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יוצאים לגנוב סוסים

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יוצאים לגנוב סוסים. זה מה שאמר כשעמד בפתח הבקתה שבה התגוררתי עם אבי באותו קיץ.
הייתי בן חמש עשרה. זה היה בשנת 1948, באחד הימים הראשונים של יולי.

זו היתה אמורה להיות חופשה רגילה, זמן איכות שמבלים יחד אב ובנו על גדות הנהר, הרחק משאון העיר ומזיכרונות המלחמה. ואמנם, עד לבוקר שבו הזמין יון את טרונד להרפתקה שובבה, "לגנוב סוסים", נראה שהיא אכן כזו. אלא שהמשכו של אותו יום חושף טרגדי
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Paperback, 229 pages
Published 2007 by כתר ספרים (first published January 1st 2003)
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Noemi It may have to do with his second wife's death, who died in a car accident. Trond was driving the car and his picture appeared in all newspapers…moreIt may have to do with his second wife's death, who died in a car accident. Trond was driving the car and his picture appeared in all newspapers (unluckily thanks to a journalist who won a photo contest with his picture).

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Noemi It is not clear in the book, we can only assume. At least the fact he did not return to his family has to do with him being in love with Lars' mother.
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Mark
Aug 22, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I have a feeling this book may take root and blossom further within me over time, but for now, I must stop one star short of my top rating.

"Out Stealing Horses" won the world's richest literary prize (The Impac, out of Dublin) last year, and it has had enough buzz that I had to wait weeks for it to come off the reserve list at our local library.

It is the tale of a 67-year-old Norwegian man who retreats to the north woods to review his life, and particularly, a fateful summer in 1948 when he was
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Dolors
Jan 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Listen to the soundless words
Recommended to Dolors by: Ilse
This is a story of growth, of a boy who becomes and adult in an isolated rural region of Norway, close to the Swedish border, in the course of one summer.
But this is also a story of decline, of an old man who revisits the countryside where he last saw his father in 1948, expecting to capture the blinding light of indifferent nature, the flashing clarity of unhurried memories, the physical vigor that pumped up his young body more than sixty years ago before the clock of his worn-out life ticks ou
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Will Byrnes
What do we see when we look back over our lives. Are we the hero of our own story? Looking into that mirror, can we really see ourselves, or is our view doomed to be perpetually blocked, offering maybe a Maigret image of only the backs of our heads?

A man, 67, Trond, lives alone in a small house by a lake in east Norway and contemplates his past. We travel back and forth between the present, 1999, and 1948 when he was a fifteen-year-old, living with his father in a summer place. The events of th
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Manny
My copy of Ut og stjæler hester has a little tear in the dust-jacket, and when my girlfriend sees it she looks at me reproachfully, she respects books in a way I cannot, as physical objects, and she had bought me this elegant first edition as a present, but now I had carelessly used the dust-jacket to mark my page and put too much strain on the paper, it had not been important to me, for I respect books in my own way and was lost in the author's words, in his unique way of using the Norwegian la ...more
Julie
What in the hell just happened here? What in the hell?

I am completely flummoxed by my own reaction to this book.

So, quick back story on this. . . About 3 years ago, I was hiding out in the kitchen at a neighbor's New Year's Eve party. My husband had become trapped against the wall in the den, stuck in a conversation with several other men, forced to listen to a man give the play-by-play on how he had just tiled his floors. I saw that I couldn't save my spouse, so I had slipped into the kitchen u
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Chris
Mar 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
The only negative thing I can say – or, more accurately, am willing to say – about this novel is that it begs to be read by the fireplace, and not everybody has a fireplace. I don't have a fireplace.
Robin
With the use of stark, simple language, Norwegian author Per Petterson tells the complex story of a summer that brings about a coming of age for 15 year old Trond, seen through his 67 year old eyes. This language suits the setting perfectly - aging Trond has retreated to a cabin in remote wilderness, to a very simple life (he doesn't own a phone and not even his children know where he is). But, while he may have simplified his landscape, all the messiness of his interior life comes with him, esp ...more
Anna
Jun 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
I was sorry when I turned to the last page. And surprised--my right hand still held several pages of the book, and I hadn't realized they were the blank ones that often come at the end.

I was sorry, because I wanted to spend more time in this space--rural Norway, mostly, with ventures into Oslo and Sweden. I wanted to spend more time with the narrator, Trond, whose name rarely emerges in the text and who we follow when he is fifteen and when he is sixty-seven, with ventures elsewhere in his life.
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Steven  Godin
“That part of my life when I could turn the dreams to some use is behind me now. I am not going to change anything anymore.”

Out Stealing Horses is a pure, poignant and luminous story that feels out of place in this modern and cluttered world. It's a simple tale that doesn't do anything fancy, and had the feel of both being radiant like the sun high up in the sky and the echoing sadness of a dry riverbed. Petterson effectively catches hold and haunts with the one thing we all ponder on from time
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Debra
May 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-books
The book that began with an ending, ended up winning me over. If you look back on your life what will you see? Will you be happy with your relationships? Will you be proud of your actions? Will you be haunted by past events that forever changed your life. Actions have consequences. How do consequences affect a person for life?

I read this book when it first came out with my book club and it blew me away in a very quiet subtle way. Par Peterson is an award winning Norwegian writer who introduces u
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Saleh MoonWalker
Onvan : Out Stealing Horses - Nevisande : Per Petterson - ISBN : 1555974708 - ISBN13 : 9781555974701 - Dar 258 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2003
Jan-Maat
The Evocative title lured me into buying this book. It starts out as your typical autumn recalls the beginning of Summer type story as an older man, settling into a basic cottage by a lake in search of solitude (plainly a hard task, but someone has to do it) in southern Norway, hard by the border with Sweden recalls his youth in the same area. Some sexual tension as he recalls watching the deft fingered milkmaid at her work and the faded cotton dress clinging to the woman out helping a bunch of ...more
Lars Guthrie
Jun 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As chilly as its Norwegian setting, Petterson's novel continues to haunt my thoughts weeks after reading it. Its very title and the many allusions to cowboy culture made me think about what frontier and re-invention means if the edge of the world is vast and dramatically sculpted desert that only ends with limitless ocean, or claustrophobic forest that transitions into Arctic ice. But mostly it made me think about no matter how much we think we know about others and ourselves, it's never complet ...more
بثينة العيسى
رواية أنيقة، مثل لوحة بديعة تتحرك بحذر بين الضوء والظل، بين ما يقال صراحة وما يتجاوزه الراوي عمدًا. أحببت اشتغاله على مناطق الصمت وقدرته العالية على القبض على "صوت الطفل" المفعم بالتساؤل والجوع إلى الفهم والاتساع.

هناك أيضا الحضور الغامر للمكان بشكل حسّي وحي.
أنت فقط تقرر متى تتوجع.
Deea
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Deea by: Dolors
Shelves: favorites, best-2017
"You decide for yourself when it will hurt."
The image of an egg falling from the top of a tree and then of a nest destroyed in some seconds. The image of life being shattered in the space of some seconds. These two images got imprinted on my retina while reading this book. They haunted me and they still haunt me even now after having finished the book. I don’t know if it’s Petterson’s unique style of writing that gives these images such strength or putting them in the context that he did. Or
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Gregory Baird
Sumptuous Prose, but Largely Redundant

Picking up this novel (translated from its original Norwegian), it is easy to understand why “Out Stealing Horses” has earned such high praise from critics; its author, Per Petterson, is a writer of astonishing talent. There are moments where his astute observations and beautiful descriptions sent chills down my spine. Petterson’s depth of understanding for his main character, Trond, is palpable, and he is carefully rendered in an achingly believable portr
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William1
Mar 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is lovely. Very compressed language. Funny how that comes through even in translation (from the Norwegian). At certain points the novel suggests all that is good about Hemingway's "Big Two-Hearted River," which is not to say it's derivative, not at all; just that Petterson knows his Hemingway. The narrative flashes between past and present. A 67 year old man has moved to rural Norway, away from Oslo after the death of his second wife, and settled in a lakeside village. His children, two dau ...more
joyce g
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful and unexpected. Don't you love when a book finds its way to you?
Donna
Sep 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We have had a death in the family which has meant stopping almost everything to pay my respects to Death and Time. I don't know how long they'll be right in the house like this. Maybe until the Peak Freans run out, or until some illuminating memory shakes out of the vault to make sense of the whole; a snow globe marked 'Souvenir of Life on Earth', the light hidden in those falling fake metallic flakes. I do know that whatever it is, Death and TIme will return to their place on the back burner to ...more
brian
May 14, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
a third of the way through and i was certain i'd give this book four or five stars... spare, strong sentences, a jumping chronology, meandering, mysterious... i loved it. and had it remained how it had started -- that is, a book of sketches strung together by a common element -- i would have loved it... but it doesn't. in a way, i think, petterson lacks confidence in his own abilities: he introduces certain plot elements i found wholly unnecessary (not to mention an incredibly anti-climactic res ...more
Sue
As I said in an update, this book has some of the most effortless to read prose I've ever encountered, but also seems very worth re-reading.

This story of a father and son's relationship, linked by mentions of the titular phrase, holds so much emotion: love, loss, pain, regret, hope and hopelessness, moments of overwhelming joy followed by inevitable sadness. I found the earlier part of the book absolutely poetic, the latter less so....but I'm unsure if that was the book (the story) or me and my
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Jim Coughenour
Jul 09, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bleakfiction
"You decide yourself when it will hurt."

Pet Petterson's novel about a man in late middle age who has exiled himself to a cottage in the remote Norwegian countryside has garnered literary prizes and rave reviews almost everywhere. I'm almost embarrassed to admit that I was... well, underwhelmed.

I confess I'm an aficionado of bleak fiction, of those sour almost hopeless ruminations on the fate of age and solitude that might fill more cheery readers with despair. So I was expecting to savor Out Ste
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M. Sarki
Apr 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: serious contemplatives
http://msarki.tumblr.com/post/8630462...

Just a marvelous book, paced so lovely, and the telling of the tale so interesting to me. The back and forth between the past and the present accomplished so adroitly that I was simply amazed at Petterson’s talent I had previous to this book been admittedly embarrassingly unaware of.

I think what made this novel feel so important to me is the narrator’s age of sixty-seven and how after a successful career, a couple wives, two kids and on, he decides to retu
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João Carlos
Feb 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites

Håvard Vikhagen (n. 1952) - Pintor (Out Stealing Horses (Ut og stjæle hester))

Uma história evocativa e nostálgica de um regresso às origens - dominada pelos sentimentos humanos e condicionada por uma floresta deslumbrante. Magistral...


"Toda a minha vida ansiei por estar sozinho num lugar como este. Mesmo quando tudo corria bem, como era frequente acontecer. Bem que o posso dizer. Tenho dito sorte. Mas mesmo nessas alturas, por exemplo a meio de um abraço e quando alguém me sussurrava ao ouvido
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Nathan
Dec 06, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quiet, reflective novel of one man's attempt to understand and escape from a deep sadness he has carried with him since he was a child. Alone in a remote cabin with the harsh Norway winter fast approaching, Trond searches for a way to explain a single, piercing childhood tragedy that has echoed hauntingly throughout his life. As the focus of the novel shifts seamlessly between a summer Trond spent working with his father and the silent time he now spends alone in his cold, tiny cabin, the deta ...more
notgettingenough
Oct 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scandinavian
No doubt Out Stealing Horses has been reviewed thus:

Too many long sentences.

Or, to put it another way,

Who does he think he is, anyway, this Per Petterson, with his immodestly large sentences that have no inkling when to end, no brakes, no sensitivity to the situation of the poor reader who has drawn the most enormous amount of oxygen into their lungs, sucking it in until fit to burst, face red and bulging, in order to start at the beginning and be able to go through right to the end of just one
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Susan
Feb 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Per Petterson trusts me. I felt this with some satisfaction while reading Out Stealing Horses. He unfolds his story with no unnecessary signposts or reminders or references, trusting that his reader will care enough to gather up every quiet detail as it is shared and infer those that didn’t need to be put down. It is a simple story with many pieces that never snap together so much as they are smoothed into place with time, just as the narrator’s memories are.

His power of description is sad and
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Dem
Oct 02, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars

Out stealing horses is a book that I have wanted to read for a long time but just had a hunch that it was not for me and the hunch was correct.

This is a quiet but thought provoking sort of novel and tells the story of Trond a vigorous 67 year old residing in rural Norway. He is a loner and has withdrawn from the world.

The writing in this book is beautiful and I loved some of the descriptions in the novel but the story is more a study of character than plot and as much as I enjoyed the w
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Barbara
I just lost my review, sigh. I will just say "read this book". It is quiet, powerful, and a glimpse into Norwegian life. It has won a number of awards, and is one of the best European novels translated into English in the past 10 years.
Jessica
having finished:
The story grew on me as it began to center more on the father-son relationship, but I did not fall in love... I liked how it was structured, I liked the evocation of landscape and season, but the characters were shadowy for me and it never reached the point of intensity that I wanted it to...that was perhaps the point: not to, to have many small flickers of light instead of one really bright & intense one, but it's what I wanted. I wanted less shadowy characters--for at least
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Petterson knew from the age of 18 that he wanted to be a writer, but didn't embark on this career for many years - his debut book, the short story collection Aske i munnen, sand i skoa, (Ashes in the Mouth, Sand in the Shoes) was published 17 years later, when Petterson was 35. Previously he had worked for years in a factory as an unskilled labourer, as his parents had done before him, and had als ...more
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“You decide for yourself when it will hurt.” 98 likes
“People like it when you tell them things, in suitable portions, in a modest, intimate tone, and they think they know you, but they do not, they know _about_ you, for what they are let in on are facts, not feelings, not what your opinion is about anything at all, not how what has happened to you and how all the decisions you have made have turned you into who you are. What they do is they fill in with their own feelings and opinions and assumptions, and they compose a new life which has precious little to do with yours, and that lets you off the hook. No-one can touch you unless you yourself want them to.” 96 likes
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