The History of Danish Dreams

The History of Danish Dreams

Peter Høeg / Dec 09, 2019

The History of Danish Dreams From the author of Smilla s Sense of Snow comes this highly imaginative novel In a Danish feudal castle a count believes he has pinpointed the center of the universea patch of land on his esta

  • Title: The History of Danish Dreams
  • Author: Peter Høeg
  • ISBN: 9780385315913
  • Page: 121
  • Format: Paperback
  • From the author of Smilla s Sense of Snow comes this highly imaginative novel, In a Danish feudal castle, 1520, a count believes he has pinpointed the center of the universea patch of land on his estate But when his discovery is met with disbelief, he walls off his mansion and has all of the clocks stopped Four centuries pass instantaneously, and the count s young sFrom the author of Smilla s Sense of Snow comes this highly imaginative novel,In a Danish feudal castle, 1520, a count believes he has pinpointed the center of the universe a patch of land on his estate But when his discovery is met with disbelief, he walls off his mansion and has all of the clocks stopped Four centuries pass instantaneously, and the count s young secretary, Carl, emerges from isolation to find a world bursting with war, innovation, love, sexuality, danger, and all the values of the sixteenth century turned upside down as though by supernatural forces namely, the force of history From one of our most gifted international writers comes a dazzling epic fairy tale, a tough fable about the gifts and iniquities of progress.

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        Peter H eg was born in Copenhagen, Denmark Before becoming a writer, he worked variously as a sailor, ballet dancer, and actor He published his first novel, A History of Danish Dreams 1988 , to positive reviews However, it was Smilla s Sense of Snow 1992 , a million copy best seller, that earned H eg immediate and international literary celebrity His books have been published in than thirty countries.


    1. I've read and enjoyed two others by this author, but this book (his first) defeated me in many ways. I was intrigued at the beginning, lost focus in the middle, and just wanted it over by the end. Too befuddled to say more. I usually need two readings to really 'get' what he is talking about anyway, but I don't think I have the energy to face this one again.

    2. It isn't the fault of this book. I've just read all this before- depths of European mourning of the past, the freezing of the present, the absurdities that go along with ancient cultures. I only got to the first two chapters and I didn't feel that I needed to go any farther. The first chapter was a straightforward metaphor with one or two grotesque images and nothing surprised me in the second.Just read Gormenghast instead. You'll get the same message, less nationally specific, and with even mor [...]

    3. This book has been called "The Danish Gormenghast," which intrigued me. I love Denmark. I love Gormenghast. Sign me up!It started strong. The opening stories had a fairy-tale quality that felt very much like a journey through a nation's collective unconscious. To my delight, there were echoes of Andersen. And it was because of Andersen's influence that I gave Høeg the benefit of the doubt when he started talking shit about spoiled princesseswhich segued into talking shit about eating disordersw [...]

    4. This book is such a literature delight, Marquez-scaled saga, situated in two-century scope of the Danish history. Høeg observes the changes in the social environment along with the inner ties of life, penetrating the lives of the characters, embodying the places they abide, vibing in the tunes of their dreams. A pure delicacy of slow reading adventure.

    5. I loved this book. The story was so rich that I often would fall asleep after reading only a few pages. Thus, reading it took forever but I was glad to be immersed in this book. For more about how the author uses ambiguity to create layers of meaning in a dreamworld, check out my blog.

    6. My bookshelves were missing a Danish flavour, so I purchased this volume to fill that rather glaring hole. Rather like Denmark itself, I was left somewhat ambivalent after finishing thist sure if it was really great magical realism or just too much northern depression.Hoeg sketches a family representing the Danish transition from medieval times (and charm) to modern society (20th-century conformity). I was completely absorbed in the story of the aristocrat who seals off his estate and makes time [...]

    7. I know Høeg only through Smilla's Sense of Snow, an entertaining and well done work that never exactly blew me away. This book, though, blew away. It feels like Calvino or Marquez mixed with something not at all like either. The writing is stunning and surreal and Høeg plays game after game with the reader's expectations. It moves from fairytale to a weird Danish Gatsby to a piercing psychological study and back. And in the end, it is deeply moving. I pretty clearly need to reevaluate my opini [...]

    8. La storia dei sogni danesi è un romanzo magico che ricostruisce le storie di una famiglia attraverso le varie generazioni, a partire dal 1500 fino agli Sessanta del Novecento; non vi è un narratore onnisciente a raccontarci le vicende ma una ricostruzione in prima persona basata su testimonianze, documenti e storie tramandate, cosicché il narratore ci mette a parte di quanto ha scoperto e prova a ipotizzare le motivazioni dei vari personaggi basandosi sui rispettivi caratteri, ambienti social [...]

    9. I know little of Denmark and Danish history, so much of this novel probably went over my head. Here and there, though, the commentary on Denmark is so broad and direct that it can hardly be missed, and it is both funny and bitter. For example, "While her guests discuss the excellent warming qualities of angora and the merits of sulfur powder and how Copenhagen museums have so many lovely plaster figures, what they are in actuality discussing is the big questions of life: love and money and relig [...]

    10. I don't have much to say about this novel. I think I enjoyed it because it held me hostage most of the fall and winter - a type of literary Stockholm Syndrome. It was funny and absurd at times, with ridiculous, larger than life characters. In the end, though, none of the absurdity led to any meaningful conclusions or resolutions - just gratitude at finally being free.

    11. In the beginning, I was completely taken with the magical realism--especially the thief who mustrusted the rich and so only stole used shoes and the like--unfortunately, the quality of surreality came to feel strained, and I lost my feeling for the characters. The book just never carried me away.

    12. I tried. I really did. I keep trying to convince myself to pick this book up again, but it's just so boring. It's been compared to Italo Calvino, who I also find incredibly dull, so I should've known better. Høeg's and Calvino's brand of magical realism tends to be a bit too absurdist for my taste with an obsessive focus on eccentric rich people whom I am not in the least bit interested. Life's too short.

    13. Představy o 20. století podle mě patří mezi jednu z nejlepších knih, co v Evropě za poslední roky vyšly. Je to takových dánských 100 roků samoty. Četla jsem ji několikrát a včele vám doporučuju totéž.

    14. This is just far to out there and dense for me at the moment. I admit that I just can't seem to finish it but his ideas are interesting.

    15. Sorry Mr. Hoeg, I loved the weird in the Elephant Keeper's Children. But this might be a little too far out for me. Got through the first two sections but couldn't really get hooked.

    16. I read the first story, and found it interesting, but work. I did not like the pace and the extensive use of the third person narrative, which did not grab me.

    17. You may be familiar with that seminal work of English literature, "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies", by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith. This proceeds on the assumption that any work of literature can be improved by adding zombies. I wonder if something similar could be done with Peter Hoeg's "A history of danish dreams", which as it stands is an interminable family saga starting well, with a mad Count who walls himself off from the world around him, but then degenerating into an 'and then a [...]

    18. A sort-of Danish '100 Years of Solitude', this ambitious novel romps and meanders through fantastical events, up to the present day. It is both an epic and a magical realist novel, its form allowing Hoeg free rein to let his imagination run riot. This he assuredly does, encompassing crazed aristocrats, lovable thieves, religious mania, zeppelins, love affairs, and a village so poor that its residents eat the seaweed off their hovel roofs. It gives him license for fantasy, satire, romance and mom [...]

    19. I'd wanted to read this for years, hoping it would have a strong sense of place, history and culture. In many ways it does; there is plenty of unforced, incidental local detail, and the narrator interjects with comments on the attitudes of society at various points in history (though I don't currently know enough about Denmark to judge how accurate all this is).Through 4 generations, the characters' lives are suffused with magic-realism. Where it works, it feels like an apt modern mythology - th [...]

    20. In un arco di tempo di quasi cent'anni Hoeg, attraverso la storia di una famiglia danese, racconta i sogni e le illusioni di un'intera società del secolo corso.Scavando nei pensieri e nelle azioni dei personaggi con maestria e sensibilità, Hoeg mette a nudo tutte le contraddizioni della modernità e della società del progresso, non solo quella danese, come sottolinea più volte l'autore stesso, ma anche quella della società occidentale in genere.Pagina dopo pagina Hoeg racconta, studia e smo [...]

    21. There's a pretty rad book exchange off a side street in Asmali Mescit neighborhood here in Istanbul. Full of old folks who tell awesome stories and let you take books from 'em for freeah, it's a good deal.And I was sitting there, trying to find some more books, when I stumbled upon The History of Danish Dreams. Considering I have Danish friends and turn into a deaf mute whenever talk gets going about their homeland, I figure it would be a good introduction. And the author apparently is an ex-mou [...]

    22. This book took forever to read. It just seemed incredibly dense. This is a sort of magical realism generational Danish family saga whatchamacallit and I have a feeling I missed quite a few references by virtue of not being Danish.The first half of the book, detailing the Count who stops time and the grandmother who can predict/dictate the future, is imaginative and interesting. There's a sort of wonder and fantasy about the people from before the 20th century. After that, however, the descriptio [...]

    23. Jeg synes på mange måter at historien ble litt springende og flyktig, men det gjenspeiler på mange andre måter det som vel må kunne kalles tematikken i boka -- tilværelsens tilfeldigheter og skjebnens luner. Likevel blir jeg sittende igjen med en liten usikkerhet vedrørende hva boka vil. Hva sitter jeg igjen med etter å ha lest denne fortellingen? Jo, jeg sitter netttopp igjen med en følelse av at det er viktig å fokusere på det som er viktig i livet, og skille ut det som er uviktig. [...]

    24. This 'family novel' with deep-seated magical realism intertwined, was way more intense than I expected. I should not have been surprised since it is the work that put Peter Hoeg on the map as a writer, but still it got me. The careful prose as well as the mapping of the interconnected characters over time was a tiny bit reminiscent of 100 Years of Solitude. Yet the History of Danish Dreams has its own awareness of time (now, back then, and the murky future), societal (Danish) ideals, and the aut [...]

    25. I think I would need to read some Danish history, let this book simmer a bit in my subconscious, and then read it again, before I could say I really understood all of it. And, I get the impression that part of the point of this novel is that things, especially national dreams, don't make sense so much as they just are. Our world views and fears and past experiences (which we perceive imperfectly and thus may not fully understand) construct our perceptions of the present and build up our expectat [...]

    26. This novel has a really intriguing set of stories that all connect in the later half and with those stories come bizarre and wonderful characters. At times it is subtly fantastical and at other times quite realistic. The concepts are quite interesting-a Count who wants to stop time and believes he is living at the center of the Earth, an illiterate newspaper heiress who is able to predict the future, a family of carnival thieves, the daughter of a religious man who can separate herself into seve [...]

    27. A really great book. For the first third I was not sure what kind of story this was and it was confusing in parts but by that time i decided to stay with it. I was sure glad that I did. Nearing the end I did not want it to stop. These interconnected families and stories are compelling and will leave you scratching your head trying to connect all the dots. They do connect in a way you were not sure would ever happen.The writing is by turns funny and harrowing. Not in a predictable way. His writin [...]

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