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Publisher's Summary

The Quiet Girl is a masterful, inventive novel that marks the triumphal return of one of the great writers of the international literary world. Set in Denmark in the here and now, The Quiet Girl centers around Kaspar Krone, a world-renowned circus clown with a deep love for the music of Johan Sebastian Bach, and an even deeper gambling debt. Wanted for tax evasion and on the verge of extradition, Krone is drafted into the service of a mysterious order of nuns who promise him reprieve from the international authorities in return for his help safeguarding a group of children with mystical abilities - abilities that Krone also shares. When one of the children goes missing, Krone sets off to find the young girl and bring her back, making a shocking series of discoveries along the way about her identity and the true intentions of his young wards. The result is a fast-paced, philosophical thriller blending social realism with the literary fantastic and pitting art and spirituality against corporate interests - and nothing less than the will to war by the industrialized world.
Translated by Nadia Christensen.
©2007 Nadia Christensen, originally published in 2006 by Rosinante, Denmark as Den stille pige; 2006 Peter Hoeg (P)2007 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC
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2 out of 5 stars
By Linda Robertson on 11-18-07

Not Up To Usual Standards

I was entranced with Smilla's Sense of Snow, and enjoyed the magical realism of Woman and the Ape, so I looked forward to The Quiet Girl. But it disappoints. The strength of Hoeg's erudition, zest for eccentric characters, and interest in exploration of philosophy is overwhelmed by a contorted plot line and a too-willing capitulation to the seduction of fast-paced chases and narrow escapes. I was left wishing the Quiet Girl could have told me more about what the narrative was actually about.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By Janie on 11-13-07

Please, can I have my credit back?

I am serious. This book has great prose and a good plot premise - but the execution is so clouded; I feel like there is a fog rolling over my brain when I try to listen to this book. I’ve restarted the first section of the book 4 times - trying to grasp the time line or to even follow the plot. Sorry - but this one needed more glue to hold it together.
I am moving on to another book – at this point I am not even curious about the end of the book.

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4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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