14 April 2009
Very Very Good
So i finished an excellent book last night. Let the Right One In is by John Ajvide Lindqvist, a Swedish author. I saw the movie late last year and loved it. All i can say is that the book is even better. The basic story is simple. Oskar, an almost teenaged boy, lives with his mother in Sweden. He's bullied constantly and dreams of revenging himself on his tormentors. He meets Eli, a young girl who moves in next door, and everything in his life changes.
Because Eli is a 200 year old vampire.
In the book we learn a lot more information about the people around the story. All the adults are ineffectual; some are alcoholics, the teachers seem to ignore/be blind to what Oskar is going through. The children bully, steal, get high, and hide to try to cope with their lives. Oskar is left to navigate the world alone until Eli comes along and opens his eyes.
It is so dark, and lonely, and achingly sad. at a few points i actually found myself crying. You feel so deeply for all the characters. Even Hakan, a pedophile in Eli's thrall, the one character of any you think no one would feel sorry for, is so pitiful and pathetic. what is weird, what makes this story so effective, is that it has a happy ending.
So this is a 7. and one down for the Chunkster Challenge! Yay!
I really really want to read more by this author! Only one other of his books is available in English, Handling the Undead, but as i'd have to get it from either Australia or the UK i supposed i'll have to wait. :( i mean, i'm totally willing to buy the book, i just don't know that i can afford cost plus shipping. *sigh*