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1 ”Beatles” By Lars Saabye Christensen

2 Facts about the novel: Written by Lars Saabye Christensen. Written by Lars Saabye Christensen. –One of the most popular Norwegian authors. Published in 1984. Published in 1984. Read by more than 200 000 people. Read by more than 200 000 people. Transelated into several languages. Transelated into several languages. –Among them German.

3 Summary of the plot: We want to introduce the book with a short summary: Lars Saabye Christensen, one of Norway’s most popular writers, has written a gripping tale of four boys and the complications they face growing up in Oslo in the 1960s. We especially get a good view of Kim Karlsen’s life, which he lives as a lonely child, but together with his strict but loving mother and father and a constantly drunk upstairs- neighbor. However, his father experiences a robbery in the bank in which he works and never really seems to pull himself together after that, so he spends rest of the story solving crosswords and talking to a bird. These four boys share a passion for the Beatles, as well as music in general. They even plan on starting a band to make music of their own. Another passion they have is collecting car-marks, something which leads them into exciting adventures involving a suicide. Kim Karlsen is torn between two girls. He loves them both, but can’t seem to decide which one he loves more. Somehow they always seem to catch him with the other which, naturally, causes both of them to leave him. Kim’s friend gets lost to drugs and disappears, so the remaining three chooses to go to France to look for him as that was the place he was supposed to be. A hopeless search maybe, but the friendship between the four is proven once again. When Kim Karlsen reaches his mid-twenties, his life gets a bit out of control, his thoughts are blurry and he is sent to a hospital. He realizes how his friends are who he wants to be with and manages an escape.

4 Slottsparken This picture is taken in ”Slottsparken”, a park where several important episodes took place.

5 Paintings of central happenings

6 Why do so many people find this novel enjoyable? As you are already told, Lars Saabye Christensen is one of the most read Norwegian authors. The novel “Beatles” was his breakthrough, and it is still one of his most popular books. It is read by about 200 000 Norwegians in addition to many people in other countries, and it is translated into several languages, among them German. “Beatles” is considered to be one of the masterpieces of the Norwegian literature. Based on my impression of the book, I have some thoughts about why Christensen is so popular among the young people. “Beatles” discusses how it is to grow up in Oslo during the 1960s and the early 1970s. Despite the fact that a lot of historical events took place during this period, the youth today might not find it very attractive and tempting to read more than 500 pages about that. I doubted myself whether I really wanted to read the novel, but after reading it, I have never regretted it. This is a magnificent peace of literature. First of all, Christensen’s unique way of writing makes this novel extraordinary easy to read. He has a successful sense of humour, which will entertain you throughout the entire book. In addition, the problems and themes he discusses are absolutely relevant also today. As a youth, I really recognize a lot of the dilemmas and issues the characters had to deal with, and the arguments and statements presented made me thinking. Moreover, it is difficult to foresee what is going to happen, and in “Beatles”, like the majority of Christensen’s novels, the plot takes place in the part of Oslo where he grew up himself. Actually, it seems like he has used a number of his own experiences while he was writing this book, and his knowledge about the environment and circumstances makes the book definitely credible.

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8 Description: This is a description of the main character, Kim. Kim, the I-person in the book, is known for his mischiefs. He may appear as one of the “though guys” as he several times does audacious and daring “stunts”. He fights badgers, walks on roofs and even dances with a skeleton, but in other situations, the “though guy” seems to be gone. Of some odd reason, does he never possess the courage to distribute the leaflets he receives from Gunnar. You get a feeling that the truth is that he’s afraid and full of anxiety. He has difficulties with taking decisions. He switches back and forth between Nina and Cecilie, without coming to a final decision. He gives expression to what he holds precious in life, which is Cecilie, Nina, The Beatles, Seb, Gunnar and Ola. His life is full of fortuity and events “just happen” - he has no explanation why. It’s like a chaos where he fools around without reason, and in the introduction we get the feeling that he will have a need of getting his life back on track after many years of chaos and unrest. Memories of his past are swirling around in his head in confusion. He dreams and thinks a lot, especially about Henny, Cecilie and Nina. Like the other members of the Beatles-gang he likes beer, but takes distance from drugs. Much because of his friend Seb’s abuse of narcotics, and perhaps a little because of his mothers concerns on the matter. He’s thinking about studying philosophy and geology on Iceland, but nothing of this seems to fit him. He’s a confused soul who has difficulties with finding his track in life.

9 Pictures of central places in the book. This photo is taken from the part of Oslo where the main character Kim lived.

10 About the author: He is born 21. September 1953. He is born 21. September 1953. He was raised at Frogner in Oslo. He was raised at Frogner in Oslo. He often use the environment he grew up in to describe the environment in his books. He often use the environment he grew up in to describe the environment in his books. Allready in his schooldays Lars showed interest in lyrical poetry. Allready in his schooldays Lars showed interest in lyrical poetry. What probably made him famous was his original, entertaining formulations. In addition he writes in a way where people can recognize themselves. What probably made him famous was his original, entertaining formulations. In addition he writes in a way where people can recognize themselves. In 1976 he debutated with the book ”the history about Gly”. In 1976 he debutated with the book ”the history about Gly”. In his novels he often focus on feeling lonely, and some of the books have sertain similarities. In his novels he often focus on feeling lonely, and some of the books have sertain similarities. The fourth novel he wrote was called ”Beatles”, it was published in 1984. The fourth novel he wrote was called ”Beatles”, it was published in 1984. In addition to write books, he also writes poetry and lyrics. His poems are often based on his own experiences. In addition to write books, he also writes poetry and lyrics. His poems are often based on his own experiences.

11 He use many details when he explains the everyday activities. He use many details when he explains the everyday activities. He often have a very serious massage in his novels, but he write with humour. He often have a very serious massage in his novels, but he write with humour.


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