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Herman Lars Saaybe Christensen(Author),Steven Michael Nordby(Translator)

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Original name book: Herman

Pages: 186

Language: English

Publisher: White Pine Press (January 1, 1995)

By: Lars Saaybe Christensen(Author),Steven Michael Nordby(Translator)

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Printable? Yes

Category - Literature & Fiction

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Herman, an eleven-year-old boy stricken with a rare disease that makes his hair fall out, tries to use his imagination to help him get by

Poor Herman--has he got troubles. The bullies in his class make his life hell after school; the red-haired girl he likes humiliates him; his gym teacher calls him a sissy for failing at rope climbing; and all his hair is falling out from a mysterious illness that neither the doctor nor his parents will fully explain to him. Herman is furious at his parents for not understanding him and broods about his hair loss. But when his sick grandfather dies, the boy realizes there are bigger losses than his in the world and begins growing up. This is a tragicomic coming-of-age story--one that straddles the adult/young adult market--told from the perspective of an imaginative, funny kid. On seeing a pigeon in the rain, Herman thinks, "Birds are lucky not to need raincoats and hats. . . . But if it rains for forty days, like in Africa, then maybe they have to use life vests and snorkels?" Though Herman's mother gets superficial treatment, and some of Herman's jokes wear thin with repetition, the author enjoys extending the boy's imagination. Christensen ( The Joker ) uses fresh imagery and lyrical prose, while the translator gives readers a solid feel for Norway's language and culture. Film rights to RKO Pictures. Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. Herman goes to elementary school and lives with his nice, loving, working-class parents in Oslo, Norway. His life abruptly changes when he contracts the disease Alopecia areata, which causes him to go bald. The story, which evolves around spunky little Herman's attempts to cope with his trauma, holds the reader's interest more because of its unusual theme than for its psychological or artistic merits. The cultural milieu of Oslo in the 1960s seems too distant; many of the characters are more like caricatures than real people; and Herman himself doesn't quite come alive. Christensen's previous novel, The Joker ( LJ 4/15/91), was more successful, but although this book seems to be written mainly to support victims of Herman's disease, there may still be demand because of the recent release in this country of a film version. --Ulla Sweedler, Univ. of California at San Diego Lib.Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • By ben thompson on April 16, 2001

    A very interesting exposition on Norwegian culture is perhaps the lesser strength of 'Hermann'. More importantly is this book more moving, uplifting and entertaining than much else that can be read about Norway. I'd recommend this to those who have no interest in Scandinavia and would suggest it as a must-read for those who have.

  • By Kaare Martin Granerud on April 13, 2000

    Herman is a wonderful story about a young boy in Oslo, Norway, who start losing his hair. And there`s this little girl with the most outstandig read hair that he falls in love with. It`s a most charming story, and I`ve read the book twice and seen the movie three times, and I`ve named my first son Herman.

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