Gripping story, beautifully written, interesting historical background, wisely developed characters. The Sixteen Trees of the Somme is about the love of wood and finding your own self, a beautifully intricate and moving tale that spans an entire century. Our book club returns, and this month we are giving out a copy of The Sixteen Trees of the Somme, the latest novel by Lars Mytting, to a lucky winner. It tells the story of a young man who wanted to be someone the dead could rely on but who ultimately finds himself wanting to be ‘normal’, to get on with his real life, and to belong in his community. This is the first book I read from Mytting, and surely won’t be the last! The reason being that this is a consummate tale packed with such a variety of moods, events and peri-war history that it makes our journey as revelationary and ultimately satisfying as young Edvard's. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 May 2019. Lars has gifted us a book containing a selection box of fiction and historical-fiction goodies. Comes from trees that are scarred in some way. You might also appreciate The Sins of Soldiers by S J Hardman Lea. I loved the way that the story centres on trees, wood and craftsmanship. This is Lars Mytting's first novel; not something you'd realise if you didn't know. An engrossing and fast moving tale that brings the past and the present together. Hardback | 480 pages. And I will not even try. Inteeesting info about birch and walnut Woods, Reviewed in the United States on June 13, 2019, I so enjoyed reading this book. His parents died when he was a child; he went missing for four days at the time of their death; and there is a mysterious great uncle in the background that is never mentioned. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. The story is set in the present day, but spans most of the past 100 years. Despite Edvard's Norwegian origins, these trees resonate through his family's line cropping up both as living plants and by-products. If you have visited any of the areas or have a love of wood or hunting guns I think you will appreciate this novel as much as I did. The novel follows Edvard, who grows up on a remote potato farm in Norway with his taciturn grandfather, Sverre. The Sixteen Trees of the Somme is a multi-textured novel: a coming of age story, a quest for identity, a family saga and an intriguing mystery. Beautifully written. There's a problem loading this menu right now. You can still see all customer reviews for the product. Reviewed in the United States on September 7, 2017, Hard to put down. The Sixteen Trees of the Somme will be published in English in 2017. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. While I didn’t necessarily like all of the characters’ decisions, I enjoyed the mystery, which served as a good reminder that every family has secrets—and some families have more than others. Click and Collect from your local Waterstones or get FREE UK delivery on orders over £25. Every page adds more intrigue as everything Edvard has accepted is blown away. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. It is at heart a mystery novel where Edvard attempts to find the truth about his parents death following a trail of clues to the Shetland Islands and then to battlefields from world war one in northern France. This book is beautifully written with very evocative language. Buy The Sixteen Trees of the Somme by Lars Mytting, Paul Russell Garrett from Waterstones today! There are coincidences and echoes of the past. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. Reviewed in the United States on June 7, 2020. Faded memories start to reappear. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. Please share on: Facebook, Twitter and The Sixteen Trees of the Somme is about the love of wood and finding your own self, a beautifully intricate and moving tale that spans an entire century.Translated from the Norwegian by Paul Russell Garrett. Hm, dette var bra. Book review: The Sixteen Trees of the Somme, by Lars Mytting A saga stretching from Norway to Scotland has ingrained appeal, writes Roger Cox. Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books. Wood is very much a part of the grain of this novel, too. Reviewed in the United States on June 6, 2019. It had good reviews and is in the Sunday Times Top 10 at the moment - so perhaps it’s just me! Reviewed in the United States on September 25, 2017, A family saga set across 3 countries: FRANCE, SCOTLAND and NORWAY, Reviewed in the United States on August 10, 2017. I really enjoyed the fictional story set amidst the reality of history and was very grateful to have the pictorial maps at the front of the book to give me some sense of distances in Edward’s travels. We definitely look forward to his next novel and, while we wait, Edvard's adventure and its lingering memories will keep us company. Although I knew of the Shetland Bus, I hadn't known much about the Norwegian experience of WWII, and I found this interesting as part of the background. The Sixteen Trees of the Somme is a multi-textured novel: a coming of age story, a quest for identity, a family saga and an intriguing mystery. Although the story isn't particularly male oriented, there is still a bit too much testosterone in the characterizations, but the lack of emotional depth and human softness is compensated by a truly believable narrative. Lars Mytting received global recognition for his original and amusing book about woodcraft Norwegian Wood, which has sold over 500.000 copies across the world. The Sixteen Trees of the Somme is about the love of wood and finding your own self, a beautifully intricate and moving tale that spans an entire century. Since his parents died under mysterious circumstances Edvard has lived with his Grandfather Sverre on a remote farm in Norway. Beautiful writing, beautiful translation. I loved the way that the story centres on trees, wood and craftsmanship. A great read! Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. have loaned it to a number of friends . I initially bought it while on vacation in Norway which is one of the settings in the novel. The story is god with an unexpected twist. For instance, I hadn’t heard of the Norwegian Legion. I wouldn't want to do the author an injustice. Ankomst. Story line is very different keeps reader on your toes, a complicated but extremely interesting book, Reviewed in the United States on December 28, 2019. A beautifully written story. A really, really good novel. Buy The Sixteen Trees of the Somme by Lars Mytting and Paul Russell Grant (Translator) at Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com. I seriously had to think about how to describe what I thought of this novel. These are the Hirifjells from Saksum, a small village near Lillehammer in central Norway, the Winterfinchs from Edinburgh and the Shetlands, and the Daireaux from Authuille, a hamlet fought over in the WW1 Battle of the Somme. You can read more book reviews or buy The Sixteen Trees of the Somme by Lars Mytting and Paul Russell Grant (Translator) at Amazon.com. I'll leave Lars to tell their story, as well as showing the lingering legacy on Edvard's family and post-war Norway. I initially bought it while on vacation in Norway which is one of the settings in the novel. Reviewed in the United States on September 25, 2017, A family saga set across 3 countries: FRANCE, SCOTLAND and NORWAY, Reviewed in the United States on August 10, 2017. The novel follows Edvard, who grows up on a remote potato farm in Norway with his taciturn grandfather, Sverre. Einar was supposedly killed in the second world war but there seem to be links to Edvard's past and he decides to go investigate the truth.
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