|About the Book|
Fred made a deep sigh and I was afraid he would get cross again. I could have bitten my tongue off and swallowed it. But instead he put his arm around me, while squeezing the last drop from the bag of syrup into the gutter. Do you remember what IMoreFred made a deep sigh and I was afraid he would get cross again. I could have bitten my tongue off and swallowed it. But instead he put his arm around me, while squeezing the last drop from the bag of syrup into the gutter. Do you remember what I asked you yesterday? he asked. I quickly nod, almost too afraid to breathe. No, I whisper. No? Dont you remember? I do remember. But I dont want to remember. And I cant forget it either. Id rather wish that Fred hadnt started talking again after all. No, Fred. Do you want me to ask you again? I whisper, Yes. And Fred grins. Hes not cross, not when hes grinning like that. Do you want me to kill your father for you, Barnum? he asks. My name is Barnum. Barnum and Fred are half-brothers, growing up in sixties Oslo. Barnum seems to have stopped growing, while his half-brother, frustrated by learning difficulties, is sent away to a special school. Theirs is an ordinary Norwegian family of the time, set apart by extraordinary family members.Their father is no better than a con man, giving the appearance of a travelling salesman- while the three woman in the family (mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, the Old One) are all unwed mothers. Then the Old One is killed by a hit and run driver - and Fred becomes mute as a result. The two half-brothers embark on their separate courses, Fred becoming a boxer and Barnum a scriptwriter, hoping to create a new genre in film, the northern (as opposed to western). The brothers wont meet again until at their mothers deathbed, many years later..