Thursday, March 08, 2018

Antti Tuomainen: The Man Who Died

Marcus and Agata listen to a lot of Music and increasingly the spoken word.  Whilst BBC Radio 4 is of course IMHO   (In Marcus' Humble Opinion) the best source of spoken in the world & free too, these days we also listen to novels. And so 3 days ago the race was on to find something entertaining to listen to.

Zero World Problems Again
Marcus was actually not prepared to go out for an hour+ run without some mental stimulation.  Music might be all very well for a long Ultra, but for a daily jog, to take ones mind of the mundane nature of the route, it best for something to get your mind thinking.

Novel Synopsis
A successful entrepreneur in the mushroom industry, Jaakko Kaunismaa is a man in his prime. At just 37 years of age, he is shocked when his doctor tells him that he's dying. What is more, the cause is discovered to be prolonged exposure to toxins; in other words, someone has slowly but surely been poisoning him.

Determined to find out who wants him dead, Jaakko embarks on a suspenseful roller-coaster journey full of unusual characters, bizarre situations and unexpected twists. With a nod to Fargo and the best elements of the Scandinavian noir tradition, The Man Who Died is a thriller brimming with the blackest comedy surrounding life and death, and love and betrayal, marking a stunning new departure for the king of Helsinki Noir.

Our Thoughts

- A plot to make you think
- Made me focus on my own humanity, and the end of it
- Comedic and Witty and Entertaining
- A morality tale?
- Narrated in a matter or fact/ deadpan way, just so excellent
- So good, I am going for a second listen right now.


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