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Birdbrain

3.39  ·  Rating details ·  581 ratings  ·  46 reviews
From the author of the critically acclaimed Troll, the new novel from Johanna Sinisalo is full of her trademark style, surreal invention, and savage humor
 
Set in Australasia, this is the story of a young Finnish couple who have embarked on the hiking trip of a lifetime, with Heart of Darkness as their only reading matter. Conrad’s dark odyssey turns out to be a presci
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Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Peter Owen Publishers (first published 2008)
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Georgie
Dec 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This reminded me of Scott Smith's 'The Ruins', Katy Gardner's 'Losing Gemma' and the films 'The Blair Witch Project' and 'The Beach' and though I haven't read 'Heart of Darkness' by Joseph Conrad (though this book encouraged me to buy if on Kindle) I know the basic premise, and as their are quotes from that novel throughout this book, it's influence is pretty clear. 'Birdbrain' is a classic 'exotic paradise turns nasty' and 'backpackers get in trouble' story, but is distinctly it's own book, wit ...more
Rick Muir
Sep 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A young Finnish couple go on the hiking trip of a lifetime. With"Heart of Darkness" in their backpacks and the intention of being ecologically aware, they attempt increasingly challenging trails. Their trek develops a sinister aspect as unsettling incidents occur. Belongings disappear and - more mysteriously - reappear. Finally the couple sense that, rather than these being random events, they are at the mercy of untamed natural forces directed by an intelligent being.
Zendali
Aug 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kirjojen luontokuvaukset aina imaisevat minut tarinaan sisään ja tästä kirjasta todella pidin. Kirja kertoo ihmisten suhtautumisesta luontoon, mutta myös ihmisten suhtautumisesta muihin ihmisiin.

Pidin kovasti tästä kirjasta, varmasti luen Sinisaloa vielä toistekin!
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ENG: Johanna Sinisalo was born in Sodankylä in 1958. In the period 1984-1997 she worked as a professional designer in advertising, after which she got started as a screenwriter and writer. As her hobbies Sinisalo mentions astronomy, gastronomy, hiking, literature and comics.

The author notes that her novels always feature a bit of the small everyday reality. However, overcoming the borders of reali
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“I tell them that in Finland the first thing men coming back from the front wanted was sex; only after that did they take their skis off.” 4 likes
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