** The Year of the Hare by Arto Paasilinna


What is it with Scandinavians and wacky, leave-it-all-being plots like The 100-year Old Man? In The Year of the Hare, the hero is considerably younger when he decides that his job as a journalist is stifling and he’d rather rescue a maimed hare. Abundant adventures ensue, including some jail time, an encounter with a raving bear, and cross-border diplomatic incidents. It got a little too unlikely for me by the end but the premise was delightful and the story was fun.

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