4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A little disappointing,
This review is from: The Howling Miller (Paperback)
I was expecting good things from this read as I absolutely loved The Year of the Hare. Unfortunately, while I found The Year of the Hare to be a funny, heartwarming tale about the choices we make in life and where they can lead - found The Howling Miller to be a little flat. The story centres around Gunnar Huttunen, a Finnish miller who moves into a small town. The townspeople find his strange habit of howling a little disconcerting and the tale follows him over a number of months as his relationship with them all breaks down. I found that the characters were under developed and the plot a little flat. The constant persecution of Huttunen is frustrating, as is his rather ridiculous behaviour and explanation for it. In short, I didn't come to identify with any of the characters and therefore didn't really care what happened to them.
If you've never read any Arto Paasilinna, I would urge you to try The Year of the Hare first.