Read: Troll by Johanna Sinisalo


This book was on my wishlist for several years, and then I got hold of it via Bookmooch. It is indeed the somewhat odd tale I expected it would be.

A young man finds a wounded troll outside his apartment building and takes it in to look after it. He knows it is not allowed to keep wild animals, so in order to hide it from his friends, he becomes a semi-reclusive. Whereas before, his so-called friends never cared much about him, now, since he’s not so eager to meet up with them, they start to show more of an interest in him. This causes all kinds of problems, especially when one of them finds out about the troll.

The story about the young man is alternated with research articles from the research he does on the history of trolls and how to look after them. This I found these the least interesting parts of the book. While I did like to read about some of the folklore of Scandinavian trolls, it went in too much detail for me.

Overall, this was a quirky, modern story that was fun to read.

(My eighteenth book of this year)


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4 Responses to Read: Troll by Johanna Sinisalo

  1. Care says:

    Oh goodness, I haven’t checked my bookmooch acct for ages. We should be friends there?! (altho, with me mentioning that I don’t visit there much… LOL)

  2. Laurie C says:

    Troll: A Love Story sounds intriguing, although I’ve never been particularly curious about Scandinavian trolls! 😉
    I’ve never tried Bookmooch. I have two unopened packages (each containing a book from somewhere or other) from over a week ago that I haven’t opened yet, and I think I may have reached the saturation point on receiving new books in the mail!

  3. Tes says:

    Wow, your 18th already! And it looks very interesting 🙂

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