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As an aside before I even get started, irreducible books are probably, in my very humble opinion, the only kinds of books worth reading. At least, as somebody working on a book I find almost impossible to explain, I really, really hope so. From there, not much happens. The protagonist drops all his commitments and ends up housesitting for his brother, his only job to fax any mail that arrives in the letterbox.
The protagonist plays with wooden BRIO toys and throws a ball against a wall, writes lists, plays with the fax machine, and reads the works of physicist Paul Davies. Both Loe and Murakami play with the scale of the world, distorting and amplifying the mundane until it ends up rendered strange and fantastic.
I think one of them was all the animals he has seen in his life. Why do we tend to instinctively associate naivety with stupidity, and how much do we miss by deliberately attempting to obscure our lack of experience instead of reveling in it?
Being a person is undeniably odd. Reading List: Long Stories Short.
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War rumbles ominously in the distance, but Daisy is much more interested in heavy petting with her cousin Edmond. Even when the stalwart Aunt Penn disappears on a peace delegation to Oslo, the group of teenagers continues its unsupervised idyll of "under-age sex, child labour and espionage". So far, so irritating. But "every war has turning points, and every person, too" and when martial law is imposed and the cousins are split up, Rosoff's crossover novel swiftly turns into an absorbing read: tender and brusque, packed with the gruesome imagery of combat and post-apocalyptic waste. Although its simplistic fairy story denouement jars, by then it's hard to begrudge a happy ending. A cacophony of voices inhabits Nicola Barker's wickedly outrageous commentary on a particular slice of 21st-century ephemera - the American illusionist David Blaine's day public fast, suspended in a perspex box near London's Tower Bridge in
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Original title: Naiv. It was first published in in Norwegian , and proved to be very popular. In , it was on the newspaper Dagbladet ' s list of the best Norwegian novels — Tor Ketil Solberg translated the novel into English. The story is narrated by a man in his mid-twenties who suddenly becomes disillusioned and confused by life and therefore quits university. The narrator becomes fascinated by both modern scientific theories of time and relativity. He reads a book by Paul Davies , exchanges faxes with his meteorologist friend Kim, and also engages in repetitive childish activities such as playing with wooden BRIO children's toys and repeatedly throwing a ball against a wall.