The Year of the Hare

The Year of the Hare

A Novel

Book - 2010
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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.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2010.
ISBN: 9780143117926
Characteristics: 194 p. ;,20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Iyer, Pico


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Mar 12, 2016

I really enjoyed this one. A young hare acts as a catalyst for a life-changing decision to leave everything behind and "live free."

Vatanen and his hare make an adorable pair as they journey their way through many lands and shenanigans.

It gets a bit wild at the end there, but I still left it feeling pretty refreshed and happy with the whole thing.

Sep 21, 2015

After a strong start, I found this mid life crisis caper increasingly bizarre as a political satire of modern Finland takes over. It zipped along though, & there's a few laughs, so no reason to stop reading this bear, hare and man hunt.

Jul 23, 2013

"The year of the Hare," while charming and a pleasant light read, is written in such a tone that renders the content highly unbelievable and seems almost unfitting and too airy for such a wildly adventurous tale. However, Vatanen and his hare are an endearing pair, and the book is a foray into the vagabond drop-life-and-live lifestyle that we all occasionally dream about.

Apr 28, 2013

Hilarious! A bit of Oddysseus but preferable to the version by Joyce, IMHO.

Aug 10, 2012

The time I spent reading this book
is time I will never get back....

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