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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 January 9, 2010

    Very good view of life in Norway during WW2 amd after.

    I loved the descriptive nature of this novel. I was disappointed at the ending and still do not understand the purpose of it. If not for that, I would rate this book a 4****.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2010

    Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson

    This coming of age story is from the perspective of a 67 year old man with flashbacks. It is sometimes difficult to follow because of the ramblings. It is interesting and a good book to read on vacation. My
    husband bought it when we were in Hawaii and we both read it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 17, 2012

    It was a little slow going, but I did enjoy the atmosphere of th

    It was a little slow going, but I did enjoy the atmosphere of the novel in the very northern regions of Norway and the flashbacks to WWII.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2011

    Good read

    Interesting story that left quite a bit of room for the reader's imagination to fill in.

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  • Posted January 2, 2010

    easy read

    easy to follow character development...similar in style to the girl with the dragon tattoo....might want to read other title by the same author

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2009

    Unusual but not captivating

    It was okay. Not great, not awful. I did not end up with a good feel for the country and some of the descriptions left me frustrated. I did appreciate the struggles of the main character, but his disconnection from most other people left me feeling disconnected from him.

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  • Posted March 30, 2009

    Simple But Lovely Writing Style

    I liked the authors writing style. It was not one of my favorite books, however. It left me feeling like the story was just not finished.

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