The Year of the Hare
"Escapism at its best . . . Just pure fun." --NPR.org
"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 ...more
Vatanen, a Finnish journalist, is in conflict with his life. The dissatisfaction comes out one day after hitting a hare. After rescue the wild animal, inexplicably Vatanen running through the woods together with his new friend. He starts down a path of inner purification across the Finland. He plays the part of a veterinary, a fugitive, a fisherman, a fireman, a cowhand, a wrecker, a bear hunter, a drunkard. He learns to make do with what he has, he puts...more
He decides to quit his job, divorce his wife of his loveless marriage and spend a year wandering the wilds and small rural towns of Finland with the hare as companion.
His craziness is infectious; his care for the hare becomes a catalyst to bring others out of their dull routines. So a game warden becomes an a ...more
Paasilinna is advertised as one of the funniest Scandinavian authors - at least in Sweden, where sense of humour in general unfortunately fell victim to a budget cut in the 1970s. It has never been reintroduced since then, so maybe ...more
Its pretty much insipid sketches of Finnish rural life. Rudimentary to a most disagreeable/laughable degree!
This strange, dull and dimwitted collection of feeble fables may possibly be analogies or legends of Finnish culture. In which case, yikes. Finland, do not let this represent your national character. It paints you all as ski bunnies with neurons firing lazily in some stagnant sau ...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
The story is told in a gently ironic, detached voice that's pitched somewhere between Lewis Carroll and the Voltaire of Candide, with Vatanen, our ingénu protagonist, blundering amiably from one episode to the next, hare in tow. This being Finland, it involves snow, reindeer herdsmen, pagan sacrifice, ...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
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
This is an escape-from-civilization, back-to-nature type story. Vatanen takes odd jobs in secluded places and fixes up a log- ...more
A man, tired of his job and his wife and his life in general decides to leave everything behind and not return ho ...more
"Even in an agreeable village, one can't hang around doing nothing forever."
"Loving animals can be a heavy load."
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
It was a little different from expectations, with more events and fewer descriptions of peaceful times spent in nature. Not many books could benefit from being longer or from more description, but this is probably one. Whilst Vatanen drops out of consumerist society, there is very little hippie or political style writing here: he has a ...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
So to say that I started this book with some trepidation is a bit of an understatement especially since it was a english translation (I have had some bad experiences of rather stylistic translations in the past to say the least). However I can now report that although f ...more
The novel is really short that is a plus, as well it is in a country I never have read before anythi ...more
The premise is simple enough: the book’s protagonist is travelling in a car that ...more
It reminded me a bit about Seven Brothers by Aleksis Kivi, but mostly in the sense that the main character left his "empty" life to lead a simple, yet more meaningful life in the wild with a hare and thereby travelling all over Finland, going through a lifetime of adventures in just one year. And it does all that without ever sounding too pretentious or philosophizing too much about the meaning of his actions. To quote Vatanen: "That's life".
At the sam ...more
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