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Norwegian by Night by Derek Miller

Norwegian by Night (original 2012; edition 2013)

by Derek Miller

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Title:Norwegian by Night
Authors:Derek Miller
Info:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2013), Hardcover, 304 pages
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Norwegian by Night by Derek B. Miller (Author) (2012)

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    The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson (kristenl)
    kristenl: Both are Scandanavian stories centered around eccentric old men, and both contain historical flashbacks.
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    infosleuth: Insightful about father/son relationships and orphaned children.

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A very intriguing e-book, I was captivated and surprised throughout the book. I Loved this book.
  CoriatLib | May 27, 2017 |
This is our April 2017 book group selection and I have to admit that I was a skeptic....yet another book about a grumpy old man. There have been a lot of them lately: [A Man Called Ove], [The Little Paris Bookshop], [The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Frye], [Major Pettigrew's Last Stand].....see what I mean?

Somehow, this one is different...I really liked it. Sheldon (aka Donny) the obligatory grumpy old man main character is 82 yrs. old, recently widowed, and has emigrated to Norway from NYC to be his adult granddaughter, Rhea, his only surviving relative. Saul is a veteran of the Korean War where he served as a Marine sniper....or perhaps he was a clerk?...He was not terribly forthcoming with his family on that point.

Rhea's father, Saul, was Sheldon's only son and a casualty of the Viet Nam war. A death for which Sheldon feels responsible because he applied WWII & Korean War sensibilities in Saul's upbringing, thus his fatal service in Viet Nam.

Shortly after we meet Sheldon, he is drawn into a situation where he witnesses a murder in his own home and becomes responsible for a 7 yr. old boy with whom he cannot communicate. Sensing that organized crime is involved and the boy is in danger, Sheldon sets off with the boy to protect him from the killer(s).

The result is an improbably odyssey through the Norwegian northwoods where Sheldon's depth of character is revealed.

There is humor, suspense, and tension as the drama unfolds.

I give it 4 stars. ( )
  tangledthread | Mar 14, 2017 |
Listened to this book on Audible and it was a great read. ( )
  Kimmyd76 | Mar 8, 2017 |
This story took me by surprise, it was an unexpected thriller. Sheldon Horowitz was a Marine sniper in the Korean War who has recently lost his wife at 82. He decides to leave New York to live with his granddaughter Rhea and her husband Lars, in Norway. About as far as he can get from his former life.

Norway is difficult for Sheldon to adjust to. Although, he loves his granddaughter and her husband, he misses his old life in New York, his wife of many years, Mabel and the son he lost in the Vietnam War, Saul. But, the most frightening thing is the dementia that is slowly taking hold. In his mind, the memories of his former life are crisp and so real that he loses track of what’s real and what’s not. One day while alone in the apartment, he opens the door to a woman and her child to get them away from a very dangerous man. He has to save the young boy and they set off going across the country being chased by the bad guys, the police and his family. Excellent book and highly recommended.
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  Dianekeenoy | Feb 17, 2017 |
Ambitious first novel succeeds with a quirky story, finely formed characters and writing rich with interest and meaning. Slow to read but worthwhile for it. ( )
  rwt42 | Jan 9, 2017 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0547934874, Hardcover)

A literary novel, a police thriller, and the funniest book about war crimes and dementia you are likely to read anytime soon.
Sheldon Horowitz—widowed, old, impatient, impertinent has grudgingly agreed to move in with his granddaughter Rhea and her new husband Lars in Norway: a country of blue and ice with one thousand Jews, and not one of them a former Marine sniper in the Korean war turned watch repairman, who failed his only son by sending him to Vietnam to die. Not until now, anyway.

Home alone one morning in unfamiliar Oslo, Sheldon witnesses a dispute between the Balkan woman who lives upstairs and an aggressive stranger. When events turn dire, Sheldon seizes the neighbor's young son to shield him from the violence, and the two flee the scene. But old age and circumstances are altering Sheldon's experience of time and memory. As he and the boy attempt to make their way to safety, Sheldon becomes haunted by dreams of his son Saul's life and guilt about his death. In looking for a safe haven in an alien world, reality and fantasy, past and present, weave together, forcing Sheldon and the boy ever-forward to a dramatic climax.

Norwegian by Night introduces an ensemble of unforgettable characters—Sheldon and the boy, Rhea and Lars, a Balkan war criminal named Enver, and Sigrid and Petter, the brilliantly dry-witted investigating officers—as they chase each other, and their own demons, through the wilderness at the end of the world.

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After witnessing a murder in Olso, elderly former Marine sniper and watch repairman, Sheldon Horrowitz, flees to safety with the newly orphaned son of the victim and becomes haunted by memories of his own son who died in Vietnam.

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