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continued from here Class Struggle of a NarcissistSong of the Red Ruby is the second book of the trilogy by Agnar Mykle To me this book was a bit less compelling than the first Again we have some sort of framing story although it is much closer to the main story, and also rather short The main story picks up where the one from Lasso left off Ask Burlefot is now a student and moves to Bergen in Norway to start his studies at the commercial college The time frame is 1938 until May 193 continued from here Class Struggle of a NarcissistSong of the Red Ruby is the second book of the trilogy by Agnar Mykle To me this book was a bit less compelling than the first Again we have some sort of framing story although it is much closer to the main story, and also rather short The main story picks up where the one from Lasso left off Ask Burlefot is now a student and moves to Bergen in Norway to start his studies at the commercial college The time frame is 1938 until May 1939 We learn about Ask s life there, about the growing number of conquests he makes read women who get laid by him , the co students, professors, and last but not least about the members of the club of socialist he becomes a member of.What this book doesn t deliver, at least not in the way the previous did, is the description of the Norwegian society in general Maybe this is because the setting, Bergen, is not as exotic as the previous one, Kirkenes Of Bergen you only learn that it is raining a lot there, a fact I already knew I would have expected that the imminent war with Germany would be muchof a topic, especially within the political group of the socialists It is true that the war, the conditions in Germany, and the Nazis do get mentioned on several occasions However I had the impression that this was deliberately downplayed by the author Perhaps these issues weren t discussed in Norway at that time and the writing merely reflects this situation Perhaps it is also because Ask Burlefot isinterested in other things, and that is Ask Burlefot In my eyes he is, if you take away his his rather romantic ideas about the socialist class struggle, nothing muchthan a bigheaded narcissist He also apparently has a rather excessive sexual drive It never gets out of control though, except maybe once Which brings me to the famous Mykle case The publication of The Song of the Red Ruby in 1957 ignited what became one of the most famous court cases in Norwegian history Mykle and his publisher Harald Grieg were accused of writing and publishing immoral and obscene material Mykle and Grieg were both acquitted, but the remaining copies of the book were ordered withdrawn from the market The Norwegian Supreme Court overturned the ruling on the confiscation in 1958 source Wikipedia There are quite a few sex scenes in this book,than in Lasso, and they are quite explicit I wouldn t consider those scenes obscene or pornographic though, and this book is not an erotic novel at all BTW A search for erotic novel in theKindle Store will give you 6400 titles The sex is necessary to get an understanding of the Ask Burlefot character.What puzzles me about Mykle s books is the fact that they are in fact third person narratives Whenever I started a reading session it took a little while to tune in In my mind it was always Ask telling me his story I would imagine that the books would have worked better as a first person account The Ask Character alone deserves no better than a two star rating, but the books as a whole are still compelling enough, and satisfy the curiosity about other people s lives, even if those lives have not much to do with your own In the series Ask Burlefot there are only two books However, Agnar Mykle wrote a third novel with the telling title Rubicon whose Blurb reads like a sequel to the Red Ruby Only the name of the protagonist is different This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License 5 4 stjerner 4,5 kanskje Awesome, awesome, awesome I can t remember the last time that I read something so frickin funny and moving I suspect that people who rated it low expectedsex in it due to it being the subject of the world s most famous obscenity case Note most U.S editions are abridged for content, too The 1967 mass market is supposed to be complete It s a great bildungsroman and a very alive portrait of Norway in the 1930s Song of the Red Ruby is also a nice reminder that a hilarious figgin bo Awesome, awesome, awesome I can t remember the last time that I read something so frickin funny and moving I suspect that people who rated it low expectedsex in it due to it being the subject of the world s most famous obscenity case Note most U.S editions are abridged for content, too The 1967 mass market is supposed to be complete It s a great bildungsroman and a very alive portrait of Norway in the 1930s Song of the Red Ruby is also a nice reminder that a hilarious figgin book can still be great literature, something that most contemporary authors have forgotten Etter min mening en av Norgeshistoriens beste b ker En m skildring av en ung manns liv og kvaler Og boken har en utolig sterk, og om kj rligheten bevisstgj rende slutt som river hjertet mitt ut Fin, samfunns konomisk og rlig. Intense and fast paced, some sentences will float in your head like you re singing them A most interesting novel by Mykle on living in the ol days and how, as a youngster, to come to terms with your own thoughts Few parts stumble in political babbling, and the degree in which the protagonist is getting absorbed in his own feelings are sometimes bizarre Nonetheless, it is dripping with strong, tactile emotions with lots of sexiness to keep your attention If you want a stark naked reading exp Intense and fast paced, some sentences will float in your head like you re singing them A most interesting novel by Mykle on living in the ol days and how, as a youngster, to come to terms with your own thoughts Few parts stumble in political babbling, and the degree in which the protagonist is getting absorbed in his own feelings are sometimes bizarre Nonetheless, it is dripping with strong, tactile emotions with lots of sexiness to keep your attention If you want a stark naked reading experience, go fetch I read banned books Young socialist student beds women and questions everything Lots of sexy bits. *Download Pdf ⇩ The Song Of The Red Ruby ⇫ RUBINEN og rettssaken som fulgte utgj r et eget kapittel i norsk etterkrigshistorie Det ble reist sak mot Agnar Mykle og direkt r Harald Grieg i Gyldendal for brudd p utuktsparagrafen i norsk lov Ved dom i Oslo byrett, oktober , ble restopplaget av boken inndratt Mykle og Grieg ble frikjent Selve inndragningen ble ogs senere opphevet av H yesterett, juni Uansett Mykle saken var viktig fordi den reiste en debatt omkring seksualmoral versus ytringsfrihet Fortellingen om den unge Ask Burlefots vei gjennom skam, nederlag og triumfer fram mot en dypere og redeligere forst else av seg selv, pnet ynene p en hel generasjon Romanen er en intens og vital dannelsesberetning, rik p ungdommelig overmot og livsappetitt, men ogs p selvransakelser og bebreidelser Langdryg Meget langdryg. Sangen om Den R de Rubin er et psykologisk portrett av en seksuelt l ssluppen og rasjonalistisk kvinnebed rer et stykke inn i boka f r vi h re en beskrivelse av Ask Burlefots psykologiske konflikt hvor han vurderer det etiske ved sin livsstil siden Ask aldri kommuniserer med noen andre, spesielt ikke kvinner, men alltid spiller et spill med dem, s vinner hans rasjonalistiske side over hans moralske kompass han rasjonaliserer sin oppf rsel, og l rer aldri noe det positive ved boka er dette p Sangen om Den R de Rubin er et psykologisk portrett av en seksuelt l ssluppen og rasjonalistisk kvinnebed rer et stykke inn i boka f r vi h re en beskrivelse av Ask Burlefots psykologiske konflikt hvor han vurderer det etiske ved sin livsstil siden Ask aldri kommuniserer med noen andre, spesielt ikke kvinner, men alltid spiller et spill med dem, s vinner hans rasjonalistiske side over hans moralske kompass han rasjonaliserer sin oppf rsel, og l rer aldri noe det positive ved boka er dette portrettet, som er et fascinerende innblikk i en realistisk psyke hos en bestemt type menn det negative ved boka er at den legitimerer denne mannstypen, disse holdningene, og hele rasjonaliseringen, gjennom et dannelsesperspektiv hvor denne seksuelle l ssluppenheten til slutt g r over i et ektef lt kj rlighetsforhold med Embla umoralen f r alts ikke noen konsekvenser, men heller en rettferdiggj ring faren med dette er at Ask kan fremst som en idealmann, noe jeg opplever at motarbeider den interessante konflikten i Asks psyke tidligere i boka