When Pierre-Anthon realizes there is no meaning to life, the seventh-grader leaves his classroom, climbs a tree, and stays there. His classmates cannot make him come down, not even by pelting him with rocks. So to prove to Pierre-Anthon that life has meaning, the children decide to give up things of importance. The pile starts with the superficial;a fishing rod, a new pair of shoes. But as the sacrifices become more extreme, the students grow increasingly desperate to get Pierre-Anthon down, to justify their belief in meaning.
As you can see, we’re continuing our recent trend of reading light, happy books. (But don’t worry, we’re ending this reign of despair by reading Terry Pratchett the following month!) However, this book has been nominated for several awards, and won a couple of them including one from the American Library Association, so I’m expecting good things from it. Interestingly, it’s a work in translation, originally published in Danish.
We’ll be meeting to discuss Nothing on April 21 at 7pm in the Robbins Library Conference Room. Copies of the book are available now at the Circulation desk.