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I like what you say here about him lying to himself. I didn't trust his account, not because I thought he was sharing things that weren't true but because he was being selective in what he emphasized and what he left out entirely. It's like he's trying to make a case to himself for what he wants to do.


Sounds very interesting. I like the unreliable narrator aspect of this one and think it would make for a good book club discussion.


You've already read some very interesting works this year, Danielle. Great start to 2013. I love reading your reviews, even if I don't pick up the book--guess I feel like I'm reading vicariously through you.


Oooo, this one sounds really good. I never would've heard of it if I hadn't seen it here. Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

Long time no talk- I hope you are well!


I have never heard of this book, how wonderful that you reviewed it.
That's really a novel I'd like to read as well.


I probably already told you I am reading another Soderberg just now, as part of my In Europe project. 'The Serious Game' and it's very good too. I really like his prose.


I kept thinking I shouldn't trust him but I can't help wanting to believe him. I think what he tells us is true but what is he leaving out? That's the trouble!


It's just as deceptive when the truth is used selectively as when you tell outright lies, isn't it! I am sure there is more to it all than he was letting on and yes, I think you're right he really was rationalizing his behavior. I sort of like unreliable narrators--they make for interesting situations.


They really do--it's like characters who are flawed or even bad are often so much more interesting than 'good' characters!


I know what you mean--you can learn a lot about books just by reading what other people thought of them (even if you don't decide to read it yourself)--all those books build on each other, don't they! I have gotten off to a good start--love those novellas, too. I have two to write about and one more to read before the next pair comes in the mail.


Hi Amy--it's so nice to hear from you! I've bookmarked your blog and am adding it to my sidebar--hopefully we can stay in touch again. I had never heard of this author before either until he turned up in a list for my bookclub! Hope you are well, too!


Actually I thought of you when I was reading it--I think you would like it--very well written (and seems to be very well translated) with lots of ideas and substance. There is lots of interesting things going on psychologically. I think I will have to see what else he has written now.


Yes, you did! I saw your comment on GR (and have not had a chance to reply there). I have been meaning to look up the book you are reading, too. I like his writing as well. Are you reading him in English or Dutch?


I always wonder about first person narratives, especially with characters like him--who think of committing murder. Strangely he still seems sort of innocuous, but maybe I should even doubt him more in that case!


I'm reading a Dutch translation and enjoying it.


I'm glad to hear you are enjoying it--I put two of his books (not sure how many he wrote and how many are available in English) on my wishlist and think I am going to order them sooner than later as both stories appeal to me.


I'm so annoyed that I haven't felt well enough to read this one, as I very much want to! I will get to it before February is out. I've loved reading everyone's reviews and wish I could have joined in! Wonderful account, Danielle. I'm really looking forward to the novel.


I think you will like it and am very curious about what you'll have to say about it. I know you are very knowledgeable about psychology and suspect you will be able to shed much light on the themes running through the story. It's also quite short and a quick read!


I love this book. I read it a few years back but still recommend it to one and all. Nice to see your thoughts on it and I'm looking forward to everyone else's input as well. Soon after I read this for the first time, I met a Canadian author, Don Coles, whose book, Doctor Bloom's Story, I had just finished. As it reminded me of Dr. Glas, I asked him about it and he was shocked that someone had even read Dr. Glas, and that his homage was recognized :) That was fun. Though he had read it in the original Swedish, while I read this copy, the English one with Margaret Atwood's intro.


That's the copy I have as well and found Atwood's intro interesting. I had never even heard of this author before the Slaves picked it for a book group readalong. Now I want the other two books by him I see on Amazon (not sure how many he wrote or how many have been translated into English). I am sure Don Coles was very impressed--some authors are just not on the radar of popular books, which is a pity--this is a good one!


As usual I've gotten sidetracked with another book and haven't finished this but if the first half is any indication, I think this will be one of great finds of this year too! I'm halfway through but am so intrigued. Oddly enough I too think that even though he may be an unreliable narrator I don't think he censors himself at all. Very interesting read.


It really was good and I'm glad you're enjoying it too. I usually finish late, but by chance had started this one early last month. I sort of like unreliable narrators--as weird as that sounds.

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Ooo, I'd missed that the Slaves were discussing this; I read it last year (having heard Margaret Atwood recommend it some years ago) and remember thinking that it BEGGED to be discussed when I had finished it myself. I, too, "like unreliable narrators". *grin


Unreliable narrators make for interesting reading, don't you think? I don't even mind if they are unlikable! I have since ordered two more of his books and one just came in the mail yesterday! Apparently the main character in this new book turned up in Doctor Glas, so it should be interesting to read it as well.

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