A captivating book about childhood and education, through the eyes of a child who is considered "borderline" because he doesn't fit into the usual boxes. One of my all-time favorites.
a very interesting take on another book "Replay"... this also had some orwell 1984 type themes... i like hoeg's writing... detailed, but not too revealing... layering... much like his work with smila's sense of snow...
Borderliners is one of my favorite books. Peter Hoeg is extraordinarily gifted at creating characters that you become emotionally invested in. The book's central theme is "time" and within the story, you go back and forth between the main character as an adult and his time as a child in an experimental orphanage of sorts. The book is full of the observations about time as seen through the eyes of several children and the pain and horror they experience in their "home". This is a beautiful, tragic, hopeful, frightening look at life and the ebb and flow of time. How time changes us and we, in effect, can alter time. The prose flows across the pages, and will become a part of you. I read this one at least once a year. It is truly beautiful.
Great approach to the troubled juvenile genre.
Interesting and mysterious, but not as good as Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow.
Students in an elite private school in Copenhagen discover that the school is using them in an experiment to control children--an experiment that, almost inevitably, has tragic consequences. A disturbing book from the author of Smilla's Sense of Snow.
I think Hoeg is a very talented writer, but this book didn't quite come together for him. Parts of the book, especially when Peter was creeping around the school at night to save his friend August, were tense in a beautifully quiet way and I was moved. Other parts were very abstract discussions on the nature of time, and while those could have balanced the immediate tension of children trying daily to survive in a totalitarian boarding school, they were too abstruse for me. In the end, I never did figure out the plot. I skimmed over the last few chapters.
My expectations for this book were high because of how much I liked The Woman and the Ape. I'd try Hoeg again, but I wouldn't recommend this book.
Hoeg is an excellent author. This is a disturbing book about troubled adolescents. He captures the inner world of teens with rare insight. The only downside for me was the ending that may be thinly veiled pessimism or moralism or perhaps mere realism. Take your pick.
This is an extraordinary book - a work by the Danish author Peter Hoeg. If you are like me, you never heard of him before! I went out on the edge, and decided "whatthehey" let's try it.
The title "Borderliners" may confuse you a little, what it refers to are children "who don't fit in", because of simply not being smart enough, or for having difficulties with others, or for just failing to fit into slots that society has for them.
This book is about survivors, adolescence, the urge for survival, and the concept of time. The book is full of surprises, both good and bad.
I do recommend this book to those of you who seek an intelligent stroll off the beaten path. It is a strange, unforgettable, wonderfully told story.
Intriguing stor set in Denmark has a first person immediacy and pulls you inside the narrators strange life.
Another very enjoyable book by the author of Smilla's Sense of Snow.