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kareng, January 4, 2011 (view all comments by kareng)
I was absolutely transported while reading this novel--to Scandinavia and the late 40's--and what else do we ask of great literature?
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This is a book you read to be moved by words... This is the kind of book I am hoping for every time I pick up something new to read. I can't wait to read other books by the author.
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Delicious writing, a soft, delicate story and easily visualized places and people that tend to live with you long after the book is closed and put away on the shelf.
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This book envelops you from the first paragraph. I absolutely loved it. Gorgeous writing and an excellent story.
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The novel form is still ALIVE. Unfortunately, it lives in Scandinavia.
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Product Details

Petterson, Per
Picador USA
Born, Anne
Social isolation
Psychological fiction
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
April 29, 2008
Grade Level:
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8 x 5.31 in

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Product details 256 pages Picador USA - English 9780312427085 Reviews:
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Hailed by critics across the globe, showered with awards, Out Stealing Horses is a book that true lovers of the written word will hold close to their hearts. With its captivating prose and characters who burrow under your skin and refuse to come out, Per Petterson's haunting, elegiac novel is so good, you'll want to buy multiple copies so you can always have one for yourself, no matter how many friends want to borrow it (and they will!).

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review A Day" by , "It's a masculine and spare story, and Petterson tells it in sentences stripped of emotion and literary pretense....The style befits not only the stark Norwegian landscape, but it's perfectly befitting a man as emotionally distant as Trond." (read the entire Esquire review)
"Review" by , "This short yet spacious and powerful book...reminds us of the careful and apropos writing of J. M. Coetzee, W. G. Sebald and Uwe Timm."
"Review" by , "The novel's incidents and lush but precise descriptions...are on a par with those of Cather, Steinbeck, Berry, and Hemingway, and its emotional force and flavor are equivalent to what those authors can deliver, too."
"Review" by , "Haunting, minimalist prose and expert pacing give this quiet story from Norway native Petterson an undeniably authoritative presence."
"Review" by , "Petterson captures perfectly the flavor of adolescence."
"Review" by , "American readers should feel fortunate to have this beautiful translation of Petterson's work; finally, we are given the opportunity to step inside his graceful, deeply felt universe."
"Review" by , "Petterson has established his reputation abroad, winning several international prizes...but he deserves critical acclaim here as well. Highly recommended for all fiction collections."
"Review" by , "[R]emarkable....Now and then a book comes along that deserves the label 'classic.' Out Stealing Horses is in that class, a rough woodcut that portrays the very mystery of life itself."
"Synopsis" by , Out Stealing Horses has been embraced across the world as a classic, a novel of universal relevance and power. Panoramic and gripping, it tells the story of Trond Sander, a 67-year-old man who has moved from the city to a remote, riverside cabin, only to have all the turbulence, grief, and overwhelming beauty of his youth come back to him one night while he's out on a walk. From the moment Trond sees a strange figure coming out of the dark behind his home, the reader is immersed in a decades-deep story of searching and loss, and in the precise, irresistible prose of a newly crowned master of fiction.
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