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Beatles Paperback – August 1, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1906413071 ISBN-10: 190641307X Edition: Norwiegen Language
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'Beatles was Christensen's breakthrough book, achieving enormous success in Norway. It launched him on the journey to the pre-eminence he now enjoys, and which has spread throughout Europe with his best-selling family epic The Half Brother' Paul Binding Independent

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  • Paperback: 784 pages
  • Publisher: Arcadia Books; Norwiegen Language edition (August 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190641307X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906413071
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,313,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Sara Nilsen on May 4, 2001
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Someone who once tried to write a review of this novel did not know where to begin, because like he said, how on earth do you write a review of your own puperty. Although Lars Saabye Christensen focuses on four teenaged boys growing up in Oslo in the 1960's, it is easy for the readers to identify with the people as well as the situations. The narrator, Kim, and his three best friends find a strong connection to the group The Beatles, and each name themselves after the members of the group. The readers follow the boys through puperty, from when they first learned about women through their older brothers playboy magazines, to they are faced with death and danger in their own backyards. They learn about communism and the Vietnam war, before they all seperate and become individuals instead of members of the group. The Beatles split up. And Kim is the one who has the most difficulty seperating himself from the group, and finding his own way, and he faces a serious identitycrisis, and is forced to find his path. Lars Saabye Christensen has a vivid imagination, and a beautiful, colorful language filled with imagery, similes, metaphors and hyperboles. The humor used creates a speed over the book, and one can read over 150 pages without realizing it. It is without a doubt, a novel that shows life to the most realistic degree and a closeness is created between the reader and the narrator, one would never want to put the book away.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Timothy J. Bazzett on October 21, 2009
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You don't have to be a Beatles fan to relate to this book, but it would probably help. I was - and still am - a Beatles fan, which was what initially drew me to this massive novel. I mean, how could I not be intrigued by a book titled simply BEATLES? The book was first published in Norway twenty-five years ago and has become something of a modern classic there, recently voted the most popular book in Norway. Its first English translation just appeared this year (2009), and the Herculean task of transforming over 500 pages into idiomatic British English was performed spot on letter perfect by Don Bartlett. He has taken this tale of young Kim Karlsen and his three friends Seb, Gunnar and Ola, and turned it into a tale for the ages that will, I suspect, be read for years by English-speaking readers around the world. The fact of the matter is, Christensen has written a timeless and enduring coming-of-age story about the turbulent times of the sixties that will resonate long after the last page has been read. All the ingredients are here: the booze and drinking, long hair and hippies, generational conflict, youthful revolt and civil unrest. And of course that timeless triumvirate: sex, drugs and rock and roll. And the Beatles and the other pop groups and artists of the British Invasion are uppermost themes throughout the book. The hero-narrator's own continuing quest to shed himself of the onerous burden of virginity is well-documented here too.Read more ›
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I give it three or four stars for the novel, but the terrible English translation makes it difficult and sometimes impossible to understand what the author was trying to communicate in Swedish. Just be ready for a lot of really puzzling language.
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Saw this advertised on Facebook...as a movie that's coming out in Europe this summer. Had to get the book!
The story sounds great..
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