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4.07  ·  Rating details ·  6,351 ratings  ·  575 reviews
1971. aasta sügisel hukkuvad Prantsusmaal Esimese maailmasõja lahingupaigas noor norralane ja tema prantslannast elukaaslane. Nende kolmeaastane poeg Edvard kaob jäljetult. Neli päeva hiljem ilmub laps välja kadumiskohast sadakond kilomeetrit eemal.

Edvard kasvab üles vanaisa juures üksildases Norra mägitalus. Kui vanaisa sureb, seisab 23-aastane Edvard silmitsi mitme mõis
Paperback, 384 pages
Published 2016 by Varrak (first published September 26th 2014)
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This is a stunning novel by Lars Mytting translated from the Norwegian. Edvard has grown up with his grandfather, Sverre, on a remote farm in the mountains. He has learned the family trade of potato farming and keeping sheep successfully. It is a lonely life, living in a small community where everyone is curious, know everyone's business and are unforgiving at times. Sverre's death hits Edvard hard as he ponders over his future and the mystery of the beautiful art deco coffin, handmade many year ...more
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This is a stunning novel by Lars Mytting translated from the Norwegian. Edvard has grown up with his grandfather, Sverre, on a remote farm in the mountains. He has learned the family trade of potato farming and keeping sheep successfully. It is a lonely life, living in a small community where everyone is curious, know everyone's business and are unforgiving at times. Sverre's death hits Edvard hard as he ponders over his futu
Miriam Smith (A Mother’s Musings)
I absolutely ADORED "The Sixteen Trees of the Somme" beautifully written by Lars Mytting and found it powerful, poignant, thought provoking and very rich in emotion.
'Edvard grows up on a remote mountain farmstead in Norway with his taciturn grandfather, Sverre. The death of his parents, when he was three years old, has always been shrouded in mystery - he has never been told how or where it took place and has only a distant memory of his mother. But he knows that the fate of his grandfather's b
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. A journey from Norway to Shetland and France to solve a personal mystery. Very well written, it felt like watching a film. Been to the area in France, been to the Thiepval Memorial. Lars Mytting described the haunting atmosphere very well. Read it in Dutch.
Jeanette Lewis
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes when a book is translated into English the music of the original language is lost. I feel that this read has been beautifully translated and the very essence of the original book is in tact. Lars Mytting is a master story teller, creating an intriguing, complex and beautiful read. He has woven different elements of time, people of different countries thrown together from life’s decisions, war and touching on events of history. Edvard, (Édouard, Edward) Hirifjell (the 3 versions are rel ...more
Zuky the BookBum
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars, 2017, made-me-cry
I’m going to start this review off with an apology at the quality of it. I’ve tried and tried to think of some things to say about this book but my mind is drawing a blank. I read this novel during a bit of a slump and I feel as though I just drifted through it.

I know I enjoyed it, not as much as I’d hoped, but enough to not dislike it. And I know that it got very emotional and I had a bit of a cry fest at the end. But from there, I’m a bit stuck… How do I do this review thing again?

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The death of Edvard’s grandfather, Bestefar, and the facts that come to light as a result, change everything for Edvard. They see him embark on a journey that will take him away from the isolated Nowegian farm where he has grown up to the Shetlands and France as he searches for the truth about the cause of his parents’ death and the four days afterwards when he was
Kylie H
Sep 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, drama
I started this book with no expectations and I am finding it hard to put into words how I feel about the book. The book moves from a remote farm in Norway to an isolated island in the Shetlands. It has a lot of beautiful prose and descriptions that made scenes vivid and real. In that respect the story was rich and wonderful.
The characters however were quite shadowy. Edvard the main character never really reveals himself and I felt as though information about him was being withheld. The other cha
Roman Clodia
There's a good - if rather familiar - story here but my, Mytting takes his time telling it! It seems to be a Scandinavian thing to write in a loose, circulatory, baggy kind of way with lots of musings and maneuverings around the main thrust of the story. Add in some risible similes ('he sat there like a wax figure in a German fighter jet'; 'she was quiet and guarded like an old floor clock') and lots of inset stories prefaced by a 'she told me that...' and I was a bit hard pressed to stick with ...more
The author can string together some beautiful words. He brings to life his love of wood and links this to a family mystery, Shetland Islands role as a WWII base for Norwegian operations, WWII concentration camps and the Battle of the Somme during WWI. That's a pretty interesting pot-pourri.
While the premise of the book is great, the various relationships and coincidences including kissing cousins, a lost toy dog and family connections were a bit clumsy for me.
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lars-mytting
You cannot miss something you haven’t had, I told myself.
[...] these needs converged, so that it was just as difficult to leave as it was to remain, and from that day everything settled in the path I took, a path which gradually grew deeper and more habitual.
Let it go, [...] You’ll find nothing but old memories to torment you.
If you look at life as a whole, most of our conduct is second-rate. We are blind to the goodness people are prepared to offer us. We only half listen when someone tells
Abbie | ab_reads
3.75 stars

I mistakenly thought I’d just be visiting Norway when I picked this one up for #abreadsaroundtheworld, but actually I ended up on an intriguing journey that took me from a remote hillside Norwegian village, to the beautiful and lonely shores of the Shetland Isles, as well as a detour to some of the most haunting battlegrounds in France. The Sixteen Trees of the Somme was quite a journey, and while it wasn’t a perfect read I still appreciated most of it.
Edvard is a potato farmer, resid
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Sixteen Trees of the Somme is a multi-textured novel: a coming of age story, a quest for identity, a family saga and an intriguing mystery.  It tells the story of a young man who wanted to be someone the dead could rely on but who ultimately finds himself wanting to be ‘normal’, to get on with his real life, and to belong in his community.
A mystery about his early childhood haunts Edvard Hirifjell.  In 1971 when he was three, his parents Nicole and Walter left the Hirifjell farm near the Nor
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm still slightly undecided on this book...
Mytting is a highly skilled writer (as is Garrett as the translator) and this was very evident right from the start of the novel when Edvard discusses his mother.
The reason I'm undecided is that I did not find Edvard very engaging and I found the character of Gwen particularly annoying. I wonder if it was because Gwen was written for a Scandinavian audience Mytting made her almost a caricature of how they see the British upper classes. The older gener
 Sophia B
4.5 He is a great storyteller - Mytting! So what if Stockholm will never call him for his lack of experimentalism or poetic prose. This is a very good novel of a very good storyteller. When did being a good storyteller become something so negative.. I enjoyed this and I am not afraid to say so. Even though the lit-snobs say it is no good. Mytting and his book are "whole wood" - the real thing. "Whole wood" burns the best, who can say the same for the artistic kind.. ...more
Shawn Mooney (Shawn The Book Maniac)
Bailed after the first three chapters. It started out so good and seemed like it was going to be a lush, literary novel; unfortunately, it soon shrank down to a mere mystery story, with all that genre’s annoying conventions. No thank you.

A Norwegian- Scottish journey to the Somme - impressive!

Visit the locations and go on this amazing journey!

The Sixteen Trees of the Somme…wow, quite a novel and that’s in English so I can only imagine what it reads like in Norwegian. Hats off to the translator! Very impressive to get such lyrical and emotional language from the off and to keep it flowing so naturally throughout. It pulls on the heartstrings more because of this, and a fitting style for such a moving read.

Moving in every sense o
Tanja Berg
This was a truly well-spun tale on family history and secrets. The main character Edvard decides to dig in his past after his grandfather Sverre dies. When Edvard was a little child, both his parents died in France and he disappeared for four days. No one knows what his parents were doing there, nor where he disappeared to. There is also Sverre's mysterious brother on Shetland, which is the first trail Edvard follows.

The story is layered and the truth of what really happened in France is buried
Cold War Conversations Podcast
A slow start, but a book that captures you

It was the link to the battle of the Somme that brought me in. However, this is a small part of a moving and powerful story, of love, family loyalty and greed ranging across the First World War, into World War 2, 1971 and then to the present day.

I must admit I struggled with this book early on. I’m not sure if it’s the translation or the actual prose, but it did take some getting used to.

I stuck with it and was rewarded by an intense and cinematic story
Jennifer S. Alderson
The Sixteen Trees of the Somme is a moving coming-of-age story about an orphan trying to unravel the mystery surrounding his parents’ death. The author successfully pulls you into the mind of this young man on a journey of self-discovery, love and loss. The descriptions of place – especially the Shetlands – are stark and harsh, yet intriguing.
Though this is not the type of novel I usually pick up (I’m more of a mystery/thriller kind of girl), this is an unexpectedly poignant novel, and one I am
Jan 10, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
i only finished this book because i didn't want anyone to accuse me of not having read the whole thing when i say how bad it was. a very long and very boring story, featuring overused tropes and bad storylines (including: tragically dead parents, both world wars, nazi relatives (handled particularly badly, i have to say), the male protagonist being unable to have non-sexual relationships with women, idealizing the british aristocracy) - just so that the author could write another book about wood ...more
Judith Johnson
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The one line review on the front of this book by Antonia Senior, The Times, reads “An engaging, satisfying read”. I’d call that a bit like damning with faint praise! Surprised Maclehose Press didn’t use one of the more enthusiastic review quotes from the back cover.I found it really hard to put it down myself, and my husband was met with a more than usually gimlet eye if he tried to talk to me when I was reading!

My only annoyance, as a socialist, was the admiring tone in the author’s references
I had high hopes for this book but didn’t find it as gripping as I had hoped to. Edvard is looking for answers about what happened to his uncle and to him as a child. The story is very clever and interwoven well but I didn’t care enough about either of the main characters to get behind them. I found the romance a bit stiff and the reasons given for the way it concluded a bit unrealistic. The parts about the history of the was were very interesting, especially the different roles played by Norweg ...more
Mar 07, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The author tried too hard to create deep characters and a meaningful storyline and fell short most of the time. The characters were so greedy and self-serving. All Edvard wanted was the blinking wood/inheritance. The whole book and storyline about discovering his family history felt like such a pretence. Edvard was barely fooling himself let alone me. All over colourful wood!! What made the reading experience even more hard going was the poor translation. The only reason I didn't stop reading wa ...more
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A family sage set in three countries - Norway, Scotland and France

The Sixteen Trees of the Somme is the epic story of three families. These are the Hirifjells from Saksum, a small village near Lillehammer in central Norway, the Winterfinchs from Edinburgh and the Shetlands, and the Daireaux from Authuille, a hamlet fought over in the WW1 Battle of the Somme. The story is set in the present day, but spans most of the past 100 years.

Edvard was orphaned in 1971 when he was three. He was brought up
Sally Boocock
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It took a little getting into but once in I couldn't put it down.I really wanted to know what had happened in the past to Edvard. Based during WW1 and the present day it travels through Norway, Shetland and France. Fabulous descriptions of places but the story keeps going until the finale. Great characters and wonderful storytelling. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a mystery with a difference and is interested in the battle of the Somme. ...more
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant. A well paced thriller - despite the literary looking cover and blurb. Some of the middle section was a bit ropey and one element of the ending was more Hollywood film than I would have liked, but it didn’t detract from my overall enjoyment of the book (it just lost a star 😁). Really recommend this.
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent, grown-up book following a young Norwegian farmer as he works to understand some of the mysteries surrounding his parents death during a trip to France. This is one level.

At another level, it is about wood and the trees of its title plus the value of skilled woodwork. At a whole other level, it is about the impact of war on families and on those twelve trees in the Somme. Not everyone this story touches can see the wood for the trees or, for that matter, the trees for the wood! The
Deirdre Yates
Feb 20, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed it, interested from the get go. Like historical fiction - world war but not the usual type. Also nice to read about Norway & Shetland. Characters not the most endearing but didn’t make me dislike it. Also nice to have character on ‘other side’ who wasn’t all bad. Required concentration and re reading parts to understand - perhaps due to translation.
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An epic story told through various countries and spanning generations.
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Lars Mytting er en norsk journalist og forfatter. Mytting har arbeidet som forlagsredaktør og journalist i Dagningen, Aftenposten, Arbeiderbladet og Beat.
Arbeidet senere som forlagsredaktør, før han fikk utgitt romanen Hestekrefter i 2006.

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