• Lyrical, deceptively clever...the way the story folds together like the petals of a rose is one of the novel's pleasurable intelligent journey from boyhood into manhood...

    Daily Telegraph
  • Deeply atmospheric...concise beauty of his prose movingly captures the Norwegian landscape and rural way of life...This stunning novel will tell you more about the Norwegian countryside and psyche than the most enthusiastically well-informed guide book'

    Daily Telegraph
  • Petterson catches so effectively the thing that haunts all of us, the knowledge of how fragile life is...He captures the essence of a man's existence with a clean-lined freshness that hits you like a burst of winter air - surprising and breathtaking...touching humour...the narrative is beautifully balanced...Petterson writes with robust unpretentiousness. His story gathers pace like growing up, and stimulates heart and mind like a brisk country walk.

    Daily Express
  • Limpid impressive novel of rare and exemplary moral courage.

    Independent on Sunday
  • A novel of considerable quality.


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