Beyond Sleep by Willem Frederik Hermans
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A short review of this book would be to say that it is a funnier, softer, and slightly less dire story than Jon Krakauer's Into The Wild or David Guterson's The Other. That doesn't mean that Alfred Issendorf's trip to the northern most part of Norway as part of a loosely formed scientific expedition is any less adventurous, simply that the plot of the pure wrongness of him making such a trip keeps the story light, even when the worst things happen. And while it's clear to the reader that the scientific discoveries Alfred wants to make and the personal discovery he needs seem unlikely to happen, this a great read about a journey, both physical and emotional.
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