[PDF / Epub] ☆ Innsirkling By Carl Frode Tiller – Oaklandjobs.co.uk David hat sein Gedächtnis verloren Er weiß nicht mehr wer er ist In einer Zeitungsanzeige fordert er Verwandte und Bekannte auf ihm einen Brief zu schreiben um ihm seine Erinnerungen zurückzugeben David hat sein Gedächtnis verloren Er weiß nicht mehr wer er ist In einer Zeitungsanzeige fordert er Verwandte und Bekannte auf ihm einen Brief zu schreiben um ihm seine Erinnerungen zurückzugeben Und er bekommt Antworten auf seine Fragen Aber will er die wirklich hören Denn sie sind ganz unterschiedlicher Art und nicht immer schön Sein Jugendfreund Jon ein Musiker der gerade den Halt zu verlieren scheint meldet sich Sein Stiefvater Arvid ein Pfarrer der auf den Tod wartet Und seine Jugendliebe Silje eine Frau mittleren Alters die möglicherweise gerade im Begriff ist aus ihrer Ehe auszusteigen Die Briefe geben ihnen allen die unerwartete Chance von ihrem eigenen Leben zu erzählen während sie zugleich Davids Geschichte einkreisen Aber wer ist David wirklich. Fascinating concept for a novel the first of a trilogy the lead David suffers from total amnesia and his doctors ask various people in his life to write him about their experiences with him It's wonderful watching David's strange character be assembled Rashomon style from the three narrators' letters since the voices are so different brilliantly embodied by Tiller's flexible use of first person The breakthrough here I think is that there are really SIX voices here three reliable three un We get honestly told glimpses at each character's life and see the contrasts between their struggles and the facades they send to David Each narrator has their own ample motivation to lie to him and the desire to knock the other two down The first section Jon's is by far the strongest with twists and turns I wasn't expecting but the second Arvid has its own tragic element that's worth readingWhen this is good it has the strangely addictive tendency of Knausgaard the Norwegianness is apparent; lengthy pancake seuences are becoming de rigeur these days but despite some late draft I assume trying to get ahead of the problem structural gymnastics the third voice's dilemma is too similar to the first and things start to drag as we trod already told ground After flying through the first half I found myself stymied but the fundamental mystery of David's identity will keep me readingThat's a bit difficult though Unusually the second volume has been translated by Haveland and is already out in the UK but isn't due in the US until April of next year I've ordered it off Abe Books and will certainly keep up with it It's a masterclass in character despite its failures of tension You know what it's like to be in the room when a married couple most likely your parents argues on and on and on about the most inane minutiae? There's a bit of that in play in this book and boy howdy does it take its toll as the book drags onThe concept is promising anyway Guy loses his memory Three different people answer the call to write letters with common memories in hopes that these will provide the nudge needed to bring it all back Amnesia is such a mysterious thing after allThis book impossibly the first of a trilogy OK not impossibly scarily gives us three different narrators the amnesiac David's good friend and possible lover who's the unreliable narrator after all? Jon followed by amnesiac David's stepfather Arvid followed by amnesiac David and buddy Jon's common friend Silje She's also David's girlfriend for a while or possible girlfriend if she's to be believedThese three sections are further bifurcated by parts that serve as the letter to David and parts that are just snapshots from the narrator of the moment's present life the two in different fonts In all three cases nothing big happens Like I said all day in the life stuff much of it filled with bickering and endless talking and self identified armchair psychological diagnosing as everyone tells everyone else exactly what's wrong with themIn the final section toughest of all maybe there's actually a 4 page argument between Silje and her husband over what's for dinner She's serving waffles damn it and he finds that beneath him Strangely though he's had PANCAKES for dinner before he just won't put up with waffles even if they have the same ingredients as pancakes and what time is it again? So yeah if you've ever listened to long married couples make mountains out of molehills then you might prepare for over 300 pages of molehill expansion in this book Or not The underlying premise of this first book in the trilogy is excellent Ostensibly amnesia leads to various 'witnesses' to give their personal account of David's life as a young man What is factual and what is embellished does not get revealed by the end of this book oneJon Arvid and Silje are the primary narrators each given a turn to recall families and events from a particular timeJon is particularly well drawn with numerous phobias secrets anxieties Silje's perplexing dialogue with her husband Egil is just that perplexingThe realities of family life are explored by Tiller Marital strife sexuality and uncertainty sibling rivalry old age and illness It all adds up to a rather stark appraisal of small town lifeEncircling keeps the readers interest largely as a conseuence of what is yet to be revealedI certainly expect to read part two in the near future I find myself completely conflicted regarding how I feel about this first instalment of the Encircling trilogy It’s a fantastic premise for a story David is a man apparently suffering from amnesia His doctor's ask that people who know him write down their memories of him with the idea that these will help him regain his memory What we then get is three people recording their memories of David one at at time with the letters they write mixed together with their own personal life It rapidly becomes clear that all may not be uite a simple as it appears at first Cracks appear as one narrator's story contradicts or uestions another’s Nothing is resolved in this first instalment but the scene is set Alongside letters to David the personal lives of these people reveal the realities of family life It has to be said the focus is almost entirely on the way family life goes wrong Marital difficulties kids struggling to come to terms with their sexuality terminal illnesses all these play a partBut there is a lot of interesting things happening Jon's story asks us how we can believe a view of David when people are so continually adjusting their behaviour according to how they think others will interpret their actions Arvid's story asks us how real the picture we have of a person is when so much of what that person is is shaped by the actions of others not just themselves Silje's story asks us how we can believe a story about a person when it is so simple to build an alternative story that fits the facts but is completely wrongThis all sounds fascinating And as an idea it is I felt hugely let down by the execution Firstly all the people in this story are incredibly unpleasant That’s not a reason for necessarily disliking a book because unpleasant people can be the most interesting ones But I could not engage with any of the protagonists here Secondly and fundamentally I found the writing style very aggravating I don’t want to give details of why because there are things that annoyed me that others may not be bothered by unless I draw attention to them and that could spoil the book for them But there are writing tics here that had the same effect on me as the multiple multiple repetition of says he Simon” or similar in Coetzee’s ChildhoodSchooldays of Jesus which I really could not cope with My wife kept asking me why I was groaning so much as I read the book and I found myself scanning down pages to see if it was all going to happen again which it almost invariably didSo lots of stars for idea and subject matter But lots of negative stars for style I’m the first to acknowledge that the style thing is personal so it may well just be me that is annoyed by itThe ideas presented mean that the second and third volumes have an appeal but I genuinely don't think I can bring myself to go through another two books like that so I’ll have to look for plot summaries on the Internet or something like that From my USA Today reviewTraditional genre novels are so often about the moments when love no matter how profound isn’t enough to keep us safe This Norwegian novel the first in a trilogy that has drawn wide acclaim in Europe is a beautiful meditation on the subtler ways we fail each other our uieter forms of grief It begins with a failing rocker Jon bolting from the band that looks like his last chance and then composing a letter to the companion of his adolescent years David Why is he narrating their history? It turns out David cannot remember his life – in the book’s next two sections his stepfather and a second friend Silje write similar accounts Characters appear in radically different light in each anecdotes taking on new meaning through new tellings And the mystery of David’s own path lingers It’s thrilling to know two books will arrive to tell its story An incredibly well written novel that made me uestion everything identity memory truth It sounds heavy but it is so well written I didn't get bogged down Great discussion in my book club about this one We can't wait for the second book to be published in English This was simply too Norwegian for me that is too naturalistic too for example wedded to making dialogue just as boring as it is in real life One of the most astonishing novels I've read in a while The conceit alone is brilliant a guy loses all memory of who he is so those who have known him write letters to him to tell him who he is but the execution was breathtaking And up unto the penultimate paragraph I had no idea how he was going to pull it all together But like Alice Munro in her best stories he pulled it together in that last paragraph in a way that was surprising yet inevitable I didn't shelf this book but instead forgot to update my progress I'm trying to get better about that with the new year and all I read this nonstop finished it in a day or two and then immediately got the second book in the series Now I'm waiting for the English translation of the third and final book I'm sure I'll devour that one tooDifferent narrators tell the story of David a man who has lost his memory To discover who he is David had placed a newspaper ad that asks for people from his past to write to him about himself By the end of the second book we've heard from six people from David's past But David remains a mystery and the mystery just gets deeper as you move forward That's because the letter writers are not reliable Their accounts conflict with each other and they also conflict with glimpses into their current lives The most honest and likable is from a guy who beats his girlfriend I knowI'm sure this is said in the description but it raises the uestion of how deeply we can know another person I think I'd be afraid to try something like this What if nobody wrote in? David doesn't have that problem Whoever he is he made an impressionIt might be worth waiting until the third book is out so you can read them all together But you can always re read them too Hvem er den virkelige David?When David loses his memory an ad is put in the newspaper asking people who knew him to come forward and help him reveal his identity In the first installment of the Innsirkling trilogy three people reply to the ad by sending lettersemails to the amnesia victim Jon a former best friend Arvid his stepfather and Silje his ex girlfriend We never meet David in the flesh but through the eyes of these three inevitably biased characters we get to learn things about him very slowly What actually happens though is that these three people end up telling us about themselves and their lives than about David himself We have to create an image of this elusive man by putting back together all the different and contradictory pieces Jon Silje and Arvid give to us through their letters We are constantly forced to revaluate the events but we can never be so sure whether what we're reading is the actual version of the truth Jon for example says at the end of his letter during the days I’ve spent writing this letter it has struck me than once that various problems I’m wrestling with now may have led me to present us as being closer to each other than we actually were Arvid confesses this I have sometimes felt like a mad scientist playing at being God and attempting to create an ideal new human being I have felt tempted to fill you with false memories while Silje will say than once stuff like I'm struck by how true this seems how all the pieces seem to fit and how much real this is than what is actually real Silje's section was the one I enjoyed and hated the most The underlying tension and the vicious passive aggressive behaviour of the characters was so maddening I wanted to burst into the scene and hit every single one of them on the head with that bloody waffle iron Silje seemed so keen on using Jeez Louise these people They were all calculating cynical self centred piece of shits Boy was this intense Encircling is a reflection on the countless layers to one's personality and on the blurry subtle images we leave behind ourselves Is there such a thing as a fact or are we all bound to live our own version of the events?
- 336 pages
- Carl Frode Tiller
- 10 January 2015 Carl Frode Tiller