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Award-winning Norwegian novelist Petterson renders the meditations of Trond Sander, a man nearing 70, dwelling in self-imposed exile at the eastern edge of Norway in a primitive cabin. Trond's peaceful existence is interrupted by a meeting with his only neighbor, who seems familiar. The meeting pries loose a memory from a summer day in 1948 when Trond's friend Jon suggests they go out and steal horses. That distant summer is transformative for Trond as he reflects on the fragility of life while discovering secrets about his father's wartime activities. The past also looms in the present: Trond realizes that his neighbor, Lars, is Jon's younger brother, who "pulls aside the fifty years with a lightness that seems almost indecent." Trond becomes immersed in his memory, recalling that summer that shaped the course of his life while, in the present, Trond and Lars prepare for the winter, allowing Petterson to dabble in parallels both bold and subtle. Petterson coaxes out of Trond's reticent, deliberate narration a story as vast as the Norwegian tundra. (June)
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In this quiet but compelling novel, Trond Sander, a widower nearing seventy, moves to a bare house in remote eastern Norway, seeking the life of quiet contemplation that he has always longed for. A chance encounter with a neighborthe brother, as it happens, of his childhood friend Joncauses him to ruminate on the summer of 1948, the last he spent with his adored father, who abandoned the family soon afterward. Tronds recollections center on a single afternoon, when he and Jon set out to take some horses from a nearby farm; what began as an exhilarating adventure ended abruptly and traumatically in an act of unexpected cruelty. Pettersons spare and deliberate prose has astonishing force, and the narrative gains further power from the artful interplay of Tronds childhood and adult perspectives. Loss is conveyed with all the intensity of a boys perception, but acquires new resonance in the brooding consciousness of the older man.
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Really engaging literary work that explores emotional breaks experienced by these isolated Norwegian families over their lifetime.Published 7 days ago by CBTexas
One of the best books I read lately. I could not stop reading yet hoped the book will go on and on. From the first moment I opened it, and from the first word on the page, I was in... Read morePublished 24 days ago by cbzucker
A Father and Son book, but more than that.
In our relationships with both our father and sons there is much we know but so much that we can never know and all along the only... Read more
The book is really not a novel. It's a journal of a man's life and most of all his relationship with his father.
It's a fine journal, however, it's a terrible novel.
Overdone.... Do yourself a favor take a pass on this book. If you've read good reviews about this book ignore them.Published 1 month ago by ARuben
This book was gorgeous. Instead of being moved by the plot I was moved by the beautiful descriptions of the Norwegian landscapes and the dreamlike way Trond recalled his memories. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Margaret Carmel
A thoughtful and sad story, but nice and reflective. The title is a code word. The book is about reflections on an older man's life from his childhood on up. Thanks.Published 2 months ago by Gregory Glynn