Lazy Days

Hardcover | November 9, 2013

byErlend LoeTranslated byDon Bartlett, Don Shaw

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From the bestselling author of Doppler, a wry and very funny look at the pitfalls of human existence . . . and the charms of celebrity chef Nigella Lawson.

Aspiring playwright Bror Telemann loves all things British. His wife, Nina, loves everything German. So a family holiday at the foot of the Alps, south of Munich - which Bror believes to be the birthplace of Nazism - is bound to cause tension. Especially when Bror spends the whole time virtually stalking (and constantly fantasizing about) his greatest obsession, British chef Nigella Lawson.

Can Telemann continue to bear the pressure of his empty existence? Or will his long-suffering family be the first to snap?

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From the bestselling author of Doppler, a wry and very funny look at the pitfalls of human existence . . . and the charms of celebrity chef Nigella Lawson.Aspiring playwright Bror Telemann loves all things British. His wife, Nina, loves everything German. So a family holiday at the foot of the Alps, south of Munich - which Bror believe...

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...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 7.25 × 4.5 × 0.74 inPublished:November 9, 2013Publisher:House Of Anansi Press IncLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Just another great lazy day! I would go as far to say I like "Lazy Days" more than "Doppler." Doppler was the outdoors man, who moves to the wilderness and bond with a moose, where Telemann is a theatre man with an unhealthy infatuation for Nigella Lawson. Doppler and Telemann are opposites, in the sense of one having more of a laissez-faire, countryside attitude, whereas the other being more obsessive in his urban leisures. The common thread is that both have unstable relationships with their spouses and kids, and that is the root for most of the unhinged yet insightful conversations, which mostly runs through this little book. They are loathsome, but boy, are they hilarious in their incongruous ways and wacky musings, that sometimes make me stop and, regrettably, nod in silence.
Date published: 2013-10-26

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"...there is something darkly charming about Lazy Days, but also unexpected [...] Is it brilliant? It may be brilliant. But it is also funny as hell. Don't miss it." - Jones Atwater, January Magazine"...funny..." - Sam Leith, London Evening Standard"It's all about the deadpan dialogue in this charming novel." - Michael Hingston, Globe and Mail"There's much to enjoy in Loe's deadpan comedy..." - David Evans, Financial Times