Ashes in My Mouth, Sand in My Shoes Paperback – 14 Nov 2013
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"What makes Petterson’s storytelling so mesmerising is his measured, gentle restraint" (Scotland on Sunday)
"Written with humour and great clarity, it’s a short but strikingly memorable read" (A Life in Books)
"A small book that packs a punch" (Michael North Independent on Sunday)
"Shot through with a tender, nostalgic quality" (David Evans Financial Times)
"This debut outing (from 1987) by the Norwegian novelist tells a tale of childhood c.1960 with tender, bittersweet poignancy" (Boyd Tonkin Independent)
Per Petterson masters the art of writing simply about big subjects, and this is the heartwarming debut that brought the author of the highly acclaimed Out Stealing Horses to prominenceSee all Product Description
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Arvid’s unique point of view, his life, and his reactions to events in these stories, though emotional, are nevertheless so plausible and so immediate that one cannot help believing that many of the happenings here were real and that the stories are somewhat autobiographical. Seeming to breathe on their own, they need very little exposition to work their magic and draw in the reader, to whom they feel somehow familiar, no matter how the time, setting, and action may differ from our own. The author chooses his details carefully and writes in an especially concise style, with no wordiness to slow down the action, no grand statements, and, ultimately no need to explain the action or embellish it.
The opening story sets the tone, as Arvid learns that his father has lost his job as foreman of a shoe factory and must soon take a succession of lesser jobs in order to stay employed in the declining shoe business, which he loves. As the story develops, the action also shows the tense relationship between Arvid’s father and his brother Rolf, and eventually his father’s humiliation when he finally does obtain another job in another field of work.Read more ›