Beatles Paperback – Aug 1 2010
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'Beatles was Christensen's breakthrough book, achieving enormous success in Norway. It launched him on the journey to the pre-eminence he now enjoys, and which has spread throughout Europe with his best-selling family epic The Half Brother' Paul Binding Independent
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"And the Eagle was on its way to the Sea of Tranquility ... It was a strange time. Men on the moon. Cecilie here. I held her tight. My heart was in my throat and I couldn't swallow ... At twelve I went in search of more red wine. I couldn't find anything. Mum must have hidden the bottles well. I couldn't find the johnnies either. I was sure I had left them in my wallet, they had to be there, but the wallet was empty ... The voices on the radio were becoming excited ... 'I love you,' I whispered, not knowing whether I had said it before or whether I meant it ... The door of the Eagle was open and Armstrong was on his way down the ladder. We sat with our ears to the radio in a deep wet kiss ... Cecilie's tongue was licking the inside of my mouth ..."
But then, at the most inopportune moment, Kim's parents show up. Kim Karlsen's story is, in so many ways, every teenager's story. But it is made unique by its sixties setting (albeit in Oslo) and by the importance paid to popular music of the time, particularly that of the Beatles. Every chapter is headed with a particular Beatles song or album title, and they fit. Kim and his friends want to BE the Beatles. Indeed, they dream of forming their own band which they will call the SNAFUs. How appropriate, because when you are between the ages of 14 and 21, the normal state of things usually is "all fouled up". The civil unrest and the Vietnam war are much in evidence here. In fact the Americans and the US Army are cast as the imperialistic villains and invaders. Which is of course no surprise. There were similar protests right here in the U.S. I could go on and on about all the wonderful stuff in this book. Even after 534 pages I wished there were more. Apparently there were two sequels to this book, but, alas, they have not been translated into English. But if BEATLES catches on in England and the U.S., perhaps they will be. In short, this is one hell of a GOOD book. Don't miss it. - Tim Bazzett, author of SOLDIER BOY: AT PLAY IN THE ASA
The story sounds great..