The Year of the Hare

The Year of the Hare

A Novel

Book - 2010
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An internationally bestselling comic novel in which a man--with the help of a bunny--suddenly realizes what's important in life

"Escapism at its best . . . Just pure fun." --NPR.org

"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 , a novel in the bestselling tradition of Watership Down , Jonathan Livingston Seagull , and Life of Pi .

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.

What ensues is a series of comic misadventures, as everywhere they go--whether chased up a tree by dogs, or to a formal state dinner, or in pursuit of a bear across the Finnish border with Russia--they leave mayhem (and laughter!) in their wake.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2010
ISBN: 9780143117926
0143117920
Branch Call Number: FICTION
Characteristics: xi, 194 p. ; 20 cm
Alternative Title: Jäniksen vuosi. English

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-Fernweh-
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.

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bluehydrangea
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.

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EPalmer2295
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.

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coalbanks
Apr 28, 2013

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

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bluefarm
Aug 10, 2012

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

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