A reader who’ll try anything once, including bad books in search of good ones. Eclectic as her tastes are, she tends to gravitate to historical romances, realistic contemporaries, and some fantasy novels.
Earlier this year I saw a wonderful heart-rending miniseries about two young men falling in love in Stockholm in 1980's. If you know your history, you can guess how it ended. I decided to read the books, and I'm glad I did.
It isn't just the love story that's touching, it's the sections where the author describes real history, his own history and the history of Sweden and the world at that time. I kept flashing back to my own school years that came ten years later and comparing them to the sex education described in the book. So much had changed, and yet so little had. Things are still changing, for the better, I hope.
I read both the Swedish original and the Finnish translation side by side.