Out Stealing Horses by Per PettersonOut Stealing Horses by Per Petterson

Out Stealing Horses

byPer Petterson

Paperback | September 9, 2014

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"Out Stealing Horses" has been embraced across the world as a classic, a novel of universal relevance and power. Panoramic and gripping, it tells the story of Trond Sander, a sixty-seven-year-old man who has moved from the city to a remote, riverside cabin, only to have all the turbulence, grief, and overwhelming beauty of his youth come back to him one night while he's out on a walk. From the moment Trond sees a strange figure coming out of the dark behind his home, the reader is immersed in a decades-deep story of searching and loss, and in the precise, irresistible prose of a newly crowned master of fiction.
Per Petterson was born in Norway on July 18, 1952. He is trained librarian and before becoming a full-time writer, he has worked as a bookstore clerk, translator and literary critic. His first work, Aske i munnen, sand i skoa (Ash in His Mouth, Sand in His Shoe), a volume of short stories, was published in 1987. His other works include...
Title:Out Stealing HorsesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.51 × 5.26 × 0.68 inPublished:September 9, 2014Publisher:Picador USALanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0312427085

ISBN - 13:9780312427085

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quiet and thoughtful I enjoyed this novel's spare prose and pace. While I liked the ending, I would have enjoyed more answers.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Simple a journey in memory This was an interesting journey in the life of a character. The author displays the different stages of the character's life in a complex but simple way.
Date published: 2014-06-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful prose but Lacking Feelings A young boy, Trond spends time with his father in the Norwegian woods just after the war. One morning he goes 'out stealing horses' with his friend, Jon. Jon completely breaks down after causing a tragic accident in his family and disappears. Trond's father decides to cut down some of his forest for cash and then he leaves his family. Trond, as an old man, comes to a cabin in the wilderness to reflect on that summer and finds out his neighbour is Jon's brother. This triggers a lot of memories about his father and Jon's family. Petterson writes a philosophical book which starts with one tragedy and slowly unravels thread by thread other painful stories and feelings. Petterson paints a vivid picture of the beautiful Norwegian woods but stops short when writing about people's feelings
Date published: 2010-01-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from beautifully written, slow moving... Out Stealing Horses has been on my tbr list for ages, so I was happy when it was chosen as the December read for my book club. I was also surprised because the woman who chose generally dislikes translations and this novel was translated from the original Norwegian. Anyway, I settled in and finished the book (one of the few in the group who actually did) and even after discussing it – I am not sure how I feel about the book. The story concerns 67 year old Trond Sander who is living in isolation after the death of his second wife. The novel moves seamlessly between Trond’s every day concerns (getting his driveway plowed and stacking wood) and his memories of his youth. The summer he was 15 he and his father had left Trond’s mother and sister in Oslo and come to a cottage quike like the one Trond is currently inhabiting. It was there that Trond’s world was knocked off-kilter – not only by a tragedy that occurred in his friend Jon’s family, but also by events in his own life. It took my a while to settle into this book. It’s a quiet novel and while the writing is quite powerful (particularly Pettersen’s descriptions of the natural world), I found the long sentences strangely difficult…too many commas or something. Still, I eventually stopped wanting to add full stops and gave myself over to Trond’s remarkable childhood recollections. I’m not sure this book will appeal to everyone and so it’s not one that I can whole-heartedly recommend. That said – I do think it achieves something quite remarkable. As Trond’s story unfolds we learn a universal truth – sometimes there are no satisfactory explanations for life’s mysteries.
Date published: 2009-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Buy it If you have got this far investigating this book, buy it. Petterson has written a wonderful, finely-crafted study of loss in all its forms. It is definitely not a cheery book, but neither is it a depressing one. He explores loss from the perspective of family members who disappoint us or friends whose relation to us is effected by other events. Trond, his central character, has to cope with this and he does -- not in the sense of retreating but of moving forward. This is a marvelous book, every bit as good as its reviews. Buy it.
Date published: 2008-05-18

Editorial Reviews

"A gripping account of such originality as to expand the reader's own experience of life."--Thomas McGuane, "The New York Times Book Review ""Read "Out Stealing Horses" by Per Petterson. From the first terse sentences of this mesmerizing Norwegian novel about youth, memory, and, yes, horse stealing, you know you're in the hands of a master storyteller.""--Newsweek ""That's the effect of Per Petterson's award-winning novel: It hits you in the heart at close range."--Alan Cheuse, NPR's "All Things Considered ""A masterpiece of tough romance . . . One of my favorite two or three new novels to appear this year.""--The New York Sun ""Petterson's spare and deliberate prose has astonishing force. . . . Loss is conveyed with all the intensity of a boy's perception but acquires new resonance in the brooding consciousness of the older man."--"The New Yorker ""A marvelous book."--"The Philadelphia Inquirer ""Petterson fluently jumbles his chronology, sustaining mysteries within several subplots and vivifying evergreen ideas about determinism and the bonds of family. But the real trick is in the way everything finally, neatly converges into an emotional jolt."--"Entertainment Weekly" (Grade: A)