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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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Rating:****1/2
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Norwegian by Night by millerderekb (2012)

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this book is funny which is a surprise looking at the synopsis. I so enjoyed the old main character. Nothing to lose he just does what he thinks is right to make up for the loss of his son.
When he tries to get rid of the tractor, I was laughing out loud.
Great book. ( )
  kakadoo202 | May 7, 2015 |
Beautiful ( )
  sprocto | Jan 30, 2015 |
I seem to be finding myself annoyed at very good books written by American authors because they end with violent gun battles. [b:Norwegian by Night|15775210|Norwegian by Night|Derek B. Miller|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1343866961s/15775210.jpg|21486468] doesn't have as violent an ending as [b:Reamde|10552338|Reamde|Neal Stephenson|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1305993115s/10552338.jpg|15458989] by [a:Neal Stephenson|545|Neal Stephenson|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/authors/1314902446p2/545.jpg], but there is still there is still the unapologetic pride in gunsmanship.

As with Reamde, there is much more to this book than its violent dénouément. As with Reamde, I have this sense that I don't want to look too closely at the underlying political sentiments. This is a very good which is hard to fairly categorize. Partly police procedural, partly action adventure, partly political reflection, it is simultaneously graceful, funny, and a page-turner.

An apparent act of domestic violence in Oslo result in a young Balkan boy and an 82 year old American Jew fleeing cross-country while a worried Oslo police inspector tries her best to figure out what is going on and find the boy before those who harmed her mother do.
  david_c | Jan 24, 2015 |
The main character of this delightful book is a marvelous creation. Cranky, opinionated, and remorseful, 82-year-old Sheldon Horowitz is also insightful and funny. Part of the wonder of this book is the way that Miller was able to weave imaginary conversations with people long-dead with issues arising from geopolitical conflicts to create a story full of marvelous descriptions, humor, and a strong narrative drive. ( )
1 vote eapalmer | Aug 3, 2014 |
I finished this novel yesterday (06/29/2014) and I loved it. Miller takes us into the mind of 82 year old Sheldon Horowitz, who was a Marine sniper in Korea and whose only child was killed in Vietnam. Sheldon blames himself for the loss of his son, and after the death of his wife, Sheldon comes to live with his grand daughter and her husband in Oslo. When a neighbor woman is murdered, Sheldon escapes with the woman's young son in an effort to save the boy. There are funny moments here, especially in the characters of the Oslo police, and moments of grace and wit to go with the inevitable fight scenes. The jacket blurbs claim that the book transcends its genre, and those blurbs are right.
1 vote vmortimer | Jun 30, 2014 |
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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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