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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 the Finish countryside, leaving behind all the trappings of a middle class life. 

The hare sticks with him through his adventures which include putting out a forest fire (well, trying and then giving up), dealing with US military maneuvoures, rescuing the hare from a pagan ritual sacrifice and meeting a policeman who has a complete belief in a fantastic conspiracy theory. 


The book is really a series of vignettes each one showing Vatanen moving further away from society. The writing is very funny, and the characters Vatanen meets are, like him, living outside of  society.  It is a book which refocuses the mind away from the modern distractions to where we really should be thinking. It is a very clever, very witty and very thought provoking fairytale for grownups. 

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