"It was around then she started to come more frequently. At night, just before I was going to bed. She would sit down and talk. Always about how much she loved silence and how good it was being alone. The talk was never ending. I would sometimes fall asleep, just drift off for a moment. But she would not notice. I woke, every time with a little twitch, sometimes with a noise in my throat.
Captured by the Woman is a humoristic story about powerlessness. It is a warning to all young men and women. You enjoy Loe's sarcasms and the young mans considerations about himself and his relationship to the woman. Erlend Loe made his literary debut with this novel at the age of 24 years old, and he received raving reviews for it.
"Erlend Loe is a wordsmith that elegantly stretches and underplays his characters amok-running inner monologues. With Loe the absurd is never threatening, it would rather seem to be a form of apolitical alienation process, a way to squeeze new acknowledgements out of well-known themes. While many of his colleagues will look themselves in the mirror, Loe holds up the Troll Mirror. His novels almost insist that prose is something other than reality."
From the Jury Statement, Aschehougprisen 2003
"Rarely, very rarely, do you read a novel that you know that you will remember. Usually it is only the classical works by the great masters of literature that will give you such a read. But we assure you: Erlend Loes Captured by the Woman will be remembered."
"This is penmanship. It is also comical art (...) the situations and characters so mercilessly put on display, the sentences so wizzy and freshly put together, that you have to laugh rather loudly while reading. (...) The cunning and equilibrant way that the book is written in lifts Captured by the Woman to a high literary level. The satire never stands in the way of the disturbing, the existentially serious - or the poetic."
ERIK FOSNES HANSEN, writer
"Captured by the Woman by Erlend Loe is the story about a cronic pushover, that deviously and distansed tell the story about his sad relationship to The Woman. It is a crazy funny book, but also something more. It is sort of also a barometer of our time."
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