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Doppler

by Erlend Loe

House Of Anansi Press Inc | October 13, 2012 | Hardcover

Doppler is rated 3.4 out of 5 by 5.

A Guardian Book of the Year and Chapters/Indigo Best Book

A bestseller in Scandinavia -- Doppler is the enchanting, subversive, and very unusual story about one man and his moose.

This beguiling modern fable tells the story of a man who, after the death of his father, abandons his home, his family, his career, and the trappings of civilization for a makeshift tent in the woods where he adopts a moose-calf named Bongo. Or is it Bongo who adopts him? Together they devote themselves, with some surprising results, to the art of carefree living.

Hilarious, touching, and poignant in equal measure -- you will read it with tear-stained cheeks and sore sides -- Doppler is also a deeply subversive novel and a strong criticism of modern consumer culture.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 192 pages, 7.25 × 4.5 × 0.98 in

Published: October 13, 2012

Publisher: House Of Anansi Press Inc

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1770893008

ISBN - 13: 9781770893009

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Short, and brimming with meaning This book happened at exactly the right time in my life. I've come to a point where the things, and moments, that had meant something for SO long, have now become frivolous, and unnecessary. I pretty much wanted to highlight every other sentence in this novel, and if I hadn't borrowed it from work, I probably would have. Also, I have not laughed out loud the way I did while reading this book in a very, very long time. Doppler lived a life of man with a wife and two children, one teenaged girl, the other, a boy, still floating through a cloud of innocence at the precious age of 3. We don't meet their acquaintance initially though, as the book opens into an expanse of greenery, and open air-the forest, Doppler's new residence. We learn that after living a rather routine life, and upon hearing that his father has died, Doppler-with the help of a painful epiphany-has given it all up, packed it all in..or er..out, and set up house in the woods. He has also adopted a moose-calf, and is quite content with it all. Such a simple joy this book was. I savoured Doppler's days of leisure, and commended him for turning his back on the conventional. Though I didn't exactly agree with this lack of responsibility for his family, I found myself wishing that we could all be so lucky-to find happiness in the less obvious things. It made me feel privileged in the worst way, sitting in my room, on my fancy leather couch, sipping from fancy mug of tea, reading the truths of truths. "You're here and then you're not. From one day to the next. I saw it all in a flash and realised that the difference is so overwhelming that the mind has to acknowledge its limitations and pass. All the things you can be and have, a then at the drop of a hat all things you cannot be and have because you have been and had for the last time." Doppler was an extremely funny character-I LOVED his musings, especially the ones that involved him speaking to Bongo, the moose-calf. I felt the love in that relationship more strongly than I feel with characters in a romantic situation-this was pure, and not one bit contrived. Just a simple love for someone/something that was only able to listen-no judgement, no awkward conversation. I also appreciated Doppler's ability to contradict his beliefs, and quite easily at that-in his quest to abandon society, he ended up unintentionally helping others in their own search for meaning. It's corny, but it gave me a new sort of hope for humanity-people can be good, even when they don't mean to be. This book was short, and brimming with meaning. I recommend it to anyone who ever sought to think beyond the daily routines and obligations of life. Anyone who's ever just wanted to say, "No, I'm not doing that today. I think I'll go for a walk instead." Someone who's just wanted to keep on walking, see where it would take them. That person needs to read this book.
Date published: 2014-09-24
Rated out of 5 by from I enjoyed reading Doppler. It was a different read compared to what I usually read. If you're interested in a novel that has a strange view o life, then this is for you.
Date published: 2014-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun and thoughtful without being preachy It's refreshing to read a commentary on our material society that doesn't involve a soap box. Doppler, who decides to abandon Norwegian society and live in the woods outside of Oslo is a character we enjoy, but he's not meant to inspire us. Many of his decisions--such as the abandonment of his pregnant wife--offend us, but we delight in his antics and those of the cast of characters he becomes involved with. It points out the madness of our world--you don't need to be an expert on Norwegian culture to follow it--but without saying that other ways are better. They're just bizarre other ways. A great translation here makes for a book where people play down the insanity of living in the woods, multiple break-ins, attempted suicides, and raising a moose because you killed his mother for food.
Date published: 2014-09-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Doppler Doppler is a 183 page fable. The author did not have much to say so there is a lot of blank pages between chapters, a review on The lord of the Rings, children TV programs and pages on how he as a large penis. There is no likeable characters in the fable including the protagonist. Calling it a fable enables the author to write about something he has no knowledge in, killing an adult moose with a knife, living in the forest off the land, and building a totem pole. This short story should of taken three to 4 hours to read but each page was senseless I could not take too much at one time.
Date published: 2014-09-24
Rated out of 5 by from Haven't bought or read anything by this author before...don't think I willl read him again. The non-conformist main character lives his life in deference to all I have been brought up to believe.
Date published: 2014-09-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Doppler Did a bonk on the head drive Doppler mad, or knock some sense into him? Is it madness or genius to leave behind a pedestrian life of niceness, family, money, work and Teletubbies to live in the woods with a moose calf? Madness? Or genius? As I read about Doppler's adventures, I thought either, "He has lost his mind," or "What a brilliant insight." Doppler believes a tumble from his bicycle and a blow to his head opened his eyes to a clear-eyed, inspired view of reality. He looks back on the life he used to live as madness: "For weeks it had irritated me that they couldn't wait to start bombing down there [Iraq] until we had finished doing up the bathroom." But his wife, his brother-in-law, and his teenaged daughter shake their heads at his lunacy. ". . . and what should I say to those who ask? my wife has said several times with desperation in her voice." His four-year-old son is the impartial observer. The book begins with "My father is dead," and the tricky nature of father/child relationships runs as a theme through the book. In his mad/genius way, Doppler even names the moose calf after his father: "I'll call the calf Bongo after my father, I decide as I'm strolling back into the forest. Even though my father wasn't called Bongo I'll name the calf Bongo after him." His father was present, but absent. Does Doppler absent himself from his family to be more present for them? Doppler sees "niceness" as a sickness and advocates a return to a barter economy. From his newly adopted home in the woods he looks down in Grinch style on the lives of people below: "One problem with people is that as soon as they fill a space it's them you see and not the space. Large, desolate landscapes stop being large, desolate landscapes once they have people in them. They define what the eye sees. . . . In this way an illusion is created that humans are more important than those things on earth which are not human. It's a sick illusion." Once I began reading Erlend Loe's rebellious fable, I had to keep reading, mainly because I wanted to see what he would come up with next. Sometimes lightly humorous, and sometimes just plain light, sometimes darkly humorous, and sometimes just plain dark, this story entertains as it turns our perspectives on life upside-down.
Date published: 2014-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A favourite book of 2012!! Charming, funny and just the right amount of bizarre, Doppler is one of the most refreshing reads I've experienced in a while. Even though the book's two main characters are a moose and a man living in a tent alone in a forest, the storyline moves so quickly and I just wasn't able to put it down. A definite must read for anyone looking for something to make them think, laugh and want to share with everyone they know!
Date published: 2014-09-24

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Doppler

by Erlend Loe

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 192 pages, 7.25 × 4.5 × 0.98 in

Published: October 13, 2012

Publisher: House Of Anansi Press Inc

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1770893008

ISBN - 13: 9781770893009

From the Publisher

A Guardian Book of the Year and Chapters/Indigo Best Book

A bestseller in Scandinavia -- Doppler is the enchanting, subversive, and very unusual story about one man and his moose.

This beguiling modern fable tells the story of a man who, after the death of his father, abandons his home, his family, his career, and the trappings of civilization for a makeshift tent in the woods where he adopts a moose-calf named Bongo. Or is it Bongo who adopts him? Together they devote themselves, with some surprising results, to the art of carefree living.

Hilarious, touching, and poignant in equal measure -- you will read it with tear-stained cheeks and sore sides -- Doppler is also a deeply subversive novel and a strong criticism of modern consumer culture.

About the Author

Erlend Loe was born in 1969 in Trondheim, Norway. He studied folklore, film studies, and literature before working as a newspaper critic, in a psychiatric hospital, and as a schoolteacher. He is the author of eight novels, including Doppler, which was named a Guardian Best Book, and six children's books, which have been translated and published in thirty-four countries. He lives in Norway.
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