By Kate Ward
Updated February 25, 2009 at 05:00 AM EST
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Doghead

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  • Book
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Morten Ramsland’s quirky novel follows three generations of a Scandinavian family with enough dysfunction to make Augusten Burroughs squirm: There’s Askild, the alcoholic grandfather who survived a Nazi concentration camp; Jug Ears, the father forced to wear an armor-plated corset as a youngster so that he’d stop touching his ears; and narrator ?Asger, who as a child felt a certain satisfaction in wrestling his obese, mentally challenged aunt. Sound bizarre? It is, but the absurd scenes are infused with enough playful emotion to make their outlandishness forgivable, and even enjoyable. Though intricate shifts in time make for a complex read, Doghead — which has plenty of bite — is definitely worth the effort. A?

Doghead

type
  • Book
genre
author
  • Morten Ramsland
publisher
  • Thomas Dunne Books

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