Karate Chop & Minna Needs Rehearsal Space

Karate Chop Minna Needs Rehearsal Space Two works from Danish author Dorthe Nors published back to back Karate ChopIn these miniature tales Dorthe Nors sketches ordinary lives taking unexpected turns a son s love for his father is tested

  • Title: Karate Chop & Minna Needs Rehearsal Space
  • Author: Dorthe Nors Martin Aitken Misha Hoekstra
  • ISBN: 9781782271192
  • Page: 347
  • Format: Paperback
  • Two works from Danish author Dorthe Nors, published back to back.Karate ChopIn these miniature tales, Dorthe Nors sketches ordinary lives taking unexpected turns a son s love for his father is tested when he suddenly discovers its fragility a woman in an abusive relationship seeks to better understand the choices she has made a man with dreams of self improvement is hauTwo works from Danish author Dorthe Nors, published back to back.Karate ChopIn these miniature tales, Dorthe Nors sketches ordinary lives taking unexpected turns a son s love for his father is tested when he suddenly discovers its fragility a woman in an abusive relationship seeks to better understand the choices she has made a man with dreams of self improvement is haunted by deceit and a daughter watches on silently as her mother s search for meaning ends in madness.Nors conjures up a flawed, unsettlingly familiar world with each cautionary glance as fresh moments of wonder, romance and frail beauty are unexpectedly infiltrated by depravity, isolation and despair.Minna Needs Rehearsal SpaceMinna is feeling desperate Lars has just dumped her by text message Her friends are constantly flaunting their lovers, children and dogs with Facebook as their cruel accomplice And her neurotic sister is everywhere she turns Minna needs security, and a place in Copenhagen to practise her music Minna wants a child Minna needs to stop being answerable to everyone So, with only Ingmar Bergman for comfort and company, she decides to take a trip away from it all In this novella, Dorthe Nors explores our struggles to find love, relate to others and simply be heard above the relentless noise of the modern age.

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    1. I'm not usually a big fan of short story collections - but this - Karate Chop [4.5] - is one of the exceptions. (Minna Needs Rehearsal Space, in the same volume, is a great little novella that could be described as experimental-lite.) The stories' subjects, summarised, sound like typical litfic short story fodder, yet I found these pieces far more interesting; I am not entirely sure why, but something to do with all the Danish cultural and geographical detail; the unselfconscious writing about p [...]

    2. Nors's bleak minimalism is an acquired taste. Her stories are so dark, and so minimal that they're sometimes a bit of a challenge and I had to step away from this collection for a little.As for Minna, her style there (constant Facebook-status style lines) is a fascinating exercise, and really gets in your head. Like the short stories, wasn't completely won over, but I don't regret the experience.

    3. Nja, sisådär, svag trea. Fattar inte riktigt vad allt hallabaloo var kring den här novellsamlingen när kom ut. Kortromanen som finns i en senare tryckning hoppade jag över.

    4. Some stories are short because not much happens. Some are short because a lot of things are skipped over. These stories are short because so much is hinted at and left to your imagination. I really enjoyed them. The novella is unusual in structure - the layout forces you to read it differently to a normal book, as does the sentence structure. But it is a good, short read - an entertaining story even if it is about a rather sad woman having a bit of a tough time.

    5. I love Nors' bluntness-- which does not affect cruelty, but more so a keen sense of brevity and the value of directness. The stories contained here are largely concerned with those moments in our lives that we identify as meaningful, but still do not recognize the extent of that meaning. As readers, we are privileged to witness these moments of great vulnerability, and readers are kept "on the hook" as we seek to find sense in these moments. Nors doesn't always deliver-- but that is not her obje [...]

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