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Out Stealing Horses
by Per Petterson and Anne Born


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"We were going out stealing horses. That was what he said, standing at the door to the cabin where I was spending the summer with my father. I was fifteen. It was 1948 and oneof the first days of July."
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""Trond's friend Jon often appeared at his doorstep with an adventure in mind for the two of them.  Read more...


 
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Overview

"We were going out stealing horses. That was what he said, standing at the door to the cabin where I was spending the summer with my father. I was fifteen. It was 1948 and oneof the first days of July."
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""Trond's friend Jon often appeared at his doorstep with an adventure in mind for the two of them. But this morning was different. What began as a joy ride on "borrowed" horses ends with Jon falling into a strange trance of grief. Trond soon learns what befell Jon earlier that day an incident that marks the beginning of a series of vital losses for both boys.

Set in the easternmost region of Norway, "Out Stealing Horses "begins with an ending. Sixty-seven-year-old Trond has settled into a rustic cabin in an isolated area to live the rest of his life with a quiet deliberation. A meeting with his only neighbor, however, forces him to reflect on that fateful summer."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780312427085
  • ISBN-10: 0312427085
  • Publisher: Picador USA
  • Publish Date: April 2008
  • Page Count: 238


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Out Stealing Horses

Petterson, who hails from Norway, offers a moving tale about the power of memory and the bonds of family. Struggling to recover from the death of his wife, 67-year-old Trond Sander moves into a lonely cabin in southeastern Norway, a region that's rich with his own personal history. It's the place where Trond last saw his father before he walked out on the family. The year was 1948, the season was summer, and Trond, then 15 years old, was working as a logger. Not long after returning to the area, Trond crosses paths with a neighbor, who happens to be the brother of his childhood friend, Jon, and all sorts of memories start to surface. Looking back on the summer of 1948, Trond recalls the afternoon he and Jon decided to take some horses from a neighbor's farm. That day, Jon accidentally killed one of his own twin brothers—a tragedy that caused him to run away. Trond's father, as it turns out, was in love with Jon's mother, and their relationship is part of what tore their family apart. Decades later, Trond is still working to make sense of the formative events of his adolescence. His first-person narration—forthright, simple and tinged with melancholy—makes for rewarding reading. Told partially through flashbacks, this is a poignant, beautifully realized narrative that should earn the acclaimed Petterson new fans.

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