Author of Out Stealing Horses
A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year
Fans of Per Petterson's other books in English will be delighted by this opportunity to observe Arvid Jansen in his youth from a fresh perspective. In It's Fine by Me, Arvid befriends a boy named Audun. On Audun's first day of school he refuses to talk or take off his sunglasses; there are stories he would prefer to keep to himself. Audun lives with his mother in a working-class district of Oslo, Norway. He delivers newspapers and talks for hours about Jack London and Ernest Hemingway with Arvid. But he's not sure that school is the right path for him and feels that life holds other possibilities. Sometimes tender, sometimes brutal, It's Fine by Me is a brilliant Scandinavian novel from the acclaimed author of Out Stealing Horses and I Curse the River of Time.
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About the Author
Per Petterson won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for his novel Out Stealing Horses, which has been translated into more than thirty languages and was named a Best Book of 2007 by the New York Times, TIME, Entertainment Weekly, and many other publications. He is the author of In the Wake, To Siberia, I Curse the River of Time, and Out Stealing Horses. He lives in Norway.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A small treasure of a book, “It’s Fine by Me” gifts the reader with more of Petterson’s excellent, spare, clean writing that somehow simultaneously conveys unspeakable emotion. Auden Sletten, an eighteen-year-old resident of an Oslo suburb, has not has an easy life; and the story provides insight into why through occasional flashbacks. His alcoholic, abusive father fortunately abandoned the family some years back, leaving Auden, along with his mother and siblings to make their own rocky road. But don’t think this book is a typical “poor-me” saga, for despite Auden’s veneer of toughness, his deep compassion surfaces again and again. Petterson won the prestigious IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for “Out Stealing Horses,” and “It’s Fine,” actually an earlier work, confirms his reputation.
I like Petterson's style, and although I don't think this is his best book, I still found it very enjoyable. His characters are very introspective and observant about their relationships. The main character is only young, but he speaks with a mature voice and this is certainly not YA genre. It's been about 40 years since I read it, but "It's Fine By Me" reminded me a lot of Camus' "The Outsider". Petterson is about my age and he writes about his own times (this is set in the Vietnam War days, when Petterson was a teenager) which is another reason that I found resonance with his story.