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Doghead Ramsland, Morten ( Author ) Jul-06-2010 Paperback (Anglais)
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If I had to describe this book in three adjectives, they'd be "ambitious," "hilarious" and "messy." Every few pages, someone gets sprayed with bodily fluids, has a painful accident or dies in a most un-dignified fashion. Plus there's alcoholism, child abuse, incest and poverty, and other issues Plus oodles of family dysfunction. (If Oprah gets a hold of a copy, "Doghead" may become a bestseller in the U.S., as well as Europe.) It's like "Hotel New Hampshire" crossed with "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" with enough gross-out parts to fill a Farrelly brothers comedy. Still, it works. But I'm going to make a sexist generalization here and predict that whether or not you find the book "masterful" (as a copy review puts it) or merely good might depend on your gender.
Then there is the father, Niels Junior, aka Jug Ears, who has enormous ears for most of his life and is constantly teased about them. He has to learn to live with his father, as his father steals his antique coins from him in order to buy drinks and is constantly moving the family because he cannot keep a job. Niels draws monsters on the walls and learns how to kick other boys in their privates in order to exact revenge for the name calling. Neils grows up to become a workacholic, anything to separate him from his father, and grows quite distant from his family.
Finally there is Asger who tapes his sister having sexual relations with her boyfriends and shares the cassettes with his friends. Before long word gets around town that his sister is a slut and Asger is sorry but it is too late. There are other eccentric characters in the book, i.e., Anne Katrine, Askild and Bjork's retarded daughter who grows up to be very obese and is obsessed with Asger. There's also Knut, the youngest son of Askild and Bjork, who broke his sister's heart when he ran off to sea and he is primarily absent except through stories throughout the novel.
None of these characters ever really straighten out and become overwhelmingly decent people. Although the novel is funny, it is sad also. It is a very bleak view of human nature as shown through this dysfunctional family. However it makes for a great read and is truly well written. You don't want to miss these amazing characters and the story of their lives.
This novel is written in a beautiful pros. It describes the story of a Danish dysfunctional family through three generations narrated by the youngest person in the family.
It travels through different times by different characters starting with the grandfather and a deceitful secret of his heroic action during the war .... This will go through other stories of his wife, kids, nephew, grandkids , friends and the image of doghead: each one has a separate life but all the threads are inseparable....