Title: Out Stealing Horses
Author: Per Petterson
Summary: An old widower buys a cabin in the middle of the Norwegian forest and settles there to live a life of solitude and peace, with just his dog and memories to keep him company. There he reminiscences of a summer from his childhood, and recalls how it felt expending it with his father.
My Rating: 3.9 out of 5
My Opinion: I've been meaning to read this book for such a long time, but never had the chance until now. Originally written in Norwegian, this is a wonderful piece of literature that tells the story of Trond Sanders, a 67 year old widower who goes out to live his remaining years as a semi-hermit. The story goes back and forth between his new life of solitude, and the summer he spent with his father as a child.
Petterson's style is very descriptive and he really takes his time making a detail account of even trivial things. However, I did not find his style boring at all and it actually helped me get into the story even more. I could feel the story with all my senses.
Overall I really liked the book, and the reason I did not give it a higher rating was because it left some questions unanswered; and there is nothing more frustrating than reaching the end of a book and being "what about this? what about that?" I'm looking foward to reading his other books.
If you are looking to read about horses, then this book might not be for you. But if you are looking to read about lost of innocence, the complex relationship with a father and coming to terms with a new found solitude, then give this book a try.