Naïve. Super

Naïve. Super

by Erlend Loe

NOOK Book(eBook)

$10.99 $12.46 Save 12% Current price is $10.99, Original price is $12.46. You Save 12%.
View All Available Formats & Editions

Available on Compatible NOOK Devices and the free NOOK Apps.
WANT A NOOK?  Explore Now

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781847677129
Publisher: Canongate Books
Publication date: 12/01/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 180,824
File size: 991 KB

About the Author

Erlend Loe has written six books for children.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

Naive. Super 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
presto on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The twenty five year narrator is confused, a graduate who has just withdrawn from his masters degree course he is confused, he is hung up on time and space, he has diffusivity understanding such concepts, and as he explains, it is easy to see why. He expresses himself in very simple terms, many sentences are just three or four words in length, yet what he is considering is frequently profound. He considers what he has, and what he does not, he likes making lists.Looking after his older brother's apartment in Norway while his brother is away on business, he makes friends with a young boy of kindergarten age who lives in the same building, he meets a girl, and enjoys the caring attention of his brother.Naïve. Super is like no other book I have read, while the narrator is concerned about certain concepts, he is also concerned about friendship, life, and being a good guy. It makes for a fascinating and very different reading experience.
Adonis72 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you are or have been a twenty-something that's a bit lost, this book will appeal to you. If you're not, it will still appeal because of its charm. It's written with so much simplicity but such depth and it seems impossible to cover so many themes and subjects in such a short book, but it's done with such elegance and always hits the nail on the head. I've never read a book like it.
Pummzie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It may be that I've read more than my quota of "young adult" literature for a while but I was not all that impressed with this. Erlend Loe's most popular novel (and indeed, the only one available in English at present), is written from the perspective of a 25 year old but the voice of this person is a lot younger - his displays the kind of existential angst that is usually reserved for teens. Or Miranda July's characters (without the quirks). This young man gives up his studies and his life (although, it is hard to believe he was up to much before this novel began) and moves into his brother's empty apartment to sit, throw balls, play hammer-and-peg and contemplate the nature of time and make lists. It is sweet enough. There are at least a few kernels of interest and he occasionally has a nice turn of phrase. But I think I am over padding out books with list after list on inania. By the umpteenth "things I saw today" list, I was thinking uncharitable thoughts. But it might just be my time of the month!
sanddancer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved this book - my only complaint is that it was so short as I could have happily read more. The main character is a 20-something who doesn't know what to do with his life. The book follows his attempts to connect with the rest of the world. Despite the angst of the main character, he has a child-like innocence that makes him very likeable which makes a refreshing change. It is written is a simple style, with lots of lists and short chapters, making it a very quick read.
jayne_charles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one of those slightly off the wall books I would probably never have found if I didn¿t go poking around in second hand shops. In it, the unnamed (aren¿t they all nowadays?) narrator tells of a mini-breakdown in his life which caused him to question just about everything in his life and, in particular, the nature of time.He drops out of university, spends ages throwing a football against the wall, and plays games with the five year old next door. The parents of the said five year old agree to leave the child in his care for the day, despite discovering that he (the narrator) has spent the previous day playing with a child's hammer and peg board. Bizarre. Next thing, they are racing up and down the road in a Volvo. It's a sort of random stream of thoughts and events, some of which had me nodding and thinking 'yes, I often feel like that too', and others which made me want to give him a kick in the pants and tell him to pull himself together.Despite its weighty topics, this book is very easy to read and is the sort of thing you could whizz through in a day. The chapters are short, there are frequent lists, and towards the end there are whole pages devoted to a visual joke which probably works better in the original Norwegian and which I skimmed over in less than ten seconds.This was an enjoyable read inasmuch as it represented something different from the norm: a trip along a literary back-alley. A world view filtered through unfamiliar eyes with some fascinating facts thrown in. On the other hand I would have preferred it to last a little longer and to provide something more substantial to chew on
alexrichman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A twee travel tale about a twentysomething who thinks and acts like a child, playing with toys and making lists of things he likes. The simple language and quirky main character nearly kept me charmed, but the author's inclusion of too many lists and documents left me with the the sense that, ultimately, there was just too little substance in the story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i read this book in norwegian. it is very interesting, funny, and though provoking. this is the best book you will ever read!