Three years after his wife’s accidental death, a sixty-seven-year-old man settles into an isolated cabin near Norway’s southeastern border with Sweden and reflects back to the summer when he was fifteen and he and his friend went out to “borrow” some horses. The novel’s incidents and lush but precise descriptions of forest and river, rain and snow, sunlight and night skies are on a par with those of Cather, Steinbeck, Berry, and Hemingway, and its emotional force and flavour are equivalent to what those authors can deliver, too.

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