We were going out stealing horses. That was what he said, standing at the door to the cabin where I was spending the summer with my father. I was fifteen. It was 1948 and one of the first days of July.

Trond’s friend Jon often appeared at his doorstep with an adventure in mind for the two of them. But this morning was different. What began as a joy ride on “borrowed” horses ends with Jon falling into a strange trance of grief. Trond soon learns what befell Jon earlier that day—an incident that marks the beginning of a series of vital losses for both boys.

Set in the easternmost region of Norway, Out Stealing Horses begins with an ending. Sixty-seven-year-old Trond has settled into a rustic cabin in an isolated area to live the rest of his life with a quiet deliberation. A meeting with his only neighbor, however, forces him to reflect on that fateful summer.

July 3, 2012  |  260 pages
(Rated on Oct 25, 2015)
Grade: D    (switch to numeric scale)
L/E Ratio: 50% Literature, 50% Entertainment
Writing Quality:
Low High
Low High

Low High
Movie Potential:
Low High

Low High
Sequel Potential:
Low High
A somber, reflective story told from the point of view of a man, now 68 years old and hiding from life, who looks back on a period in his past during WWII when he lost his best friend, spent a revealing summer with his father, and became a man. The writing style is very descriptive of the remote Norwegian locales - dense paragraphs and sparse dialogue. Readers who like understated writing, slow character development, and vividly different settings will enjoy.