Book: Paperback | 8.26 x 5.23in | 208 pages | ISBN 9780143117926 | 28 Dec 2010 | Penguin | 18 - AND UP
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 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.
"Escapism at its best . . . Just pure fun-a fantasy of what might happen if one day you just said, 'Oh, the hell with it.' " -Lynn Neary, NPR.org
"Amazing . . . It can be read over a long winter afternoon and will leave you feeling a little warmer inside." -San Francisco Book Review
"[A] wonderful book . . . The perfect escape literature . . . [It] will have you laughing and gasping by turns. . . . Of the many lines in this book that I cherished, the last is one of the most delicious: 'Vatanen is a man to be reckoned with.' So is this book." -Lonely Planet
"Compelling . . . You might just find yourself wishing for a hare to enter your life in the near future." -Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"[A] joy . . . The glory of the outdoors is celebrated here, through each season, and we can nearly smell the early clover and meadow vetchling of the hare's diet. . . . Vatanen is who we want to be [and] who we yearn to be brave enough to become, as soon as we stop waiting for the timing to be right." -BookPage
"Paasilinna's style is all Finn-a sly sense of humor, a simplicity, a moral compass that points firmly north and out of doors, away from cities. . . . Readers root for Vatanen as he leaps off the mad merry-go-round." -Los Angeles Times
"A fable of the joys of freedom . . . The hare proves to be a delightful, undemanding, and loyal companion, who can laugh, listen, and feel embarrassment." -The Boston Globe
"Beguiling, gently ironic . . . [an] ode to spontaneity and serendipity." -National Geographic Traveler
"Inventive, satirical, and quite humorous. It is also refreshingly sentimental in the sense that Paasilinna reaffirms our connection with the animal world and our inherent need for happiness and freedom to maintain quality of life." -Booklist
"Hilarious . . . With its fiercely independent protagonist and its depiction of Finland's wild northland, this comic novel will offer readers a rare opportunity to experience Finland and read one of that country's most popular authors." -Library Journal
"The Year of the Hare offers enjoyable yarns: fun adventures, agreeably related. . . . It's so good-natured and has so much varied action-and that animal-appeal-that it makes for a consistently enjoyable read." -The Complete Review
"Exhilarating . . . Constantly heartwarming . . . For reading in the heart of winter, there couldn't be a more enjoyable antidote. . . . You'll want to laugh out loud at all the good parts, and savor every lean, simple, honest sentence." -Shelf Awareness
"Paasilinna has been amusing Finns for thirty years and readers in twenty-five languages." -The New York Times
"An exemplary comic novel, full of amiable if binding warnings about the septic follies of civilization-to be read with rising anxiety and delight." -Thomas McGuane
"Step out of the domestic gulag and into The Year of the Hare, a novel that depicts the confident freedom of the journeyman. I loved it." -Matthew Crawford, author of Shop Class as Soulcraft
"I love The Year of the Hare. . . . Which of us wouldn't secretly want to live in a novel as fresh and as full of events as this one?" -Pico Iyer, from the Foreword