In 1948, when he is fifteen, Trond spends a summer in the country with his father.
The events - the accidental death of a child, his best friend's feelings of guilt and eventual disappearance, his father's decision to leave the family for another woman - will change his life forever.
An early morning adventure out stealing horses leaves Trond bruised and puzzled by his friend Jon's sudden breakdown.
The tragedy which lies behind this scene becomes the catalyst for the two boys' families gradually to fall apart.
As a 67-year-old man, and following the death of his wife, Trond has moved to an isolated part of Norway to live in solitude.
But a chance encounter with a character from the fateful summer of 1948 brings the painful memories of that year flooding back, and will leave Trond even more convinced of his decision to end his days alone.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 272 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 06/07/2006
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099506133
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Review by Niecierpek
A 67-year-old man who recently lost his wife moves out of a busy city to a small country cabin in search of solitude, and, even though he doesn't know it at the time, to come to terms with fateful events of the summer when he was 15. It's a beautifully written book that revolves in the end around a father-son relationship. It found its place on the top ten list of The New York Times best books of 2007. I agree.
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Review by wandering_star
A deceptively simple tale of the decisions we make that change the course of our lives, deliberately or otherwise. Trond, a taciturn widower living in remote rural Norway, is triggered to look back at one summer of his childhood, which affected the rest of his life.
Review by dylanwolf
I'm no backswoodsman and I find it difficult to invest in stories of remote existence where physical prowess and know-how is an essential to survival. Our protagonist Trond recalls a childhood incident when he reluctantly accompanied his friend Jon on an expedition out stealing horses and learnt a lesson about the human capacity for cruelty. He discovers that his only neighbour out in the wilds of Norway, Lars, is the younger brother of that childhood friend. We learn that Trond's father was involved in resistance work during the second world war. No doubt a good novel, but not one at all to my taste.
Review by sydamy
This book sort of leaves me mixed. The prose was beautiful. I could hear the loneliness in the narration. Unfortunately the story was not all that gripping. I kept waiting for something to happen. There was a reveal early on but not a lot was done with it. Many of my questions, and it seems the narrators, go unanswered. I felt there was a lot of potential that didn't get realized. I wishlisted this book due to rave reviews here on LT and I was excited about reading it, but for me it just didn't work.
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