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Syndere i sommersol (1927)

by Sigurd Hoel

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Sinners in Summertime covers the time spent on an island by a group of 4 male and 4 female postgraduates students, and was first published in 1930. They are devotees of Freud and determined not to be "self-deceivers who belong to the previous generation". The tale is a mildly satirical look at the summer spent there as the resolutions for the break fall apart one by one.

The characters are very assured of themselves, arrogant, and confident of the way their generation will direct the world. Of course, forced by the claustrophobia of bubble of the island, they are brought face to face with themselves and their relationships, and are all wiser by the end of the book. Anyone who has been through university is bound to recognise their peers, and perhaps themselves, in the personalities of the characters. ( )
  rrmmff2000 | Nov 15, 2015 |
Good read, but sadly out of date ( )
  Jonoen | Sep 17, 2009 |
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Originally published in English in 1930, Sinners in Summertime takes a satirical look at sex, psychoanalysis, and the arrogance of youth. A group of students spend the summer along the Norwegian coast, determined to be honest about the nature of sex, in order to avoid the self-delusions they feel have plagued previous generations. What follows is a complete undermining of all their "enlightened" values, as they find themselves ensnared by romantic mischief. A novel of manners in an era when standards where about to break down, Sinners exposes the folly of youthful intellectualism, while also demonstrating the connections that bind all generations.

Sigurd Hoel was one of the leading literary and cultural voices of Norway in the first half of the twentieth century.

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