Elling has a wildly overactive imagination and has been molly-coddled by his mother all his life, so when she dies he is left completely incapable of taking care of himself.
After a stint in the very helpful Broynes Rehabilitation Centre, Elling returns to Oslo with his room-mate Kjell Bjarne in tow.
Together the odd couple embark on a free-spirited new life.
On a quest to live like normal average people, Elling and Kjell's friendship grows - kittens, girlfriends and terrorist poetry enter the equation - even fame beckons.
But there are fears to conquer before that, answering the telephone for one, leaving the house for another and the journey outdoors is by no means an easy one.
A touching and hiliarious comedy of anxiety from Norway's biggest talent, Beyond the Great Indoors rejoices in the simplest pleasures of life and reminds us of the importance of conquering our everyday fears.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 304 pages, port.
- Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/02/2005
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780552772099
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Review by bagambo
This is a brilliant book about two characters who will rock your world: Elling and Kjell. These two characters are struggling to acclimate to the real world after being released from a rehab center where they were treated for mental issues. Both characters have difficulty interacting with people and performing the typical social norms (like going to dinner or to the store). The duo have a care taker who checks in on them from time to time and advises them to go out into the world. The book details Elling and Kjell's friendship, Kjell's attempts to seduce the neighbor, Elling's friendship with a poet and a road trip that shows them both how far they have come. Such a hilarious book that is original and refreshing!!!
Review by GiacomoL
This book is hilarious, tragic, fun, sad, insane, true. Go and read it. (And if you can find a version of the movie based on it, "Elling", with English subtitles, please let me know.)