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The Year of the Hare: A Novel (original 1975; edition 2010)

by Arto Paasilinna, Pico Iyer (Foreword)

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Title:The Year of the Hare: A Novel
Authors:Arto Paasilinna
Other authors:Pico Iyer (Foreword)
Info:Penguin (Non-Classics) (2010), Edition: Original, Paperback, 208 pages
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Tags:Fiction, Finnish, Read, 2011

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The Year of the Hare by Arto Paasilinna (1975)


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'the hare nestled its head between its little forepaws, ears trembling with the thumping of its heartbeat',, 8 Jun. 2012
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This review is from: Year of the Hare, The (Paperback)
'An immature hare was trying its leaps in the middle of the road. Tipsy with summer, it perched on its hind legs, framed by the red sun.'
Moments later it's been hit by a couple of cynical middle-aged men driving past, and thus begins this novel, as one of the men, Vatanen, goes into the forest to find it. He chucks in his stressful city life and in the company of his hare- now tame- travels up through Finland to Lappland.
In short chapters, we follow their adventures; at first these are light and believable- collecting grasses, hanging out in a fishing cabin with a couple of policemen, helping at a fire. But things soon become dark and Kafkaesque and Vatanen himself is not the sunny animal-lover we imagined him as we see in his encounters with the raven and the bear.
I certainly can't agree with other reviewers who said they laughed out loud at the novel. I quite enjoyed it but would love to read an essay on what exactly the author was getting at! ( )
  starbox | Jul 9, 2016 |
This was a book I picked up on a whim just because it looked interesting. An entertaining picaresque shaggy dog story of a man who takes pity on a young hare injured in a car accident and decides to adopt it, leaving his life as a journalist to embark on a bizarre series of adventures that take him across the forests of northern Finland. ( )
  bodachliath | Jun 8, 2016 |
I read this one as part of my effort to read more works by non-U.S. authors. Very unique story, heavy on action but still saying so much about the human condition. ( )
  mamashepp | Mar 29, 2016 |
I read this one as part of my effort to read more works by non-U.S. authors. Very unique story, heavy on action but still saying so much about the human condition. ( )
  mamashepp | Mar 29, 2016 |
Jäniksen vuosi on Arto Paasilinnan läpimurtoromaani ja todellinen kulttikirja. Toimittaja Vatasen ja jäniksen seikkailu läpi Suomen on riemastuttava lukukokemus, hauska ja haikea. ( )
  TerhiVaheranta | Nov 22, 2015 |
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Iyer, PicoForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lomas, HerbertTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Vatanen, the journalist is feeling burned out and sick of the city. One summer evening while on assignment his car hits a young hare on a country road. Vatanen leaves the car to save the injured creature. This small incident becomes a turning point in Vatanen's life as he decides to break free from the world's constraints. He quits his job, leaves his wife, sells his possessions to travel the Finnish wilds with his new found friend. Their adventures take in forest fires, pagan sacrifices, military war games, killer bears and much more.
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While out on assignment, a journalist hits a young hare with his car. This small incident becomes life-changing: he decides to quit his job, leave his wife, sell his possessions, and spend a year wandering the wilds of Finland--with the bunny as his boon companion… (more)

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