories in hopes that these will provide the "nudge" needed to bring it all back. Amnesia is such a mysterious thing, after
Jonathan Pool
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: international
The underlying premise of this first book, in the trilogy, is excellent. Ostensibly amnesia leads to various 'witnesses' to give their personal account of David's life as a young man.
What is factual and what is embellished does not get revealed by the end of this book one.
Jon, Arvid and Silje are the primary narrators, each given a turn to recall families and events from a particular time.
Jon is particularly well drawn, with numerous phobias, secrets, anxieties. Silje's perplexing dialogue with
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
I find myself completely conflicted regarding how I feel about this first instalment of the Encircling trilogy. It’s a fantastic premise for a story. David is a man apparently suffering from amnesia. His doctor's ask that people who know him write down their memories of him with the idea that these will help him regain his memory. What we then get is three people recording their memories of David, one at at time, with the letters they write mixed together with their own personal life. It rapidly ...more
Charles Finch
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From my USA Today review


Traditional genre novels are so often about the moments when love, no matter how profound, isn’t enough to keep us safe. This Norwegian novel, the first in a trilogy that has drawn wide acclaim in Europe, is a beautiful meditation on the subtler ways we fail each other, our quieter forms of grief. It begins with a failing rocker, Jon, bolting from the band that looks like his last chance, and then composing a letter to the companion of his adolescent years, David. Why is
Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nordic
An incredibly well written novel that made me question everything-identity, memory, truth. It sounds heavy, but it is so well written I didn't get bogged down. Great discussion in my book club about this one. We can't wait for the second book to be published in English!
Robert Wechsler
Mar 19, 2018 marked it as tasted  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scand-lit
This was simply too Norwegian for me, that is, too naturalistic, too, for example, wedded to making dialogue just as boring as it is in real life.
Erik Simon
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most astonishing novels I've read in a while. The conceit alone is brilliant (a guy loses all memory of who he is, so those who have known him write letters to him to tell him who he is), but the execution was breathtaking. And up unto the penultimate paragraph, I had no idea how he was going to pull it all together. But like Alice Munro in her best stories, he pulled it together in that last paragraph in a way that was surprising yet inevitable.
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I didn't shelf this book but instead forgot to update my progress. (I'm trying to get better about that with the new year and all.) I read this nonstop, finished it in a day or two and then immediately got the second book in the series. Now I'm waiting for the English translation of the third (and final) book. I'm sure I'll devour that one too.

Different narrators tell the story of David, a man who has lost his memory. To discover who he is, David had placed a newspaper ad that asks for people fr
Jan 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hvem er den virkelige David?

When David loses his memory an ad is put in the newspaper asking people who knew him to come forward and help him reveal his identity. In the first installment of the Innsirkling trilogy, three people reply to the ad by sending letters/emails to the amnesia victim: Jon, a former best friend, Arvid, his stepfather and Silje, his ex girlfriend. We never meet David in the flesh, but through the eyes of these three inevitably biased characters, we get to learn things abou
Jennifer Langill
I waffle between 3 and 4 stars on this one. Tiller somehow manages to keep my interests while presenting characters that I do not like (and that don't like themselves). The premise is unique- a man, David (mid thirties?) has amnesia and three people who played very strong roles in his teenage years write letters about their experiences with him. You also learn about their present day lives. They are all deeply flawed and insecure, maybe that's what makes them relatable? Their retellings feel ful ...more
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Art of Attention

The premise of the novel and trilogy: David has ostensibly lost his memory, and has placed an ad with his picture in the local newspaper of the town he grew up in, with his psychologists urging people who know him to contact him to help him learn who he is and regain his memory. Three people respond: Jon, his closest friend (and lover) in high school, now a mid-thirties musician whose career and relationships are on the edge of falling apart; Arvid, a former vicar and David’s
Nov 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
The concept here is very interesting; David has lost his memory and needs his friends to send him their recollections in the hope of stimulating his recovery. This first volume of a trilogy is divided into the perspectives of his friends Jon, Arvid, and Silje (David never appears in this volume).
As we hear more and more about David, he becomes more and more of an enigma as the individual recollections are not always in sync. This produces a gradual but steady tension and a compelling sense of fo
Paul Van Tuyl
I wasn't impressed. The premise was good. The idea of learning about the past through three different friend's perspectives was a great start, it just wasn't executed well, in my opinion. The attempt to have characters analyze each other psychologically and then to throw it back at each other as "pseudo-psycho-babble" just doesn't ring true to me. Just not well executed.
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Instead of letters, this book seemed like a bunch of private two-way conversations. Of course everyone who knew David knew him in a different way (as a stepson, as a friend) Kind of silly.
Glenn Evans
Sad to report that, despite the glowing reputation, I just didn't enjoy this. Not sure if it was the translation or the story itself, but it did little for me.
Intriguing! I’ll most definitely continue with this series. The female character is just unsympathetic, irrational and weird though.
William Gortowski
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Comparable to Knausgard only with a larger cast of characters and different narrators.
A shame the next volume (the 2nd volume of a trilogy) Is not coming out till March 2018.
Tore Flø Brekke
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fascinating concept, interesting to experience the story from so different viewpoints.
Paige Newman
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love this kind of Rahomon style of writing. This book was really great and I'm so curious what happens in the next two.
Interesting approach to telling a story but I did not come to care about the absent subject.
Lynette Caulkins
I choose this rating with difficulty, thinking that there's definitely room for an up-tick if I had the two other books to read.

There's nothing blatantly bad about this, it's just that . . . how to explain. . . it doesn't end? I don't mean it's not an entire story, being the first in a trilogy, I mean it doesn't end. It's like the trilogy should be one very long book, but that wasn't a good idea, so it was just split into three volumes without editing for soft endings between series installment
David has lost his memory. A news paper notice appears, asking people whether they know him and encouraging friends and acquaintances to write to him, to help him restore his memories. In this book, we get to read the letters of three of the people who write to him, as well as read about their current lives. As we read their stories and letters to David, more of his identity is revealed, but much more so, the identity of the letter writers.

The first third of the book introduces us to Jon, an asp
Aug 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very cleverly told story. David has lost his memory and an appeal is placed into a newspaper for people who know him to come forward with their memories of him. In this book we never actually meet David or get to know why he has lost his memory and what will happen to him, but as you read the novel you realise it doesn't really matter.

The book has three main parts, told in the forms of both letters to David and the characters' own internal monologues. We hear from David's teenage friend Jon, h
Dec 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
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Jun 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: norwegian-novel
With four main characters, one of them silent throughout the book, this is an highly original. novel, but the characters' unhappiness and weariness make it a hard read. Is life in Mid-Norway really so difficult in our time? I'm not quite ready for the sequel.
Mar 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
I love the way you can have a main character and not even get to "meet" him except through other's eyes. Great way to reveal the other characters in the book as well!
Apr 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I will definitely seek out the next books in this series.
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Too dull; abandoned at the 1/3rd mark. Not sure why all the praise for a coming-of-age tale about sulky Norwegian villagers
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Carl Frode Tiller is a author, historian and musician. His works are in Nynorsk (lit. "New Norwegian"), one of the two official Norwegian standard languages . Tiller debuted in 2001 with the novel Skråninga (Downward Slope), which was recognized as the best initial work of the year with the Tarjei Vesaas' Debute Prize . Downward Slope was nominated for the Brageprisen (the Brage Prize is a juried ...more

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“Det var ikkje berre mamma som forlét verda denne augustdagen i 1989, den mannen eg hadde vore så lenge eg og du og ho hadde kjent kvarandre, forlét også verda. For det er banalt, men sant: når det ikkje lenger finnest nokon som kan dokumentere livet vårt, når det ikkje lenger finnest nokon som kan fortelje dei muntre historiene om kor sta eller morgongretne vi er, når vi ikkje lenger har nokon til å le når vi er morsame eller bli sinte når vi er sure, når vi ikkje lenger har nokon til å minne oss på kven vi er og når vi ikkje lenger har nokon til å oppmuntre oss til å vere den vi kan vere, da går vi i oppløysing og blir borte.” 1 likes
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