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Naive. Super Paperback – 7 Jul 2005
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Loe certainly has some of Salinger's lightness of touch, and often comic voice of his unnamed narrator recalls Salinger's Holden Caulfield. A charming debut novel. * * The Times * * it displays a canny lightness of touch and a great deal of charm. An effortlessly hip and savvy antidote to the rainy day blues. * * Sleazenation * * It is fascinating, how much depth this young author can convey in a simple language - a major talent. * * Oldenburgische Volkzeitung, Germany * * A book overflowing with creative talent on just about every page. Well calculated naivety. * * Dagbladet, Norway * *
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Erlend Loe, born in Trondheim (Norway) in 1969, has appeared on the stage and worked in film and video production. He has been a critic for the Worker's Newspaper, worked in a psychiatric hospital and been a substitute teacher. Naive. Super is his first adult book although he has written several books for children.
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One of the things I most liked about this treasure is that it is written in the simplest, and most elemental manner, reminding me of a 2nd or 3rd grade reader...The sentences are short. The feelings portrayed are basic.
A philosopher at heart, the young man is looking for and searching for the meaning of it all...Why? Because he feels jumbled and confused. Does he, in the course of his search, find what he sets out to look for...Yes and no.
Yes, because probably without knowing it, he finds simple meaning and simple joy and pleasure in the simplest things of life...the affection of Lisa, his newfound girlfriend, his travel with his brother, his interactions with a small boy, his reflections on books that he's reading...his bike, his ball, his experiences New York City.
No, because it's not clear that he, the protagonist, realizes that he's found what he was looking for...or even that he's found a major part of it....And, so, he keeps on looking...and looking....as if there were some definitive and final answer...
This fine book is fascinating a multiple levels...One level that I particularly enjoyed was his fascination with lists....lists of all sorts of things, lists that add up (sort of), and lists that seem totally disjointed....but, for the most part, all the lists are fun and fascinating...
Naive. Super is a lovely trip, not a heavy read, nor does it try to be profound in any way...But it's simplicity is pure magic, pure pleasure. And, at least for me, it's meaning is found precisely in its simplicity.
I was blown away, and could not put it down until I finished in the wee hours of the morning. The language (english, I still have not figured out norwegian) in the book is easily digestable, and the story is just so great it will really make your life better for having read it (seriously). I've since bought 5 or 6 copies for a few friends and my brother, and each of them were moved enough to buy a copy or passed their's along to someone else.
The only drawback is finding a copy somewhere, or even worse trying to find one of his other books. I cannot imagine they are anything less than extraordinary. Why this book hasn't hit the US like a lightning bolt - I will never understand.