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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (4 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099507358
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099507352
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Superb new novel...At once intricate and explosive, The Quiet Girl is elegantly written and furiously plotted, resonant (though not acoustically) of Philip Pullman's Dark Materials trilogy and also David Mamet's elaborately staged deceptions" (Independent on Sunday)

"In Høeg's hallucinatory prose, Copenhagen has a sinister near-future feel... there are also passages of lyrical beauty" (Financial Times)

"Striking and deeply felt... confirms that Høeg is a writer determined to make new footprints in the snow" (Mark Lawson Guardian)

"He writes entertainingly, at times lyrically, at times scathingly" (Scotland on Sunday)

"The Quiet Girl has Hoeg's best-selling hallmarks - including an off-kilter hero in the shape of Kasper Krone, a world-famous clown with a penchant for poker and mysticism" (Daily Mail)

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A fast-paced philosophical thriller of rare quality from the author of Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lady Fancifull TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Nov. 2008
Format: Paperback
There is much in this book which almost reads like a primer on a spiritual quest into the heart of love, and also a journey to meet the anima.

You do rather have to suspend disbelief, or a need for certainty, and just go along for an interior journey into the psyche of someone with preternatural sensitivity to the vibration of sound, and a deep connection with Bach.

Most of the time, once I got into the book, I loved the journey, though the first 30 or 40 pages I had to work hard to let the book's world grip me, and by the last 20 pages I'd got a bit tired by all the amazing synchronicities, and was thinking 'here we go again'; plus a slightly 'Boy's Own' comic book/Hollywood touch of unreality in how many times someone can have severe beatings/shootings etc administered and STILL be in a fit state to head-butt, shimmy through drains, etc etc. A more prosaic sense of how the body responds to injury had me saying 'NO WAY!' on a number of occasions!!!!!

Perhaps a firmer hand on the editing pencil could have inched me to the 5 star - too long, too repeating its devices, but gripping for all that, even if it doesn't quite match 'Miss Smilla'
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By I. Richardson on 5 Nov. 2007
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Peter Hoeg returns to themes he explored in Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow in this bewilderingly fast-paced thriller set almost entirely in Copenhagen. Circus clown Kaspar Krone is on the trail of the abductors of KlaraMaria, the quiet girl of the title. The quiet girl is one of a group of children who (like Krone himself) appear to possess extraordinary abilities. But is everything as it seems ?

As in his previous work, Hoeg takes the thriller genre and weaves a compelling story that emerges piece by piece, while gently teasing the reader at the same time, forcing his audience to question how much of the tale is a smokescreen. This is a book that doesn't cease to surprise and challenge and deserves to be read at least twice.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By DubaiReader VINE VOICE on 12 Jan. 2011
Format: Paperback
I really wanted to enjoy this as it came highly recommended by a friend whose opinions I usually respect. But I could not seem penetrate the storyline, I never really felt that I understood what was going on.

Kasper Krone is (was?) a circus clown, seemingly quite famous, and also a talented violinist. At some point he has made enough money that the Inland Revenue is after him for tax evasion. He seems to be constantly just ahead of them, just out of reach, thanks to the help of various random people who he phones out of the blue, and a lot of luck.
There is also the Quiet Girl of the title, KlaraMaria, 9 years old, who drifts in and out of his life on some random chronology that I was unable to fathom. He is drawn to her because she has extrasensory abilities. She seems to be living with nuns, has apparently been kidnapped, yet is able to suddenly appear in his caravan, unaccompanied.
Kasper also has the ability to garner all sorts of information about people and places by their musical note, something that I found overused, well beyond the boundaries of believability. On top of this Kasper seems to have this amazing power over women by just flattering them - when actually, as a character he really has no appeal at all.

I'm really not at all clear what is going on, it's like reading a book through a haze. The coincidences are just piling up and my tolerance is failing. Enough is enough, I'm on to my next book!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mary Whipple HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 Nov. 2007
Format: Hardcover
Peter Hoeg's first novel in ten years takes the reader on a trip through an almost psychedelic world of circus clowns, children with mystical abilities, powerful nuns, evil financiers, mysterious security agencies, and bizarre foundations. Kasper Krone, a circus clown, has discovered that "SheAlmighty has tuned each person in a musical key," and he is able to hear the music that SheAlmighty has created for each person. By tapping into the music of people's psyches, he can understand their moods and thoughts. Often the music he hears emanating from those around him is that of Bach, the ebb and flow of a person's inner spirit paralleling the changing moods of specific Bach masterpieces.

Complex and sometimes mystifying, The Quiet Girl builds its non-linear "story" through impressionistic scenes, presented seemingly at random from the past, present, future, and even the imagination. It is up to the reader to create a narrative from the scenes presented as the characters overlap and as additional information is revealed.

Kasper is being investigated for tax evasion and is about to be deported from Denmark to Spain. As he deals with governmental officials from Department H and other mysterious departments, people from the circus who may or may not want to help him, and the mysterious Rabia Institute, a convent of Praying Sisters, he, like the reader, tries to make sense of the world around him. When he sees a small girl, KlaraMaria, with her "family," she claims, virtually telepathically, that she has been kidnapped and wants Kaspar to help her. Eventually, he learns that the nuns from the Rabia Institute have been protecting a group of children, including KlaraMaria, believing that "Some children are born with a gift for coming close to God faster than others.
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