Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Let the right one in

            For this blog, I am going to talk about the Novel “Let the right one in” by John Ajvide Lindqvist. This blog, we read pages part one and two of the novel. I will talk about the author John Ajvide Lindqvist, what happens so far in the story and my predictions of what is going to happen in the future/latter part of the novel.

            John Ajvide Lindqvist was born December 2nd, 1968 in Blackeberg. John Lindqvist is a Swedish writer. He wrote his first story called “Let the right one in” which is actually the book that we are reading right now. He has wrote many horror novels and short stories. John writes most of his books in Swedish and is currently forty two years old and on December 2nd, he will be forty three years old.

            The novel “Let the right one in” is about a 12 year old boy named Oskar. Oskar has been bullied to death by his fellow classmates. Two good examples are 1) when the policeman came:

Oskar's chest felt like it was about to burst. He knew the answer to the question. It hurt him not to say anything when he knew. He wanted the policeman to look at him. Look at him and tell him he was right. He knew it was a dumb thing to do, but he still put his hand up
Yes?” “It's heroin, isn't it?” “In fact it is.” The policeman looked kindly at him. “How did you know?”
Heads turned in his direction curious as to what he was going to say. The policeman nodded.
...Oskar didn't feel the need to say anything else. He had been looked at and spoken to. Had even been able to tell the cop he read a lot. That was more than he had hoped for.
He let himself sink into a daydream. How the policeman came up to him after class and was interested in him, sat down next to him. Then he would tell him everything. And the policeman would understand. He would stroke his hair and tell him he was alright; would hold him and say...
**cking snitch” Jonny Forsberg drove a hard finger into his side.” pg. 8

            This shows that Oskar likes attention most likely and because 2) he has serious problems with embarrassment. A prime example of this is:

Yup, he had pissed in his pants again. He rinsed it under that tap, squeezing out as much water as possible.
Incontinence. That was what it as called. He had read about it in a pamphlet that he had sneaked from the drugstore. Mostly something old women suffered from. And me
There were prescriptions medicines you could get, it said in the pamphlet, but he did not intend to use his allowance so he could humiliate himself at the prescription counter. And he would definitely not tell his mother; she would fell so sorry for him it would make him sick. He had the Pissball and it worked for him.” pg. 9

           Oskar's life is pretty messed up once we get deeper into the story. Haken is a different story. Haken is a pedophile which to me is disgusting. He takes care of a 200-year old in a kids body vampire who Oskar befriends with. To get Eli blood, he looks and searches for people who are physically active yet older adults in exchange for money. Haken is very “into” Eli. Unlike Eli, Haken is a human being, yet plans to become a vampire when he dies. Eli and Oskar start to become really close after Oskar finds out that she is a vampire.  I predict that Eli and Oskar are going to become enemies because they have a strong friendship that seems like if it takes a wrong turn things will go bad really fast.

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