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Twelve year old Arvid and his family are on holiday staying with his grandparents in Denmark Confused by the underlying tension between his mother and grandmother Arvid is grappli. A twelve year old boy on holiday with his folks at his grandparents in Jutland He is still a child but on the cusp of his teenage years He enjoys playing with his slightly older neighbour as always but this friend seems interested in his fourteen year old sister than himTensions and undercurrents amongst the adults are noticed but understanding is tantalisingly just out of reachPetersen captures well the end of innocence in this collection of short storiesLaconic sparse and moving

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E his new found freedom fuels his desire to experience life Echoland is a subtle and truthful snapshot of growing up with an emotional depth that lingers long after its final page. One star I m afraid and that s only for the descriptions of Denmark s coast

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Ng with his own sense of self He’s on the cusp of becoming a teenager feeling awkward in his own skinAs Arvid cycles around town down to the beach with its view of the lighthous. The coastal landscape comes alive in this set of linked stories about a 12 year old boy who wakes up to the secrets and hypocrisy of his somber family The images and feelings are vivid in a way I felt was true to childhood and early adolescence I thought I knew where the story was going I felt the ending was a cop out


About the Author: Per Petterson

Petterson knew from the age of 18 that he wanted to be a writer but didn't embark on this career for many years his debut book the short story collection Aske i munnen sand i skoa Ashes in the Mouth Sand in the Shoes was published 17 years later when Petterson was 35 Previously he had worked for years in a factory as an unskilled labourer as his parents had done before him and had als



10 thoughts on “Ekkoland

  1. says:

    No one could hurt him no one could reach him he could go wherever he wanted 25 stars for this early coming of age novel but 5 for the author'

  2. says:

    Echoland was a random borrow for me from the library due to the short length and the fact this was originally written in Danish but now translated to English Set in Denmark during the summer a young boy called Arvid who is 12 and st

  3. says:

    A twelve year old boy on holiday with his folks at his grandparents in Jutland He is still a child but on the cusp of his t

  4. says:

    It has been a while since I have read Per Pettersen I have certainly missed him and have read all the previous translations My only problem with several of his books are that they are too short and Echoland is indeed that but having

  5. says:

    Echoland published last year is Per Petterson’s eighth novel Like the bulk of Petterson’s work you can read all my reviews here the story is framed around a character named Arvid who has a Norwegian father and a Danish mother and is said to be loosely based on the author himselfArvid has appeared in various incarnations in previous novels — from a six year old boy to a 43 year old man — but in this one he is o

  6. says:

    The coastal landscape comes alive in this set of linked stories about a 12 year old boy who wakes up to the secrets and hypocrisy of his somber family The images and feelings are vivid in a way I felt was true to childhood and early adolescence I thought I knew where the story was going I felt the ending was a cop out

  7. says:

    As usual with Per Petterson not a lot really happens and you have to read between the lines uite a lot This is his debut novel published originally in 1989 but only just recently published in English

  8. says:

    Summer in Denmark is the setting Beautiful sea wide skies beach bikes what's not to like?If you are just twelve a boy unsettled with his family confused about changes with his feelings and body it's maybe not so great Arvid and his mom dad and sister go by boat to stay with his mom's parents for a holiday This seems like an annual thing but there are underlying currents of tension between the adults angers long buried secrets and all thi

  9. says:

    One star I’m afraid and that’s only for the descriptions of Denmark’s coast

  10. says:

    I like Petterson's work a lot and this his first novel has now been translated It's a slight work in comparison to his later stuff but it introduces many of the themes and landscapes that feature in that work It's promising and worth reading but not the best introduction to his work

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