Editorial Reviews. Review. it displays a canny lightness of touch and a great deal of charm. Naïve Super – Kindle edition by Erlend Loe, Tor Ketil Solberg. Naïve. Super [Erlend Loe, Tor Ketil Solberg] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Troubled by an inability to find any meaning in his life, the. (Nelsbok) (Volume 1) (Norwegian Edition) [Erlend Loe] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Naiv. Super. is a story, naively yet poignantly.

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Troubled by an inability to find any meaning in his life, the year-old narrator of this deceptively simple novel quits university and eventually arrives at his brother’s New York apartment. In a bid to discover what life is all about, he writes lists. He becomes obsessed by time and supwr it actually matters.

He faxes his meteorologist friend. He endlessly bounces a ball against the wall. He befriends a small boy who lives next door. An effortlessly hip and savvy naivr to the rainy day blues.

Sleazenation Loe etlend 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 A book overflowing with creative talent on just about every page.

Dagbladet, Norway It is fascinating, how much depth supef young author can convey in a simple language – a major talent. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? He yearns to get to the bottom of life and how best to live it.

Funny, friendly, enigmatic and frequently poignant – superbly naive.

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Told in the first person. By a single young man, reflecting on his own private, personal experience of life At age 25, with a BA already in his pocket, he quits school. Because he’s confused, and wants to think things through at the most elemental level. One of the things I most liked about this treasure is that it is written in naiive 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 Because he feels jumbled and confused. Does he, in the course of his search, find what he sets out to look for Yes, because probably without knowing it, he finds simple meaning and simple joy and pleasure in the simplest things of life No, because it’s not clear that he, the protagonist, realizes that he’s found what he was looking for And, so, he keeps on looking This fine book is fascinating a multiple levels One level that I particularly enjoyed was his fascination with lists Super is a lovely trip, not a heavy read, nor does najve try to be profound in any way But it’s simplicity nqive pure magic, pure pleasure.

And, at least for me, it’s meaning is found precisely in its simplicity. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. There are lots of “diary books” but this book is so different. It’s not a diary, it’s a life. I’ve never read anything like it. And it made me happy. When I got the chance to read it, I have to say, I was surprised and intrigued by what I found inside.

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It was not what I expected, but I found myself thoroughly curious and giggling at many of the passages. I could relate to some wuper the dilemmas, and was fascinated by some of the methods the narrator chose erelnd sort through his thoughts, feelings, and situations. The simplicity of it all was very well done and enjoyable to read. If you liked Catcher in the Rye, this is a great book for you. The themes are extremely similar and the plot while simple is engaging and enticing for anyone having trouble deciding their future path.

One person found this helpful. I am loving this book. It is making me laugh and also I am finding the main character endearing and interesting. It’s a peculiar style of writing. Fun to hear the character’s unique way of perceiving life. I bought the english and norwegian version while trying to learn norwegian this past year, with the sole purpose of using it to strengthen my mediocre norwegian skills.


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.

Naïve Super

The main character has all the hallmarks of an angsty young man who doesn’t know what his purpose in life should be. He’s looking for looe. He does this through very simple meditative introspections – he writes lists to compare his haves and wants, to determine the best time-wasting past-time, he dwells on what other people in his life are doing – usually quite incorrectly, he reads a book on relativity and tries to relate it to his mundane existence by over-simplifying the concepts.

This book is fascinating in its simplicity. It’s hilarious by being so dull. The character’s irrelevance makes the whole story relevant. I don’t know why but I love these nive of internal monologues. This book was relaxing. It reminds etlend that we all have the same non-stop conversation with ourselves, constantly observing and judging what is around us.

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