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'Wonderfully subversive, funny and original' Observer.
'A darkly comic fable which makes some astringent points about the way we live today' Independent.
'It gripped me from the very first page and I read the entire thing in a single day. It was unusual in that it was both powerful and entertaining; a rare combination that is difficult to pull off' Farm Lane Books.
'Funny and a touch dark ... [Doppler] is like a Nordic Obi-Wan' Big Issue.
'An absurdist, hilariously subversive novel' Saga.
'Compelling, disquieting and perceptive' Adresseavisen.
'Shamelessly charming without intellectual fuss' Stavanger Aftenblad.
'With Doppler Erlend Loe has become Norway's most alarming writer' Dagens Næringsliv.
'There's much to enjoy in Loe's dead-pan comedy.' Financial Times. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Erlend Loe is a Norwegian novelist. His eight books have been translated into over twenty languages.
Don Bartlett and Don Shaw have collaborated on two previous novels.--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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But he doesn't find it easy. He's hungry, the summer fruits have run out, the locals have started putting locks on the doors to stop him stealing food, and he kills an elk. He's not moved far enough away from his former home to either avoid people coming to see him or to avoid the pull of his former life. The elk has a calf and, with some hesitation - Doppler adopts him and calls him Bongo, after his own recently-deceased father, whose name wasn't Bongo...
After a brief period of contentment, things start to go wrong. People impinge. Doppler obtains a follower who mimics his moves. His pregnant wife tries to pull him back into the life he turned his back on. It's not what he hoped for...
Nothing is quite clear in Doppler. It raises lots of issues - family, loneliness, mental breakdown, death and rebirth - but doesn't solve any of them. And why should it? Good books make you think about things. Doppler does that in spades. And it's warm and human and sad and touching. And laugh out loud funny in places. If you need a quiet 160-odd page break from the family at Christmas - without actually heading for the woods - this is a good book to take you there.
Loe's original, dark-humoured narrative is recognisable in this tale of an unhappy and self-diagnosed "failed" man, who one day drops everything (i.e. his bourgeois Oslo existence) and goes to live in the woods in the manner of Thoreau's Walden. It's not entirely clear (and maybe it does not matter) if this change from "nice" to crazy comes due to the concussion (Doppler falls off his bike prior to his re-valuation of his life) or if he is simply depressed and shaken by his father's death. Anyway, before you know it, his life as a misanthrope with a pet moose Bongo attracts more attention than he needs, and his way of life gets a following.
The novel is quirky and amusing in a lot of ways and there were parts of it I really liked (the man who spends his life re-creating the World War II scene, all the interactions with Bongo). Erlend Loe's humour is also the reason I keep reading his books.
It took nearly a decade for "Doppler" to be translated into English language, and I guess some of the sharpness and novelty of the novel was lost with age.
Overall, a light read, and the humour will not appeal to everybody. Approach with caution.
It’s a charming tale with a cutting edge. Doppler is happy in the forest but is a keen observer of the society he has rejected. Forced to communicate again with his pregnant wife and two children, he struggles to cope with modern society and his responsibilities, Teletubbies add Bob the Builder included. His teenage daughter Nora, named after an Ibsen character of course, insists on talking to him in elfish. His son Gregus forgets the television and instead helps him carve a totem pole, intended as a memorial to Doppler’s father but which comes to represent the three male generations of Dopplers and Bongo.
I read it quickly and wished it was longer, a book that will yield more for re-reading I think.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My all time favourite book. Funny, sweet, deep in places, very easy to read and brilliantly written. Not much more you can ask for really, is there?Published 10 months ago by FF
The story of one man trying to find an alternative path to the most commonly used ... and his elk!Published 17 months ago by Lester Noel
I was most intrigued by the premise of this novella, and picked it up thinking it would either totally live up to its promise and be brilliant, or be utterly terrible. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Mrs. K. A. Wheatley
Like Lazy Days by the same author this is basically a tale of middle age disillusionment, except instead being about a couple falling out while on holiday, Doppler tells the tale... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Mr. Robert Marsland
In the spirit of existentialism Erlend Loe in ‘Doppler’ speaks about self-realization of the individual, of the absurdity of human existence, finding life equivalent to the paradox... Read morePublished on 24 April 2014 by Helpful Advice