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Out Stealing Horses

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14 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

Haunting and beautiful

Hats off to Anne Born for a exceptional translation. The beauty of the language and the familiar emotional content in "Out Stealing Horses" is best understood perhaps by those of us who are around the same age as the protagonist, Trond. "Time is important to me now, I t...
Hats off to Anne Born for a exceptional translation. The beauty of the language and the familiar emotional content in "Out Stealing Horses" is best understood perhaps by those of us who are around the same age as the protagonist, Trond. "Time is important to me now, I tell myself. Not that it pass quickly or slowly but be only Time, be something I live inside and fill with physical things and activities that I can divide it up by,so that it grows distinct to me and does not vanish when I'm not looking." I gasped when I read that because I would never have understood this as a young person and understand it so well now.I read the book through quickly to see what was going to happen and then went back to the beginning and read it all over again.

posted by TGrey on December 30, 2008

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2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

I must have missed something...

The New York Times Book Review states that this is one of the 10 best books of the year. I wonder what year they're talking about.?.? I know that this book has a story in it somewhere, but I could only find glimpses of it. The book features Trond as the main character. ...
The New York Times Book Review states that this is one of the 10 best books of the year. I wonder what year they're talking about.?.? I know that this book has a story in it somewhere, but I could only find glimpses of it. The book features Trond as the main character. He is 67 years old and has decided to buy a dilapidated home in the north of Norway in the middle of no where. Here he just wants to be alone. The author then proceeds to incorporate flashbacks to the summer Trond was 15 in 1948. I know that this book is actually about the events that shaped Trond's life and turned him into a man that chose to be alone during his final years, but I didn't like the 67 year-old Trond. I liked the 15 year-old. The author blurred the story too much and there wasn't much closure. I will not read this author again, and I don't recommend it to anyone I know - however, if you're fond of books that waste your time - feel free to indulge.

posted by Annibebe on June 14, 2011

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  • Posted June 14, 2011

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    I must have missed something...

    The New York Times Book Review states that this is one of the 10 best books of the year. I wonder what year they're talking about.?.? I know that this book has a story in it somewhere, but I could only find glimpses of it. The book features Trond as the main character. He is 67 years old and has decided to buy a dilapidated home in the north of Norway in the middle of no where. Here he just wants to be alone. The author then proceeds to incorporate flashbacks to the summer Trond was 15 in 1948. I know that this book is actually about the events that shaped Trond's life and turned him into a man that chose to be alone during his final years, but I didn't like the 67 year-old Trond. I liked the 15 year-old. The author blurred the story too much and there wasn't much closure. I will not read this author again, and I don't recommend it to anyone I know - however, if you're fond of books that waste your time - feel free to indulge.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2008

    Disappointing

    This book was one of our book club selections for the year. It has received so much hype that I was really looking forward to sitting down and reading it. Although I think it's well written, I was disappointed in the story line. There just wasn't enough and it didn't seem like he developed it enough. Fortunately, it's a quick read so I didn't waste too much time on it.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 26, 2010

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    Such a disappointment.....

    I am in a book club and read a wide variety of material because of the club. Based on previous reviews of Out Stealing Horses I was so excited to pick it up. I begrudgingly made my way through the book, but found that it was about nothing! I love to get to know the characters in a book and I felt as if there was no character development and no real plot to the story. When the book finally came to a close, it just ended....no climax of any sort. HUGE disappointment....

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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