Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Book: "Out Stealing Horses" by Per Petterson
This highly acclaimed book moves back and forth between the summer of 1948 and 1999. Trond spends the summer of 1948 with his father in a remote area of Norway near the Swedish border. He and his friend Jon ride a neighbor's horses without permission, referring to this prank as "stealing horses." During the summer Trond discovers several secrets about his father. He also takes some tentative steps toward adult responsibilities. At the end of the summer, his father sends him home to Oslo. The father later sends a letter to the family announcing that he will not be returning to them.
In 1999 Trond, now divorced, has moved to another remote area of Norway without notifying his two children. He encounters Jon's younger brother and this meeting evokes memories of the earlier summer.
My rating: **** (out of 5)