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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Random House USA Inc; Reprint edition (Aug. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385722672
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385722674
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.1 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 385,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Doctor Glas is one of those marvellous books that appears as fresh and vivid now as on the day it was published …" -- Margaret Atwood --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ann-Sophie Eriksson on 22 July 2007
Format: Hardcover
It's quite funny that Söderberg is best known around the world for this novel - in Sweden he is most known for his short stories, which are seen as the finest examples of the form written in that language. But he uses the same style in all his fiction - very controlled, no unnecessary words. And he writes very gently about the ironies of life, and gives some of the best descriptions of Stockholm to be found anywhere in fiction. Anything he wrote is well worth reading!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Melmoth on 2 Sept. 2011
Format: Paperback
I wish I had read Doctor Glas when I was younger. I think nineteen would have been a good age. I remember I took advantage of a rather content-light summer term syllabus to catch up with a lot of books I ought to have read - The Glass Bead Game, The Trial, all the usual studenty things, even Jude the Obscure. All the books I read that term formed an indelible impression, each leaving me changed as I brought the covers together for the last time (although, admittedly, the change wrought by Jude the Obscure was to make me someone who never, ever wanted to read a single line of Thomas Hardy again). I wonder if Doctor Glas would have had a similar effect on me had I read it then. All I can be sure of is that books affect one very differently in one's forties as opposed to one's late teens, that the worlds they open up can never seem as bright and strange and new to a slightly jaded middle-aged mind as they do to a bright and strange and new teenaged one.

Whatever the case may be, Doctor Glas is certainly an intriguing book. First published in 1905 it is nonetheless strikingly modern in many ways. Using the diary form it succeeds in giving a remarkably full portrait of the eponymous doctor's mind - both skimming its surface and plumbing its depths - as he in turn examines his growing obsession with the local priest and his wife. His loathing of the former and unspoken love for the latter is played out across the diary's pages in the middle of digressions on the weather, recollections of dreams, carefully-phrased contemplations and hasty midnight scribblings. The result is a book which feels both utterly true to life and daringly experimental for its time, giving a convincing portrait of a man grappling with a morality of whose force he is unsure.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Moody on 25 Dec. 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is a superb book. Captivating, thought provoking, and unlike many novels from yesteryear, still very relevant today. I cannot understand the reviewer who found in "unengaging". The liberal ideologies it proposes are extreme even by todays standards and it is little wonder that this book was banned in its day.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By E. Dibego on 22 Jan. 2003
Format: Hardcover
A Swedish friend of mine recommended Söderberg to me, as the best Swedish writer of the fin-de-siecle. I have just finished reading it, I would enhance his opinion by saying Söderberg is one of the best fin-de-siecle writers, period. I will not go into depths here, I will only say that this short novel is written in diary form, and that the author displays an amazing control of form and style. It is exquisitely written. I was reading it at the same time as I was reading Kafka's "The Trial", and Kafka did not benefit from comparison.
Enter the dangerously rational mind of Doctor Glas.
*****
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By johnh on 29 April 2014
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Fine writing here, a bleak and challenging story. A novel many years ahead of its time and well worth reading if you enjoy following the development of the novel over the past 100 years. I read "gregorious" first, the sequel written many years later by another author, but it all made perfect sense reading them in the wrong order.
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