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The Resource The stormwater drains in Canberra, Paul Johan Karlsen

The stormwater drains in Canberra, Paul Johan Karlsen

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The stormwater drains in Canberra
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The stormwater drains in Canberra
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Paul Johan Karlsen
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eng
Summary
Consumed by pubescent desires, Kurt Larsen, a resourceful Norwegian boy, wants to speed up his sexual coming of age. Taking matters in his own hands, Kurt secretly opens a mailbox at the local post office and, posing as an adult, begins to take out personal ads in porn magazines. From there, little goes according to his master plan. 'The Stormwater Drains in Canberra' is a story of friendship and loneliness, of striking the right balance between privacy and secrecy, and above all, of learning how to love. In this international coming-of-age story, the narrator, a modern-day Peer Gynt, looks back on the events that unfolded from the time he was fourteen until he turned twenty-one
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/* Starred Review */ A coming-of-age story metamorphoses into a global sexual odyssey. Kurt Larsen, the ardent young hero of this debut novel, lives in the small Norwegian town of Bodø, north of the Arctic Circle, where privacy for a teenager in the late 1990s remains in short supply. Kurt's dreams extend far beyond the constraints of his town; he wants to "canvass the entire world for perfect bliss," he says; "I wanted to investigate the secret thoughts of my peers. I wanted adventure, to be a sex pioneer." His pioneering is initially limited to placing ads for anonymous hookups with strange men. Through such desperate teenage measures, he meets Jonny Larsen, with whom he'll have an on-again, off-again relationship throughout the book, as Kurt moves on to college (where he's the "thin-skinned, over-interpretative, horny type—a roaming satyr"). At university, the scope of his mission suddenly broadens immensely when he begins a fast-paced international flying agenda to qualify for an incredible airline giveaway that will provide him with five free tickets to anywhere in the world. On one of these stopovers, in Oslo, he sees Ragnar, a young man "on top of my list of candidates for sexual perfection," to whom the entire narrative is addressed. Kurt clearly loses his heart to Ragnar, pleading with him that second chances at their kind of happiness don't come along often: "Later in life there'd be work, family, and the twenty-four hour job of raising children." The plaintive, hyperaware tone is typical of Kurt's narration of his various erotic escapades, which are related by the author in prose that manages to be vivid without becoming either titillating or melodramatic ("Tomorrow I'd meet a dark-haired boy just under my height," Kurt says of one of his earliest encounters. "And soon after, I'd remove his blue and yellow all-weather jacket and get down to some serious boy fun"). Kurt might at one point profess a desire to be normal and average, but in reality, his far-flung exploits are a rebellion against a young man's hunger for experience and fear of stagnation. Karlsen conveys the poignancy of it all with extremely knowing skill, raising Kurt's sordid, picaresque adventures to the level of a life quest. A frank, funny, immensely winning novel about a "sex pioneer" exploring the hinterlands of desire.(Kirkus Reviews, January 15, 2016)
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10480613
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QBX
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1975-
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Karlsen, Pål Johan
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no index present
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novels
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True
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  • Male homosexuality
  • Gay teenagers
  • Teenage boys
  • Gays
  • Canberra (A.C.T.)
  • Norway
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The stormwater drains in Canberra, Paul Johan Karlsen
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
000057389847
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
292 pages
Isbn
9780996927208
Lccn
2015917743
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
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(OCoLC)932541486
Label
The stormwater drains in Canberra, Paul Johan Karlsen
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000057389847
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
292 pages
Isbn
9780996927208
Lccn
2015917743
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)932541486

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