Friday, November 20, 2009
The Summer Everything Changed
Title: Out Stealing Horses
By: Per Petterson
The beautiful, spare prose of this short novel helps create an atmosphere and characters that will be remembered long after the last page has been turned. Set in Norway, the story moves back and forth in time--from the summer of 1948 to the present. The narrator, aging widower Trond Sander, has recently moved from Oslo to a small, isolated cabin. But it is his memories of another cabin--and a now distant summer--that become the focal point of the story. This is a book about loneliness and relationships, about the passage of time and change, and it reminds us again and again that we can never completely know the people around us (or even ourselves). In Petterson's words: "People like it when you tell them things, in suitable portions, in a modest, intimate tone, and they think they know you, but they do not, they know about you, for what they are let in on are facts, not feelings, not what your opinion is about anything at all, not how what has happened to you and how all the decisions you have made have turned you into who you are." A haunting, beautiful read.
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