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17-årige David är på rymmen från sin internatskola. Polisen hittar honom när han fastnat med slipsen i en cigarettautomat! Davids fina familj ser till att han hamnar på en psykiatrisk klinik där han dras in i den ena tragikomiska situationen efter den andra.Skit i traditionerna är på samma gång en fars och protestroman...

Title : Kick Me in the Traditions
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ISBN : 9780839747017
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 287 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Kick Me in the Traditions Reviews

  • Rebekka Steg
    2019-03-07 22:37

    The actual title for this week's book review is 'Rend mig i traditionerne'. It's a Danish classic, originally published in 1958, which I had to keep reminding myself of, because honestly, I'd keep forgetting, because the mindset is so like today. This is one thing that continues to amaze me, it really is true, nothing ever changes under the sun. We are dealing with the same major issues, the same thoughts and ideas, as always. Yes, technology changes, fashion changes, work changes, housing changes etc. etc., but the feelings, the thoughts and the ideas, the problems and issues are always the same.Okay, moving on, the official name of the book in English is 'Kick Me in the Traditions', but I feel that's too literal a translation. "Rend mig" is a more polite way of saying f you (we have nothing quite as harsh as that in Danish), so I guess it's really more like screw you. However, the way it is said, it has me as the object, rather than you, the way it is in English. This is when translating idioms and sayings can get really difficult. Personally, I'd probably translate the title more along the lines of "Screw the traditions", as I feel that's closer to the original meaning, but that's neither here nor there.So, I read Kick me in the traditions in Danish, as I always prefer to read a book in it's original language, as long as I understand it of course. I'd love to read a couple of translations of Danish books, just to see how close they stay to the original meaning. I think I'll do a separate post soon on reading books in Danish and English, the importance of translations etc.The book takes place in the 1950's, and is the story of the high school student Daniel, who's upper class, spoiled and very confused and unhappy. He's unhappy, he feels like he's carrying a nuclear bomb in his stomach, and that no one understands him, and he's very cross with everyone. One day he snaps, and he starts running, and then biting people in their legs - even the ones he like, especially the people he like. The authorities stop him, and get him places in a sanatorium, and this is where he's telling his story, to another deaf patient.I liked the honesty of the novel, how refreshing it was (probably especially at the time). I don't think it would've become a classic today, because we're quite used to this kind of writing now, at least here in Denmark, but I can see why it is a classic, and how it must've just shook everything up back in the 1950's. It's a break with tradition, societal norms, and a big fat question mark and why should I bother to everything that is "normal" and "just because that's how it's always been".If you can find an English translation, I do recommend it, it's a short read, it's entertaining, and it's refreshing.

  • Anna T. Wilcks
    2019-03-01 21:37

    For evigt relevant

  • Peter Enevoldsen
    2019-03-04 00:01

    Paradoksalt er der nærmest tradition for at den læses i 9. Klasse eller på gymnasiet. Hamrende morsom! plads til eftertænksomhed.

  • Esi
    2019-03-05 20:38

    The writing style is so compelling and the observations so spot on. The way every character is stereotyped to the extreme works perfectly. This is by far my favourite Danish classic. And it truly is a classic, as its relevance today is just as great, as it was 50+ years ago. The subjects it touches upon and the observations that are made are universal and relatable, but by no means are they shallow.

  • Benedicte Smith-Sivetsen
    2019-03-17 23:46

    The brighter side of Danish literature. Nobody can write a so very gloom story so satirically and ironic as the danes. In teenage: Leif Panduro has killer writing skills.

  • Sölvi
    2019-03-17 17:56

    þetta var fínasta bók. fjórar stjörnur frá mér. skemmtileg bók og móðins, þrátt fyrir að vera 50 ára gömul.

  • Signe
    2019-03-16 18:51

    A bit boring at some points, but a fascinating look into the thoughts and struggles of the youth in the 1950/60s

  • Knut Sigurd
    2019-02-28 00:31

    Den nest beste boka om dansk ungdom og psykisk sjukdom eg har lese siste 12 månader.

  • Sara
    2019-03-19 16:56

    This story is a Danish classic, but I have never really understood why. I have read it as a teenager and as an adult, both times just finding it to be silly. The protagonist is a young man called David, who has a melt down and starts to act like a dog - running around on all fours, growling and biting people in the shins. It has been explained to me that David is rebelling against the traditions and norms of the 1950's society. Really?!! If you want to rebel against society, then go live on a deserted island or start a revolution or something. People who bark like dogs are not rebels... they are just crazy!I think this book is weird and pointless. The best I can say about it, is that it is a quick read.

  • Kitty Red-Eye
    2019-02-23 19:34

    En av de morsomste bøkene jeg har lest på lenge. Jeg husker tittelen fra Gud vet hvor, jeg tror jeg alltid syntes det var en ganske morsom tittel, men også litt en sånn som "de voksne" syns var kul, og da var det garantert ikke så kult allikevel. Så feil kan man ta! Gleder meg til "De anstændige" kommer sendt fra et eller annet dansk antikvariat, så jeg kan få lest den også. Panduro risikerer å komme inn på lista mi over skandinaviske favorittforfattere.

  • Ane
    2019-03-13 22:51

    This novel is seriously the best book I've ever read. Despite the fact that it's from 1958 it's very relevant even today.It's a great book if you're tired of all the other novels dealing with youth and growing up where it's very obvious that they are written by adults. It's so refreshing, humourous and well-written.Well done mr. Panduro

  • Elsa
    2019-02-21 23:32

    I loved this book when I read it as a teenager. It is a Danish 1950s novel that reads as a cross between Catcher in the Rye and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, but is crazier, funnier and much more light-hearted. I could never really get into the whiny Catcher in the Rye after reading this book.

  • Irene
    2019-02-20 18:52

    This was a very funny book and I recommend it to all Danes! :-)

  • Morgan Schmidt
    2019-03-05 18:56

    Komisk och smart generationsroman. (0402)

  • Anja
    2019-02-28 18:50

    I really enjoyed this book. It gives a humorous and thoughtful look on being young and having to find your own way in life. Still as relevant today as when it was written.

  • Alice
    2019-03-21 23:49

    A good danish classic,on how ridiculus some traditions are.