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Publisher's Summary

Multiple award-winning author Per Petterson delivers an eloquent, meditative novel.67-year-old Trond Sander lives secluded in a far corner of Norway. Casting his mind back to 1948, he recalls a horse-stealing prank with his best friend that turned tragic and changed his life forever.
©2003 Per Petterson; (P)2008 Recorded Books, LLC
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Critic Reviews

"... on a par with ... Steinbeck, Berry, and Hemingway, and its emotional force and flavor are equivalent to what those authors can deliver, too." - Booklist
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By KP on 01-24-10

Quiet and powerful

I really liked reading this book. I thought the writing was beautiful or that the author did a beautiful job of portraying the main character's life from the vantage point of his old age. I was forewarned that the ending of the book was disappointing, HOWEVER, I didn't feel that way at all! It think the ending was perfect, actually. The author gives the reader just enough info to fill in the blanks but still leave you yearning, in a way. And I am yearning for more info about Trond's mother and Lars' mother... but really the story is COMPLETE the way it is.

It is such a great character study of Trond. His life was so shaped by the summer of 1948 and his dad's involvement in the war. So, it really becomes another story of the far reaching consequences of the holocaust. Trond SO loves and admires his dad. Through his story, we see how he is LIKE his dad. They don't discuss much. I wonder how the whole story would be changed IF the dad had been more communicative? There is just SO much between the lines of their relationship.

I like the way the term "out stealing horses" comes to mean two completely different things, both linked to that summer. I also love that phrase, "You decide when it hurts."Obviously,Trond had made a choice to decide that he would survive the abandonment of his father, and he makes a good life for himself, even though the reader can feel it through and through that he really IS hurt and changed by it.

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By Chris on 02-18-09

Out stealing an ending

The book was very good but where's the ending? The author leaves you wanting more and feeling disappointed. The book has a good flow and a nice mix of past and present. You are drawn into liking the main character so much that the books leaves you wanting to find out more.

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