By Peter Høeg
Nationwide Bestseller Strange issues are occurring at Biehl's Academy while this elite college opens its doorways to a bunch of orphans and reform-school rejects, childrens on the finish of the system's tether. however the institution is administered by way of a weird algorithm through which each minute is regimented and regulated. the youngsters quickly suspect that they're guinea pigs in a extraordinary social test, and that their merely desire of get away is to wreck via a deadly threshold of time and house. Peter Høeg's "brilliant" and dystopian Borderliners is a "uniquely philosophical mystery" (Boston Sunday Globe) and a haunting tale of youth travail and desire.
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The spoken word had been one of Grundtvig's principles. It meant that you were given very few books before Primary Six. Instead, the teachers recounted Danish history, Scandinavian history, world history, Greek and Norse mythology, Bible stories, the Iliad and the Odyssey to us—every day, five days a week. It was a great many words. It called for the greatest awareness. Often, near the end of the day, it was impossible to remember anything except that someone had been talking at you. Ever since I came to the school I had been looking for the rule behind the words, and at last I found it.
The dream ended there. There was no more to it. Nothing else happened. It surfaced while I was separated from her; I had never had it before. Since then it has never left me. I have never told a soul about it before. Under normal circumstances I could not have left the class. From Primary Three up, leaving the room during a class was not permitted. But with August's coming, things were a bit different. Even the teachers were affected by it. We had Flage Biehl for arithmetic. I put up my hand and asked leave to go to the toilet, and was given permission without any further ado.
Even so, I knew that everything would probably be all right. I had a sleeping bag and a waterproof groundsheet, or more like an oilskin cape. It was getting late, I spread out the oilskin cape. Then a girl appeared. She was alone, and cold. I waved to her, keeping my distance so as not to scare her. She was quite distinct, but yet she was no one in particular. It would have been too much if she had been someone in particular. I offered to let her sleep in the sleeping bag while I kept watch. I said it straight out so she would understand that I meant her no harm.
Borderliners: A Novel by Peter Høeg