The Half Brother is a great novel telling the story of a Norwegian family living in the capitol, the city of Oslo. The story begins during the celebration of peace after world war II when a woman gets raped on the attic of the old apartment building she lives in. The celebration turns to grief but the result, a son, is welcomed by the loving family. Later on the same woman marries another man and she gets another son. The two are half brothers, and the book tells of their the family's relationship with eachother. It takes you through pain, anger, distress but also wonderful moments of joy. It is hard to describe what the book is really about, but I guess it tells a story of a group of people that might seem to live a pointless life in a pointless world. But what Lars Saabye Christensen wants to tell us is that no matter how dark it gets, life is a wonderful gift and it is worth living. Even if you have many dark moments in your life and few bright ones, in the end it is all worth it. The few bright ones makes it so. This book is such an amazing experience to read that you are going to want to read it again and again. And we can all recognize all the bizarre and funny moments the family experiences because we go through it all ourselves in our own lives. The Half Brother makes you look at life in a new, different and refreshing way and appreciate all that you've got. But at the same time it lets you know that if you have very little that is ok as well. Whatever you've got, appreciate it!