Companions

Companions Review

Camilla, Charles, Alma, Edward, Alwilda and Kristian are a circle of friends hurtling through mid-life. Structured as a series of monologues jumping from one friend to the next, Companions follows their loves, ambitions, pains and anxieties as they age, fall sick, have affairs, grieve, host dinner parties and move between the Lake District, Berlin, Lisbon, Belgrade, Mozambique, New York and, of course, Denmark. In her first book to be translated into English, Christina Hesselholdt explores everyday life, the weight of the past and the difficulty of intimacy in a uniquely playful and experimental style. At once deeply comic and remarkably insightful, Companions is an exhilarating portrait of life in the twenty-first century.

Title:Companions
Edition Language:English

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  • Mimi

    Christina Hesselholdt’s Companions was inspired by Virginia Woolf’s The Waves but it’s neither as radical in its structure nor is its prose style as lyrical; what Hesselholdt has produced, benea...

  • Paul Fulcher

    (Camilla)-Når man er alene, risikerer man ingenting. -Men er det helt sandt? (Jeg talte med mig selv). Agterudsejlet. Engelsk: marooned - o'erne som en skylle af vand over rælingen på skibet man nu...

  • Tommi

    Ambivalent feelings about this one. There is nothing wrong with it really and some parts I really enjoyed, but I never felt myself truly invested in the stories of these companions. The author is clea...

  • Andres

    This is a truly fascinating book. I found parts of it brilliant and I laughed several times at the over-the-top eccentric characters and their weird anecdotes and puzzling trains of thought. However, ...

  • Nate

    This book was just what I needed. So thoughtful and sad and smart and clever and in love with books. Rich friendships over time (particularly between Alma and Camilla)...comparisons to A Little Life (...

  • Johanna

    Denna samling av kortromaner (som därav saknar en ren handling hela boken igenom) tog ett tag att komma in i, efter knappt halva boken var jag redo att lägga den ifrån mig. Men runt 200 sidor in h...

  • Marieinsweden

    Stream of consciousness och Virginia Woolf-ish. Särskilt förtjust i de delar där Alma följer i fotspåren av döda brittiska författare....

  • Justin Evans

    I was rapt by the first section of the book, and then slowly started to hate the whole thing. There is an objective reason for this, which a superior reviewer has told me: this is really four novellas...

  • Ebba Gustavsson

    Det är framförallt det fascinerande språket som ger den betyget!!...

  • Brittany

    What a beautiful, meandering and literary stroll through contemporary adult friendships! The way this book honestly deals with loss, love and death is lovely. The way that literary and poetic moments ...