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Troll: A Love Story by Johanna Sinisalo

Troll: A Love Story (2000)

by Johanna Sinisalo

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If you think there's nothing new under the sun when it comes to story-telling, give this book a try - it won't be what you expect, whatever you're expecting. (Especially if you're expecting Shrek.) A fast and entertaining read that isn't 'experimental fiction', but still does creative stuff with perspective and the idea of trolls. One little thing about the translation bothered me at first - the translator occasionally uses slang words that are really outdated - both for the date of the translation (2003) and the time period of the novel - early 2000's. Words like "pad" for apartment, or awkward descriptions of the act of internet searching, when the verb 'to google' was already in common use. But it is very infrequent, and I liked the spirit of the book so much that it started to seem cute after a while. But I still doubt it was intentional. ( )
  badube | Mar 6, 2019 |
'I've tried to capture part of the forest and now the forest has captured me', 20 Jan. 2013
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This review is from: Not Before Sundown (Paperback)
When gay Mikael rescues a young troll from a gang of drunken yobs, he at once states:
'It's the most beautiful thing I've ever seen.
I know straight away that I want it.'
In Sinisalo's novel, trolls are a rare but scientifically accepted species, and the very short chapters, narrated by different people who feature in the story (but not Pessi, the 'tamed' troll) are interspersed with literary and non-fiction references to the creatures.
The situation of Pessi, kept penned up in a Helsinki flat by a stronger creature, is parallelled by Mikael's neighbour, a young Filipino mail-order bride, living a hellish existence with her brute of a husband. She too gets sucked in to the troll story...
A very unusual and intriguing read. ( )
  starbox | Jul 9, 2016 |
In this winner of the Finlandia Award, trolls are presented as a real but extremely rare species of animal discovered in 1907. Angel, a young gay photographer/graphic designer finds an injured young troll one evening and takes it in. In order to save the troll, who he names Pessi, Angel seeks to learn everything he can about trolls, and chapters relating the story of Angel's falling in love with Pessi, are interspersed quotations and excerpts from real and fictional works referring to trolls. This was a fascinating read.

3 1/2 stars ( )
  arubabookwoman | Apr 8, 2016 |
Sinisalo posits that trolls are actual creatures, just long unknown to science because of their shy and nocturnal habits. When our protagonist, a gay ad designer, finds a young troll being abused by a gang of teenagers, he takes the creature into his home. However, rather than calling animal control, or the usual authorities one might notify when one finds a rare and endangered animal, he develops a weird – and even sexual obsession with the wild creature.
He finds himself going to odd lengths in his personal life – using sex as a bartering tool, sabotaging relationships with friends and lovers – all to care for and conceal the troll.
An ongoing literary parallel is made between this strange pairing and that of the teenage Filipina mail-order bride and her husband/captor who live in the apartment downstairs.

Although technically science-fiction (the occurrences in the novel do have scientific, technical explanations), this has been marketed as a mainstream book. ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
Tiptree winner 2004. Excellent! ( )
  SChant | Apr 22, 2014 |
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Johanna Sinisaloprimary authorall editionscalculated
Plöger, AngelaÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Relander, Ann-ChristineTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Terrail, Anne Colin duTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Everyone has their rough nights, but things have clearly taken a turn for the surreal when Angel, a young photographer, finds a group of drunken teenagers in the courtyard of his apartment building, taunting a young troll. Trolls are known in Scandinavian mythology as wild beasts like the werewolf, but this troll is just a small, wounded creature. Angel decides to offer it a safe haven for the night. In the morning Angel thinks he dreamed it all. But he finds the troll alive, well, and drinking from his toilet. What does one do with a troll in the city? Angel begins researching frantically. Angel searches the Internet, folklore, nature journals, and newspaper clippings, but his research doesn't tell him that trolls exude pheromones that have a profound aphrodisiac effect on all those around him. As Angel's life changes beyond recognition, it becomes clear that the troll is familiar with the man's most forbidden feelings, and that it may take him across lines he never thought he'd cross. A novel of sparkling originality, Troll is a wry, peculiar, and beguiling story of nature and man's relationship to wild things, and of the dark power of the wildness in ourselves.

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Returning to his apartment, Angel finds a group of drunken teenagers taunting a wounded troll, so Angel decides to take him in, a decision that changes Angel's life forever.

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