The Year of the Hare

Arto Paasilinna Pico Iyer

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The Year of the Hare

The Year of the Hare By Arto Paasilinna Pico Iyer The Year of the Hare Suddenly realizing what s important in life with the help of a bunny a man quits his job and heads to the countryside in this internationally bestselling comic novel Which of us has not had that won

  • Title: The Year of the Hare
  • Author: Arto Paasilinna Pico Iyer
  • ISBN: 9781101478134
  • Page: 364
  • Format: ebook
  • The Year of the Hare By Arto Paasilinna Pico Iyer Suddenly realizing what s important in life with the help of a bunny , a man quits his job and heads to the countryside in this internationally bestselling comic novel Which of us has not had that wonderfully seditious idea to play hooky for a while from life as we know it With these words from his foreword, Pico Iyer puts his finger on the exhilaratingly anarchic aSuddenly realizing what s important in life with the help of a bunny , a man quits his job and heads to the countryside in this internationally bestselling comic novel Which of us has not had that wonderfully seditious idea to play hooky for a while from life as we know it With these words from his foreword, Pico Iyer puts his finger on the exhilaratingly anarchic appeal of The Year of the Hare While out on assignment, a journalist hits a hare with his car This small incident becomes life changing he decides to quit his job, leave his wife, sell his possessions, and spend a year wandering the wilds of Finland with the bunny as his boon companion.
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    1. Luca Ambrosino on said:

      ENGLISH The Year of the Hare ITALIANOVatanen, a Finnish journalist, is in conflict with his life The dissatisfaction comes out one day after hitting a hare After rescue the wild animal, inexplicably Vatanen running through the woods together with his new friend He starts down a path of inner purification across the Finland He plays the part of a veterinary, a fugitive, a fisherman, a fireman, a cowhand, a wrecker, a bear hunter, a drunkard He learns to make do with what he has, he puts into prac [...]

    2. Jim Fonseca on said:

      A fun romp the comic misadventures of a young Finnish male journalist who hits a hare and injures it with his car He chases the hare into the forest and begins an off the grid adventure.He decides to quit his job, divorce his wife of his loveless marriage and spend a year wandering the wilds and small rural towns of Finland with the hare as companion.His craziness is infectious his care for the hare becomes a catalyst to bring others out of their dull routines So a game warden becomes an artist, [...]

    3. Lisa on said:

      This book made me reflect on my sense of humour as far as it exists and my pre conceived ideas not to be taken seriously on my Scandinavian heritage After all, most of the time, we laugh at the stereotypical patterns we recognise in ourselves and our environment Paasilinna is advertised as one of the funniest Scandinavian authors at least in Sweden, where sense of humour in general unfortunately fell victim to a budget cut in the 1970s It has never been reintroduced since then, so maybe the adve [...]

    4. [Shai] The Bibliophage on said:

      I gave this 5 stars because I enjoyed reading Vatanen s adventures with his companion hare I was even imagining how it feels like to be Vatanen who abandoned his wife, career, and life in the city just to explore the rurals This book made me realize that for once, I want to break free from all the responsibilities and obligations in the city I wonder how many of those who read this have envisioned themselves on Vatanen s shoes and envied him for having the guts to get away.

    5. K.D. Absolutely on said:

      Has a time ever come into your life when you thought of just walking away and leave everything behind It had never crossed my mind until when I was reading this book I think it could not totally be a bad idea No, I am neither thinking about killing myself nor leaving my wife and my daughter I just cannot live without them This is about that spur of the moment decision that you had enough and you want to pursue another life You pick you bag, check your wallet and just go the opposite direction fr [...]

    6. Warwick on said:

      A charming 70s fable about a man and his hare who leave the modern world behind them, hit the open road, and rethink what life is all about It s basically Zen and the Art of Lagomorph Maintenance.The story is told in a gently ironic, detached voice that s pitched somewhere between Lewis Carroll and the Voltaire of Candide, with Vatanen, our ing nu protagonist, blundering amiably from one episode to the next, hare in tow This being Finland, it involves snow, reindeer herdsmen, pagan sacrifice, he [...]

    7. Hadrian on said:

      Humorous story of a man who abandons his life in the city to live in the Finnish wilderness with a wild hare Manages to talk about how charming and pleasant this way of life is without being overly pedantic Sweet and earnest, but not cloying.

    8. Jim Coughenour on said:

      Over Christmas I met a Swedish woman at a dinner party we got talking about Scandinavian literature, a recently acquired passion of mine She suggested Paasilinna s The Year of the Hare which is apparently a classic in Finland, where it was first published in 1975.What a marvelous book It perfectly captures the spirit of the 70s, and the Finnish setting gives it a kind of magic It starts off in with an accident in fact, the whole book is nothing but a series of accidents, but not the cloying sync [...]

    9. Fabian on said:

      Do not bother, amigos Even if you fancy rabbits.Its pretty much insipid sketches of Finnish rural life Rudimentary to a most disagreeably laughable degree This strange, dull and dimwitted collection of feeble fables may possibly be analogies or legends of Finnish culture In which case, yikes Finland, do not let thus represent your national character It paints you all as ski bunnies with neurons firing laoky in some sauna of a collective brain.

    10. Dana Burgess on said:

      The Year of the Hare is a Finnish book that has been translated into English In it, Vatanen picks up an injured hare and walks away from his life to just hang out for a year Interesting premise but I think it loses something in the translation.The most endearing character in the book is, without doubt, the hare who heals from his injuries and becomes unfailingly loyal to Vatanen The book would have benefited from being told from the hare s perspective As it is, Vatanen comes off as boring and on [...]

    11. Amorfna on said:

      U realnosti, kolebam se izme u tri i etiri zvezdice ali po to sa ocenjivanjem generalno lo e stojim, knjiga je nekako topla i prijatna a i na godi njem sam, nek bude etiri , za zeca kao simbol divljine koji pokazuje vi e humanosti i vaspitanja nego civilizovani gra ani Nek ide ivot.Nemogu e je ne povu i paralelu sa Doplerom, tematika je sli na Beg od civilizacije, tra enje sebe kroz povratak prirodi, kritika modernog dru tva.Ne preterano prefinjeno pore enje s moje strane ali Dopler je na neki n [...]

    12. Rebecca Foster on said:

      An impulse buy from a secondhand bookshop in London, based on the cover and description I read a third of it on the train home It was originally published in Finnish in 1975 Vatanen, a journalist, is out on assignment with his photographer colleague two dissatisfied, cynical men, approaching middle age The hopes of their youth had not been realized, far from it They were husbands, deceiving and deceived stomach ulcers were on the way for both of them and many other worries filled their days Life [...]

    13. Laura لاورا on said:

      Meravigliosa Scandinavia Alzi la mano chi, almeno una volta nella vita, anche solo per mezzo secondo, non abbia mai pensato di mollare tutto, lavoro, famiglia, obblighi e responsabilit , e scappare via di punto in bianco Del resto, un momento di sana follia pu capitare a tutti.A Vatanen, giornalista quarantenne, accade in una fase cruciale della propria esistenza, quando si sente deluso, amareggiato, stanco di tutto ci che ha, matrimonio incluso, e coglie al balzo l occasione di perdersi nel bos [...]

    14. Bettie☯ on said:

      view spoiler Bettie s BooksThe rating, any status updates, and those bookshelves, indicate my feelings for this book hide spoiler

    15. Katie Scarlett O Hara on said:

      3.8Ne pitajte kako sam do tog broja do la DSem nekih zamerki, koje sam imala, najvi e u vezi kraja, dopala mi se knjiga, a to je bitnije, zadr ala mi se u mislima i jo neko du e vreme nakon itanja.Recenzija je na bloguestuffdreamsaremadeof21

    16. Trish on said:

      A couple of years ago I came upon a Norwegian bestseller just translated into English called Doppler by Erlend Loe I loved that book and belly laughed through much of it A GR friend pointed out this earlier book published in Finland in 1975 and thought the themes were similar They are, and Loe undoubtedly knew of Paasilinna and copied the idea but Loe also made it outrageous A man, tired of his job and his wife and his life in general decides to leave everything behind and not return home from [...]

    17. Noce on said:

      Paasilinna e il suo potere balsamico.Arto mi fa un effetto agrodolce.Il suo stile pi didascalico dei sottotitoli di un Tg, eppre le storie che racconta sono come le caramelle balsamiche Le succhi distrattamente, ma alla fine ti pizzica il naso.L uomo che abbandona la frenetica vita cittadina, preferendole una salubre esistenza silvestre, non sarebbe di per s neanche un tema particolarmente originale, se non fosse che la semplicit spartana con cui Paasilinna descrive il ritorno alla natura, senza [...]

    18. Jean Poulos on said:

      Kaarlo Vatanen is unhappy with his life Vatanen, a journalist, is traveling to a meeting in a colleague s automobile They accidently hit a hare and Vatanen get out to find the injured animal He finds it but his colleague has gone on without him Vatanen decides not to return to his life He sells his possessions and goes to live in the Finnish countryside with the hare.This is an escape from civilization, back to nature type story Vatanen takes odd jobs in secluded places and fixes up a log cabin [...]

    19. Camille on said:

      De joyeuses retrouvailles avec Vatanen et son li vre un livre que j avais lu il y a d j une dizaine d ann es, et que j ai eu le plaisir de me rem r petit petit, au fil des pages Vatanen, mari , journaliste, s ennuyait peut tre dans sa vie Helsinki, lorsqu un soir, en rentrant d un voyage Heinola avec son coll gue photographe, il percute un li vre Bless , la patte bris e, l animal n a pas pu s loigner, et Vatanen s enfonce dans les bois pour le rejoindre, ignorant les appels de son compagnon C es [...]

    20. João Carlos on said:

      Ilustra o de Arthur GironKaarlo Vatanen um jornalista com cerca de 40 anos, c nico e infeliz, que viaja de carro na companhia de um fot grafo Numa estrada arenosa no meio de uma floresta finlandesa uma lebre jovem exercitava se a pular nas patas traseiras O fot grafo condutor, com a mente entorpecida, n o foi capaz de reagir a tempo atropelando o animal Vatanen em p nico sai do carro e entra na floresta onde encontra a lebre com a pata traseira partida O jornalista pegou na lebre aterrorizada, p [...]

    21. Caterina on said:

      My first Finnish novel was quite enjoyable, I liked the way the author describes the passing from the city life to the wilderness and the main character s difficulty to re adjust to the normal life Also, beautiful scenes of country life, a way of life already in extinction even in Finland of the 70s The upcoming industrialization, the growth of the cities, even the final symbolic to me pursue of the bear across the borders are all well drawn elements of the plot A good and well written novel, al [...]

    22. Jane on said:

      When I saw that this little book was a bestseller in the author s Finnish homeland, that it had been translated into umpteen languages, and that it had even been selected for the UNESCO Collection of Works I thought that I might just be on to a winner.It all starts so simply It is late in the day and a journalist and his photographer are driving home across country, They pull up when they hit and injure a young hare Vatanen, the journalist pursues the hare into the forest And he doesn t come bac [...]

    23. Anatoly on said:

      A lovely tale Really reminded me Paasilinna s other workThe Howling Miller which I really liked and was published several years after this novel It didn t felt like he was using the same formula, like he has a unique style Will probably try of his work.

    24. Jenny (Reading Envy) on said:

      A quick read about a journalist who rescues a hare and spends a year wandering into whatever life has for him I think it is supposed to be funny, except for me I don t think the humor really translates I did like all the Finnish names and some of the characters, and it gave some insight into a government I don t know anything about Even in an agreeable village, one can t hang around doing nothing forever Loving animals can be a heavy load.

    25. Lita on said:

      ir iesp jams pirm gr mata, ko lasu no somu literat ras bet varb t ar n , jo pirms Goodreadiem un interneta bija vienk r i gr matas, un kas to vairs visu lai atceras ir ar iesp jams viena no t m gr mat m, kas ir vienk r i j izlasa, lai non ktu l dz savai atzi ai par to visu, ko ai darb var atrast Un j , iesp jams, ka ce ot un mekl t kaut k du dz ves j gu Somij ir daudz lab k un interesant k kop ar savva as za i.

    26. Danny on said:

      Translated from the work of the Finnish author, I picked up this book as a short book intermission that looked fun The basic idea is a reporter in Finland is in a car that hits a young hare, he gets out to help the hare and decides to leave his life behind and wander the countryside with his rabbity friend.It was fun sometimes, in the way that any novel about someone leaving behind life and successfully vagabonding around with no responsibilities or cares will be fun But it wasn t as comical or [...]

    27. Marcello S on said:

      Questa la storia di Vatanen, un giornalista che dopo aver investito un cucciolo di lepre decide di cambiare vita e lasciarsi alle spalle Helsinki, la moglie e i colleghi.Inizia un viaggio verso nord, in mezzo ai boschi, al freddo, alle tempeste di neve e agli orsi.Vive un sacco di avventure tra residui bellici da recuperare, incendi da spegnere e sbronze colossali che gli fanno dimenticare tutto.E un inno alla libert e all avventura, al piacere di mollare tutto per ritrovarsi diversi In certi mo [...]

    28. Amber on said:

      This was a pretty good read about a journalist who saves a hare after hitting it with his car and travels through Finland with it It was a great animal story Definitely check it out.

    29. Czarny Pies on said:

      Dans de ce roman sur les p riples travers la Finlande sylvestre d un homme et son lapin l auteur atteint brillament tous ses objectifs Il faut reconnaitre que ce livre charmant qui fait rire a des objectifs bien modestes Deux toiles Je pr f re quand meme que les auteurs visent un plus haut.

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