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Jonas

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  742 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Jens Bjørneboe was born in Kristiansaand, Norway in 1920, says he was a bad pupil and ran away to sea. With this unpromising start, Mr Bjørneboe was able, by his second novel, a study of collaboration in wartime Norway, to make himself even less popular in his home country. With the publication of The Least of These, called by Sigurd Hoel, "the most important Norwegian nov ...more
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Published 1998 by Pax (first published 1955)
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Matt
Apr 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All in all you're just another brick in the Wall

Jonas* saw the light of day in 1955 and is–apparently–Jens Bjørneboe's declaration of war on the Norwegian school system in book form. The novel hit like a bomb. At least as far as the elites of the Norwegian education system are concerned. A long-lasting dispute developed in the respective gazettes, in which the author–wisely–didn't participate. One positive response he got was in a telephone call when an unfamiliar child's voice asked:

"Is this Bj
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Jens Bjørneboe (born October 9, 1920) is widely considered to be one of Norway’s most important post-war authors. He was also a painter and a school teacher. He led a turbulent life and his uncompromising humanity and criticism of contemporary society would cost him an obscenity conviction (for Without a Stitch, 1966) as well as long periods of heavy drinking and bouts of depression, which in the end led to his suicide in 1976.

This novel was published in 1955 and is called simply “Jonas” in th
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M. Sarki
Jan 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is little chance to improve on what has already been said about this book. You either believe in service to others or you do not. You either believe in the worth of the "least of these" or you do not. Too much has already been shown in our current state of the world that suggests we have perhaps fallen too far from the tree of knowledge and instead resort now to merely accumulating more wealth and comfort for ourselves to the extent of damnation for the rest of humanity. Our current leader ...more
Nick
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is Bjorneboe's masterpiece... as good as Moment of Freedom was, this blows it away. Absolutely essential. I can't fathom any rating under a 5.
Thea Sofie
Jul 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Denne må man lese. Kanskje jeg ville gitt 4-stjerner, men jeg leste den så intenst og jeg ble så revet med at NÅ sier hjertet mitt 5 stjerner. Elsker hvordan Bjørneboe får inn så mange HISTORISKE fortellinger, samt får vi ulike personers historier fortalt - deres bakgrunn og utgangspunkt, og deilig hvordan alle trådene knyttes sammen. De onde, "Salamanderene" skildrer han på en måte slik at man avskyr dem, mens de gode - de vinner virkelig min sympati og kjærleik. Les den!
Ole
Jul 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bjørneboe

Bjørneboe er sjef

Og dette er i bunn og grunn en vakker bok
Tragisk men vakker

jens

Jonas er unggutt, en som de fleste kan identifisere seg med. Jonas sliter. Boken beskriver kampen mot utsiden, ondskapen, de som mobber, lærerne, skole-systemet, salamanderne, uvitenhet. Men den beskriver også den innvendige kampen. Det hele kulminerer når Jonas tar med seg en kniv på skolen. Han har fått nok.

Selvfølgelig, så skinner Bjørneboes politiske ståsted gjennom i historien, sosialismen, godheten, medmenneskeligh
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Jolanta Da
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Juna" rekomenduociau (grieztai) perskaityti visiems svietimo darbuotojams...
Louise Johanna
dette var så bra
Ylhvaskjer
"Elevene blir gjennom mange lange skoleår oppdradd til å forstå at hva det gjelder her i livet, det er å komme ovenpå de andre. Bare karakterer gir adgang til stilling og inntekter. Stilling og inntekter er menneskets mål; og fra barna begynner på skolen syv år gamle, er det dette de lærer å arbeide for. Kom oppå din nabo! Bli flinkere enn dine venner! Triumf, skadefryd, grådighet er midlene. Stilling og inntekter skal man leve for fra man ennu har munnen full av melketenner. Og heng i for det h ...more
Eline M
Aug 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing book.
Okey, jeg skriver dette på norsk..
Denne fantastiske kritikken på det norske skolesystemet er sett ut i fra et sosialistisk synspunkt og det passer meg perfekt. Bjørneboe skriver like komplekse karakterer som vanlig, der ingenm er fullstendig god eller ond. Alle har feil, selv om noen er værre enn de andre. Det er ingen god ending, det er bare en slutt.
Men, joda, anbefales. :)
Alatea
Mar 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I have read in my life. I was fascinated by the first page. Story, style, characters and their stories ---- it's totally amazing!
Augmante Alisauskaite
Sep 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Deep, full of interesting stories, history facts and the life of Norway after WW2.
Marie
May 31, 2018 rated it liked it
The first half of this book is very good, with Jonas' experiences of not fitting in to normal school being an interesting story. You also get some shorter parts with other characters than Jonas. These are still intersting, feel relevant to the story, and are so short that you don't feel you are taken away from Jonas for too long at a time. The characters are well written and funny. Bjørneboe has managed to make them believable, but still borderlining comedic. For some reason you get a descriptio ...more
Siri Solheim-Kristiansen
Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
It's a classic, a must read, and the criticism is still valid.

The book follows the two and a half first years of Jonas primary education, and we are introduced to a great variety of (male) individuals who each are presented with a full background story and complexity of character. We meet his friends, parents, uncle, the staff at two schools and their friends, and of course the helpful strangers. Some of these could be called stereotypes, of course, but this description is more suitable for the
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Elviennedusk
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: norsk
En svært bra bok. Som det står på min utgaves omslag: "...den burde bli obligatorisk lesning for alle fremtidige lærere."
Zakarias Meyer Øverli
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: skoleentusiaster
Recommended to Zakarias by: motstandere av skolen
Salamander-referansen til Bjørneboefra boka "Salamanderjakten" av Karil Kapeck gjør at jeg får lyst til å lese den boken i tillegg for å forstå Bjørneboes symbolske referanser i større grad enn jeg gjorde. Jonas er en skikkelse som jeg tidlig i boka fikk en medfølelse for, kanskje fordi jeg ser meg selv som liten. Skolevesenet blir hardt kritisert, noe som i etter jeg hadde lest boka fikk et annet syn på den offentlige skolen. Før jeg hadde lest boka hadde jeg et sosialistisk syn på skolen, noe ...more
Marie Østvold
Aug 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Vakker og tragisk. Kritikk av det norske skolesystemet. En av Bjørneboes beste romaner.
Daniela
Erschreckend - Norwegen damals = Deutschland heute
Oda
Mar 20, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: norwegian
I read this at age 13, and I doubt I understood it properly. I will have to read it again to give a real review.
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Jens Ingvald Bjørneboe was a Norwegian writer whose work spanned a number of literary formats. He was also a painter and a waldorf school teacher. Bjørneboe was a harsh and eloquent critic of Norwegian society and Western civilization on the whole. He led a turbulent life and his uncompromising humanity would cost him both an obscenity conviction as well as long periods of heavy drinking and bouts ...more
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“En liten storm er tilsjøs det som man på landjorden kaller orkan eller tyfon. Det er nok til at en ombordværende landkrabbe bereder seg på å møte døden, og nok til at en sjømann må bruke begge hendene hvis han vil tenne seg en sigarett på dekk.” 3 likes
“En salamanderbok kan man lese tyve ganger uten å beholde en side. For barn er dette enda verre, fordi de ikke interesserer seg for personalkunnskap. Det beveger dem ikke.

Denne opplevelse grunnlegger kulturhat hos barna. Ved en tørr, forstandsmessig skoletype oppdrar man fremtidens nazister. (Loven om pendelbevegelsen!) Ved å neglisjere barnas menneskelighet i følelsen utfordrer man det dyriske i dem isteden.”
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