fredag 15. juni 2012

J.Green - The fault in our stars

Forfatter: John Green

Tittel: The Fault in our Stars (2012 - Penguin forlag)

Trivialia : #1 New York Times bestseller og på listen over januars beste bøker på Amazon.

I et nøtteskall: Hazel (17) møter Augustus (17) i gruppeterapi for unge med kreft. Å nei, enda en kreftbok, tenker du nå. Vel, denne historien har noe mer. Med en fot i graven stiller Hazel og Augustus seg selv de store spørsmålene av typen; vil jeg bli husket? Elsker noen meg? Vil jeg etterlate et spor i verden når jeg forsvinner?

Første setning i boka: Late in the winter of my seventeenth year, my mother decided I was depressed, presumably because I rarely left the house, spent quite a lot of time in bed, read the same book over and over, ate infrequently, and devoted quite a bit of my abundant free time to thinking about death.

Favoritt-utdrag:
"Isaac and I communicated almost exclusively through sighs. Each time someone had discussed anticancer diets or snorting ground-up shark fin or whatever, he'd glance over at me and sigh ever so slightly. I'd shake my head microscopically and exhale in response."

"My favorite book, by a wide margin, was An Imerial Affliction, but I didn't like to tell people about it. Sometimes you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal and you become conviced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book. ANd then there are books like An Imperial Affliction, which you can't tell people about, books so speacial and rare and yours that advertising your affection feels like a betrayal."

"Are these houses very old?" asked my mom.
"Many of the canal houses date from the Golden Age, the seventeenth century," he said. "Our city has a rich history, even though many tourists are only wanting to see the Red Light District." He paused. "Some tourists think Amsterdam is a city of sin, but in truth it is a city of freedom. And in freedom, most people find sin."

"He took a long drink, the grimaced. "I do not have a drinking problem," he announced, his voice needlessly loud. "I have a Churchillian relationship with alchohol: I can crack jokes and govern England and do anything I want to. Except not drink."

og den siste som kommer fra forfatterens etterord;
"Neither novels nor their readers benefit from attempts to divine whether any facts hide inside a story. Such efforts attack the very idea that made-up stories can matter, which is sort of the foundational assumption of our species. I appreciate your cooperation in this matter."



Tanker i ettertid:
Jeg har hørt flere si boken er den beste de har lest, en soleklar sekser - en A, helt fantastisk. Selv om jeg syntes boken var bra, følte jeg at jeg på mange måter ikke var målgruppen, så kanskje det er matchen det er noe i veien med, ikke boka. Hazel på 17 har noe av det usannsynelig veslevoksne over seg som Rory i Gilmore girls og Joey i Dawsons Creek har irritert og sjarmert millioner med TV seere med - for 100 år siden.  Nå gjør vel det å stå med et ben i graven deg raskt litt mer voksen og tanketung. Er det en ting jeg vil trekke frem som positivt er det den gode humoren, som er gjennomgående i boken.

Anbefales: En litt yngre lesergruppe si 14-20, tror også den appellerer mest til jenter.

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