Ovel The characters were hollow accept for the Hero Barefoot but even then The story telling was disjointed and confusing I often had to double back in a chapter to see if I skipped a major event that was being discussed or I needed explanaiton that was skipped over The non seuesntial stroy telling can be done well this was not I don t know why I have even ranked this book with two stars except to say that there is some exceptionally beautiful sections in this book the words and the way they are written is stunning The book starts very well the first two chapters I was eager to see where this was going but when I got there I realized that I ust didn t care Maybe I am ust an idiot but this was a good idea woefully short on a good execution Well the writing was a bit too expressionistic for me a bit crumbled and overlapping Still the premise was rather good This is a page turner for sure I couldn t really uit once I d gotten a chapter or two into it It reminded me of another carnivalesue freak novel Geek Love But I liked this one a lot better than Geek Love Despite the fact that this novel sometimes seems to be a series of unfortunate events it has an underlying optimism and love for its characters that keep it from getting too bleak And it does get bleak yes indeedy do Dickensian bleak without the Dickensian filter shielding us from the truly bleak stuff But there s love under it somehow And mind reading Which is fun I really enjoyed the perspective switches and the detective work of piecing the story together that way The bad news The frame of the story feels kind of lame The opening and closing letters are a bit ponderous and feel tacked on and unessential The ending feels lazy It sort of amounts to and this happened and then this happened and then this happened This was because the lovehate story was essentially over But then it wasn t I either wanted the story to end where it ended or to be fully fleshed out after It feels undone than too long really so I vote for fleshed outThere seems to be a potential for another book written by the main character and I wondered if that book #will come out in the future however i #come out in the future However I that book IN this one There s so much potential in this story that isn t realized It feels sketched in when it could be painted But the sketch is a really interesting sketch so it s worth it even so I read this book on the original language Swedish and it really is one of the best books in Swedish literature for a very long time It takes you through adventures both amazing and horrible and feelings of oy and despise The reason it doesn t get five stars is that on occasion it gets
#Somewhat Pretentious But Overall It #pretentious but overall it a great piece It really is a shame about the title I ust know how a title like this puts me off reading the book and I would never have read it unless two colleagues of mine recommended it Therefore please ignore the title and enjoy the great adventures of Hercule You will not regret it. The freak show with which he travels A moving uplifting at times dark and macabre tale of social oppression official corruption religious persecution and unwavering devotion it is a story that enchants and surprises and leaves one wide eyed with wonder like a small child at his first carniva.
Deeply layered rich characters dark and foreboding yet full of hope Incredibly researched Imaginative seductive surprising a dream of a book from which I did not want to awaken Although the characters are uite one dimensional and despite that the heroine is a damsel in distress dressed like an angel in white and despite a few turns of the story that feel illogical and therefore disturb the flow of the story I really enjoyed the book Despite that the love Hercule feels for Henriette is manic and obsessive the book manages to say something important about love and hate and human nature It s a brave book in the sense that it allows love to prevail over hate and sorrow while it aims for higher literary grounds in a time when undying love and happy endings are banned from good literature Hercules Barefoot must have been heavily inspired by Patrick S skind s Perfume but unlike the latter this book leaves me with a little rather than a little less faith in mankind Horrific Sufferings of the Mind Reading Monster Hercules Barefoot His Wonderful Love #and His Terrible HatredNow you have finished wondering at the title we #His Terrible HatredNow you have finished wondering at the title we oh you want a little time with it ok The Horrific Sufferings of the Mind Reading Monster Hercules Barefoot His Wonderful Love and his Terrible Hatred Ok can we continueThis was my first Carl Johan Vallgren and I have to admit it was the title and cover design that made me buy it a long time ago in a random book store subseuently it was placed on a shelf and never touched again for a good five years or so Until last week when finally it got to be a book and I picked it up and decided I would get it readIt happened slowly after
many books recently for younger audiences i hadbooks recently for younger audiences I had into a large font and uick to finish pages but that is not what you get with Hercules Barefoot s story If you want a book to read in the moments before bed at the end of your day please do not pick this as I did because it will be a struggle This is no comment on the story or writing as both are incredibleWe follow the life of Hercule Barfuss an incredibly deformed newborn in a brothel who somehow avoids being snuffed out before his first breath He has a thick carpet of hair on his back his arms resemble nothing than twigs and his head is unusually large His stature is That Of A Dwarf And His Body of a dwarf and his body covered in a random smattering of hard black protrusions By normal 1800s standards he should have been proclaimed spawn of satan and killedThe book follows his life at different stages and I loved the way that we umped along his personal timeline sometimes not uite knowing the amount time we had moved on His life is rich with religion and historical rubbernecking but it never detracts from the core tale of Hercule Barfuss and his search for his true love Henriette Vogel There is a time spent locked away in a monastery where the local town believe he is a miracle worker a trip to the vatican where he uickly discovers plans afoot to kill him Horrific Sufferings of the Mind Reading Monster Hercules Barefoot is the picaresue fable of the love that grows between the mute telepathic human monstrosity Hercules and the beautiful Henriette a love that will entwine their fates forever Author Carl Johan Vallgren creates an unforgettable