The Year of the Hare by Arto Paasilinna audiobook

The Year of the Hare: A Novel

By Arto Paasilinna
Translated by Herbert Lomas
Read by Simon Vance

By Arto Paasilinna
Translated by Herbert Lomas
Read by Simon Vance

Blackstone Publishing, Blackstone Publishing 9780143117926

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Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781441772138

  • ISBN: 9781441772121

  • ISBN: 9781441772145

Runtime: 4.60 Hours
Category: Fiction
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

Selected for the January 2011 Indie Next List

A BookPage Book of the Day in January 2011

Vatanen, a journalist, is feeling burned out and sick of the city. One summer evening, he and a photographer set out on an assignment, and as they drive through the country, the car hits a young hare. Vatanen leaves the car to save the injured creature, and the grateful animal adopts him. This small incident becomes a turning point in Vatanen’s life as he decides to break free from the world’s constraints. He quits his job, leaves his wife, and sells his possessions to travel the Finnish wilds with his newfound friend. During their farcical adventures they encounter forest fires, pagan sacrifices, military war games, killer bears, political scandals, and much more.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Paasilinna has been amusing Finns for thirty years and readers in twenty-five languages.” New York Times
“His protagonists…are like Vatanen, strong—some very strong—eccentric and often loners. He makes sardonic fun of Finnish bureaucrats, German tourists, the Finnish military and selfish young people.” New York Times
“When Mr. Paasilinna’s novel appears in this country for the first time next month, it might just prove the perfect way into the actual Year of the Hare, which begins, according to many an Eastern calendar, in January.” Wall Street Journal
“Paasilinna’s style is all Finn—a sly sense of humor, a simplicity, a moral compass that points firmly north and out of doors, away from cities…Readers root for Vatanen as he leaps off the mad merry-go-round.” Los Angeles Times
“A fable of the joys of freedom…The hare proves to be a delightful, undemanding, and loyal companion, who can laugh, listen, and feel embarrassment.” Boston Globe
“Amazing…It can be read over a long winter afternoon and will leave you feeling a little warmer inside.” San Francisco Book Review
“Compelling…You might just find yourself wishing for a hare to enter your life in the near future.” Seattle Post-Intelligencer
“Step out of the domestic gulag and into The Year of the Hare, a novel that depicts the confident freedom of the journeyman. I loved it.” Matthew Crawford, bestselling author of Shop Class as Soulcraft
“I love The Year of the Hare…Which of us wouldn’t secretly want to live in a novel as fresh and as full of events as this one?” Pico Iyer
“Escapism at its best…Just pure fun—a fantasy of what might happen if one day you just said, ‘Oh, the hell with it.’” Lynn Neary, NPR.org
“Beguiling, gently ironic…[an] ode to spontaneity and serendipity.” National Geographic Traveler
“Hilarious…With its fiercely independent protagonist and its depiction of Finland’s wild northland, this comic novel will offer readers a rare opportunity to experience Finland and read one of that country’s most popular authors.” Library Journal
“This picaresque novel could simply depict a middle-age crisis, but it reaches beyond fantasy or fiction, becoming mythic in its universal themes. The story is inventive, satirical, and quite humorous.” Booklist
“Paasilinna’s story is somehow plausible…and it feels as though we, too, could so easily desert our responsibilities to others to follow what fulfills us. The glory of the outdoors is celebrated here, through each season, and we can nearly smell the early clover and meadow vetchling of the hare’s diet. Vatanen is who we want to be…No, scratch that—Vatanen is who we yearn to be brave enough to become, as soon as we stop waiting for the timing to be right.” BookPage

Reviews

Reviews

Author

Author Bio: Arto Paasilinna

Author Bio: Arto Paasilinna

Arto Paasilinna is a writer whose works have been at the top of the bestseller lists for twenty years. His books long remained unnoticed by Finland’s chronically antagonistic literary critics, but thanks to his great popularity, many of them have reassessed their opinions. In France, his books have not only proven bestsellers but also critical triumphs.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 4.60
Audience: Adult
Language: English