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This is a simple novel. As you can see, I don’t want to ruin anything by telling too much. All I can say is that you can’t enter this novel expecting too much to happen–this isn’t a novel with huge story arcs and climaxes.
After you read it, you’ll realize there’s nothing wrong with that. Super should be deemed a classic. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
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Return to Book Page. Super by Erlend Loe. Tor Ketil Solberg Translator. The narrator of this funny and poignant novel is searching for meaning, going back to his childhood, onto the web and off to New York to find it. He writes lists, obsesses over the nature of time, and finds joy in bouncing balls–all in an effort to find out how best to live life.
An utterly enchanting meditation on naib, Naive. Super was a 1 best-seller in Erlend L The narrator of this funny and poignant novel is searching for meaning, going back to his childhood, onto the web and off to New York to nxiv it. Super was a 1 best-seller in Erlend Loe’s native Norway. Paperbackpages. Published July 7th by Canongate UK first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
Superplease sign up. Lists with This Book. It was first published in in Norwegian, where it was very popular. The story is narrated by a man in his mid-twenties who suddenly becomes disillusioned and confused by life and therefore quits university.
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The narrator becomes fascinated by both modern scientific theories of time and relativity. He reads a book by Paul Davies and also engages in repetitive childish activities such as playing with wooden BRIO children’s toys and repeatedly throwing a ball against a wall.
In the end, the narrator visits his brother in New York City and returns to Norway with a renewed sense of meaning in life. Jan 11, Addie rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: You have everything to gain and nothing to loose.
I tried to send Erlend Loe himself a letter once. I couldn’t find his address so I tried his e-mail. I wrote him a long nice one with loads of questions, but the one he gives in the book is defunct and when I contacted his publisher they started asking questions. I was too intimidated to make anything up.
I really wish I had. He seems like the sort of person that needs to be e-mailed. Ni malo naivna super knjiga: This was a quick, easy and enjoyable read.
Maybe I’ll write a proper review later, but thought I could post the list I’d written last night, just in case Loe wants to see it: What used to excite me when I was little: It shows what used to excite me when I was younger. My existence was full of these things. It was so nice and uncomplicated.
I speculate about making a list of things that excite me today. I find pen and paper, but notice that I am hesitating. I am afraid the list will be a short one. I should never have stopped running. But I believe that something means something. I believe in cleansing the soul through fun and games. I also believe in love. View all 10 comments.
Jul 29, Sam Quixote rated it did not like it. Mebbe I was wrong? Nope, my instincts was right the first time because this novel suuuuucked!
About halfway through his brother gets him to fly out to visit him in America and he makes lists in America. The guy is also obsessed with this scientist who writes about space and bangs on about space trivia, so maybe it was trying for a pseudo-philosophical angle, but it completely failed. Nowt happens in Naive. View all 4 comments. Apr 06, Anita Dalton rated it it was amazing Shelves: The protagonist is the most earnest character an American like me can possibly hope to read.
Super is completely devoid of it. And because he is not self-referentially hip in his depression and his attempts to make meaning of his world, it is tempting to write him euper as simple, possibly stupid. It means something when, confronted with earnestness and a complete erlens of irony, it is tempting to dismiss it as lacking intellect. That having been said, in the midst of such simplicity, this is a deeply funny book. The protagonist begins the novel explaining that he has two friends, one good and one bad, and his brother, who srlend less friendly than him, but a good guy nonetheless.
One has to agree that his brother is a good man, because he permits his year-old brother, a man who rather enjoys spending hours playing with Brio toys and making seemingly pointless lists, stay in his apartment in exchange for just giving him his messages.
When his brother returns from his trip, he realizes the protagonist is having a gentle nervous breakdown combined with a mild existential crisis, and cares for the protagonist, including taking him on a trip to New York. Perhaps the brother senses that brutally beating the protagonist at croquet was what initially made the protagonist feel like there was no purpose to life. Super because this is a novel filled with nice people. Nice, quirky and not entirely familiar people, but nice people nonetheless.
You can read my entire review here. Ovo mi je druga Luova knjiga. Mogu samo da zamislim kako bi ‘ Ne mogu ni da ga ocenim. Sep 28, Nelly Aghabekyan rated it really liked it.
Simplicity’s best and simply the easiest – and this book is an exact example for this. There’s no need to try hard and make things more and more complicated when there’s an easier way to solve the problems: Ask simple questions which always have answers, and do srlend spend forces on finding answers to questions that don’t even make sense really. This book is naive. This is why it’s super. Bas mi je prijala Jul 09, Matthew Rhodes rated it it was amazing.
Naive Super is probably the most nnaiv book I’ve read in terms of my own writing. This is a brave book. Dialogue is just discarded for the most part.
The unnamed narrator is almost anti-protagonist. He is a nice guy. There aren’t many books purely about syper guys. There are, however, countless good works about nice guys battling against adversity. The interesting thing about Naive Super is that the adversity is the character’s own doing. The adversity is his depression. Almost like a quarte Naive Super is probably the most influential book I’ve read in terms of my own writing.
Almost like a quarter-life crisis. I suppose this is a short book about the feeling of not knowing what to do any more. The worrying feeling that barely anything is happening in your life. Ultimately, what is the point? What is going wrong?