Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Out Stealing Horses

Out Stealing Horses, by Per Petterson, is a great book. Simply said, it was very hard to put down. It is not so much a story as an internal monologue, filled with reminiscence, understated regret, secrets, work, and finally the narrator's desire to simply disappear (against which he struggles not at all).

Practically every character in this book does disappear in some sense. They pass through a sort of ephemeral psychic curtain and become, to all intents and purposes, lost to their former world. The book has a slow pace with details about daily work (or even getting out of bed, walking across the floor, looking out a window) which may seem egregiously mundane to some. Yet I think it's pitch-perfect. If you know from personal experience about "disappearance," you may find this book hauntingly accurate.

1 comment:

DebD said...

I enjoyed this book as well. I didn't notice the disappearances theme, very interesting take.