101 Reykjavik, Paperback
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Hlynur Bjorn is an unemployed 30-something loner, still living with his mum, who spends his days on the Internet, watching satellite TV, and gazing at girls in the pub.

But Hlynur's cosy, unthreatening world is shaken when his mother comes out as a lesbian, and her Spanish girlfriend Lolla moves into their home. "101 Reykjavik" is a first-person account of a blackly funny and bizarre love triangle, a dark, comic tale of perverse sexuality and slacker culture in Iceland's trendy capital city that pokes fun along the way at such foibles of our culture as CNN weather reports and porn videos.




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This was the other book chosen for the Motley Fool book club, and I was looking forward to reading it. Hlynur is a misogynist layabout who still lives with his mother at the age of 36. His mother even runs his bathwater and asks him if it's the right temperature! He spends his days in bed, his evenings on the Internet and his nights in various sleazy clubs and bars with his equally sleazy friends. The book is told from Hlynur's point of view and by page 29 I couldn't bear to read any more. I read a few more pages at the end of the book but it didn't seem to have improved so I will be returning it to the library unfinished.

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