SUMMARY Ekkoland 107

SUMMARY Ekkoland

Twelve year old Arvid and his family are on holiday staying with his grandparents in Denmark Confused by the underlying tension between his mother and grandmother Arvid is grappli No one could hurt him no one could reach him he could go wherever he wanted 25 stars for this early coming of age novel but 5 for the author s oeuvre and my review will focus as much on Echoland in the context of the wider work as it does on it as a standalone piecePer Petterson is one of my absolute favourite authors and this is his 8th book to be translated into English all of which I have read However it was his first novel and second book after the story collection Ashes in My Mouth Sand in My Shoes to be written in the original Norwegian and as with that book it is an early work as not as stylistically developed as his later masterpieces from To Siberia on notably the IFFP and Impac winning Out Stealing Horses For my own benefit as much as anything his fiction is as follows with the dates of English

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Ekkoland

Ng with his own sense of self He’s on the cusp of becoming a teenager feeling awkward in his own skinAs Arvid cycles around town down to the beach with its view of the lighthouse The coastal landscape comes alive in this set of linked stories about a 12 year old boy who wakes up to the secrets and hypocrisy of his somber family The images and feelings are vivid in a way I felt was true to childhood and early adolescence I thought I knew where the story was going I felt the ending was a cop out

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His new found freedom fuels his desire to experience life Echoland is a subtle and truthful snapshot of growing up with an emotional depth that lingers long after its final pages As usual with Per Petterson not a lot really happens and you have to read between the lines uite a lot This is his debut novel published originally in 1989 but only just recently published in English


10 thoughts on “Ekkoland

  1. says:

    No one could hurt him no one could reach him he could go wherever he wanted 25 stars for this early coming of age novel but 5 for the author's oeuvre and my review will focus as much on Echoland in the context of the wider work as it does on it as a standalone piecePer Petterson is one of my absolute favourite authors and this is his 8th book to be translated into English all of which I have read However it wa

  2. says:

    Echoland was a random borrow for me from the library due to the short length and the fact this was originally written in Danish but now translated to English Set in Denmark during the summer a young boy called Ar

  3. says:

    A twelve year old boy on holiday with his folks at his grandparents in Jutland He is still a child but on the cusp of his teenage years He enjo

  4. says:

    It has been a while since I have read Per Pettersen I have certainly missed him and have read all the previous translations My only problem wi

  5. says:

    Echoland published last year is Per Petterson’s eighth novel Like the bulk of Petterson’s work you can read all my reviews here the story is framed around a character named Arvid who has a Norwegian father and a Danish mother and is said to be loosely based on the author himselfArvid has appeared in various incarnations in previous novels — from a six year old boy to a 43 year old man — but in this one he is o

  6. says:

    The coastal landscape comes alive in this set of linked stories about a 12 year old boy who wakes up to the secrets and hypocrisy of his somber family The images and feelings are vivid in a way I felt was true to childhood and early adolescence I thought I knew where the story was going I felt the ending was a cop out

  7. says:

    As usual with Per Petterson not a lot really happens and you have to read between the lines uite a lot This is his debut novel published originally in 1989 but only just recently published in English

  8. says:

    Summer in Denmark is the setting Beautiful sea wide skies beach bikes what's not to likeIf you are just twelve a boy unsettled with his family confused about changes with his feelings and body it's maybe not so great Arvid and his mom dad and sister go by boat to stay with his mom's parents for a holiday This seems like an annual thing but there are underlying currents of tension between the adults angers long buried se

  9. says:

    One star I’m afraid and that’s only for the descriptions of Denmark’s coast

  10. says:

    I like Petterson's work a lot and this his first novel has now been translated It's a slight work in comparison to his later stuff but it introduces many of the themes and landscapes that feature in that work It's promising and worth reading but not the best introduction to his work

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