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Om preciezer te zijn: op het moment dat Buzz Aldrin zijn voet in het maanstof zette. Buzz Aldrin is Mattias" grote idool. Een man die belangrijk werk deed, maar in de aangename schaduw van Neil Armstrong kan leven. Precies het onopvallende leven dat Mattias zelf voor ogen heeft. Als zijn relatie strandt, bes Mattias is geboren in , in de nacht van de eerste maanlanding.
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Maar eenmaal aan boord gaat het mis. Mattias stort in en wordt wakker op een verlaten weg, doorweekt, gewond en - om onverklaarbare redenen - met Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published October 31st by Podium first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews.
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Buzz Aldrin, waar ben je gebleven? This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [Spoler spoiler The book was amazing, but there was one thing that bothered me after closing the book for the last time. What did mattias find out at the end about the arcive? Did I miss something? Did anyone understand something that was written between the lines, because i didnt.
Please share that information with me, and if its not out there, please share your thoughts about what it was. Els Lens Ik heb precies dezelfde vraag. De lange uitleg van de psychiater maakt het niet …more Ik heb precies dezelfde vraag. De lange uitleg van de psychiater maakt het niet duidelijk. See 1 question about Buzz Aldrin, waar ben je gebleven? Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters.
Sort order. What I like and dislike at the same time in modern Norwegian literature is the straight and essential style used by young novelists such as Erlend Loe and Frode Grytten. It's a kind of writing that is a thousand miles away from most of the Italian literature I like. Where Italian authors try to be impressive at any rate using a rich style and many cultural influences even in referring to extreme situations, Norwegian novelists don't seem to care. I mean, they simply put themselves in the shoes of What I like and dislike at the same time in modern Norwegian literature is the straight and essential style used by young novelists such as Erlend Loe and Frode Grytten.
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I mean, they simply put themselves in the shoes of a character without any need to investigate that much on everything else. Short sentences. Undramatic introspection. Music and television as a source of inspiration for absurd reflections. And a kind of perpetual Peter Pan syndrome lived by the main characters. These are the ingredients of the "Modern Norwegian Literature Recipe". Johan Harstad doesn't make any exception. Mattias, the protagonist and narrator of "Buzz Aldrin" could easily be the elder brother of Loe's "Naiv Super".
The two characters share an enchanted and melancholic way of looking around, keep on reminiscing their childhood and live in their own world made of subtle reflections in unexpected moments and speechless situations.
Johan Harstad, Translated by Deborah Dawkin
They are both romantic and anacronistic fellows. Yet, whereas Loe insists too much in using a childish way of behaving for his Naiv Super guy, Harstad aims to give to his fragile Mattias a deeper personality. Besides, the young Stavanger-born author has the brilliant idea of setting his novel in an out-of-time place like the Faer Oer islands.
An interesting choice, indeed that is particularly fascinating for a non Scandinavian audience who has a vague picture of this tiny archipelagus with no trees at all and punctuated by sheeps. There Mattias loses his way and then tries to put himself together. As for the modern Norwegian literature, what I miss more is a feminine point of view on the same topics of isolation and personal reconstruction.
Harstad does something, but not enough on this side, writing on one of the characters of Buzz Aldrin. And yet, I am sure he will surprise me pretty soon with something better. View 2 comments. Aug 20, Marc rated it it was ok Shelves: scandinavian-literature. Intriguing book. The writing style is very direct, quite minimalistic-descriptive and that is not my thing. And finally there is the authentic, but terrible landscape of the Faroer Islands, where Mattias could fi Intriguing book. No, this story not really captivated me and the writing style regularly bothered me.
But I admit, this book continued to intrigue me. Involuntarily I was reminded of the character Frits van Egters from Gerard Reve's "The Nights", although that character had a slightly more cynical attitude. Also the rather bloodless adolescents in many of Murakami's novels got into my mind: they also let life slip past; and as with Murakami this story also is full of references to modern pop culture. What appealed to me were the continuous links with Buzz Aldrin's space-adventure with lots of quotes from the conversations between the astronauts and the control center in Houston , and the similarities in the eyes of Mattias between the lunar landscape and that of the Faroer Islands.
All in all, a bit of a mixed bag, this book. View 1 comment. Good morning, dear readers. Okay, I'm done.
First off, I want stars or more tea or maybe someone to help me rake leaves as a prize for resisting the urge to look at this novel in more depth on Goodreads before I got to the last page. I did not look. I did not read any reviews. I did not search "Johan Harstad" to find out as much as I could about him.
Next I want to shout out to Michelle, my friend and neighbour, who pointed me in the direction of this novel. The library didn't have it so I bough Good morning, dear readers. The library didn't have it so I bought it. I don't buy many books. I used to buy books. Then I used to loan books and as you know, sometimes books don't come home, so then my collection was kind of fractured.
Then I did a major clean out see "minimalism" and got rid of most of the books I owned. I took them to a really nice used book store and asked for cards instead of book credit. They had beautiful cards. I write a lot of letters and cards. I had signed first editions, I had some real gems in the many boxes, but it was okay.
I felt okay going away with my hundred dollars worth of posh art cards and I wrote notes and letters on them and that was that. When I was 12 years old, a hundred years ago, I used to say to my mother, "l'll never be allowed to go uptown by myself! That's all I wanted.