A Summer with Kim Novak
by Hakan Nesser
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Fourteen-year old Erik and his friend Edmund spend their summer vacation in 1962 by a Swedish lake, daydreaming about Ewa, a young teacher who looks just like actress Kim Novak. When Ewa's fiancé is found dead, Erik's brother is the prime suspect at first, but the actual killer is never found. Twent... More

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Cancer, Treblinka, Love, Fuck, Death
Very entertaining and deftly-plotted novel. Erik (14) and his school friend Edmund spend the 1962 Swedish summer holiday in a wooden, lake-side summerhouse, swimming, rowing, smoking and daydreaming about their teacher Ewa, who has a striking resemblance with movie star Kim Novak. One day Ewa turns up at a village festival nearby with her fiancé. Soon after, something terrible happens, as announced from page 1 onward, hanging as a dark cloud and cliffhanger, over the next 100 pages, an event marking the lives of a limited number of people for life, including a police investigator.Hakan Nesser brilliantly describes in laconic terms and dialogues the curious, sometimes cruel mindsets of 14-year old boys, their uncertainties and fears, their daring, posturing and cynicism, and their residual ignorance: Erik struggles with questions he won’t ask his friends or parents (who commune in proverbs and homilies; besides, his mum is terminally ill). What is the meaning of Treblinka- Cancer-Love-Fuck-Death, words Erik invokes when close to tears?However, Nesser follows Erik until he is 49, so it is not a "How to Survive as a Boy at 14"-book after all. Its surprise ending may not be to everyone’s liking, but confirms the author’s plotting skills.Every reading father will recognize himself in Erik & friends’ exploits and will love this book. I found it enjoyable.
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