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Så har jag det nu (2004)

av Meg Rosoff

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I en nära framtid skickas femtonåriga Daisy till England för att tillbringa sommaren med sina kusiner som bor i ett stort hus på landet. Det är oro i världen och krig är inte uteslutet. Sommaren blir fantastisk, en speciell känsla uppstår mellan Daisy och Edmond. Men allt får ett abrupt slut när verkligheten hinner ikapp.… (mer)
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[This is a review I wrote in 2008]

**Winner of 3 Awards and yet, for me, lacks some finishing touches**

Winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2004, the Michael L. Printz Award 2005, and the Brandford Boase Award 2005. It's an original and ambitious novel, portraying the horrors of 21st-century warfare for a generation of young readers who, whilst constantly hearing about wars, mostly feel quite removed from the experience. On this level, it succeeds really well. It's an eye-opener to see the Western world depicted as a war zone, with all the horrors of modern warfare brought vividly to life for younger readers.

The essential story is of fifteen-year-old New Yorker, Daisy, sent to live with her aunt and cousins in the English countryside - impossible relations with her stepmother in NY have led to an ongoing battle with anorexia and Daisy's dad has sent her overseas. Dasiy feels right at home and part of the family almost immediately, and forms an especially close bond with her cousin, Edmond, whom she soons realises she is in love with. Then war breaks out. The children are fending for themselves as Aunt Penn is trapped overseas. Some months pass by as they are left quite undisturbed on their small farm... But then some soldiers arrive to occupy the farm and they find themselves separated. Daisy and her youngest cousin, nine-year-old Piper are sent off in one direction and the boys, Osbert and twins Edmond and Isaac, are sent in another. From here the children's experience of the war becomes more immediate, as they witness horrific aspects of war (described in quite graphic detail), and ultimately they set off to find each other and hopefully be reunited again.

BUT, and there is a big "but" - it takes a while to get into Meg Rosoff's writing style, and I'm not altogether sure that we should want to get used to her style of writing speech. There is a complete lack of speech marks in any form and speech in the novel is identified by beginning the phrase or words being spoken with a capital letter. Is this a good example to set to young people, who might think it's acceptable to copy this style in their GCSEs? Could be confusing for some students. I do have a bit of a problem with 14-year-old cigarette smoking, car-driving Edmond, and the underage sex is a bit of an issue also, especially being between cousins. So, not really a novel for young teens. The other problem I have is that the characterisations and descriptions of the English countryside, not to mention the names, are more in keeping with an England of 60+ years ago. This is unfortunate as the novel is actually set in the modern day, with email, mobile phones etc.

It's overall a good, short, very readable introduction to the horrors of war, as well as highlighting Daisy's very personal battle with her eating disorder. However, it does have shortcomings and in a way doesn't quite come across as 'finished'. Worth reading but... ( )
  ArdizzoneFan | Nov 20, 2020 |
I just could not finish this; the cousins are sleeping together! Ew! I'm at the part where they have been separated from each other and I'm thinking this is a really good thing. I wonder how the movie dealt with this issue? ( )
  readingbeader | Oct 29, 2020 |
I can't say I loved this story, but I couldn't put it down. Quite a ride and a bit scary in a great way. ( )
  klnbennett | Oct 7, 2020 |
Loved the book and the story was dark and made me feel uncomfortable (not a bad thing). I got confused with the narrative style but once I got into it I was OK but definitely easier to read in one sitting than to keep picking up again. ( )
  JoanneCatteral | Jul 13, 2020 |
Rosoff gets the voice of Daisy, her protagonist, just right. We learn enough about her prior to the bombing to like her and worry about her, alone with her cousins on a dilapidated English farm. Daisy experiences the end of things in a very believable way. She neither understands nor much cares about what is happening in far away London, much less how her father and her evil stepmother are faring in the US. "The first thing that happened wasn't our fault. That was a bomb that went off in the middle of a big train station in London the day after Aunt Penn went to Oslo and something like seven or seventy thousand people got killed."

That "seven or seventy thousand" says it all.

Like us, Daisy's read her share of dystopias, so thinks she has things under control when they buy canned food and water in a local shop. What is at first a lovely adventure quickly darkens, however, as the reality of world war sinks in. Rosoff handles the intrusion very well, coming in the guise of a local physician looking for drugs. She doesn't really get to the background of what happened until Chapter 16, and by then we're already deeply invested in seeing the cousins reunited. Daisy them has to find a way to reunite and things begin to quickly disintegrate.

Her eye for pot-War landscape is sharp and often beautiful. Here is Daisy with her cousin Piper, eluding both the home army and "The Enemy":

So we rested. Then we walked some more. Past another burned house. Past a child's shoe abandoned on the path. We kept walking. Then we rested. And walked. We didn't see anybody but there were signs they'd been there. Discarded clothing. Paper. A dead cat. We ate some of the food and drank some of the water and only occasionally wondered what the hell we thought we were going to find at the end of the road."

Overall, I was reminded of the wonderful [b:Z for Zachariah|69477|Z for Zachariah|Robert C. O'Brien|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1347675635s/69477.jpg|2070709], which has the same spare voice, limited view (only what that character would actually know or intuit about the post-apocalyptic world) and lyrical writing. ( )
  MaximusStripus | Jul 7, 2020 |
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Fifteen-year-old Daisy, an anorexic, acerbic New Yorker, falls instantly in love with her English cousins' farm and with her English cousin Edmond. Idyllic love story abruptly becomes horrific survival tale when an unnamed enemy power invades the country. A captivating and deeply satisfying first novel. Review 9/04.

"How I Live Now." The Horn Book Magazine Jan.-Feb. 2005: 16.
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