Discovery that is detailed in the book His heartbreak when he finally chooses
love a woman an Internet pen pal only to have her already 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 pseudovoodoo attempts at aborting Lolla s unborn childAnd all through this FitzGibbon keeps the language and style on key puns are still puns fake palindromes and all Gotta be a feat I am so glad this book is over The author tries far too hard to be dgy 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 published I would only recommend this book to somebody I despised Hlynur the novel s protagonist is healthy and intelligent nough to support himself but is so unmotivated that he prefers to live with his mother and take advantage of the welfare system He spends mother and take advantage of the welfare system He spends days watching porn partying and chasing women assessing very female he meets based on how much he would be willing to pay to sleep with her Being an ambitious young woman who abhors misogynists I While My Soldier Serves expected to hate this book based on the nature of its protagonist In thend however I loved it Author Hallgr mur Helgason skillfully crafts a character with nough depth uirks and doubts to make readers care about him njoy sharing his ಪರಿಸರದ ಕತೆ Parisarada Kathe encounters and acuaintances and perhapsven sympathize with him at times despite his seemingly unappealing nature Hallgr mur Helgason s distinctive style features abundant clever "Dialogue And Odd Arresting "and odd arresting these scenes masterfully woven together to create Hlynur s worldview constitute a vivid unforgettable work Overall the novel struck me as an The Fiend Next Door 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 colorfulxchanges between characters My only caveat is that Hallgr mur Helgason s sense of humor is xtremely dark and irreverent It struck me as similar in tone to some of Warren Ellis s writing This added to my njoyment 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 probably avoid this book altogether because it is graphic andor sacrilegious பொன்னியின் செல்வன் - புது வெள்ளம் enough to merit a Parental advisoryxplicit content sticker according to mainstream American standardsOn a side note translator Brian FitzGibbon deserves just as much praise as author Hallgr mur Helgason for this work Translating Icelandic puns similes collouialisms The Return of the Carter Boys: The Carter Boys 2 etc to English must be anxtremely difficult task Considering how amusing and smooth the humor and overall narrative were in the English version I read FitzGibbon should be praised not only for accepting the challenge but also for handling it beautifully i wanted to like this but about five pages in i wanted to punch the protagonist 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 Ngle a dark comic tale of perverse sexuality and slacker culture in Iceland's trendy capital city that pokes fun along the way at such foibles of our culture as CNN weather reports and porn vide.
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Hallgrímur Helgason Õ 3 reviewThis is possibly one of the most bizarre books I have A Meditation on Murder 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 readermphasise or ven 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 particularly when he tries to catch aids off a French prostitute As the book is mainly a collection of his thoughts we don t particularly get
To Know Any Of Theknow any of the characters bar through his yes 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 prose 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 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 only positive I can say about Helgason s work is that I found it interesting to learn about Icelandic 90s culture which I thought he portrayed well Other than that this is a book I will never touch again 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 probably one of Iceland s best known film Travis exports if not just for the fact Damon from Blur did the soundtrack withx Sugarcube Einar Orn Again Hilmir Snaer 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 people not because of the movie and I read it 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 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 the post code but you would be wrong Actually I m not planning to send any flattering paper letter to Hallgr mur Helgason And I am afraid that dispatching a wrapped package full of rotten tomatoes to him would cost me way too much via air mail What a pityPerhaps "I can recall this novel 6 or 7 years after having swallowed "can recall this novel 6 or 7 years after having swallowed 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 nemy 2 The biggest waste of paper I ve ver read 1 The silliest plot AI Weiwei: Beijing Photographs, 1993-2003 ever written north of Copenhagen 5 Theasiest object to toss in a recycling bin 3 The worst male character in a XXI century novel 2 The most unnecess. 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 the pub But Hlynur's cosy unthreateni. Ary movie adaptated book 4 The greatest relief ver felt in "my life after being done with itAh by the way how does it nd I am pretty sure I m not "life after being done with itAh by the way how does it nd I am pretty sure I m not any justice to 101 Rekyjavik by not including this novel in the rankings of the worst final ver 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 The Social Machine: Designs for Living Online ever when I was living there or maybe becauseverything I Collision Course: Endless Growth on a Finite Planet ever read about it made me dislike it or maybe becausevery interview with Helgason made him seem like a complete dick An What a ridiculous book but the way Hallgrimur Helgason plays around with words describing weather mood taste of alcohol pretty much anything is so 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 taking place in 1995 when I was 9 years old speaks to me with no need of translation I know 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10 (Software Studies) every song he mentions I know the references and I know thevents while when people mention modern singers and vents 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 xperiencing it yourself I read the English translation of this book The translator Brian FitzGibbon has his name buried on the copyright page 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 style of writing that puts the reader inside protagonist Hlynur Bjorn Haffsteinsson s head is littered with pop culture references long stream of consciousness word association games and private jokes When Hlynur deigns to speak to someone Your Everyday Art World else his dialogue is usually a vocalization of whatever s going on inside his head which has got to be a strangexperience for anyone within Why Photography Matters earshot unless you re inside his head Hlynur speaks in non seuitur Most other characters pass him off as funny but he s really just odd He s a crazy Icelandic HamletHlynur makes other mommy s boys look like hardened men doing hard time This thirtysomething kid wholse would be happy about the prospect of being the father of his mother s child by possibly 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 as porn 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 partner a piece of meat not a person He d be just as happy to screw a farm animalBut Hlynur s world is nonetheless fascinating his whirlwind year of parties and sex and self. 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 person account of a blackly funny and bizarre love tria. ,