Naive. Super

Naive. Super

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 13mm | 144g
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • Main
  • 1841956724
  • 9781841956725
  • 37,978

Review quote

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 several books for children.
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Rating details

12,857 ratings
3.87 out of 5 stars
5 30% (3,885)
4 38% (4,927)
3 23% (2,933)
2 7% (838)
1 2% (274)
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