«Lo stile di Nesser è lineare ed esplicito, privo di fronzoli, i suoi personaggi risultano credibili perché veri e pieni di acciacchi decisamente umani.»
«Così è la vita.» Il ritornello, imparato dai grandi, acquista un significato autentico per i due adolescenti Erik e Edmund, in un’estate degli anni Sessanta su un lago svedese. I due amici si divertono facendo lunghe gite in barca, raccontandosi i loro piccoli, grandi segreti e discutendo dei primi misteri della vita: l’amore, il sesso, la malattia. Nei loro sogni è sempre presente la giovane e affascinante supplente che, verso la fine dell’anno scolastico, aveva turbato la loro esistenza: per tutti è identica a Kim Novak, bellissima e inarrivabile, per giunta fidanzata di un grande campione di pallamano. Le fantasie si materializzano quando, senza preavviso, l’insegnante compare a casa loro con Henry, fratello maggiore di Erik. Ma insieme arriva anche la morte: un delitto sconvolge infatti la tranquilla routine estiva e pone fine a un periodo che ai due ragazzi sembrava un idillio. Le indagini non portano a niente, ma le ombre lunghe di quel crimine arriveranno a sfiorare i protagonisti di quella strana estate anche trent’anni dopo...
- ISBN: 8823506816
- Casa Editrice: Guanda
- Pagine: 264
I enjoyed reading this book, but it moved too slow for me. I rate it 3.5 stars rounded down. This book is written in the 1st person from the standpoint of Erik, a 14 yr old boy in 1957 rural Sweden. He spends a summer with his best friend, Edmund. Henry is Erik's 22 yr old brother. Henry is a somewh Leggi tutto
If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. Cancer-Treblinka-Love-Fuck-Death: “The Summer of Kim Novak” by Håkan Nesser "After my father had suggested that we might spend the summer together, I realized I didn't actually know anything about him. I knew what everyone knew: his father Leggi tutto
This is a beautifully written stand-alone novel that's both a mystery and a coming-of-age tale. Narrated by a grown-up Erik, the book hearkens back to a summer in the early 1960s, when Erik and his friend Edmund were 14, a summer that was idyllic until the Incident happened. No, Kim Novak isn't actu Leggi tutto
The Summer of Kim Novak is a haunting and evocative novel, beautifully written to draw you into another place and time – a true coming of age tale with added mystery and I loved every moment of it. Hakan Nesser weaves a magical web of intrigue around the reader, this is a tale of friendship, family, Leggi tutto
A Summer with Kim Novak by Hakan Nesser. Erik takes us through his early teen years before and after the incident. His mother in the hospital dying of cancer. His Dad trying to keep the family together. His older brother (by 8 years), Henry the freelance journalist. And Edmund. Erik and Edmund spent Leggi tutto
Forget what you think about Scandinavian crime fiction and it’s dark, creepy, foggy marshes. A Summer With Kim Novak has a different kind of bounce to it. Expertly translated and well written, this book is at once an enchanted coming of age novel about a teenage boy growing into puberty and the summ Leggi tutto
This was a book steeped in traditions of coming of age tales; some of the innocence of childhood during one last endless Summer which is confronted with the illness of a parent; the violence of relationships and the finality of death. Erik and his mate Edmund are spending their vacation by a lake wit Leggi tutto
2-1/2* Set in Sweden. In the 1990’s Erik is recounting the fateful summer of 1962 that changed his life. In the beginning Erik refers to “The Incident” that happened that summer. First, a substitute teacher arrived at his school and set Erik’s 14 year old heart and mind on fire – she was a double for Leggi tutto
I've always been impressed by Hakan Nesser's fiction. His detective and police procedural fiction tends to be more intellectually challenging and more literary than most books in the genre. His characters, motifs and allusions are meticulously and beautifully crafted. Until now, I've read his Van Ve Leggi tutto
This book, though a mystery by a Swedish crime writer, works not as dark and brooding Nordic Noir but as something different: a coming-of-age story with an unsolved murder in its wake. The story starts in 1962 Sweden. Fourteen-year-old Erik's mother has a terminal cancer. To get him away, his father Leggi tutto
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