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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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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 |
Interesting 'story of a childhood and early life' book set in Sweden before during and after ww2. Insight in to experiences of a young man in a neutral country who had Jewish connections ( in both sense). Also portrays some the long term psychological damage experienced by holocaust survivors.
Good read ( )
  wendyrey | Apr 14, 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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