Norma Hardcover – 2 Nov 2017
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Alright, hold on tight, because this is the best novel you will read this fall * Femina, Denmark * Sofi Oksanen is one of the brightest shining stars in Nordic literature. I want to devour Norma whole. * Norrkopings Tidningar, Sweden * Norma is addictive, lucid, breathtakingly suspenseful, and on top of this it is stunningly observant, eerily well-researched, critical, with feminist overtones and very, very relatable * Affarsmagasinet Forum, Finland *
From the internationally acclaimed author of Purge and When the Doves Disappeared, comes a deliciously dark family drama that is a searing portrait of both the exploitation of women's bodies and the extremes to which people will go for the sake of beauty.See all Product description
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While the author has some good points about the exploitation of women, it isn't the cunning feminist manifesto I was expecting. It is bogged down with two many plots and poorly developed characters. The pacing is uneven and the writing is, at times, bad. Not sure how much is attributable to the translation but at times the many plots get convoluted and confusing and any urgency regarding Norma's situation peters out. I don't mind weird or magical realism for that matter but this book is both too much and too little. The ending failed to satisfy and I was left strangely empty.There were some promising ideas that were never came to fruition. In the final analysis this book is as fussy las a pompadour, as silly as a man bun and ultimately as odd and awkward as a mullet.