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Norwegian by Night [Format Kindle]

Derek B. Miller
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"A terrific thriller . . . a great story told in writing that is clear and powerful, detailed without being ornate. In a word, it is wonderful." -- Buffalo News

 

“Norwegian by Night shifts along like an inquisitive wind, with a voice so confident you would follow it into a leaning house. Generous with its wit, dazzling in its cultural and historical reach, Derek Miller’s novel is the kind of sweep-you-up tale a reader always wants but rarely finds, the kind where you stand in the bookstore reading the opening pages and whisper, This is the one.” — Leif Enger, author of Peace Like a River

 

“Have you ever lucked into one of those novels so taut and suspenseful that you can’t turn the pages fast enough, yet at the same time so magnificently written and psychologically incisive that you find yourself unable to turn those same pages slowly enough? Such novels are as rare as great comets. Norwegian by Night, I'm happy to report, is one. Make sure you’re in a comfortable spot when cracking this book; you won’t be putting it down for an obscenely long while.” — Jonathan Miles, author of Dear American Airlines

 

“This novel is ostensibly a Scandinavian thriller yet recalls Saul Bellow’s and Philip Roth’s more cerebral creations . . . A remarkably confident debut that is at once a rich psychological study, a political ¬parable that seems to be about America’s compulsion to intervene abroad, and a moving story of an old man’s last chance to slay his demons.” — Sunday Times (UK)

 

“Norwegian by Night is not just a great title, it’s also a soulful, humane, and sparklingly funny novel. Spend some time with Sheldon and company in the Scandinavian wilderness and you just might make peace with your god, your ghosts, and yourself.” — Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story

 

“Norwegian by Night is an outrageously intelligent thriller, and its philosopher-sniper hero, Sheldon Horowitz, is a character who’ll stay in your brain for decades. You might come for the guns and the ruckus, but by the last page, with your heart still pounding, you’ll be crying at all the goddamned beauty and love in the world.” — Patrick Somerville, author of This Bright River

Présentation de l'éditeur

He will not admit it to Rhea and Lars - never, of course not - but Sheldon can't help but wonder what it is he's doing here...

Eighty-two years old, and recently widowed, Sheldon Horowitz has grudgingly moved to Oslo, with his grand-daughter and her Norwegian husband. An ex-Marine, he talks often to the ghosts of his past - the friends he lost in the Pacific and the son who followed him into the US Army, and to his death in Vietnam.

When Sheldon witnesses the murder of a woman in his apartment complex, he rescues her six-year-old son and decides to run. Pursued by both the Balkan gang responsible for the murder, and the Norwegian police, he has to rely on training from over half a century before to try and keep the boy safe. Against a strange and foreign landscape, this unlikely couple, who can't speak the same language, start to form a bond that may just save them both.

An extraordinary debut, featuring a memorable hero, Norwegian by Night is the last adventure of a man still trying to come to terms with the tragedies of his life. Compelling and sophisticated, it is both a chase through the woods thriller and an emotionally haunting novel about ageing and regret.


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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 588 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 306 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0571294251
  • Editeur : Faber & Faber Crime (29 janvier 2013)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00ALJGW66
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Witty and original 13 janvier 2014
Par EAVG
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I have enjoyed every page of this book so far. It may be a crime thriller but it is also an excellent piece of writing and the main character is irresistible when he is talking to himself, which he does frequently.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Genre-defying dazzler. 8 février 2013
Par Sue Kichenside - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
It is a long, lo-o-ong time since a book made me cry. Truly cry. And a book that made me laugh and cry? Never.

This is the most dazzling debut. Where has Derek B. Miller been? Where does he spring from? The back fly-leaf of Norwegian By Night tells us that he was born and raised in Boston and now lives in Oslo with his wife and children. He is the director of The Policy Lab and a senior fellow with the UN Institute for Disarmament Research. He has a PhD from the University of Geneva and an MA from Georgetown University in co-operation with St. Catherine's College, Oxford. "But enough with the credentials already," as Miller might have his hero, Sheldon, say. "Get on with the plot!"

Which is this: Sheldon Horowitz is a grumpy, guilt-driven 82-year old war vet who lives in New York and is recently widowed. His grand-daughter insists that he come to live with her and her Norwegian husband in Oslo. There are only 1000 Jews in Norway amongst a population of five million. Sheldon is one of them. How will he adjust? And should he interfere when he hears a violent argument erupting from the upstairs flat where a woman and her son are clearly in terrible trouble? To his mind, Europe turned a deaf ear and a blind eye to the Jews' plight in the Second World War; he is not going to make the same mistake. Instead, he makes another. A different and devastating one.

Well, the road to hell is paved with good intentions. This book is packed with them too. Sheldon is a remarkable, unique and highly memorable character. Can the author really have conjured this tragicomic creation out of thin air? When his grand-daughter Rhea argues that she doesn't want to rent out the spare room in the Oslo flat saying, "It feels weird knowing strange people are under your feet all the time", Sheldon counters with, "That's because you don't have kids. You get used to that feeling." He also has intense dialogues with God who takes the human-ghost guise of an old friend of his. There is time travel to other decades, other wars. There is fascinating insight into the immigrant situation in liberal Norway: "How tolerant should we be of intolerance?" And running throughout this amazing many-layered book, there is a first-rate thriller that will have your heart in your mouth.

This book is one of a kind and out on its own. Mr Miller, may I thank you for what I am utterly confident is going to prove to be my read of the year?
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A winner from the very first paragraph 8 juillet 2013
Par Bookreporter - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
I am totally knocked out by NORWEGIAN BY NIGHT, a thriller crossed with a fish-out-of-water sensibility. But this fish is much smarter than the land dwellers among which it finds itself. Sheldon Horowitz is the fish, the United States is his water, and the land is Oslo, Norway. Horowitz, an 82-year-old Marine, is Stephen Hunter's Bob Lee Swagger with a touch of Being There's Chauncey Gardiner. Throw in a bit of Fargo and THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN (which is referenced and quoted here), and imagine Elmore Leonard overseeing the whole thing, and you have NORWEGIAN BY NIGHT.

This is not to say that the book is a well-done pastiche. Author Derek B. Miller, an American who resides in Oslo, has created a unique, character-driven debut work all his own, which is by turns exciting, sad, uplifting, literate and, above all, readable. Horowitz, a widower and former watch repairman, has been grudgingly expatriated from the comfortable and familiar environs of New York and resettled none too easily into the Oslo apartment that he shares with Rhea, his well-meaning granddaughter, and Lars, her almost too-good-to-be-true new husband. Rhea, raised practically since birth by her grandfather and deceased grandmother, is a dutiful offspring, though she is somewhat at loose ends as to how to deal with the dementia that has a loose but nonetheless determined grip upon Horowitz's thought processes. A Korean War veteran who may or may not have seen combat duty, Horowitz imagines that every Korean he sees (and a few who he doesn't) holds a grudge against him as the result of his military service. He also carries a boatload of guilt over the death of his only son --- the father who Rhea never knew --- in Vietnam.

Still, whatever the degree of impairment of his mental faculties, Horowitz remains a Marine. Thus, when an episode of domestic violence in their apartment complex turns deadly, Horowitz intervenes, removing the victim's young son from the scene and going on the run with the Oslo police and a gang of mindlessly violent Kosovan-Albanian drug dealers in hot but fruitless pursuit. Language barriers abound, and witnessing how Horowitz navigates his way over, under and around them makes the book worth reading all by itself. Every word of the tale is special, from Horowitz's conversations with the dead and his flashbacks (real and imaginary) to the tumultuous climax, which includes the introduction of an extremely important and frightening character.

Another plus is Sigrid Odegard, a just-turned-40, recently promoted Chief Inspector with the Oslo Police Department, a small town girl who came to the big city and worked her way up the ladder. She is tasked with investigating the incident that sparked Horowitz's well-intended abduction of the child and, by extension, finding the pair. What is especially interesting is that she doesn't so much understand Horowitz as gets him before she ultimately meets him. In addition to being one of the smartest people in the book, Sigrid has a droll sense of humor, a trait she shares with Horowitz, the drug dealers, and pretty much everyone we encounter in this tale. It's an element that contrasts nicely with the dark though not jet-black subject matter.

NORWEGIAN BY NIGHT is a winner from the very first paragraph. Miller's prose is shot through with a cinematic vision that puts you right there as the story unfolds. You'll be smiling, laughing and maybe even crying all the way through it. If there is any justice at all, this book will find itself on a number of "Best Of" lists for 2013 and will be the recipient of countless awards. If Miller would like to bring back any of these wonderful characters, particularly the irresistible Chief Inspector Odegard, I would be a happy man. Strongly recommended, particularly for anyone who is old enough to know that the light at the end of that tunnel is an oncoming train --- or worse (that would be me) --- or young enough to have parents at that age (you).

Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Character driven crime novel 15 septembre 2012
Par sbrod - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Well written crime novel. Set in Oslo, it covers the issue of displacement, as an elderly American moves to be with his granddaughter in a new country. It then explores the main protagonist's reflections on his life. The accomplishments and regrets, and plays this out against a backdrop of crime and and an unlikely collaboration with a young boy. They do not share a language or culture but share a bond based on witnessing a horrific crime together. An excellent character driven thriller.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 One of the best books I've read in years! (and no, it's not complicated) 2 juin 2013
Par Luckyclucker - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Commentaire client Vine pour produit gratuit (De quoi s'agit-il?)
Like another reviewer already wrote, this book made me cry like a baby and do so frequently. It also made me laugh so hard I cried. Mr. Miller is an absolutely phenomenal writer. Each character has a significantly different sounding voice. The only thing that seems at all similar is the lyricism of their thoughts and words-- it's too bad the average person doesn't speak with such piercing directness.

Not only is this a tour de force of unbelievable strength when it comes to depicting the life of Sheldon "Donny" Horowitz, but the detail and understanding of the various political and social problems impacting Norway are dealt with in a way that is extremely educational without being condescending or overly simplified.

It's hard to stuff this novel into a category. Yes, there are cops, a murder, a suspect and all the items that attend that genre. But then there is Sheldon. There is no way a book with a leading character as dynamic as Sheldon will allow itself to be put in a genre.

The writing is absolutely spectacular. I was so afraid for Sheldon and Paul every minute of the book it was hard to put it down and walk away, leaving them alone.

There are parts of the book that definitely remind me of Vonnegut's masterpiece, "Slaughterhouse Five". That said, this is in no way derivative.

Mr. Miller is truly a genius when it comes to descriptive phrases. Here is but one of the many, this particular passage describing a boatload of people disembarking from a Carnival cruise ship: "They flow from the gangplank like thick blubber from a wounded white whale".

I'm not sure why so many reviewers have found this plot complicated. Seriously? If this is complicated to read I think people need to take out their brains and play with them a bit more often. The cruising through time that Sheldon does in his head makes sense and flows from one situation to another. The small amount of background information about both Norway, WW II, Korea, and the Balkans is just that-- a small amount of information that most people who read the newspapers (or books in general) will have absorbed. Mr. Miller adds detail to some of the ethnic issues in the Balkans but doesn't overload the reader. If you are on the fence as to whether or not to read this book do not let worries of a complicated read drive you away-- this is a page-turning delight that is difficult to put down.

It's obvious that Mr. Miller is a humanist and has been subjected to some of the most intense politicized bureaucracy on the planet. It is possible that his political viewpoints (and they do come out in the mouths of his characters) might be the cause for some of the less than 5 star reviews. Or maybe it is just that people got the book thinking it was a standard murder mystery/police procedural. Anyhow, this book is so much more than that.

Do yourself a favor and give this a read. If you like clever dialogue and beautiful prose that moves along at a quick pace, in a foreign environment, I think you will like it.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Unlikely elements add up to first rate thriller - 4+ 4 avril 2013
Par Blue in Washington - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Commentaire client Vine pour produit gratuit (De quoi s'agit-il?)
An octogenarian Jewish American Korean War Vet is thrust into a scenario that resembles a Jo Nesbo Oslo crime story. While saving an Albanian youngster from his psychopathic father, the elderly American reflects on his life and times, from the Korean War forward, and confronts his long held conviction that he sent his own son to his death in the Vietnam War. The need to atone drives the old man to a return to the vigor and cunning of his youth and a heroic effort to rescue the child that has been accidently thrown into his care. The saga's end is all that you might want in a crime thriller and an autobiographic meditation, and then some.

Debut novelist, Derek Miller, has put together quite an inventive structure in "Norwegian by Night". It takes a little patience by the reader from time to time as the action in the present gives way to the protagonist's interior dialogues about the past and with partners from the past; but the forbearance is entirely worth the effort. Definitely an entertaining read and recommended.
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