Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Wandering Pine” as Want to Read:
The Wandering Pine
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Wandering Pine

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  383 ratings  ·  17 reviews
What was it about Hjoggböle, a farming village in the northernmost part of Sweden, that created so many idiots - and writers? There was nothing to indicate that P.O. Enquist would be stricken by an addiction to writing. Nothing in his family - honest, hardworking people. Not a trace of poetry. And yet he worked his way, via journalism, novels and plays, to the centre of Sw ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published December 8th 2016 by Maclehose Press (first published 2008)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Wandering Pine, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Wandering Pine

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
3.83  · 
Rating details
 ·  383 ratings  ·  17 reviews


More filters
 | 
Sort order
Joksie
Jan 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Een ander leven, Per Olov Enquist.

Stockholm, kerstavond 2008. Zoals de Zweedse traditie dat vraagt, komt iets voor het avondeten de Kerstman langs. Uit zijn zak haalt hij het zwaarste geschenk dat hij kan vinden en spreekt aarzelend mijn naam uit. Drie minuten later heb ik het gehele leven van Per Olov Enquist in mijn handen. De man zelf nam ik drie maanden eerder nog in de hand, toen hij in Gent over zijn leven kwam vertellen. Of beter: over zijn Een ander leven (2009). Deze roman, de zeventien
...more
Tripfiction
Novel set in Sweden (a full and varied life)

This is a drama of Per Olov Enquist’s life – at least that is what I have taken it to be.

Written using the third person (he) instead of the first person, the narrative commences in 1935, when the author is born, humorously depicting life in a small village in Sweden, so insular that anyone moving in from a place more than 10km away was considered an immigrant. Skiing to school is the norm and the protagonist’s interests range from football to God and F
...more
Joni
Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
cant stand his light cream whipped to mousse prose. indigestible and revealing
GiuseppeB
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
L'idea di scrivere di se stesso in terza persona consente all'autore di inoltrarsi nei fatti della sua vita anche i più intimi e dolorosi senza sentimentalismi e commiserzioni o compiacimenti. Non per questo il libro perde di umanità; anzi la lettura è interessante e piacevole e coinvolgente.
Anche i rimandi storici sono notevoli.
Joseph Sverker
Det är omöjligt att inte bli gripen av Enquists livsberättelse. Det är ett mycket bra drag av honom att berätta den i tredje person av just den anledningen. På det sättet skapar han en viss distans mellan sig själv och sin berättelse, vilket känns som att han blir än mer ärlig och skapar ett kritiskt utrymme för att berätta om sitt liv. Men i detta tycker jag att hans liv kommer närmre läsaren eftersom han på ett sätt ger oss det som en gåva att ta emot, då "jaget" har blivit lämnat bakom.

Mycket
...more
David Hebblethwaite
An oblique novel about the author's life, which took me completely by surprise in terms of how powerful I found it. It includes one of the finest depictions of a childhood that I have read: growing up in a northern Swedish village, the young Per-Ola struggles to reconcile the competing forces around him, such as the piety of the local church and his own burgeoning desires. Later, we read about the adult Enquist's treatment for alcoholism; it can be intensely bleak stuff, but there is light on th ...more
Tora
Aug 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Egentlig får denne 4,5 stjerne fra meg. Jeg leste masse Enquist i sommer, og denne bant på en måte alle bøkene sammen. Den er selvbiografisk litt på samme måte som Tomas Espedals romaner er, dvs at den forteller historier om et liv som om det var en roman. Vakkert, vondt, vanskelig, og veldig godt skrevet, som vanlig. Jeg vil lese mer.
Else Marie Jakobsen
Under den første halvdel af bogen var jeg ved at opgive. En jævnt kedelig handling. En møgirriterende fortællestil, nærmest staccato, note-agtig. En rapporterende facon med ufuldstændige sætninger, som ikke synes at tilføre noget til fortællingen. Ja, så var han der, og så der, i den by, og så i den næste by. Okay, så møder han den og den, alt sammen keeedeligt. Grebet med at fortælle sin historie i 3. person, hmm, er det noget særligt?

Den anden del af bogen bliver pludselig meget bedre. Han bo
...more
Jeremiah Karlsson
En bok som jag uppskattade, men som jag ändå tycker borde ha fokuserat mer på början av livet - alltså barndomen - och perioden då alkoholismen slog ut honom. Vore intressant att veta mer om hur "Nedstörtad ängel" kom till under de där klara morgontimmarna ...
Terése
May 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
3,5
Okidoki
En hjältesaga. Endast de sista 100 sidorna är värda ett Augustpris.
Kåre
Nov 17, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biografi
Den startede vist forrygende. Men så blev den lang. Måske er hans politiske overvejelser ikke spændende nok. Teater keder mig, og det gør flere selvbiografiske ting også. Sport blev også langt til sidst
Joakim
May 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
En bok om tre faser i livet: barndom, karriär & Alkoholism
Charlotta
"De trre grottornas berg" var helt klart mycket roligare och mer spännande, men så var det ju en barnbok också, inte en memoar...
Lillian Jakobsen
Aug 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Læste den på dansk.
Barbro Kinnunen
Aug 09, 2011 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bokklubben
Book club choice nr 20 for Dec 18, 2008.
Olav Nilsen
Aug 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing book
Anna Ceder
rated it really liked it
Apr 20, 2014
Stian
rated it really liked it
Jan 03, 2015
Maria DLC
rated it liked it
Aug 09, 2015
Julie Mazzocchini
rated it really liked it
May 01, 2014
bränt barn
rated it it was amazing
Jan 14, 2010
Sharlan
rated it really liked it
Apr 03, 2014
Melis
rated it really liked it
Aug 26, 2016
Gustav Bengtsson
rated it really liked it
Feb 17, 2017
Sara Helling Broström
rated it it was amazing
Mar 09, 2015
Emanuel Mattsson
rated it liked it
Jun 09, 2018
Anna Forsman
rated it it was amazing
Jun 28, 2016
Bonnsvett
rated it really liked it
Dec 03, 2017
Kjerstin Jonsson
rated it it was amazing
Jun 26, 2017
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Tjänstekvinnans son
  • Norrlands Akvavit
  • The Way, My Way
  • Sunday's Child
  • Gregorius
  • Stad i världen (Stadserien, #5)
  • Det mest förbjudna
  • Kvinnor och äppelträd
  • Complete Poems
  • Felicia försvann
  • Walking Since Daybreak: A Story of Eastern Europe, World War II, and the Heart of Our Century
  • A Living Soul
  • Ormen
  • A House in the Sunflowers
  • Paris to the Pyrenees: A Skeptic Pilgrim Walks the Way of Saint James
  • Best Foot Forward
  • A Goat's Song
See similar books…
103 followers
Per Olov Enquist, better known as P. O. Enquist is one of Sweden's internationally best known authors. He has worked as a journalist, playwright, and novelist. In the nineties, he gained international recognition with his novel The Visit of The Royal Physician.

After a degree in History of literature at Uppsala University he worked as a newspaper columnist and TV debate moderator from 1965 to 1976.
...more
No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »