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review 2015-08-31 00:00
Doppler
Doppler - Erland Loe http://msarki.tumblr.com/post/128021163103/doppler-by-erlend-loe

A refreshing tale of personal hate and one man’s effort to exist freely enough to express it on a daily basis. Doppler’s War is one against conformity and stupidity and a personal quest to discover eventually if the entire world is actually this pathetically dumb. The hope that he will one day find intelligent life somewhere on the planet provides enough incentive for himself, his young son Gregus, and his adopted teen-aged elk son Bongo, to head off to forests unknown and the ultimate adventure of a lifetime. A novel use of truth as impetus for an invigorating fiction.
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review 2013-10-05 01:53
Doppler by Erlend Loe
Doppler - Erlend; Bartlett, Don; Shaw, Don Loe

I have no idea to what extent these thoughts are rooted in reality. Nor if what we so boldly call reality exists at all. The only thing I can be fairly sure about is that the fire warms me and that a little moose by the name of Bongo lies at my feet purring, if that's what you call it when moose emit sounds of pleasure.

- Doppler

p. 100

 

 

Note: The review below is taken directly from my Goodreads account.

 

Doppler is about a Norwegian man, Doppler, who hits his head really hard in a cycling accident not too long after his father dies. Because of this, he comes to the decision that he doesn't like people/human beings/mankind and forsakes civilization to live in the forest, where he befriends a moose calf.

I don't really have much to say about the book. I think it was well-written (though I can never tell with translated works -- how much of the translator(s) leaks into the edition?) and the story was inventive and original. It's not something I expect publishers to be pushing and hyping, and that's what I like: it's such an out-of-the-ordinary book. Also, it's humourous and the interactions Doppler had with Bongo, the moose calf, and the people he met while living in the forest were a delight to read.

What drags my rating down is that I couldn't tell if Loe was purposefully making Doppler so naive and hypocritical, or if I'm just pulling this conclusion out of my ass. To me, Doppler abides by the rules he sees fit -- essentially, the opposite of what he believes society forces you to conform to. Where he sees society as trying to progress, he's trying to regress. The naivete is that Doppler thinks he can achieve this regression and that society will follow suit. Except, he depends upon society to provide him with things he can't live without: milk, axes, sugar, paint for his totem pole. He can't get these items on his own and if society went back to the hunter-gatherer/bartering days, then Doppler would be doomed because who would want to spend time making certain items if there would be no guaranteed return? Basically, Doppler's hypocrisy makes him a grievance to know although he (and Loe) makes some good philosophical points throughout about consumerism, ambiguous niceties, how we can easily instill our own dogmas and opinions into children at an early age, how we can't tell people straight to their faces what we dislike about them, etc.

(Another thing that brought my rating lower is the ending. I'm not a fan of the way things ended, though I know there's a sequel. I guess I'll have to check that out in the hopes that Doppler gets some sort of comeuppance.)

"I don't have much to say," as she writes a thick paragraph.

+1 for moose.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2013-06-18 21:58
Doppler - A Review

Doppler is a novel written by a Norwegian writer Erlend Loe. His writing is nothing complicated but it doesn't harm the outcome of the story, it is just pleasantly easy to read and also quite quick to read, which is something I appreciate from time to time.

 

 

Doppler, the narrator, is a man with a steady alright-paid job, a family and a life people consider enjoyable. He is very keen on riding a bicycle. One day he goes for a ride into the woods and he hits a rock, falls from his bike and experiences something that might be considered an enlightenment. Suddenly, Doppler detests people and society as a whole, and is appaled by consumerism and money. He decides the only way to solve what he is feeling is to move out into the forest. And so he does.

In the forest, living in a tent, he needs some food, as he has no money to buy any. He has been stealing from a man's house for a while but the man had noticed and locked his back door, naturally enough. So Doppler must kill an elk to get meat, with which he could nourish himself and which he could exchange for other things, like skimmed milk, for example. There is a baby elk with the one Doppler kills, and it just won't go away, no matter how hard Doppler tries to chase it off. In the end, the baby elk who gets a name Bongo, becomes Doppler's friend and they live happily in the forest, together.

Until one lovely day, people start liking the idea of living outside society, city and houses. People come to the forest and try to make friends with Doppler, which is something he doesn't like at all. After his son Gregus joins him in the tent outside the city, and lives with him for some time, Doppler, Bongo and Gregus prepare for a journey to some other forest, bigger forest, their forest.. and there is a to be continued sentence at the end of the book. So perhaps, we will get another story of Doppler and his baby elk.

 

 

This book caught my eye merely because of the cover. I haven't heard of it before I saw it in the bookstore. Apparently, people have, but not me. When I read the synopsis in the back, I was hooked. I love these stories of people leaving societies, disliking people and not being able to live in a place where there are any people. I also truly enjoy stories in which animals have an important part in harmony with people. A few pages into the book, I was absolutely unable to stop reading. As I mentioned in the beginning, the way the story is told and the language that is used to do so is simply stunning. I read this so quickly and then I wished I didn't so that I could perhaps enjoy it a little bit more. Although I generally don't like books that do not have chapters, it didn't bother me so much with this one as there was something like chapters - the story is divided into months, starting in November and ending in May.

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text 2013-04-18 21:39
Dopler
Doppler - Erland Loe

Obratite pažnju na Erlenda Lua, zaslužuje je!

 

Istina, njegovo pisanje je nešto drugačije od onoga na šta smo mi na ovim prostorima navikli. Jednostavno je reč o senzibilitetu. Luovi junaci su možda tipični Skandinavci, ali su sa tačke gledišta tipičnog, a i manje tipičnog Balkanca, prilično atipični ljudi.

 

Dopler je delo na ivici apsurda. Tematizuje apsurdnost civilizacije, kultivacije čovečanstva i ideje o napretku koju ono gaji, i naravno, same egzistencije. Možda vam je malo verovatno da sredovečan, porodičan čovek koji živi u izobilju, u jednoj razvijenoj evropskoj državi, može da napusti svoju porodicu kako bi se distancirao od civilizacije i vratio iskonskom u čoveku. Možda vam je čudno, a možda ga ipak razumete.

 

Ne mogu da obećam da će vam se svideti, ali će vas verovatno naterati na razmišljanje, jer govori o temi manje ili više bliskoj svakom savremenom čoveku, a sve to na zabavan, duhovit način.

 

Slovenskoj duši može zasmetati svedenost emocija, hladnoća jednog Skandinavca. Ako to prevaziđete, daćete sebi šansu za uživanje u ovom delu.

 

A ako vam se svidi, ne propustite ni Naivan, super.

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review 2012-12-12 00:00
Doppler
Doppler - Erland Loe

Doppler is a nice man who falls off his bike and bangs his head. This combined with the death of his father leads him to see the error of his ways and he attempts to escape from a consumer lifestyle that he feels, and at times is quite literally beating him about the head. So he moves into the forest with an elk calf called Bongo for company.

The book itself is a lovely little hardback with striking cover art. Head of Zeus’ tagline about an elk being not just for Christmas doesn’t actually relate to the story, but I think we can forgive a relatively new publisher from seeking to get the most out of a December release.

While reading, I found a few similarities with The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, the escape from the grind of everyday life and how one man’s plans can be derailed by the intrusion of others, but whereas I felt Harold Fry didn’t work, with Doppler’s quirky and humourous style it had far more resonance.

Doppler can’t always escape his niceness, despite his bang on the head. Even with his selfish outlook he does sometimes think of others. After all who hasn’t been so fed up with children’s DVDs before that we’ve given them away? Even in a scenario of complete silliness, the scene where he clears his house of his son’s collection rings true and manages to be very funny.

It’s the style of the book that makes it work. In other, perhaps more serious novels, Doppler’s actions and the reaction of those around him would seem ridiculous (how does he survive on a bit of smoked meat and Toblerone?), but here it all works well. It’s a quirky, funny and thoughtful book and as Doppler moves deeper into his anti consumerist lifestyle, you can’t help but root for him. Even if you do feel a bit sorry for his wife.

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