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Friday, 22 May 2009

John Ajvide Lindqvist - Let the Right One In


This is a book for grown ups who enjoyed the Stephanie Meyer books . This is the story of an unhappy, bullied 12 year old who disovers that he lives next door to a vampire. She looks 12 but is in fact 200 years old. These two characters both suffering from social isolation of a very different kind come together and form a friendship and a bond that resolves both their needs. It is a haunting tale of social deprivation, and loneliness in modern Sweden. The fact it is set in Sweden is largely irrelevant it could be an modern suburban area. This is a novel that stays with you long after you have finished reading, his grip and ability to impart the sadness of the human condition today and the dis-association of many members of our society is telling.

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