Borderliners

Borderliners Strange things are happening at Biehl s Academy when this elite school opens its doors to a group of orphans and reform school rejects kids at the end of the system s tether The school is run by a pe

  • Title: Borderliners
  • Author: Peter Høeg Barbara Haveland
  • ISBN: 9780385315081
  • Page: 159
  • Format: Paperback
  • Strange things are happening at Biehl s Academy when this elite school opens its doors to a group of orphans and reform school rejects, kids at the end of the system s tether The school is run by a peculiar set of rules by which every minute is regimented and controlled Soon, they suspect they are guinea pigs in a bizarre social experiment and that their only hope of escStrange things are happening at Biehl s Academy when this elite school opens its doors to a group of orphans and reform school rejects, kids at the end of the system s tether The school is run by a peculiar set of rules by which every minute is regimented and controlled Soon, they suspect they are guinea pigs in a bizarre social experiment and that their only hope of escape is to break through a dangerous threshold of time and space Peter H eg s brilliant and dystopian Borderliners is a uniquely philosophical thriller Boston Sunday Globe and a haunting story of childhood travail and hope.

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    1. Ever since I read Smilla's Sense of Snow years ago, I wanted to read more by this author, but none of his books were available at my local library in those days. Last year I treated myself to plenty of online buying of used books, and this was one of quite a few Peter Høeg titles I purchased. It is not an easy book to read. The style is complex and a little confusing, with the narrator using 'I', 'you', and 'one' interchangeably but always meaning 'I'. Once you adapt to that, the reading gets e [...]

    2. Peter HoegOnce you have realized that there is no objective external world to be found, that what you know is only a filtered and processed version, then it is only a short step to the thought that, in that case, other people, too, are nothing but a processed shadow.This is the experiment. There is no objective reality. Whatever we see is edited by our senses, what we see is nothing but our perception of it. The world exists because we are looking at it. And even other people aren't real, they a [...]

    3. Nearly finished. Enjoying most of all the peculiar leakage between moments in the textual flow which disturbs any idea of a neat linear process. The novel is about the tyranny of time, and has some aphoristic points to make, as would any writer dealing with time as content. Neatly done. A flatness of delivery, possibly reverberating with the emotional numbness which affects each character in different ways, then standing out here and there an image, or a sentence or two of vivid clarity.The teat [...]

    4. When you have children, you find out that you have so much to learn. Not all of it makes sense at first. One of the things I’ve had to learn, was how to praise my child. That if your child has climbed high up on top of something and she says ‘look at me’, you’re not supposed to say ‘oh how good you are’ but rather, ‘oh look how high you’ve climbed!’ You do this to praise the action, not the child itself, so the child doesn’t think it has to do such things to have value. I thi [...]

    5. "Mi sono svegliato di notte, la bambina si è scoperta, non so se aveva troppo caldo o paura di essere imprigionata. Le ho coperto solo le gambe, così almeno non avrà freddo. E se fosse colta dalla disperazione potrà liberarsi in un attimo. Poi non sono più riuscito a dormire, sono rimasto seduto al buio a guardarle, la bambina e la donna. E allora il sentimento è diventato troppo grande. Non è né dolore né gioia, è il peso, la pressione di essere stato introdotto nella loro vita, e di [...]

    6. CapolavoroQuando chi ama leggere si imbatte in un libro come questo, si sente come se fosse stato baciato dalla fortuna. Un passaggio, tra i moltissimi indimenticabili: "Il tempo lineare è inevitabile, è uno dei modi per restare aggrappati al passato, come punti su una linea, la battaglia di Poitiers, Lutero a Wittenberg, la decapitazione di Struensee nel 1772. Anche quello che scrivo qui, questa parte della mia vita, è ricordato in questo modo. Ma non è l'unico. La coscienza ricorda anche c [...]

    7. I'd liked Smilla's Sense of Snow, so thought I'd try Hoeg's next book. Dark and frightening, it is the fictional tale (although there are big hints of autobiography) of Peter, without parents, in and out of various Danish "schools" for children in "abnormal" circumstances, without families, without supposed "normal" intelligence. Turns out that Biehl's Academy, where time and space are clearly defined and monitored, is actually part of a Big Deal to weed out darkness/abnormality in humanity. Pet [...]

    8. "Understanding is something one does best when one is on the borderline,” Hoeg writes in this book. That wisdom can be applied to borderlines of all kinds, and the 'borderliners' who straddle them. In this novel the 'border' is (primarily) between the adult and adolescent worlds, which is inhabited by children at boarding schools, but also by the staff. Some of these adults are misfits, teetering on the border of mental illness. No child in their right mind would want to 'grow up' if it means [...]

    9. Ci sono dei libri finiti - sembrerebbe - nel dimenticatoio, seppelliti dalla mille cose che nel frattempo ci hanno riempito la vita. Alcuni di loro, li leggi e non gridi al miracolo, e invece il giorno dopo, una settimana dopo, un anno dopo, eccoli lì, con la forza delle frasi, forse solo una, una soltanto, ma ritorna, ingigantisce, diventa il libro intero e tu ti dici che quello è stato proprio un romanzo memorabile, e improvvisamente senti il bisogno di dirlo a tutti. Ecco, per "I quasi adat [...]

    10. Strange book.Non-sequential (sort of) story line about a boy, Peter, who's been in institutions his whole life. He gets to a school that's being used as an experiment to incorporate both "normal" and "defective" students. He meets a girl, Katarina, who has plans for their own experiment in understanding time. She's recently orphaned. They both take responsibility for another boy, August, who killed his parents. The school's experiment fails when August kills himself. Peter's experiment continues [...]

    11. I came to this after reading Miss Smilla etc. and wow what an assault it was - I was truly and deeply unsettled by this psychological thriller. So many reviews already have most said. Peter Hoeg is brilliant and translated his works are fantastic - I would love to know what is lost and what is gained in translation of this novel. Seriously good, seriously terrifying, brilliantly written, just fantastic.

    12. First time, in a very long time, that I've felt the need to underline passagesI've kept my pencil by my side. Looking forward to more Peter Høeg.

    13. This book makes a valuable contribution to the literature on the horrors of boarding school, partly for its intriguing focus on time as an instrument of power. One begins questioning one's obedience to the clock, and questioning the culture of achievement in general. I had already been thinking a lot about how my own anxiety about time was affecting my interactions with my children, and had started to reject the tyranny of schedules, as far as children are concerned. As I read, my vague misgivin [...]

    14. Sehr zäh. Langweilig, wird erst am Schluß überhaupt erträglich, wo der Icherzähler berichtet, was seit den Ereignissen passiert ist. Eine Schülergeschichte.

    15. A few interesting ideas and Høeg has definitely presented me a lot of things to think about and new perspectives, but overall this book, especially towards the end, felt like a diary of notes where Høeg has written all his opinions and thoughts on certain things and tried to express them all in this fictional novel but instead of making the reader value what he is saying, to me, makes it feel like he's just trying to get his opinions out despite their irrelevance to the story making it a bit m [...]

    16. I chose this for my most recent book club selection, based on the synopsis, the high rating, and the fact that I'd seen and loved the movie Smilla's Sense of Snow. I don't wish to belabor points already raised by so many reviewers before me, so I'll just comment on how I experienced it. To be candid, I didn't like it very much the first time (though I wouldn't have said it was bad). Because I had to lead the upcoming book club discussion, I read it again, and the second time through I really enj [...]

    17. I love Peter Hoeg, who writes these odd, distinct, and incredibly memorable characters.I discovered Borderliners after reading Hoeg's mainstream hit Smilla's Sense of Snow, and it's a gorgeous book -- at times a slightly dense and difficult read, but it's ultimately become one of my all-time favorites. With inspired dashes of both Einstein and Darwin, Borderliners is a hugely rewarding book in spite of its occasional dryness, although I should warn you that it's not nearly as accessible or humor [...]

    18. I read this a few years ago and remember enough of it to keep my eye out for more Peter Hoeg books whenever I am lucky enough to be in the vicinity of a book shop. It doesn't hurt that he is Scandavian as I have been on a Nordic craze as of late.Borderliners is not an easy book to read. In places it is difficult to follow, which makes sense because our narrator is a child, who though bright is, as the back cover says, damaged (what does that mean, anyway, 'damaged'?) and he is in a situation whi [...]

    19. Peter Hoeg's style is simple and yet very deep. This one in particular felt effortless in the way he continuously jumped around in the story line, and yet it wasn't confusing, it just felt like a friend confiding their life's story to you.I greatly admire Hoeg's subtlety. He shows, in this book, the horrors of rationalizing everything, of judging, of measuring, and of discipline. The school that the characters attend is frightening not because it is so different from the schools we all went to, [...]

    20. Simpelweg een vreemd boek. Bizar, verwarrend, met momenten een beetje saai, maar toch intrigerend en op een bepaalde manier goed geschreven. Verwacht je niet aan wat er op de achterflap omschreven staat, het boek gaat dan wel over probleemjongeren die opgenomen worden in het normaal onderwijs, je komt er vrij weinig over te weten. Met flarden tekst die niet altijd evenveel steek houden, plotselinge veranderingen van setting, vage omschrijvingen van gebeurtenissen en weinig diepgang in de persona [...]

    21. Low 2. This roman a clef places so much emphasis on the author's philosophical treatment of the nature of time that the characters and plot remain in the shadows and are never fully drawn. Hoeg contrives a plot which has three emotionally scarred children placed in an academy serving as a front for a social darwinist experiment to fictionalise his own childhood experiences of social services, and to moralise on how adults can institutionalise a conceot such as time to condition children to expec [...]

    22. E' un libro terribile, una storia di piccoli e grandi soprusi da parte di un mondo che accetta o rifiuta i bambini in base a discutibili parametri e ne considera alcuni adatti ed altri non adatti. Uno strano esperimento "scientifico" estrapola dal secondo gruppo alcuni bambino definiti "quasi adatti".Storia raggelante e, purtroppo, con precisi riferimenti autobiografici.

    23. I loved this book, it was deeply enthralling and beautifully poetic. However, it was also very somber and whilst not reading it I found myself wondering off into the world of the borderliners, which trust me, is not joyous.

    24. Borderliners is the second book about "abnormal" children I've read this week, the first one being The outcast. The Outcast was about my contemporaries, those who were at school in the 1950s. Borderliners is about those at school in the 1970s, and I remember the 1970s quite well. What do I remember about the 1970s? I saw the film If. I was on the board of governors of St George's School in Windhoek. I was manager of several farm schools in Northern Natal. Borderliners is set in Denmark. What did [...]

    25. Bellissimo, squarcia e espone il mondo di ipocrisia e crudeltà intorno ai ragazzi "difficili", anche in un paese che consideriamo tra i più civili. Ma l'Uomo non vuol capire che le differenze sono la ricchezza, che la banalità della normalità (sempre che questa parola abbia senso, e non lo ha, anche da un punto di vista sessuale) porta al male delle persecuzioni, fino ai campi di sterminio.Un libro crudele e da leggere, che avvicino a "la città e i cani" di Vargas Llosa per lo spirito che v [...]

    26. Disturbing, at times almost too vague, but compelling. Sort of a postmodern Dickensian story of an orphan's struggle to understand himself and his traumatic childhood, as well as his significance in the larger world.

    27. heel goed en ook schokkend. alleen die filosofische verhandeling over de tijd hadden van mij niet gehoeven

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