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978-87-16-14006-7 / 9788716140067

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Review from "The Literary Bunny": "In part, this novel is about ...About how we value each others, how we evaluate children and students. It's about three children, Peter, Katarina and August. Peter was orphaned at a very early age. Katarine has lived through her parents' suicides. And August has been the offer of so much abuse that he finally snapped and killed his parents. They all attend Biehl's Academy, an elite private school in Copenhagen, but something's not quite right. All three have lost their parents and especially August are a troubled child. A troubled child that doesn't belong in this particular school. So why is he there? Peter and Katarina quickly discovers that there's a plan with the school, there's a plan with the students accepted to the school, with how the school is run. Trouble is, they don't know what the plan is and they are not really allowed to talk with each other so they can figure it out. It's pretty clear that it's some kind of social experiment, some kind of attempt to prevent what you can call social darwinism. The school wants to take all the children, including the troubled ones, and bring them up and into the light, so to speak, by enforcing a very strict discipline. But if you choose a strict principle and stick to it no matter what, the result can be devastating even though your intention was noble in the first place. ..One of the things Peter and Katarina focuses on, is the question of time.....One of the things Peter wants to examine is if time moves faster when you're not paying attention and I think the way Høeg wrote his book, is an example of this. The... relationship between the grown Peter and his small daughter... are beautifully rendered in it's fragility. The narrator in this book is named Peter Høeg, the same as the author. Every..the narrator Peter Høeg talks about in his novel .. are real and Høeg has stated that the novel was the most autobiographical of his works. .. "

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