this harrowing novel about four “liberal
arts” women who harass each other, Christian Jungersen strikes
at the heart of the raging debate on the psychology of evil... By
means of diabolically clever storytelling, Jungersen lets us sympathize
with now one and now another of these entangled friends...
A tremendous story that doesn’t feel one line too long... Readers
who have yearned for a new novel by Peter Høeg can find a
fully satisfactory equivalent in this novel.
A revelation in novelistic technique...
The Exception changes between the protagonists’ viewpoints with startling and striking results.
With every shift, one must revise one’s understanding of the
course of events...
The Exception is an altogether extraordinary novelistic experience...
The use of flashbacks and the discreet imparting of crucial information
are both handled masterfully. The descriptions of the various settings
are captivating and on the money, right down to the last detail.
The portrayals of life, whether as a newly minted MA or a 40-year-old
secretary, are written with a precision that their casual naturalness
only renders sharper.
The Exception is a great and richly
written novel... Jungersen’s
novel is intensely exciting, both as a thriller and as a snapshot
of Denmark and some of its inhabitants today. The descriptions of
the two girlfriends’ lives, individually and together, are
If as reader you’re able to move between a mode in which you
effortlessly observe a skillful reflection of your own era and its
people, and a mode in which you are transported by the inexorable
logic and momentum of the plot, then what awaits you in The Exception is a savvy contemporary panorama, insight into an uncomfortably relevant
subject, and … elementary reading pleasure.
A whirlwind philosophic drama, with all the
trimmings of threats and murder and a plot so tight, that you have
to go all the way to the final page before the last piece falls
into place (and an entire worldview shatters) ... The Exception is written with a scalpel. All linguistic ornament has been pared
away. Christian Jungersen has kept an eye on John le Carré’s
way of twisting a plot and consciously kept his style stripped
down and exact.
In The Exception there is an extraordinarily
brilliant incorporation of nonfiction into the plot’s unfolding...
Jungersen sandwiches the reader between fact and fiction, and it
is simultaneously a joy and damn spooky because it cuts so close
to the bone.
A heavyweight in every way… One of the
greatest and most thrilling reads of the season. If I were a film
producer, I would snap up the rights NOW!
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