EBOOK or PDF (101 Reykjavík) By Hallgrímur Helgason
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exports if not just for the fact Damon from Blur did the soundtrack with ex Sugarcube Einar Orn Again Hilmir if not just for the fact Damon from Blur did the soundtrack with ex Sugarcube Einar Orn Again Hilmir is in it so I would see it just for thathehehebut seriously I could not get into this book at firsteven after I saw the movie I just could not understand or relate to Hlynur Bjornbut then I went to Reyjavik and got to know alot of the eople not because of "The Movie And I Read "movie and I read again and it Hlynur started to seem a lot like a Scandinavian version of Rob Gordon minus having a job or owning a record shop That s when I saw it as a coming of age noveland I burned right through it Good times OK book Does not stand out very much from others in its genre reading the blurb will tell which that is other than that it s set in Iceland Which is a nice difference This is ossibly one of the most bizarre books I have ever read It doesn t actually go anywhere just details the life of an incredibly annoying moronHlynur is just awful He has no social skills no awareness of what s going on is incredibly self centred and overall an idiot He lacks any charm to make the reader emphasise or even like him and seems mentally disturbed A lot of what he says and thinks is really uite offensive and vulgar and at times it made unpleasant reading Zeugen aus der Todeszone particularly when he tries to catch aids off a Frenchrostitute As the book is mainly a collection of his thoughts we don t articularly get to know any of the other characters bar through his eyes We know the hotness of the females and occasional information about his friends but other than that it s just a monologue of his lifeWhilst it was divided into a few sections there were no chapters so the continuous rose became dry at times as there was no natural break Helgason also would include randomly short sentences that did not flow naturally Heavenly I m an angel now Flittering Fluttering He also did not make it clear which The Transformation of Intergovernmental Satellite Organisations: Policy and Legal Perspectives parts were actually real and which were in Hlynur s imaginationHowever very well done to Brian Fitzgibbon for a great translation into English It must be hard to translate Icelandic humour in a way that makes sense to English readers but it was very smoothly done The onlyositive I can say about Helgason s work is that I found it interesting to learn about Icelandic 90s culture which I thought he ortrayed well other than that this is a book i than that this is a book I never touch again i wanted to like this but about five ages in i wanted to Dervishes and Islam in Bosnia: Sufi Dimensions to the Formation of Bosnian Muslim Society punch therotagonist in the face set in iceland makes you almost forget the book is about an unemployed slacker hipster doofus almost i like iceland i want to visit iceland i do not want to read about a hipster doofusi may try reading this again when i don t have anything else on my list it has a certain weird charm just maybe if i can get Sugar in the Social Life of Medieval Islam past hating the main character Hlynur the novel srotagonist is healthy and intelligent enough to support himself but is so unmotivated that he A New Kind of Public: Community, Solidarity, and Political Economy in New Deal Cinema, 1935-1948 prefers to live with his mother and take advantage of the welfare system He spends his days watchingorn Henri Matisse: Drawing with Scissors partying and chasing women assessing every female he meets based on how much he would be willing toay to sleep with her Being an ambitious young woman who abhors misogynists I expected to hate this book based on the nature of its Hexe protagonist In. Hlynur Björn is an unemployed 30 something loner still living with his mum who spends his days on the Internet watching satellite TV and gazing at girls in theub But Hlynur's cosy unthreateni. The end however I loved it Author Hallgr mur Helgason skillfully crafts a character with enough depth uirks and doubts to make readers care about him enjoy sharing his encounters and acuaintances and erhaps even sympathize with him at times despite his seemingly unappealing nature Hallgr mur Helgason s distinctive style features abundant clever dialogue and odd arresting details these scenes masterfully woven together to create Hlynur s worldview constitute a vivid unforgettable work Overall the novel struck me as an edgier A Confederacy of Dunces because of its bright but unmotivated main character dealing with bizarre awkward situations mixed with Alexander McCall Smith s Professor Igelfeld series because of the colorful exchanges between characters My only caveat is that Hallgr mur Helgason s sense of humor is extremely dark and irreverent It struck me as similar in tone to some of Warren Ellis s writing This added to my enjoyment of the book because I am a fan of dark humor If you happen to be a devout Catholic or someone sueamish about sex however you should robably avoid this book altogether because it is graphic andor sacrilegious enough to merit a Parental advisory explicit content sticker according to mainstream American standardsOn a side note translator Brian FitzGibbon deserves just as much raise as author Hallgr mur Helgason for this work Translating Icelandic The Polemical Works of Al Al- Abar puns similes collouialisms etc to English must be an extremely difficult task Considering how amusing and smooth the humor and overall narrative were in the English version I read FitzGibbon should beraised not only for accepting the challenge but also for handling it beautifully I am so glad this book is over The author tries far too hard to be edgy and witty There were one or two fleeting moments in the book that made me smile but these were needles in a haystack of misogynistic crap I have no idea how this book got A Companion to Vittoria Colonna published I would only recommend this book to somebody I despised I read the English translation of this book The translator Brian FitzGibbon has his name buried on the copyrightage which is a shame because a novel like this has got to be a tough one to translate FitzGibbon seems to have done an admirable job but since I can hardly compare his work to the Icelandic original by Hallgrimur Helgason I can t be sureI had trouble with the first third or "So Of This Novel The "of this novel the of writing that uts the reader inside rotagonist Hlynur Bjorn Haffsteinsson s head is littered with La Partera: Story of a Midwife pop culture references long stream of consciousness word association games andrivate jokes When Hlynur deigns to speak to someone else his dialogue is usually a vocalization of whatever s going on inside his head which has got to be a strange experience for anyone within earshot unless you re inside his head Hlynur speaks in non seuitur Most other characters ass him off as funny but he s really just #ODD HE S A CRAZY ICELANDIC # He s a crazy Icelandic makes other mommy s boys look like hardened men doing hard time This thirtysomething kid who else would be happy about the rospect of being the father of his mother s child by ossibly impregnating his newly bi mother s girlfriend Lolla not incestHlynur can t decide if he hates women he calls their genitals a bacon sandwich and watches live birth videos Ng world is shaken when his mother comes out as a lesbian and her Spanish girlfriend Lolla moves into their home 101 Reykjavík is a first erson account of a blackly funny and bizarre love tria. S orn but he spends his time masturbating and trying to get laid which to his credit as a misogynist for whom no other woman can measure up to mommy usually brings him to consider his sex Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion, Volume 27 partner aiece of meat not a erson He d be just as happy to screw a farm animalBut Hlynur s world is nonetheless fascinating his whirlwind year of arties and sex and self discovery that is detailed in the book His heartbreak when he finally chooses to love a woman an Internet Networking for Career Success: 24 Lessons for Getting to Know the Right People penal only to have her already in the arms of another his uixotic suicide attempt by AIDS by having unprotected sex with a Parisian hooker his bizarre dealings with the oddball Timer and their seudovoodoo attempts at aborting Lolla s unborn childAnd all through this FitzGibbon keeps the language and style on key uns are still Zheng Guogu puns fakealindromes and all Gotta be a feat What a ridiculous book but the way Hallgrimur Helgason lays around with words describing weather mood taste of alcohol retty much anything is so Frںuhzeit Des Ostslaventums precise and funny It s very Icelandic and dark hud story where there is not much of the story just a description of a year in a life of this 34 year old guy from ReykjavikIt is uite impressive that the book takinglace in 1995 when I was 9 years old speaks to me with no need of translation I know every song he mentions I know the references and I know the events while when Forbidden Knowledge people mention modern singers and events I have no idea what they are talking about As for me there is too much descriptions of the body functions of this guy but at the same time it curious to know the flow of thoughts in a guys head with no filtersI loved reading it But I must say you should know at least a bit about Iceland before reading this book a lot of references wouldn t make sense without experiencing it yourself Helgason was the only author I couldn t interview back when I was in Iceland in 2000 so maybe that s why I never got around to reading it or maybe its because it was the most over hyped thing ever when I was living there or maybe because everything I ever read about it made me dislike it or maybe because every interview with Helgason made him seem like a complete dick Anyway I ve never read it but I still hate it Oh My BjorkI still remember this one I wish I had forgotten itWell I might have a very good reason for keeping the memories of 101 Reykjavik alive You may say it s because of theost code but you would be wrong Actually I m not Whose Life Is It Anyway?: Living through your 20s on your own terms planning to send any flatteringaper letter to Hallgr mur Helgason And I am afraid that dispatching a wrapped The Rumsfeld Way: The Leadership Wisdom of a Battle-Hardened Maverick package full of rotten tomatoes to him would cost me way too much via air mail What aityPerhaps I can recall this novel 6 or 7 years after having swallowed it because it stands around the top of many lists of mine Let s have a look "at the rankings 1 The best book to give to your worst enemy "the rankings 1 The best book to give to your worst enemy The biggest waste of aper I ve ever read 1 The silliest lot ever written north of Copenhagen 5 The easiest object to toss in a *Recycling Bin 3 The Worst *bin 3 The worst character in a XXI century novel 2 The most unnecessary movie adaptated book 4 The greatest relief ever felt in my life after being done with itAh by the way how does it end I am Option Writing Strategies for Extraordinary Returns pretty sure I m not giving any justice to 101 Rekyjavik by not including this novel in the rankings of the worst final eve. Ngle a dark comic tale oferverse sexuality and slacker culture in Iceland's trendy capital city that okes fun along the way at such foibles of our culture as CNN weather reports and orn vide. .