Kom aldri nærmere begins on a summer's day: on holiday in the family cabin, the father drowns his son's dog in the pond. A child's perspective on life changes as a family and a friendship slowly approach their dissolution. How to restore what has been ruined? What are the limits of desperation and longing for a young boy? The son will remember the fatal moments near the cabin for ever – seven years later, he returns to the place to confront his father at last. Kom aldri nærmere is a novel that deals with devastating changes and their side-effects, as they happen. It is about loss, grief and a tormented father's all-encompassing anguish.
‘This is a nerve-wracking novel which is hard to put down.’
‘One of this autumn’s strongest [literary débuts] … Midthun writes with a sensitive and controlled language, and with a distance which keeps the content from being suffocating.’
‘Kom aldri nærmere is a mature literary début. Midthun has a light and steady pen, the story is told in a quiet and straight-forward tone, which suits the content well.’
‘…what distinguishes Kom aldri nærmere from ordinary books is a crystal clear language. Midthun always resists the temptation to exaggerate the use of words. The dramas are played out at a natural pace, and are told in a sober way through the young boy’s eyes and ability to observe. … Sondre Midthun makes his debut with a classical story that hurts.’
‘What makes the novel good is not its originality, but its weight and consistency. The author has followed his thoughts all the way through, the painful ones too.’
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‘Extremely strong – with so much insight into the incredible ways of life – from such a young author.
‘This is a book which disturbes and moves the reader!’
‘Midthun writes with empathy, in pure style and credible, when he explores the consequences of aggression in the home, and how the fear of it can impact a child from one day to the other.’
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