A Excepção

A Excepção

Christian Jungersen / Oct 28, 2020

A Excep o A bestseller throughout Europe THE EXCEPTION is a gripping dissection of the nature of evil and of the paranoia and obsessions that drive ordinary people to commit unthinkable acts Four women work to

  • Title: A Excepção
  • Author: Christian Jungersen
  • ISBN: 9789898129796
  • Page: 100
  • Format: Paperback
  • A bestseller throughout Europe, THE EXCEPTION is a gripping dissection of the nature of evil and of the paranoia and obsessions that drive ordinary people to commit unthinkable acts Four women work together for a small nonprofit in Copenhagen that disseminates information on genocide When two of them receive death threats, they immediately believe that they are being staA bestseller throughout Europe, THE EXCEPTION is a gripping dissection of the nature of evil and of the paranoia and obsessions that drive ordinary people to commit unthinkable acts Four women work together for a small nonprofit in Copenhagen that disseminates information on genocide When two of them receive death threats, they immediately believe that they are being stalked by Mirko Zigic, a Serbian torturer and war criminal, whom they have recently profiled in their articles As the tensions mount among the women, their suspicions turn away from Zigic and toward each other The threats increase and soon the office becomes a battlefield in which each of the women s move is suspect Their obsession turns into a witch hunt as they resort to bullying and victimization Yet these are people who daily analyze cases of appalling cruelty on a worldwide scale, and who are intimate with the psychology of evil The cruelty which the women have described from a safe distance is now revealed in their own world They discover that none of them is exactly the person she seems to be And then they learn that Interpol has traced Mirko Zigic to DenmarkE EXCEPTION is a unique and intelligent thriller, heralding Christian Jungersen as a gifted storyteller and keen observer of the human psyche.

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        Christian Jungersen is a Danish author now resident in Dublin, Ireland, and New York City He is the author of three prize winning and bestselling novels.


    1. im frequently torn, when rating books, between rating based on merit, or rating based on my enjoyment. this is probably a three-star book, merit-wise. and yet i got totally sucked into it and really enjoyed it, despite its flaws. its a very well-paced thriller that requires a certain suspension of disbelief but is not terribly flawed. and my desire to finish reading it has made my thanskgiving feast delayed by three hours, so

    2. (The much longer full review can be found at the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter].)"Ignoring the small flash of doubt in yourself -- that is what evil is. Nobody thinks of himself as evil, but that deception is part of evil's nature. And you can't lie to yourself all the time. Once in awhile, there's that moment when you question if you are doing the right thing. And that's your only chance to choose what is good, to do the right thing. And the moment lasts maybe fifte [...]

    3. What a book. The sort of book you walk away from disoriented. It isn't just physically heavy at 512 pages (though weightless on Kindle), it's also heavy in every other sense of the word. Such a deceptively simple story about inner strife of a small office spun into such a powerhouse of psychological suspense. Four women working in a center for information on genocide turn their lives into a Sartre style nightmare, subtly, slowly turning their office and personal lives into a psychological battle [...]

    4. Normally, if a book hasn't engaged me in the first 50 pages, I'll set it aside. Life's too short for bad books. I don't know why, exactly, I made an exception for The Exception. The first 400 of its 500 pages embeds you in the inner life of four pathetic, slightly deranged women who all work in the same office – all of whom are obsessed with the tedious minutiae of their work life. Toward the end the story shifts into an awful parody of a late-night TV police serial, complete with hideous cart [...]

    5. Note to author: Most women do not act like those really awful 13-year-olds you encountered in middle school. Get over it.-------I was assigned this book by my adviser for an independent study. All I had to do was read it - not write anything, and I was happy about that. However, now that I'm not required to do any more academic writing, and no one is really "listening," I feel compelled to put in my two cents. I know - ironic.In short, I am NOT a fan of this book. The basic premise is interestin [...]

    6. Sometimes, characters in fully formed television worlds watch their own television, which is a device to comment on the events in the television show, and on the television show itself; you know, meta-TV. This book uses articles about genocide as the TV show inside the TV show, to comment on and help explain the actions in the novel, which is set in the fictional Danish Center for Information on Genocide.The narrative is almost exclusively third-person limited, but it alternates between the empl [...]

    7. This is a top-notch, meaty psychological thriller that takes you inside a small office dedicated to research into genocide. There, the five office workers simultaneously dig into the very nature of evil as they study the most inhumane acts ever perpetrated, while they quietly destroy each other's lives with office politics and interpersonal bullying. Buried not-so-deep beneath the surface of even the seemingly closest friendships and politest collegiality apparently lurks seething resentments th [...]

    8. Being as it's very educational for a novel, this book depressed the fuck out of me, and my view of humanity still has not fully recovered from reading it. The best parts were the sections on actual genocide, and the actual story and characters took awhile to engage me, but they eventually did. It's interesting to learn about the calm, stoic Danish people and their way of life, which evidently involves Scandinavian furniture, a terrible job market, being stalked by Serbian war criminals, and quie [...]

    9. First I could not put it downw a day later I finished all 500 pages and can't stop thinking about it. A great readt a comfortable read, but well worth it. Not an easy subjectbut a very satisfying read. How many times do we think we are so "right" when our actions indicate otherwise?

    10. i wish i could give this book only a half a star, but that doesn't seem to be possible's unspeakably bad. and the only reason i would give it half a star is that it provoked me and i do believe that books should provoke us in some wayere are two messages to this book:1. all women are psychotic.2. bullying in the workplace will get you everything you wantis seems like it was written by a man who had a string of bad girlfriends who he wanted revenge upon, so he wrote them up as the four nastiest t [...]

    11. For me personally, this is a 5 star book, though it is not a book I would recommend to just anyone. Subject matter can at times be harsh.I would lump this in a Secret History/The Likeness/Natsuo Kirino's Out category. The category of a "normal" or good person doing evil things and how that manifests within them. This was a very slow book to start and patience will win out. There are some very tense parts of the book and at times I felt there were some very Hitchcock like moments. The slow simmer [...]

    12. Mixing fiction and nonfictionThis is an interesting, memorable book. It's about women who work in a genocide research center. They write reports on evil, genocide, and other subjects, and then we read what they've written, embedded in the novel. What matters in this book is the extremely unusual mixture of fiction and nonfiction. The facts in those reports are all real; I learned, for example, about theories of evil in the Third Reich beginning with Arendt and continuing to the present.But then [...]

    13. Anytime I try to describe this, it comes off sounding boring or depressing. While it's not a light book, and I wouldn't describe it as a page-turner, either, it was gripping and I could easily read it for an hour or two at a time, only putting it down and turning off the light when my eyes started to hurt. It was, bizarrely, a perfect accompaniment to the library management class I'm taking - but please don't interpret that as meaning it's boring. The management class is dull, but not this book. [...]

    14. I found this book to be quite riveting and thought provoking. Set in Denmark, it explores the relationship between four women who work at the Danish Center for Information on Genocide. When two of the women receive death threats the office is thrown into turmoil. The subject matter was quite dark but by shifting the narrative among the various character's points of view the suspense was sustained throughout the entire 500 pages.

    15. Christian Jungersen’s The Exception is a gripping psychological thriller that dissects the perversions of human nature with a scalpel. Stitched into the narrative are studies on the nature of evil and accounts of real historical genocide, documenting patterns of savagery and entitlement that Jungersen then deftly reproduces in his characters. A recipient of the Danish Radio and Golden Laurels Prizes, nominee of literary awards throughout Europe, and New York Times Editor’s Pick, The Exceptio [...]

    16. Christian Jungersen's book has been much talked about here in Denmark. It seems like everybody has read it and most people have loved it as well. I finally got around to reading it, and while I was well entertained while reading it, it wasn't as good as I expected it to be.Undtagelsen (The Exception) is about four women working together at the Danish Centre for Genocide Information. The two youngest women, Iben and Malene, are old friends and they are in charge of the office, leaving the two old [...]

    17. The Exception, by Christian Jungerson, on the other hand, is oddly compelling for the opposite reason. Set in the nonprofit Danish Center for Information on Genocide (DCIG), the book is about the surprisingly cut-throat competition among the women scholars who work there. There are threats from a mysterious and deadly source, and the women spend a lot of time suspecting one another. Two women bully a third, pretty much just because they don’t like her. One woman, apparently happily-married, ha [...]

    18. An excellent, fascinating, probably somewhat controversial, and certainly unnerving novel. Some of the clunkiness of the prose may be due to the translation. It is a gripping story of good and evil, of interpersonal politics, and how even being " a good person" and "doing the right thing" does not necessarily protect you from the evil within. Little evils often add up to something bigger, and the convoluted story line and petty office politics have enough realism to ring true. The real horror of [...]

    19. It’s got a lot going for it. You know early on that it is going to be making brutal office politics a microcosm reflecting elements of large-scale genocidal outrages. The office in question being a center for genocide studies allows for parallels to be drawn pretty explicitly.This could get heavy-handed, but Christian Jungersen does a pretty good job keeping it interesting and poignant without drumming it in too harshly.And the office politics bullying is done with a keen eye. I got the same s [...]

    20. En interessant krimi, der er godt båret af beskrivelser af, og refleksioner over diverse eksperimenter med ondskaben som omdrejningspunkt.Jeg læser normalt ikke krimier, men med den vellykkede videnskabelige tilgang, lykkes det for Jungersen at kompensere for de steder hvor jeg følte der blev fortalt eller udpenslet for meget. Første halvdel virkede langtrukken på mig, mens anden halvdel var anderledes intens og medrivende. De sidste kapitler var så spændende, at jeg svært kunne lægge b [...]

    21. Bogen når ind til ondskabens væsen og holder spændingen hele vejen igennem uden de store armbevægelser."Ondskabens ansigt var ikke dæmoni og vildt had, det var et middelmådigt meneske der mest af alt tænkte på at fremme sin karriere i en bureaukratisk organisation." (s. 321)Hvad eller hvem er undtagelsen? Findes der undtagelser, når det handler om menneskers ondskab?Det lykkes Christian Jungersen at forklare en hel masse ved blot at vise alting gennem replik og handling. Selv essayene e [...]

    22. It was really hard to get into this book because I found the writing to be very uninteresting (which could partly be the translation). But the more I read, the more intrigued I became by the psychology of it. It picked up speed very gradually until suddenly I realized I was completely absorbed by it. The questions it brings up are fascinating and make it worth sticking with the more mundane sections.

    23. this is an amazing book and really digs deep into the relationships of women that work together -- both the good and the bad. I would say that it gets about 70 percent of the dynamic right, and then 20 percent is off is due to the need to dramatize the situation to make a good book, and then 10 percent compeltly misses the way women interact.

    24. Talk about twists, this book continually had them. You wondered about them and then something would change your opinion. This was a well thought out mystery. I'd talk about it but would give it away. Let's just say that the last 100 pages were fabulous, I couldn't put the book down.

    25. An unusual story with the elemets of a triller, intresting for people working in libraries, research or academia. Where is evil in our lives, who is evil, on how we see ourselves, there is a lot of thought-provoking material.

    26. Incredibly intriguing. Loved that the setting really reflected on the author's style. Reminded me of Smilla's Sense of Snow.

    27. Here (#1) the review written for the Washtenaw Jewish News. Below it (#2) you'll find what I initially wrote, for , upon finishing the book. #1:I started this book for my own reading pleasure. It won the Danish version of the Booker Prize, and it was recommended by a Dutch friend. I expected it to be a thriller with no connection to any Jewish experience. I quickly discovered that this novel is a fine candidate for WJN’s “Best Reads.” Jungerson spins a fine tale of four high minded and wel [...]

    28. Egendomligt nog är det ont om riktigt sedelärande och spetsiga skildringar av den nya borgarklassen av utbildade akademiker. Både Dickens, Zola och Tolstoj hade troligen gnuggat sig riktigt i händerna när man sett utgångspunkterna, mångårigt utbildade individer inom bisarra ämnen med självutsagda radikala åsikter och med stort självförtroende om sin egen kompetens. Alla rör sig vidare i avgränsade regelklara miljöer med stiligt och fashionabelt yttre med kvick dialog och självs [...]

    29. Overall a good read and worth the length (which, tbh, could be cut in about half) -Jungersen sometimes gets lost in details concerning the characters' routines and/or mundane actions which don't add to the narrative and can make the pace become too slow (sometimes painfully so). He could've picked up some speed way earlier in the book, since he seems to somewhat forget what happened at the beginning (the e-mails) and only picks up that part of the plot in the end.The moral harassment at work asp [...]

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