Sooqr must-reads: Buzz Aldrin, What Happened to You in All the Confusion?

As today is #worldbookday, we thought we’d ask our Troopers for some inspiring must-reads! Evidently, they are quite the readers, so we’ve decided to make this a reoccurring column. Bring on the tips!

Wouter, Chief Operations & Product Owner
Buzz Aldrin, What Happened to You in All the Confusion?
By Johan Harstad

‘Both for me personally, as in a professional sense, there is a sentence in Buzz Aldrin, What Happened to You in All the Confusion? that has inspired me tremendously. ‘It takes enormous willpower, luck and professionalism to become number one. But it takes a gigantic heart to be number two.’ In life (and work), I’d rather be number two, too. I don’t like being first in line, the centre of attention. I like to stay in the background and enjoy life from a distance. This book really is a must-read!’

The book follows a man who wishes not to be followed. A man who finds himself lying in the middle of the road, in the desolate, treeless Faroe Islands. He finds a pile of money in his pocket and no memory of how he got to be where he finds himself. The man is Mattias, a thirty-something gardener living in Stavanger, Norway, who is obsessed with Buzz Aldrin, the second man on the moon: the man who was willing to stand in Neil Armstrong's shadow for the success of the Apollo 11 mission. With Buzz as his role model, Mattias tries to live up to what he thinks he would do in any given situation. He has an extraordinary talent as a singer but refuses to become one, saying ‘Not everyone wants to be a leader, some just want to be the secretary. Not everyone wants to star in a movie, some just want to watch the movie.’ After losing both his girlfriend and his job, he accidentally ends up on the Faroe Islands, where he meets people with the same ideals as himself, living in a psychiatric halfway house. The book deals with their attempt at finding a balance between being second best and anonymous, without going into total isolation.

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