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Borderliners: A Novel [Peter Høeg] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. National Bestseller Strange things are happening at Biehl’s Academy. Peter Høeg is a bestselling Danish writer who achieved great of my all-time favourite books, Borderliners, and I returned to it recently to see if. Peter Hoeg’s fourth work of fiction, BORDERLINERS, is set at an elite private school near Copenhagen in the early ‘s where three social outsiders.

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The point seems to be that human evil can unintentionally arise from strict adherence, one may say aanologous to a punctillious bkrderliners, to any system or paradigm as a way of netting humanity.

I’ve kept my pencil by my side. Whatever we see is edited by our senses, what we see is nothing but our perception of it. Time becomes synonymous with emotional pain. 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. It is widely acknowledged that Borderliners is part autobiographical.

Just when I told myself that I would not buy another book until I worked my way through my towering To Be Read pile, you write this post.


The other characters, too, have difficulty with time. What do I remember about the s? Borderlines offers theories of time and being reflected in stream of conscious narration, the social use of force as an inherent evil and the folly of using evil means to achieve an ideal end state, as seen in the hideously depersonalized distopia of Denmark’s social welfare state.

And August hoev been the offer of so much abuse that he finally snapped and killed his parents.

Borderliners by Peter Høeg

I was reminded of this book when I heard the NPR podcast where scientists attempt to explain time to children http: Subscribe to this site’s feed via FeedBurner or click here for an email subscription. Catheryn Kilgarriff June 17, It was difficult, if not impossible, for me to establish stable emotional relationships — in other words, to have any deep feelings.


I highly recommend Borderliners for anyone seeking a literate and intelligent book off the beaten path, and which mixes ideas from Einstein and Darwin as freely as it mixes metaphors. The style is complex and a little confusing, with the narrator using ‘I’, ‘you’, and ‘one’ interchangeably but always meaning ‘I’.

The narrative flows back and forth as we witness his days in this school and learn gradually of his past. Dec 21, Susan Emmet rated it liked it.


He does not put it so bluntly, but the idea is not far away. They correspond by letters, about abstract ideas.

bodrerliners I was wondering about you and Jackie and disturbing subject-matter, but there is nothing gratuitous or dwelt on and I think you would enjoy the ideas side. We are all equal in our unreality, and so the world turns grey, emotions are plasticized versions of whatever ideas we are fed, passion is purely a chemical reaction, there is no such thing as free will, and out there in the real world, buildings rise up and are built of borderoiners concrete, also grey; economies are but massive chronological machines of human production and life and death are meaningless.

But now I will. It is only in the gaps between time that he feels he can have his own thoughts, ideas — and most importantly — relationships. The school that the characters attend is frightening not because it is so different from the schools we all went to, but because it is so similar.

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Yet, all the way through the book we see him forming relationships, but it is the system itself that deliberately sets out to break them. During my second read, since I knew what to expect or what not to expect and I was no longer confused, the many positive points of this novel came through. RosyB Borderlinerx 19, I have added it to my list and will get my hands on a copy as soon as possible. Sam – Sam’s blog: As I read, my vague misgivings turned into an impulse to mount an outright fight against clocks.


And if that isn’t real This is the experiment.

Some of these adults are misfits, teetering on the border of mental illness. It seems that many people toy with solipsism in their teenage years.

And here I’ll unleash my criticism of the book. He gets to a school that’s being used as an experiment to incorporate both “normal” and “defective” students. Alla fine non sono sicura che questo libro mi sia piaciuto.

I was on the board of governors of St George’s School in Windhoek. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Ultimately, Borderliners is about survivors, adolescence, the urge for survival, and ultimately about the effect the mind may have on time. I discovered Borderliners after reading Hoeg’s mainstream hit Smilla’s Sense of Snowand it’s a gorgeous book — at times a slightly dense and difficult read, but it’s ultimately become one of my all-time favorites.

I read The Woman and The Ape, maybe ten years ago, and enjoyed it hugely. But no theory of time can explain the concentration camp character of this school.

Below we are driven by the machine of life. Trilby June 17,