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The Endless Summer

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  121 ratings  ·  23 reviews
"The Endless Summer by Madame Nielsen is my literary discovery of the year." —Sjón

A passionate love story about a Danish woman and a much younger Portuguese artist, The Endless Summer confronts ideas of time, sexuality, and tragedy in a style reminiscent of both Marcel Proust and Lars Von Trier.

Emotional and visceral, the novel drifts through time and space, relating the l
Paperback, 148 pages
Published February 13th 2018 by Open Letter (first published August 1st 2014)
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Joseph Schreiber
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This swirling, circular narrative is a filmic requiem for that time, out of time when all is possible. Love, sexuality, gender, art and lost dreams are at the centre of this tale of a group of people bound together through blood, love, friendship, and even coincidence in an "endless summer" that exists perhaps, only in the memory of the young boy looking back at it from his/her old age. That, for now, is all I can say about this unusual, captivating novel. A formal, critical review will emerge, ...more
Stephen P
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Stephen by: Proustitute
Shelves: favorites, norwegian
The reader, caught in the mist of elegant yet sparse writing as time, space, gender, swirls around; sometimes within paragraphs, sentences. Done so quietly that the reader is experiencing what is only described, extolled upon, mentioned, in other books. Asking a writer to place all these elements together and have the blend return something aesthetically blissful and profoundly meaningful, is asking too much. Yet, here it is accomplished. Therefore a read which everyone should be entitled to, an ...more
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fascinerende og forførende roman. Nielsen er en stor stilist.
Apr 12, 2018 marked it as began-may-finish
Well written. Enjoying it but due at the library. Other hight priorities right now; I may get back to it.
Michael Podlasek Kent
Kept waiting for it to feel brilliant but never quite got there... characters were at so distant a remove that I struggled to empathize with them... atmospheric and at times beautiful prose that floats too much, so we never feel grounded in a coherent story... but maybe that’s the point, that life is a dream, and this story is the narrator’s attempt “to retrieve what was, even the tiniest little thing that has been lost... call it forth and tell it so it... becomes real and in a way more real th ...more
I got carried away by a mysterious swirl, but more than often landed in a pretentious swamp. It oscillated. I wanted to hate it (couldn't do), then wanted to love it (couldn't either). Then I lost interest.
Beth Bonini
It is not the bite in the apple that makes the Fall. It is the idea of a life after this one-and-only now.

This rhapsodising, meandering flight-of-fancy of a book is loosely a romance. Not so much a romance between two people - although that is meant to be the nucleus of the story - but really a romance of the imagination. It’s about that one season when emotion and beauty align; a time so intense that an end to it seems inconceivable; and in some sense, it does endure as a forever golden memory
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
my shelftalker at my bookstore is:
an unsettling daydream, like falling asleep on top of the sheets and waking up just after the sun has set to an empty blue world-- the endless summer is never and forever, the romantic and feverish crux of this almost-cautionary tale of an almost-family giving themselves up to pointlessness.

but i also wish i could convey the way this book is sensual all the way through but spooky at the same time, it does such incredible things with time that totally mirror the
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Der endlose Sommer" ist die vielleicht beste Erzählung aus 2018, weil der Erzählstil, der aus Monstersätzen besteht, die sich rhythmisch über mehrere Seiten schlängeln, den Leser in einen rauschhaften Zustand versetzt und der keineswegs so außergewöhnlichen Story mitsamt ihren Figuren ein mythisches Licht einhaucht, wie man es selten erlebt.
Keine Frage; Madame Nielsens "endloser Sommer" besitzt die sprachliche Kraft und die Sogwirkung eines Patrick Süßkindes.
June Scott
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A poignant and atmospheric look at the moment in life when everything is possible. The book slip-slides like crazy through time, which I loved. The rather ‘distant’ voice of the narration sometimes grated but overall it developed a cadence that I found haunting.
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
Usually "ethereal quality " would have mostly good connotations for me, but this just felt gauzy and intangible. Couldn't get much sense of story.
Julia Alberino
I kept waiting for this book to live up to the hype in the letter that was sent to me from the publisher when I got my copy. Unfortunately, for me, it never did. I was bored. I've noted before that I did not read the book in Danish, but in the excellent translation by Gaye Kynoch. Goodreads finally let me switch to this edition for my list. On the plus side, some of the characters (the mother; the boy who might be a girl; Lars) are interesting and I kept reading to find to what would happen to t ...more
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very short, but dense book about living and understanding what makes up life. Very introspective, and reads as though looking through gauze searching for light and understanding. The book is very experimental. Reads as a stream of consciousness, nesting phrases within phrases, treating time as though it doesn't exist. The sentences are beautifully written, but some of the time they are too playful that result in breaking the mood of the story and bring the author too much into play. But, I fou ...more
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: author-danish
Das ist sicherlich ein besonderes Buch, sprachlich herausfordernd, ein Buch wie ein langer Satz, die Geschichte beeindruckend, phantastisch, schön. Und doch war ich beim Lesen und danach irgendwie unbefriedigt. Die schön-phantastische Geschichte leidet unter der schön-lyrischen Sprache. Ich hätte gerne mehr über die einzelnen Personen und vor allem über den (nicht-direkt-Ich-)Erzähler erfahren.

Ansonsten: Assoziationen zu Hallucinating Foucault von Patricia Duncker und Sphinx von Anne
Timothy Moore
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Breathless writing, quietly powerful - and, ultimately a mesmerizing reading experience! Read this book!
Zenzele  Ojore
Mar 14, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I stopped around the 50 page mark because I just didn’t get it.
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“the endless summer” where time does not exist and space spreads and fills everything.

The Endless Summer is a very atmospheric, lyrical, and, at some points, disorienting reflection on childhood, love, gender, friendship, family, and grief. The titular “endless summer” seems to refer to a profound emotional experience, a kind of turning point, that the narrator wants to preserve in detail.

I chose this book as one of my reads for Women in Translation Month because I was intrigued by the title.
Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interessant måte å skrive på med lange setninger og nesten ikke avsnitt. Fikst og presist skrevet om en gruppe unge mennesker med livet foran seg, en sommer på Fyn. I sentrum står husfruen på den forsømte herregården, de andre radierer rundt henne. Hun klarer seg bra, selv om hun går fra en elsker til en annen gjennom livet, men de andre går stort sett nedenom. Handlingen er preget av forfall. I bakgrunnen er den meget unge, spinkle og følsomme kjæresten, som senere i livet skal bli kvinne men i ...more
Sæming Moen
Mar 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Samlest i boksirkel, og jeg synes den var spennende og en ny type lese-opplevelse. Mangelen på komma gjør at man må flyte med forfatteren i alle hopp og sprang, og hvis du er med på leken får du en flott leseøkt
Oct 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Reads as if one were under the influence of a hallucinogenic drug. Soft, lazy, long long sentences, almost paragraphs.

A mother births a daughter at 16; the husband Jesper is not the father. Biological dad Jacob was a one time fling and who Christina resembles.
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This is a pseudonym for Claus Beck-Nielsen.