- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Strident Publishing; 2nd edition edition (1 Jun. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1905537328
- ISBN-13: 978-1905537327
- Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.4 x 1.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Nothing Paperback – 1 Jun 2011
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'I love this bold, beautiful, terrifying book. One of the greatest young adult books I have ever read.' --David Almond, author of Skellig.
'This uncompromising novel has all the marks of a classic.' --Booklist
'Rivals Lord Of The Flies for horror' --Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Nothing was awarded both the Michael L. Printz Honor and the Batchelder Translation Honor from the American Library Association in January 2011. Other awards include the prestigious Le Prix Libbylit for best novel for children in the French-speaking world, and Best Children's Book Prize from the Danish Cultural Ministry. Janne is a Danish novelist of Austrian-German family background who has lived and worked all over the world, working for the UN before becoming a full-time novelist. Since her 1999 debut novel, the highly acclaimed saga Odin's Island, she has published several best-selling and award-winning novels, and her literature has been translated into more than 13 languages.
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Top Customer Reviews
This is not an easy book to read. I wont lie, it's disturbed and haunting and downright creepy. But more than that it's though provoking and inspiring and simply breathtaking. It contains so much that people really should think about. At points I did get disillusioned with it, thinking that all it showed was that kids can be a spiteful bunch, but after sticking with it I can definitely say it's a very poignant piece.
Nothing has a very existentialistic theme, to me it said that there is no universal meaning, that no one should force meaning on another person, no one has the right to decide what should and should not matter and how it matters and how much it should matter to us, as individuals. But I guess the great thing about this book is that interpretations of it can be totally subjective. I think so much can be learnt about human motivations and the state of our society from this book, and the beauty is it can be done in such an accessible way.Read more ›
The prose - mostly very well translated - is deceptively simple and spare. Perhaps that's what makes the story so moving and morbid and poignant, so heart-wrenching and so painfully, often cruelly, philosophical. "Nothing" was recommended to me by an American friend who tells me it has won awards in the US. Having read it, I am quite surprised it hasn't been a huge hit in the UK. It really deserves to be.
When Pierre Anton decides that "nothing matters" and climbs up into a tree, his classmates decide to prove him wrong by creating a pile of things that matter to them. Since this makes them search their hearts and question their own conflicted and complex desires, the story quickly turns allegorical - in the darkest yet most seductive way. The action takes place in a small town somewhere in the Danish countryside in a low-key world which quickly seems cut out to become nightmarish, as more and more is set at stake.
For me, this amazing novel of teenage disillusionment and existential angst belongs on the shelf next to The Catcher in the Rye.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's hard to escape the sharp-edged existential gloom that falls as you reach the end of this book. It's an impressive novel that won't be a success in bRitain because we like... Read morePublished on 2 Mar. 2014 by newnatbooks
Though some British readers may take time to acclimatise to the americanisms of the translation, this book is a bleak, brave examination of that point in teen life when we begin to... Read morePublished on 7 Aug. 2013 by martin thomasson
I really don't know how I feel about this book and I'm unsure on how to rate it. It actually felt almost like a short story to me. Read morePublished on 17 Oct. 2011 by Stepping Out of the Page
This is about as good as it gets. Having read the blurb for this book I was already hooked. The search for the meaning of life? That's pretty big stuff... Read morePublished on 31 Aug. 2011 by K Andrews