The Wednesday Club
- Author: K. Westö
- Title: The Wednesday Club
- Published: 2013
- Trivia: Westö won Finlandia Prize (most prestigous literary award in Finland) 2006
- Trivia: The Wednesday Club is short listed for
- Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year
- Petrona Award 2017
- Psychological landscape of a
- …man, Claes Thune, besieged by obsession.
- Lonely and introspective, …Thune has long
- felt an hostility toward his best friend, Robi Lindemark
- for ‘stealing’ his wife Gabi.
- Thune finds himself contemplating…… ??
What is imaginative about Westö’s writing?
- He uses for one of the main character’s (Matilda Wiik)
- an alter-ego to create tension.
- Westö includes many allusions to art (Picasso), writers (Söderberg), politics
- (Finnish Civil War, far right Lapua Movement, Red and White Guards, prision camps)
- philosophy (Kant) and sports (Paavo Nurmi, Volmari Iso-Hollo).
- Obviously there is much to learn in this book
- …besides a thrilling story!
What purpose does an alter-ego have in the story ?
- Miss Milja (revenge) is Matilda’s Wiiik’s alter-ego.
- There is another voice Matilda does not recognize (reason)
- It allows a Matilda to escape reality.
- Ch 7 ‘Matilda keep that man at a distance’
- CH 7 ‘Get away from here’
- CH 7
- “…stay, he will come…sooner or later.
- And THEN let things happen
- …make a move and wait for a counter move”
- The reader is now so puzzled….you have to keep reading!
- I am not a fan of crime fiction
- …but this book kept me reading all day!
- I still have to read the rest of the short list Petrona Award 2017.
- In my opinion this book is better than
- my first reading choice for short list:
- The Dying Detective (L. Persson)