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Beyond The Great Indoors - Ingvar Ambjornsen

Beyond The Great Indoors

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"Elling has a wildly overactive imagination and has been molly-coddled by his mother all his life, so when she dies he is left completely incapable of taking care of himself. After a stint in the very helpful Broynes Rehabilitation Centre, Elling returns to Oslo with his room-mate Kjell Bjarne in tow. Together the odd couple embark on a free-spirited new life. A touching and hilarious comedy of anxiety from Norway's biggest talent, Beyond the Great Indoors rejoices in the simplest pleasures of life and reminds us of the importance of conquering our everyday fears. On a quest to live like normal average people, Elling and Kjell's friendship grows - kittens, girlfriends and terrorist poetry enter the equation - even fame beckons. But there are fears to conquer before that, answering the telephone for one, leaving the house for another and the journey outdoors is by no means and easy one. By the end of the novel Kjell has found himself a girlfriend, albeit a pregnant drunk, the upstairs neighbour Reidun, and Elling has discovered his love for poetry, in the pursuit of which he makes friends with an elderly poet. Finally both men are on their way to a more normal life. Told with

"'Hilarious ... Told with balance, pace and wit ... This book is unhesitatingly recommended as a bizarrely ordinary celebration of friendship, love and adventure against the odds.'" * Independent * "'Ambjornsen creates a gentle, but never saccharine, comedy out of Elling's tentative engagement with the world beyond the great indoors. He gives Elling an endearing, childishly direct voice, but adds an edge of anger that keeps the tone arrestingly eccentric.'" * Guardian * "'Brilliant.'" * FHM (Best New Fiction) *

ISBN: 9780552772099
ISBN-10: 0552772097
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 15th February 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 13.0  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1

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