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April 12, 2017

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The Wednesday Club

by N@ncy

  • 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

Quick scan:

  1. Psychological landscape of a
  2. …man, Claes Thune,  besieged by obsession.
  3. Lonely and introspective, …Thune has long
  4.  felt an hostility toward  his best friend, Robi Lindemark
  5. for ‘stealing’ his wife Gabi.
  6. Thune finds himself contemplating…… ??

What is imaginative about Westö’s writing?

  1. He uses for one of the main character’s (Matilda Wiik)
  2. an alter-ego  to create tension.
  3. Westö  includes many allusions to art (Picasso), writers (Söderberg), politics
  4. (Finnish Civil War, far right Lapua Movement, Red and White Guards, prision camps)
  5. philosophy (Kant) and sports (Paavo Nurmi, Volmari Iso-Hollo).
  6. Obviously there  is much to learn in this book
  7. …besides a thrilling story!

What purpose does an alter-ego have in the story ?

  1. Miss Milja (revenge) is Matilda’s Wiiik’s  alter-ego.
  2. There is another voice Matilda does not recognize (reason)
  3. It allows a Matilda to escape reality.
  4. Reason:
  5. Ch 7 ‘Matilda keep that man at a distance’
  6. CH 7 ‘Get away from here’
  7. Revenge:
  8. CH 7
  9. “…stay, he will come…sooner or later.
  10. And THEN let things happen
  11. …make a move and wait for a counter move”
  12. The reader is now so puzzled….you have to keep reading!

Conclusion:

  1. I am not a fan of crime fiction
  2. …but this book kept me reading all day!
  3. I still have to read the rest of the short list Petrona Award 2017.
  4. In my opinion this book is better than
  5. my first reading choice for short list:
  6. The Dying Detective (L. Persson)
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2 Comments Post a comment
  1. May 4 2017

    You’re getting through lots of books at the moment.

    Sorry for my quietness lately – hectic life stuff, working extra days and lots of weekends away with family stuff. Caught up with me this week and I’ve caught a nasty autumn cold – two days off work has allowed me to catch up on sleeping, reading and now, finally some blogging.

    Glad to see you’re still out there reading on!

    Sorry about the loss of Mindy. I still miss my cat Maisie on a regular basis and it’s been over 8 yrs.

    I hope you’re enjoying a lovely spring time bloom where you are 🙂

    Reply
    • May 5 2017

      Thanks for your comments!
      Hope you can keep up the pace of a working mother and avid blogger!
      Spring has not sprung yet…still hoping.
      The house is still very quiet without Mindy.
      She was really the ‘belle of the ball’, a drama queen!

      Reply

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