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One of Us
- The Story of a Massacre in Norway - and Its Aftermath
- Gesprochen von: Suzanne Toren
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A harrowing and thorough account of the massacre that upended Norway, and the trial that helped put the country back together.
On July 22, 2011, Anders Behring Breivik detonated a bomb outside government buildings in central Oslo, killing eight people. He then proceeded to a youth camp on the island of Utøya, where he killed 69 more, most of them teenage members of Norway's governing Labour Party. In One of Us, the journalist Åsne Seierstad tells the story of this terrible day and what led up to it. What made Breivik, a gifted child from an affluent neighborhood in Oslo, become a terrorist?
As in her best seller The Bookseller of Kabul, Seierstad excels at the vivid portraiture of lives under stress. She delves deep into Breivik's troubled childhood, showing how a hip-hop and graffiti aficionado became a right-wing activist and Internet game addict, and then an entrepreneur, Freemason, and self-styled master warrior who sought to "save Norway" from the threat of Islam and multiculturalism. She writes with equal intimacy about Breivik's victims, tracing their political awakenings, aspirations to improve their country, and ill-fated journeys to the island. By the time Seierstad reaches Utøya, we know both the killer and those he will kill. We have also gotten to know an entire country - famously peaceful and prosperous, and utterly incapable of protecting its youth.
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Loved this book
Having Norwegians in the family, I was particularly struck by the July 22nd attacks in Oslo. I think nobody there ever expected that something like this would happen on Norwegian soil. This book provides a very good reconstruction, not only of the events of that day, but also of what preceded them. Although the book reads like fiction, the author explains at the end in detail that, in fact, the information used inside comes from official sources, including police interviews, court transcripts, and interviews with the people involved. I like the style of the book, its completeness, and most particularly I liked that it did not -- as the danger is in these cases -- focus on the perpetrator. It's very easy to remember the single name of the shooter, rather than the many names of the victims, or who they were. I loved this book because it presented the story of the victims in just as much detail, giving us a sense of how much was lost that day. The performance is great too, with the exception of the many Norwegian names scattered throughout it. This is not Suzanne Toren's fault: Norwegian is not easy to master and she did her best. Yet, it does impact particularly the readers who actually know the places she describes, because we have to work a bit harder to identify what is said.
Great and almost unbearable
Masterpiece, the author brings in many different points without judging and yet being empathic. The same applies to the reader!
Nevertheless, the true story is cruel and almost unbearable to hear. The part of the massacre is described in detail. I felt very depressive while reading the book.