A Fortnight Before the Frost

A Fortnight Before the Frost On his fortieth birthday celebrated by a solitary meal in Oslo s most exclusive hotel Dr Knut Holmen a successful middle aged ear nose and throat specialist decides to go on holiday in the past

  • Title: A Fortnight Before the Frost
  • Author: Sigurd Hoel Sverre Lyngstad
  • ISBN: 9781870041881
  • Page: 221
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Fortnight Before the Frost

    On his fortieth birthday, celebrated by a solitary meal in Oslo s most exclusive hotel, Dr Knut Holmen, a successful middle aged ear, nose, and throat specialist, decides to go on holiday in the past to take stock of himself and his values As echoes from his childhood and youth emerge, the edifice of self satisfied bourgeois respectability he has painstakingly constructeOn his fortieth birthday, celebrated by a solitary meal in Oslo s most exclusive hotel, Dr Knut Holmen, a successful middle aged ear, nose, and throat specialist, decides to go on holiday in the past to take stock of himself and his values As echoes from his childhood and youth emerge, the edifice of self satisfied bourgeois respectability he has painstakingly constructed, slowly crumbles Searching for clues to his malaise as he revisits the neighborhoods he knew as a peasant student in the capital, he finds that, from early on, his life has been dominated by a repressive sexual morality After a series of dramatic encounters and much self probing analysis, he achieves a catharsis of sexual guilt and can look forward to a new beginning.

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    1. Greg Brozeit

      Set in Oslo in the mid-1930s, this introspective novel follows a doctor going through a midlife crisis just after his 40th birthday. Hoel's prose evokes V.S. Naipaul's autobiographical fiction and extended passages of Theodore Dreiser. Hoel would likely be much more widely read were he not Norwegian. The issuing of this book joined with Lyngstad's excellent translation highlights an exceptional talent. Recommended for older readers who are familiar with or want to learn more about Scandinavian l [...]

    2. Ronald Morton

      Let me say two different things up front. 1) I’m not a huge fan of this type of novel (the novel is described by the publisher as a “deep-probing psychological quest”) and – absent a stellar reputation – I tend to pass on books that appear to only do this one thing. But; 2) I greatly enjoyed this book, due in large overwhelming part to the consummate skill of author Sigurd Hoel.Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Man turns forty, begins to yearn for the past, gets hung up on a p [...]

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