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Se è la mediocrità, la rinuncia ai sogni, l’accettazione di imposizioni e compromessi che tutti i protagonisti di Paasilinna rifuggono, Gunnar Huttunen è l’incarnazione stessa di quella fuga, spinta alle estreme conseguenze. Quando compare nel villaggio sperduto del nord della Lapponia e decide di comprare e rimettere in funzione il vecchio mulino delle Rapide della Foce, ...more
Paperback, Iperborea Narrativa #66, 276 pages
Published 1997 by Iperborea (first published 1981)
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karen
Sep 22, 2015 karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: table, distant-lands
no moomins here!

so this is a book written in finnish, translated into french and then translated from that into american, so who knows what kind of stew i just read. whatever flavor it was, i liked it, but i can't help but wonder how far removed it was from the original. to complicate things further, to me it feels very eastern european, in tone and subject matter - it just feels gombrowicz-y or like a somewhat wackier kundera or kafka. just in bits, though. and i usually ignore translator/tion
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Noce
May 12, 2011 Noce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gunner Huttunen è un mugnaio. Non si sa da dove viene, ma si sa che nei lavori manuali è bravo.
Non si sa cosa gli passa per la testa, ma si sa che quando è felice imita gli animali della foresta, e quando è triste e si sente oppresso ulula.

Queste poche caratteristiche sono sufficienti perché il paesino bigotto in cui vive, lo tacci di pazzia.

Adesso per un attimo estraniamoci dalla storia.
Paasilinna è finlandese. Se per caso pensate di trovarvi davanti, un uomo dagli occhi di ghiaccio, dallo st
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Ema
Nov 30, 2012 Ema rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ema by: Liviu
This book was pretty amazing, and different. I'm still brooding over the ending. It's not exactly a happy one, but neither it is sad. It has the same small touch of fantasy as the entire novel.
Except for the description of how a mill works, which bored me a little, the rest of the novel is gripping, the kind of story which makes me live inside it, suffering and rejoicing along with the characters.

A mysterious, tall man buys the old mill in a northern Finnish village. His past is unknown and hi
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Кремена Михайлова
За мен това се оказа сериозна книга, не смешна.
Освен основната тема, е и книга за любовта и приятелството.
А най-трудният въпрос - как бих се отнесла аз, ако наоколо имаше подобен "случай".

„Захвърли фаса и пак зави жално, продължително, заплашително и пронизително като притиснат в ъгъла звяр. Веднага му олекна. Стана му хубаво, защото отдавна не беше вил на воля.“
Irina
Sep 01, 2014 Irina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Много се забавлявах с тази книжка, която се чете за няколко часа. Действието се развива в малко селце някъде във Финландия, малко след края на Втората световна война. Главния герой Гунар пристига във въпросното село, купува мелницата му и заживява там. Само че е малко странен - вие срещу Луната в студените нощи, а кучетата в селото му пригласят, в резултат на което никой не може да спи. Селяните решават да вземат мерки срещу това безобразие и дори успяват да го изкарат луд. След множество действ ...more
Mira Baldaranova
И докато в „Годината на заека“ абсурдът достига кулминацията си на срещата с военните аташета, то в „Мелничарят, който виеше срещу луната“ героят Хутунен официално е обявен за луд и изпратен в лудница. Спонтанен и необуздан в реакциите си, той контрастира на подреденото еснафско общество по необичаен начин. Изважда навън цялата мъка, самота, жажда за свобода и тъга като вие нощем срещу луната. С което предизвиква смут и поредица от необичайни събития за малкото финландско селце.

И така по цели но
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Brian
Mar 12, 2009 Brian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, 1980s, finland
I've never read a book - or perhaps fable is the more appropriate word - quite like this one. The blurb on the back compares our protagonist, Gunnar Huttunen, to Ignatius Reilly, but the comparison is inapt. Huttunen is an eccentric, to be sure, but is not as malicious in nature as Reilly. Huttunen howls (hence the title) which is surely annoying, but not dangerous. He is a productive member of society, running the mill which had become dilapidated when he bought it. But the main problem seems t ...more
Adam
Mar 15, 2009 Adam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scandinavian
Gunnar Huttunen moves to a village in Northern Finland, an outsider bringing with him a tragic past and a small complex of eccentricities, including an irresistible need to sometimes howl for long periods during the night. Before very long, the village leaders turn against him and do everything they can to forcibly expel the odd man. Against his will, Gunnar is cast in the roll of pariah and takes to the wooded hills surrounding the village, intent on recovering, in time, his honor, his mill wor ...more
Susana
Jul 22, 2011 Susana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All the books written by Paasilina that I have read are amazing, but this was my first, that's why I consider it a very special one. The whole story is like a strange fairy tale, where characters are almost real but perhaps, too human to be real. Gunnar Huttumen, the miller, is special because he doesn't care about being different and behaving the way he feels, no matter what his "normal" neighbours think. He paints his mill the colour that he wants, he doesn't talk if he doesn't think it is nec ...more
Tim
Jun 01, 2016 Tim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Prachtig boek, niet uitzonderlijk mooi geschreven, wel uitzonderlijk levendig verteld. Arto Paasilinna bewijst met dit boek een echte verhalenverteller te zijn; de zinnen komen heel vloeiend, heel natuurlijk bij je binnen, waardoor je als lezer het gevoel krijgt voorgelezen te worden. Ook erg knap: hoofdpersoon Huttunen is op z'n minst bijzonder merkwaardig te noemen, maar Paasilinna brengt hem zo tot leven, weet zijn perspectief zo begrijpelijk op je over te brengen dat niet Huttunen, maar de w ...more
Karmakosmik
Jul 29, 2014 Karmakosmik rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Decisamente superiore al ben più famoso "L'anno della Lepre", questo "Il Mugnaio Urlante", storia dolceamara sulle disavventure del povero Gunnar, un misterioso mugnaio arrivato dal sud della Finlandia, e ritenuto non proprio normale dai suoi concittadini. In effetti, tutte le rotelle al suo posto Gunnar non ce le ha, la sua mania di ululare di notte o imitare alla perfezione gli animali, oltre che fare "scherzi" non proprio carini, si attira antipatie e meschinità dai parte dei suoi compaesani, ...more
Donna
This is a book that was chosen as a read and sent to me by a dear friend. The story quickly captured my attention, striking a serious chord with me whilst I read about the main protagonist, Gunnar and felt for him during his ongoing struggle for freedom and for individuality.

He turns up mysteriously in a small village and it is not long before the locals begin to mistrust him and even fear him and his seemingly odd behaviour. Such a shame, for the poor misunderstood and harmless loner of a man
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Ema
Mar 21, 2015 Ema rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Iată un roman minunat pe care l-am citit cu mare plăcere și a doua oară. Am resimțit aceeași emoție, m-am întristat și m-am amuzat citind din nou aventurile morarului Huttunen, respins de societate din cauza firii lui ciudate și a felului radical în care tratează prostia și răutatea semenilor săi. „Morarul care urla la lună” este o poveste înduioșătoare despre lipsa de toleranță a oamenilor, despre libertate și imposibilitatea de a o obține.

Personajul lui Gunnar Huttunen este unul memorabil - de
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Tyler Jones
With the recent translation of The Howling Miller, the English speaking world at last can read the work of Finland's most important novelist, Arto Paasilinna. Although one other book, The Year of the Hare, had previously been translated, only The Howling Miller is easily available to any North American.

Gunnar Huttunen, ex-Finnish soldier of the recent Second World War, wants nothing more than to establish himself once again as a miller in northern part of the country. Buying a dilapidated old mi
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Ubik 2.0
Apr 13, 2013 Ubik 2.0 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-e-book
Finlandesità

Ho visto proprio ieri il bel film “Miracolo a Le Havre” di Aki Kaurismaki [il più noto regista finlandese in attività] e, sebbene l’ambientazione sia totalmente diversa svolgendosi nel porto francese di cui al titolo, vi ho ritrovato sottili affinità con le opere di Arto Paasilinna [il più noto scrittore finlandese in attività].

Il denominatore comune è quel modo di affrontare e descrivere la vita che, ad una trama semplice e ad essere severi un pochino banale, aggiunge il marchio di
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Razvan
May 04, 2016 Razvan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
O carte simpatica despre libertatea de a fi tu insuti.
DarkMiryam
Jul 16, 2016 DarkMiryam rated it really liked it
Questo libro è stato una bellissima sorpresa. Non avevo mai letto nulla di Paasilinna e la sua scrittura mi ha conquistata. Pur affrontando un tema importante come quello della pazzia (e qui, lo ammetto, mi sono tornate alla mente vecchie reminiscenze pirandelliane, come la novella della Signora Frola e il Signor Ponza) le avventure tragicomiche di Gunnar il mugnaio fanno sorridere, sì, il lettore ma lo inducono anche a riflettere.

Chi è, del resto, il vero "matto"? Colui che si comporta in mani
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Lysiane
Jan 04, 2015 Lysiane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From all of Arto Paasilinna's books this one must be the one I took the longest time to go to. I usually just grab his books and finish them in less than a week with delight and spend the rest of my time craving for another book of his I wouldn't have already read. Even the summary of each of his book are always efficients, funny but for some reason this book was different for me than the others. I took more time to get into it but ended up loving it even more than some others! It's genius as al ...more
Saima Ferraris
Sep 19, 2015 Saima Ferraris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice little well-ending story which parodies people superficiality and easiness in judging a little bit different characters.

A strange solitary man moves to a village and starts a new life as a miller. Soon the citizens realize that he is not really like everybody else: he likes to howl at night and mimic the forest' s animals.

Even though he does not harm anybody and he is a honest and tough-working man, citizens decide that he is crazy and he must be sent to a madhouse. He will succeed in es
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Sashko  Liutyj
Oct 22, 2014 Sashko Liutyj rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: social
з перших сторінок читається легко, затягує і проймає.
книжка про те, як система ламає і калічить, про нормальність і самотність.
фінал чудовий.
Jacqueline Wagenstein
„Мелничарят, който виеше срещу Луната“ разказва необикновената, ако не и зловеща история на Гунар Хутунен. Изникнал внезапно в малко селище, за да купи и възстанови рухващата мелница, той изправя на нокти местните жители. После започва да мели зърното на съселяните си, отваря дъскорезница, влюбва се в Санелма, младата съветничка към местния кръжок по зеленчукопроизводство, и духовете сякаш се усмиряват. До момента, в който Гунар не започва да вие срещу Луната нощем. Жителите на селото го обявява ...more
Leni Iversen
Forventninger har nok litt å si når man leser en bok. Jeg hadde blitt fortalt at denne forfatteren skrev virkelig morsomme bøker, og at humoren var svart og samfunnskritisk. Den ulende mølleren fikk meg til å le to ganger, og til å trekke på smilebåndet et par ganger til. Fortellingen er mer tragikomedie enn svart komedie, og mer tragedie enn komedie. (Småborgerlige strebere som lyver og skader de som er lette mål for å fremme sitt eget rykte og rikdom. Personer som blir institusjonalisert og me ...more
Manuel
Apr 27, 2014 Manuel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Outra fermosa historia de Paasilinna na que mistura a natureza lapona, a soidade e uns caracteres un puntiño extraños. O transcurrir da historia é o transcurrir da penosa vida de Huttunen.

Moi recomendable certamente.
Pat
Dec 10, 2014 Pat rated it really liked it
Se comperi un mulino in cattive condizioni, se di notte talvolta ti scappa la voglia di ululare, ti rinchiudono in manicomio. Per così poco? Ti chiederai. Sì, per così poco, se vivi in mezzo a gente che non sa essere diversa da tutti gli altri. Perché si sa, chi non è allineato desta timore. Per non dire di peggio. Chi non è allineato cattura l'attenzione e si guadagna la simpatia e l'affetto dei puri di cuore. Imperdonabile, no? Ecco. Questa è la colpa di Gunnar. Impossibile non amarlo. Stop. L ...more
'helen'
Mar 01, 2009 'helen' rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very Finnish, very dark - but not without humor & hope
Sara
Jul 24, 2016 Sara rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
In caccia non c’è soltanto il branco, ben nascosto si trova lo striato. Ha intravisto un cucciolo impacciato...Basta un colpo preciso...e neanche un ululato.

Impossibile non affezionarsi ad Huttunen, il mugnaio che viene creduto pazzo perchè ulula quando è molto felice o molto triste.
Impossibile, anche, non prendersela con gli abitanti scemi scemi del villaggio che, nella loro ignoranza, iniziano una persecuzione vera e propria nei confronti del mugnaio.
A volte, bisogna ammetterlo, il mugnaio olt
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arjuna
Jan 18, 2013 arjuna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having looked through some other reviews, I'd have to say that it would appear that this book probably does suffer in translation. Not in its central message, necessarily, but in the nuances of the understory. The emphases that the villagers and (to a lesser extent) the author place on certain aspects Gunnar's behaviour are very strange to a Western eye, I think - the things he does are impulsive but not remotely "crazy", and even taking into account contextual factors (backwards rural setting, ...more
Roberta
Dec 28, 2011 Roberta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2007
"Poco dopo le guerre, arrivò nel comune un uomo molto alto che disse di chiamarsi Gunnar Huttunen. Contrariamente a quasi tutti i vagabondi venuti dal Sud, non andò a chiedere lavori di spalatura all'Amministrazione delle Acque, ma comprò il vecchio mulino delle Rapide della Foce, sulla riva del Kemijoki. L'operazione fu giudicata folle, dato che il mulino era rimasto inutilizzato fin dagli anni '30 ed era in pessime condizioni."
Gunnar, o Kunnari come viene chiamato, non è un uomo comune: di lui
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Frank
Jan 31, 2011 Frank rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
Bello questo romanzo di Paalisinna. Mi era stato consigliato dopo la lettura di “Piccoli suicidi tra amici” e devo dire che è stat un’ottima segnalazione. Sono presenti molti aspetti tipici delle fiabe e delle leggende dei paesi scandinavi, con i cattivi che in realtà dovrebbero essere i buoni e viceversa. Questo libro presenta situazioni diverse legate a paesaggi e contesti differenti tra loro; ciò si riflette in un diverso ritmo di lettura, sembra di ascoltare un brano musicale con diversi cam ...more
Fiona
The Howling Miller is a Finnish novel, but translated to English through the French version. I wonder how much is lost from the original this way? Never the less – no matter how it is translated, I found this book to be well written and it had me chuckling throughout.

The book is set shortly after the second world war and Gunnar Huttenen has appeared in the small town to open the mill. He is a big hit with the villagers at first until he starts this business of howling in middle of the night for
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Arto Tapio Paasilinna is a Finnish writer, being a former journalist turned comic novelist. One of Finland's most successful novelists, he has won a broad readership outside of Finland in a way few other Finnish authors have before. Translated into 27 languages, over seven million copies of his books have been sold worldwide, and he has been claimed as "instrumental in generating the current level ...more
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