The Howling Miller
Arto Paasilinna, Will Hobson
When Gunnar Huttunen turns up in a small village to restore its run-down mill, its inhabitants are wary. Gunnar is big. He’s a bit odd. And, strangest of all, he howls wildly at night. If Gunnar is different, then he must be mad, the villagers decide. Hounded from his home, he must find a way to survive the wilds of nature and the greater savagery of civilization. The Howling Miller is a dark fairytale of community, conformity and our place in the world.
Profound fable, enhancing the author's reputation as a wry eco-philosopher ... Paasilinna's singular vision of freedom and persecution proves beguiling * Guardian * A gem of a novel * New York Times * The Howling Miller has the feel of an ominous Hansel and Gretel-style bedtime story - part myth, part fable and part novel - a form that has a funny way of bypassing the head and directly affecting the animal instincts. * Los Angeles Times * A literary folk tale ... Extraordinary * Times Literary Supplement * It's a riotous novel, full of deadpan humour told in a comic style that, as the opening paragraph suggests, comes across like a fable. * booklit.com *
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