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Simon and the Oaks by Marianne Fredriksson
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Simon and the Oaks (1985)

by Marianne Fredriksson

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I read this one in its German translation in a bid to improve my German. The story of a half-Jewish boy growing up in Sweden during/after World War II was surprisingly gripping: there was so much human interest; so many opportunities for drama. Not to mention what I think of as the 'filth chapter' which contributed countless words to my vocabulary that I would never have learned in a classroom. There were frequent forays into the surreal, or into the realms of Nordic folklore, which were tough to read and understand, but the remaining 'real life' sections were excellent. Its range is astonishing - farming, boatbuilding, concentration camps, national service, archaeology. I was never quite sure where it was going to go next. I suppose it's a natural reaction after nearly five months in its company, but this book's characters now feel like members of my own family. ( )
  jayne_charles | May 21, 2015 |
Follow this saga of how various characters react to the curve balls life throws at them. No one is immune. ( )
  Yabut | Jan 27, 2015 |
A too well plotted soap opera. Every character has "issues" which are magically sorted out leaving them stronger and more grounded without changing them. The setting and incorporated details of daily Swedish life before, during, and after WWII was interesting, though. ( )
  ELiz_M | Apr 6, 2013 |
This was an interesting book but sometimes overly flowery and perhaps didn't always translate as well as it could of. ( )
  qofd | Aug 10, 2010 |
to be read
  annenz | Jun 11, 2009 |
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Marianne Fredrikssonprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Middelbeek-Oortgiese… JannyTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tate, JoanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"An ordinary bloody oak," the boy said to the tree.
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Simon is an ordinary boy growing up in Sweden; at least until World War II is declared; until he befriends the traumatised Jewish boy Isak; and until he learns that he is adopted. With his innocence forever lost, Simon must embark on a quest for self-hood that will be his salvation - or ruin.

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The friendship of two Swedish boys and the way they are influenced by each other's families. One boy descends from wealthy Jewish intellectuals, the other is the son of a craftsman working with his hands.

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