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From my blog Long time readers will remember that I reviewed The Howling Miller by Arto Paasilinnaa couple of years ago, and raved about it. It is still one of my all time favourite reads. The Year of the Hare is better, in my humble opinion. I read it with a group of colleagues for a little reading group at work. The hare of the title is hit by a car one evening, and one of the car's occupants, Vatanen goes into the woods to see if he can help the injured animal. Caring for the hare in the forest leads Vatanen to ditch his job at a newspaper, leave his wife and head off deep into
One of my favourite books of recent years was Paasilinna's The Howling Miller, and when I finished it I vowed to go out and buy the only other book of his that has been translated into English, The Year of the Hare. For whatever reason(s), I didn't, and then the only bookshop in town that stocked his books in English stopped doing so. I put it on my Amazon wish list and promptly forgot all about it. Such joy, then, so see it in the library. Short-lived joy, however, because unfortunately it's no Howling Miller. Vatanen, a newspaper reporter, and his photographer colleague are driving b
I think I might have to appoint myself Stewart's Official Literary Stalker, as I first saw it reviewed by him on booklit blog, though I haven't yet read his full review. Being a fan all things Finnish (Helsinki is my favourite European city) I thought I'd better give it a try. Shortly after the second-world war Gunnar Huttunen arrives at a small Finnish town and buys the old mill. Soon he has the saw working and is making planks for the local populace. He's making a living and restoring the mill, and the locals are happy to have a handy supply of cut timber and soon after, an actual mill f