Empathy with Harry Hole

Posted: October 29, 2012 in Australia, Harry Hole, Norway

I am about half way through Jo Nesbo’s first Harry Hole thriller The Bat [ translated brilliantly as usual by Don Bartlett] and can clearly see the signs of the future clever twists and turns that feature in his later brilliant Oslo Trilogy [The Redbreast, Nemesis, The Devil’s Star]. 

The Bat [Flaggermusmannen] is set in Australia winning the Nordic Glass Key back in 1998, and harks back to that distant time when there was an Australian cricket team.

The owner of the Cricket was also the proud owner of the shirt Allan Border wore when Australia beat England four times during the 1989 Ashes series.

But it was not the ancient cricket references that grabbed my interest, but Harry’s sensible analysis of cinema history.

There were no pictures on the wall, just a poster of Braveheart with Mel Gibson-which Harry remembered only for some incomprehensible reason it won an Oscar for Best Film. Bad taste, as far as films go, he thought. And men. Harry was one of those who felt personally let down when Mad max made a Hollywood star out of him. 

  1. Margot Kinberg says:

    Norman – Oh, that’s a great quote! Thank you for sharing it. I’m really interested to see what you think of The Bat; I hope you’ll post a review when you’re done.

  2. Norman Price says:

    Thanks Margot. I will post a review when I finish The Bat. I still wonder why it has taken this long, 15 years, for this Nordic Glass Key winner to be translated into English. The Bat won in 1998 between Karin Fossum’ Don’t Look Back 1997 and Leif Davidsen’s Lime’s Photograph1999 [which I will be reading soon] so with Nesbo’s popularity it is surprising it was left neglected for so long.

  3. KerrieS says:

    I think it may have something to do with Nesbo agreeing to it being translated

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