Beatles by Lars-Saabye Christensen

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There's a lack of focus that can get a bit tiring, as these adolescent lives move along relatively aimlessly without any real goals (especially beyond the short term) in sight, and that keeps it from being a full success.
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Four young Norwegians ride the first wave of Beatlemania in the spring of 1965 in this thoughtful yet playful novel. Kim Karlsen and his three buddies Gunnar, Ola, and Seb are obsessed with their musical heroes, and they even like to think of themselves as the Fab Four. Through the years, they play a lot of soccer, drink even more, and fall in and out of love. The result is a winsome chronicle of a generation, the youthful struggles and discoveries of the protagonists, and of growing up in a very special time.
 

About Lars-Saabye Christensen

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Lars Saabye Christensen is Norway's leading contemporary writer. He is the author of 12 novels, as well as short stories and poetry. His international best-selling novel The Half Brother has been published in nearly 30 countries.
 
Published January 1, 1984 by Capellen. 538 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Examiner

Excellent
on Mar 26 2011

Beatles is an excellent showcase for this particular author’s mastery of the buried metaphor and his striking skill at promoting identification with his characters.

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The Independent

Excellent
Reviewed by Tone Sutterud on Aug 07 2009

With a superb knack of bringing characters to life with a few broad strokes, the prose flows deceptively easily, with a true master's witty choice of words.

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Above average
Reviewed by The Complete Review on Jan 01 2009

There's a lack of focus that can get a bit tiring, as these adolescent lives move along relatively aimlessly without any real goals (especially beyond the short term) in sight, and that keeps it from being a full success.

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Scandinavian Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Peter on Dec 22 2009

It is a warm, nice and lovely book, written in Lars Saabye Christensen’s beautiful, colorful language, and filled with humor, imagery, similes, metaphors and hyperboles.

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