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Borderliners by Peter Høeg
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Feb 12, 2010

it was ok
Read in August, 1997

Low 2. This roman a clef places so much emphasis on the author's philosophical treatment of the nature of time that the characters and plot remain in the shadows and are never fully drawn. Hoeg contrives a plot which has three emotionally scarred children placed in an academy serving as a front for a social darwinist experiment to fictionalise his own childhood experiences of social services, and to moralise on how adults can institutionalise a conceot such as time to condition children to expected patterns of behaviour. However, the fate of his protagonists becomes of less importance than the need to voice his arguments.
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