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Ein Nashorn für den Papst. (utgåvan 1998)

av Lawrence Norfolk (Författare)

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THE BOOK- In February 1516, a Portugese ship sank with the loss of all hands a mile off the coast of Italy. The Nostra Senora da Adjuda had sailed 14000 miles from the Indian kingdom Gujarat- her mission, to deliver a rhinoceros to the Pope. The Pope's Rhinoceros tells the stories which culminate in this bizarre incident. Ranging from the Baltic Sea to a flyblown conlony in India, from a tribe hidden in the African rain forest to atrocities committed in obscure town in Tuscany, Norfolk's brilliant novel holds up the true history of the rhinoceros as a mirror to the fantasies and obsessions of the Renaissance.… (mer)
Medlem:eniac
Titel:Ein Nashorn für den Papst.
Författare:Lawrence Norfolk (Författare)
Info:btb (1998)
Samlingar:Literatur, Ditt bibliotek
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The Pope's Rhinoceros av Lawrence Norfolk (Author)

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    The Elephant's Journey av José Saramago (joririchardson)
    joririchardson: Both books are historically set and are about transporting large African animals across the world.
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An exhausting read. A dense, literate novel, with some staggering sequences (the sequence of mankind's conquest of the sea, as narrated by successive generations of herring, is one of the most masterful things I have ever read) but also with a sprawl that, ultimately, the author cannot control. I love large novels, however this one feels like the editor's attentions were elsewhere. No masterpiece, true. Yet I can confidently state that Norfolk's love of words, and oddball character insight, will definitely have me visiting his back catalogue sooner rather than later. ( )
  therebelprince | Nov 15, 2020 |
It took me forever to get through this book. Not because it is awful, but because the author's style is very dense. What I can describe using three or four words, he uses fifteen.
Pope Leo X owns an elephant, and wants a rarer beast, a rhinoceros. No one knows what it looks like, but the Spanish and the Portuguese are vying with each other to deliver one and gain the favor of this Pope. The life story of one man, Salvestro, is woven in and around the finding of this beast. Herring and especially rats are rampant.
This novel is sometimes amusing, sometimes surprising, one small section that springs to mind was rather boring to me, but it was worth it.
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  a1stitcher | Jun 22, 2019 |
A unique book that defies categorisation, this is a huge, surreal, complex, all-encompassing sixteenth century picaresque shaggy dog (or should I say rhinoceros) story full of humour, complex plot twists, period detail and arcane vocabulary, ranging from the Baltic coastal island of Usedom via Rome to West Africa and back, taking in large chunks of history, geography, geology, papal politics and many other subjects.

Not an easy read, particularly the opening which spends several pages explaining the geological evolution of the Baltic in almost wilfully obscure language, but ultimately a rewarding one, and an impressive feat of research and imagination. ( )
  bodachliath | Aug 24, 2015 |
Gigantic in every sense of the word; gigantic vocabulary, gigantic page count, gigantic length of time spent waiting for something to happen. I haven't got off the Baltic Island where what feels like several hundred pages on the plot keeps threatening to start and I'm losing the will to live. This one is probably(!) going to stay unfinished. While I acknowledge that the author is a good deal cleverer than I am. It's just a great pity that he feels the need to bludgeon his poor readers with his erudition.
In short, very learned and with flashes of inspiration but the plot seems hidden by all the verbiage. As one of the other reviewers said, there are probably better things to do with your life. ( )
  spaceowl | Oct 31, 2014 |
I give up. This novel has been a trusty paperweight and book-end for a few years now. The bookmark has moved forward a few pages at irregular intervals. Usually, each dip into the text puts me off reading for a while. I get the impression that the author consulted a thesaurus twice for every sentence on every one of the 753 pages. Perhaps literary reviewers enjoy this sort of book, as it gives them the chance to demonstrate how clever they are. But it's not for me. Enough is enough. There are other things to do in life. ( )
  Kanikoski | Jan 21, 2012 |
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Författarens namnRollTyp av författareVerk?Status
Norfolk, LawrenceFörfattareprimär författarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Haefs, GisbertÖversättaremedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
Jung, GeraldÖversättaremedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
Lindenburg, MiekeÖversättaremedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
Stege, GiselaÖversättaremedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat

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THE BOOK- In February 1516, a Portugese ship sank with the loss of all hands a mile off the coast of Italy. The Nostra Senora da Adjuda had sailed 14000 miles from the Indian kingdom Gujarat- her mission, to deliver a rhinoceros to the Pope. The Pope's Rhinoceros tells the stories which culminate in this bizarre incident. Ranging from the Baltic Sea to a flyblown conlony in India, from a tribe hidden in the African rain forest to atrocities committed in obscure town in Tuscany, Norfolk's brilliant novel holds up the true history of the rhinoceros as a mirror to the fantasies and obsessions of the Renaissance.

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