Child Wonder

Child Wonder

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Child Wonder by Roy Jacobsen

*Winner of the prestigious Norwegian Booksellers' Prize*

*A Barnes&Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection (Holiday 2011)*

A glorious evocation of a Norwegian childhood in the early sixties by an author short-listed for the 2009 Dublin IMPAC Award

Little Finn lives with his mother in an apartment in a working-class suburb of Oslo. Life is a struggle to make ends meet, but he does not mind. When his mother decides to take a lodger to help pay the bills, he watches with interest as she freshens up their small apartment with new wallpaper and a sofa paid for in installments. He befriends their new male lodger, whose television is more tempting to him than his mother would like.

When a half sister whom he never knew joins the household, Finn takes her under his wing over an everlasting summer on Håøya Island. But he can't understand why everyone thinks his new sister is so different from every other child. Nor can he fathom his mother's painful secret, one that pushes them ever farther apart. As summer comes to a close, Finn must attempt to grasp the incomprehensible adult world and his place within it.

Child Wonder is a powerful and unsentimental portrait of childhood. Roy Jacobsen, through the eyes of a child, has produced an immensely uplifting novel that shines with light and warmth.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781555970376
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Publication date: 09/27/2011
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Roy Jacobsen is the author of several works of fiction, most recently The Burnt-Out Town of Miracles, which was short-listed for the Dublin IMPAC Award. Don Bartlett is the translator of Jo Nesbø, K. O. Dahl, and Pernille Rygg. Don Shaw is a teacher of Danish to foreigners and the author of a Danish-Thai dictionary.

Don Bartlett has translated dozens of books of various genres, including several novels and short story collections by Jo Nesbø and It's Fine by Me by Per Petterson. He lives in Norfolk, England.

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Child Wonder 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
TiBookChatter More than 1 year ago
Finn and his mother live in a small apartment in Oslo, in the early 60s. She works in a shoe shop and does her best to make ends meet. They are comfortable and happy. Finn's father died long ago in a crane accident but he left a little something behind.a daughter. Linda, age 6 and only a few years younger than Finn, comes to live with them. With another mouth to feed, Finn's mom takes in a quirky lodger. I'm not sure what I expected when picking this book up but I wasn't expecting to be completely charmed by Finn. Finn is a great kid. He's not the most popular kid but he's not an outcast either. Living alone with his mother has given him a sense of maturity that you don't normally see in a child his age, but he still possesses that child like wonder that makes this particular age so special. Finn's mother is firm, but wonderful and they watch out for each other quite a bit. When Linda comes to live with them, Finn is not sure what to think. Out of nowhere, this half-sister arrives and he immediately sees that she's not quite right. But there is no jealously here. Just a fierce need to protect her and Finn does exactly that. What the lodger provides, is a man's perspective. Something Finn has never had. Although he resents having to have a lodger, he learns to live with the guy because for one, he has a TV and two, he's nice company for his mother. Towards the end of the story, something happens that changes the way they live and once again they are forced to readjust to their new lives. I was a bit sad when I read the ending, but as stricken as the characters are, they accept their situation and continue to grow. There are many things that I liked about this book. It's a very simple story and because it's so simple, you can focus on the characters and they are really wonderfully drawn. I liked that Finn was not a babbling child but a child with a good head upon his shoulders. I liked that his mother was not perfect, but was a really good mom. I also loved the development of Linda, the half-sister. All in all, reading this book was a pleasant experience and reminded me of what it's like to be a child in a grown-up world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Uhhh. Am i the only one who missed the whole point of this book? I kept plugging on, even though I lost interest early on. This is what I call reading to become depressed. The one thing I can say about this author, is that she has an impressive vocabulary.
lioness2001 More than 1 year ago
Could reviewers NOT write a book when they give their reviews?? I'd like to find out a little by reading the book myself!