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Dutch geology student Alfred Issendorf makes a wonderfully quixotic journey in this previously untranslated gem from Hermans — , a Dutch novelist who worked in Paris. Alfred sets out for Norway's northernmost region of Finnmark with three other students to try to confirm their professor's dubious hypothesis that regional craters resulted from meteor impact rather than Ice Age glaciers. Insecure, exhausted, doubting his career choice and barely up to the physical rigor of trekking through the Arctic wilderness, Alfred begins to imagine that everyone—his companions and their mentors—is plotting against him. But he is determined to make his mark, mostly to compensate for the loss of his biologist father who fell into a mountain chasm when Alfred was six. The story takes an unexpected turn when Alfred loses his compass—literally—and reveals surprising reserves of fortitude and cunning. For all his anxiety and irony, he also proves a sympathetic narrator, particularly in the development of his relationship with Arne, one of his companions, who is in many ways his opposite.
From Publishers Weekly Dutch geology student Alfred Issendorf makes a wonderfully quixotic journey in this previously untranslated gem from Hermans — , a Dutch novelist who worked in Paris. Read more. Product details Hardcover: Harry N. Abrams; First Edition edition May 31, Language: English ISBN Start reading Beyond Sleep on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Share your thoughts with other customers.
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Paperback Verified Purchase. If you created a map of Europe on which the countries were represented by their historical 'mass' rather than their square kilometers, Netherlands would be as large as France or Germany. Likewise a map displaying scientific and technological achievement. There's a sense of such wry self-awareness about this Dutch novel, read by far more people in translation than ever in the original language. The narrator, Alfred Issendorf, journeys from his small flatland, the most densely populated nation in the world, to the emptiness of northern Norway, Ultima Thule for him in every way.
That's how it goes for Small-landers in a world ruled by the languages of Big-landers. Alfred is a bit of a nerd. A nebbish, a mama's boy, a navel-gazer. He fumbles badly in planning his grand scientific expedition. He is ridiculously under-equipped and hopelessly inexperienced in wilderness lore. He lacks the physical conditioning of an outdoorsman.
As he slowly recognizes, he also lacks the intuition of an observer-scientist. He's the wrong guy in the wrong field for the wrong reasons, and he's way outside his safety zone, completely overmatched by the harshness of the tundra. Of course, everything goes from sorry ineptitude to serious danger, but the surprise is that Alfred finds the resources in himself to survive, a heroic effort really but one that he has to mock: The muddle and the inconsequentiality of experience is not just loose plotting of the novel; it's the whole story.
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Meanwhile, squeezed between these goofy episodes, there's an 'existential' novel of considerable suspense and emotional power, the tale of Alfred versus both Nature and his own nature.
There's another level of writing in "Beyond Sleep", the dubious pleasure of vicarious misery. Alfred IS miserable out there on the tundra.
He's carrying a pack much heavier than he is ready for.
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He has the wrong shoes, the wrong sleeping gear, and preposterously little food for such a trip. It rains constantly. He falls in the river fords and soaks his gear, and then he falls and scrapes his leg badly enough to make gangrene a threat. Two of his three companions, arrogantly well-prepared and seasoned hikers, abandon him, while the third is as bonkers as he is, and as quixotic.
Worst of all, the mosquitoes! I've done a lot of back-country camping in the far North; I read this novel, in fact, while hiking in the Laurentides mountains of Quebec, where mosquitoes are not unknown. The mosquitoes in "Beyond Sleep" are so accurately described, so horribly itchy on the page, that I fear I'll wake up scratching for months after I get home. Alfred's suffering is at the same time laughable and pitiable, and no doubt "existential. Let me tell you, mosquitoes don't share our perceptions of futility.
Other reviewers have complained that "Beyond Sleep" is disorganized and anti-climactic. If you're looking for a straight-ahead adventure story, you may agree with them.
But this is a novel about the equivalence of success and failure. Alfred's goal out there on the tundra is to find a meteor, to prove his thesis that meteor impacts have shaped the landscape there. He finds nothing to support his idea. However, as he is escaping with his life if not his self-esteem, a veritable meteor impact occurs precisely where he had been searching.
Alas, Alfred is too self-absorbed to recognize the impact for what it is. His thesis can be proven after all, but he won't get the credit for it.
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Its protagonist, Alfred Issendorf, is a year-old Dutch geology student, who goes to the wilderness of Finnmark northernmost Norway to look for evidence of meteors in order to prove the pet theory of his university thesis supervisor.
Plagued by mosquitoes, rain, the midnight sun, and his own ineptitude and lack of conditioning, Alfred bogs down, miserably, in his mission. But there also is a second quest, an existential one -- namely, Alfred's quest for some meaning in life. I leave it to readers to discover how successful Alfred is in that second mission, although the title of the novel, I think, provides a clue. Not only is the plot strange, but the style of the novel is unusual.
First, it is very informal, told first-person in almost stream-of-consciousness fashion. Second, it displays a wide range of styles of humor, from the wry and dry to, occasionally, the absurd and farcical. Finally, Alfred is a sort of amateur metaphysician, who shares with the reader all sorts of off-beat ideas -- some worthwhile and some sophomoric -- as well as a few rather hackneyed ones e. An example from the "worthwhile" category: What would I have done?
Become a flautist after all? How will I ever find out? No-one can start over at the same point twice. If an experiment can't be replicated, it ceases to be an experiment. No-one can experiment with their life. No-one can be blamed for being in the dark. But it is deceptive in that simplicity. The more I reflect on it, the more I realize Hermans a noted Dutch author, circa packed into it.
I don't believe that it is a great novel, and I suspect that it will not appeal to everyone not by a long shot , but for me and my sometimes idiosyncratic tastes it proved to be moderately entertaining and occasionally thought-provoking.
I would not be surprised to find myself picking it up again a few years hence, and I certainly will seek out the one other Hermans novel so far to be translated into English, "The Darkroom of Damocles". Hardcover Verified Purchase. Everything is interesting about this novel, its tone, pace, style, diction, setting, development, conflicts, characters, and change. One would have liked to see some more than passing romantic interest, but alas that's not possible for Alfred who operates close to the dark-side fringe of human compassion.
The comments about the existence of God are tacked on, but interesting, especially the long list of evils that God permits to afflict his creation. All in all, a most satisfying read. Try it. You'll like it. George D. Klein, author, Dissensions. A friend of mine recommended the book, but I found it disappointing.
To much imagery, too many tangents, no focus, and an outcome that was a let down. Some call this great literature. If this is true, then what is great literature? Masnawi Sacred Texts of Islam: Book Three. Mawlana Rumi. Memoirs of William Hickey Pencil Points: A Journal for the Drafting Room: Volume VI, Number 6, June Clute, Eguene Editor. Tania Manuel Casimiro.
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