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5.0 out of 5 stars
a very good writer from Sweden, 20 July 2007
Hjalmar Bergman is one of my favorite writers in Sweden, I'm really pleased his book is now in English, only I think the second one. This is a very good story, right at the middle of his writing - after he got really good, but before he started to write his most popular books. So in it you can see what was really important to him, like freedom of will, and how far people are forced to do things because of their background and childhood and inheritance from their family.
This book is a riddle - you see different characters doing the same things, but in new ways and in new places. Grandfathers, fathers, sons, uncles - same questions affect all of them, and some do right, some do wrong, some go crazy! Actually it is a very funny book, but in a way that is hard to say - Bergman is a very ironic writer, with a comical sense of the world.
I hope there will be more books by this writer in English, so I can show my English friends how good he is!