Are you sick of capitalism, conformism, consumerism, and other things that may or may not start with c and end in ism? If so, then leave your family and live in the woods with an adolescent moose while ranting brilliant and crazy things....Or just read about some other guy who did that.
Naïve and quirky, with some comments on consumerism and Norwegians along the way.
Andreas Doppler has lived his life by the rules. "I've been so nice," he says. " I've been so bloody nice. I was nice in the nursery school. I was nice in primary school. I was nice in secondary school...I was a nice student and had a super-nice girlfriend whom I married in a nice way with nice friends after being offered a nice job that gave the finger to other nice jobs. Later we had children to whom we were nice and we acquired a house which we decorated to look nice. I've been wading up to my neck in all this niceness for years."
Then one day, shortly after his father's death, Andreas falls off his nice bike, hits his head and, lying stunned on a forest trail, wakes up to the possibility of a whole new kind of life. He goes to live in the forest, adopts a moose calf as companion and sets out to ponder the meaning of it all.
I read this delightful novella in one sitting, laughing aloud through out. Highly recommended for any reader who is wondering if there's more to life than just fitting in and keeping up.
Thoroughly enjoyable, light-hearted take on a serious topic. I highly recommend this romp in Norway.
This short novel has been a bestseller in Scandinavia, and I quite enjoyed it. Doppler is a man who has had a sudden realization that he doesn't like people, and has gone to live in the woods. While he doesn't take money with him, he isn't above bartering for things he wants, or stealing them from other people. Doppler sometimes seems completely out of touch with the world, and other times seeing the world very clearly. The cover calls the book "an enchanting modern fable about one man and his moose". And the moose enters the tale very early, becoming Doppler's companion, confidant,and tentmate. As Doppler relates to his wife, children, and the men he encounters, we see both the interactions between them and Doppler's thoughts. I see him as kind of an everyman for the modern time.
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