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Troubled by an inability to find any meaning in his life, the 25-year-old narrator of this deceptively simple novel quits university and eventually arrives at his brother's New York apartment. In a bid to discover what life is all about, he writes lists. He becomes obsessed by time and whether it actually matters. He faxes his meteorologist friend. He endlessly bounces a ball against the wall. He befriends a small boy who lives next door. He yearns to get to the bottom of life and how best to live it. Funny, friendly, enigmatic and frequently poignant - superbly naive.

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  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 110 x 176 x 18mm | 58.97g
  • Canongate Books Ltd
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • Main
  • 1841956724
  • 9781841956725
  • 14,131

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Loe certainly has some of Salinger's lightness of touch, and often comic voice of his unnamed narrator recalls Salinger's Holden Caulfield. A charming debut novel. * The Times * it displays a canny lightness of touch and a great deal of charm. An effortlessly hip and savvy antidote to the rainy day blues. * Sleazenation * It is fascinating, how much depth this young author can convey in a simple language - a major talent. * Oldenburgische Volkzeitung, Germany * A book overflowing with creative talent on just about every page. Well calculated naivety. * Dagbladet, Norway *

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About Erlend Loe

Erlend Loe, born in Trondheim (Norway) in 1969, has appeared on the stage and worked in film and video production. He has been a critic for the Worker's Newspaper, worked in a psychiatric hospital and been a substitute teacher. Naive.Super. is his first adult book although he has written six books for children.

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