I recently read This Should be Written in the Present Tense by Danish author Helle Helle. It is one of ten books I won in PenguinRandom House UK’s Let’s Read in English Challenge 2014 over at LovelyBooks.
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Dorte has just moved into a bungalow next to a train station. She is supposed to attend classes at university in Copenhagen, but decides to do other things instead.
This Should be Written in the Present Tense is a book where very little happens. The novel describes Dorte’s present and past life and her life, especially the past, is as normal as it can get for a young woman. For some this might not be enough, but I find Dorte’s reality intriguing. The novel has a depressing undertone and there is nothing overly dramatic about the plot, yet knowing that there is…
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