The Kingdom of Jo Nesbo

review and notes of The Kingdom of Jo Nesbo

This book was given to me for my birthday. I am not a great lover of police novels, nor of thrillers. From time to time I feel like reading one, but it's not the genre that satisfies me the most. Still, of course, I read the novel.

Who does not know Jo Nesbo?

Norwegian, one of the kings of the thriller, with 25 novels (right now) among which there are some juvenile novels and the saga of the commissioner Harry Hole that is part of the crime novel.

That is why he deserved an opportunity, although I think I have not picked up a suitable novel for me.

Plot and argument

Roy, the owner of a gas station in a remote town in Norway, sees how his life is shaken by the return of his brother to open a hotel and reactivate the languid town.

From here imagine: love affairs, corruption, murder, dramas, accidents, and secrets from the past. All the ingredients that a crime novel reader is waiting for.

And yet, although I liked it, there has been something that has ruined the experience for me.

The worst thing about the book… its structure

What I didn't like, and which coincides with what many readers I've talked to like, is the structure of the novel.

Nesbo, on the one hand, develops the plot where he tells us that something very important happened in the past to understand the events well. Well, over 600 pages recurrently returns to those same scenarios of the past, to show us the facts, from different points of view, or from the same point of view but giving more information.

Over and over again, over and over again, each time giving alms of information that make us understand what happened. And what at first was interesting to me, in the end has ended up overwhelming me. Returning again and again, to the cliff, to the shed, to the lake,... again and again, again and again.

It has been tedious for me I didn't like the rhythm of the work. And it's not that I think it's a bad book, it's just that I don't like this type of structure. And look, I am clear that it is not a mistake, it is not that Nesbo has done anything wrong, he has created what he wanted, carefully, everything is built with the precision of a surgeon, everything fits perfectly and it must be recognized that it is not easy to achieve.

Notes

Curiosities that I extract from the reading.

Ice is more slippery when it gets closer to the melting point,” I said. The most slippery is at seven degrees below zero. That's why they try to keep the ice on the hockey fields at that temperature. What makes us slip is not an invisible and thin layer of water that generates friction and pressure, as previously believed, but a gas that arises as a consequence of the release of molecules at those temperatures.

The main character, Roy, is a lover of ornithology and birds and throughout the book he makes reference to different species that can be seen in the moors and the Norwegian mountains, one of the most significant and which illustrates the cover of this edition is the Golden Plover (apricaria pluvialis) is the bird that appears on the cover. It's always nice to meet a new bird.

Taken from a photo of Ulrich Knoll

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