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The Year of the Hare by Arto Paasilinna
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May 07, 2012

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This short Finnish tale follows Vatanen, a journalist who decides his meandering life comprising of a dull job, miserable and controlling wife and insufficient friend, isn't what he wants or needs. He arrives at this realisation upon running to the aid of a young hare that he and his friend have hit whilst driving. In outrage to his illogical worry towards a common countryside creature his friend decides to teach Vatanen a lesson by driving off leaving him stranded in the wilderness. The lesson Vatanen learns spans the entire year as he sheds his former restrictive life and roams wild and free across Finland as a trusted ward to the hare. And in their companionship they share many an adventure, which in turn gives the reader a taste of Finnish life and the pertinent characters and politics of the time.

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