The Year of the Hare
Suddenly realizing what's important in life (with the help of a bunny), a man quits his job and heads to the countryside in this internationally bestselling comic novel.
"Which of us has not had that wonderfully seditious idea: to play hooky for a while from life as we know it?" With these words from his foreword, Pico Iyer puts his finger on the exhilaratingly anarchic a...more
It had never crossed my mind until when I was reading this book. I think it could not totally be a bad idea.
No, I am neither thinking about killing myself nor leaving my wife and my daughter. I just cannot live without them. This is about that spur-of-the-moment decision that you had enough and you want to pursue another life. You pick you bag, check your wallet and just go the opposite direct...more
What a marvelous book! It perfectly captures the spirit of the 70s, and the Finnish setting gives it a kind of magic. It starts off in with an accident – in fact, the whole book is nothing but a series of accidents, but not the clo...more
Arto mi fa un effetto agrodolce.
Il suo stile è più didascalico dei sottotitoli di un Tg, eppre le storie che racconta sono come le caramelle balsamiche. Le succhi distrattamente, ma alla fine ti pizzica il naso.
L'uomo che abbandona la frenetica vita cittadina, preferendole una salubre esistenza silvestre, non sarebbe di per sé neanche un tema particolarmente originale, se non fosse che la semplicità spartana con cui Paasilinna descrive il ritorno alla natura,...more
Plot summary: A Journalist, fed up with his job, his wife and modern life in general, walks away from all of it and tramps around the backwoods of Finland with a rabbit he has nursed back to health after car accident. The pair go off on a series of picaresque adventures involving Russian soldiers, animal...more
Although no one is cited, I wondered about the translation of this novel. Early on (page 2), the journalist Vatanen jumps out of the car to chase after the injured hare. There is no mention of his carrying his briefcase with him and it is most logical that he would not have any reason to grab it when spontaneously decides t...more
The premise is simple enough: the book’s protagonist is travelling in a car that...more
Klassista Paasilinnaa. Yksi isani kaikkien aikojen suosikkikirjoista.
Vaikka kirja on ensin julkaistu 1975, se on kirjoitettu erittain klassisesti, ja sen huumori ei ole paljoa vanhentunut. Taitaa olla minunkin (suomeksi kirjoitettujen) kirjojen suosikkilistan huipulla.
Huumori on loistavaa. Tama pitaa hankkia viela muilla kielilla ku...more
As I need to have an opinion of this book by the first week in October I didn't have much choice so I held my nose, closed...more
However, although the story is alluring, it is also fantistic and unbelievable. For example, how does a man living as a journalist in Helsinki in 1975 know how to repair a lodge? Perhaps he has skills and knowl...more
The most endearing character in the book is, without doubt, the hare who heals from his injuries and becomes unfailingly loyal to Vatanen. The book would have benefited from being told from the hare's perspective. As it is, Vatanen comes off as boring...more
It all starts so simply. It is late in the day and a journalist and his photographer are driving home across country, They pull up when they hit and injure a young hare. Vatanen, the journalist pursues the hare into the forest. And he doesn’t come...more
“Sull’automobile viaggiavano due uomini depressi” è l’incipit di questo romanzo: un leggero urto lungo una strada di campagna a un animaletto spaurito e tutta la vita all’improvviso cambia. Nel momento in cui il protagonista Vatanen scende dall’auto per soccorrere la lepre ferita obbedisce a un semplice impulso istintivo, ma sta già per abbandonare Helsinki, il lavoro di giornalista, la moglie.
Ha inizio un viaggio, un pe...more
I mean, wow!
I didn't expect this book would turn out to be this good. Remember when reading suppose to be adventurous and fun and bring you luck so that your kitten would sleep on your lap while you're enjoying the book? This is it!
Straightforward, eccentric and heartwarming. Though the hare is not the focus of the narration, it surely is the heart of the story. The book is divided into several short chapters, which for me, turned out to be more like a collection of short stories. Don't expe...more
This charming story reminded me of many American fables - Pecos Bill and Paul Bunyan among them. Ther...more
It was fun sometimes, in the way that any novel about someone leaving behind life and successfully vagabonding around with no responsibilities or cares will be fun. But it wasn't as comical o...more
A quick, interesting and so far good read.
Last word after finishing:
This is clearly a fable told in the same matter of fact manner, although there's nothing matter of fact about the tale. It gets unbelievable at times, but it hardly matters either, thanks to it...more