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“Andreas Doppler has lived his life by the rules. "I've been so nice," he says. " I've been so bloody nice. I was nice in the nursery school. I was nice in primary school. I was nice in secondary school...I was a nice student and had a super-nice girlfriend whom I married in a nice way with nice friends after being offered a nice job that gave the finger to other nice jobs. Later we had children to whom we were nice and we acquired a house which we decorated to look nice. I've been wading up to my neck in all this niceness for years."
Then one day, shortly after his father's death, Andreas falls off his nice bike, hits his head and, lying stunned on a forest trail, wakes up to the possibility of a whole new kind of life. He goes to live in the forest, adopts a moose calf as companion and sets out to ponder the meaning of it all.
I read this delightful novella in one sitting, laughing aloud through out. Highly recommended for any reader who is wondering if there's more to life than just fitting in and keeping up. ”