Before I Burn

Before I Burn

Book - 2014
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In 1970s Norway, an arsonist targets a small town for one long, terrifying month. One by one, buildings go up in flames. Suspicion spreads among the neighbors as they wonder if one of their own is responsible. Amid the chaos, only a day before the last house is set afire, the community comes together for the christening of a young boy named Gaute Heivoll. As he grows up, stories about the time of fear and fire become deeply ingrained in his young mind until, as an adult, he begins to retell the story.
A terrorizing month of arson fires and suspicion in a 1970s Norway community ends in the christening of a young boy named Gaute Neivoll, whose youth is shaped by the time of fear and fire until, as an adult, he begins to retell the stories of his neighbors while gradually discovering the identity of the arsonist.
Publisher: Minneapolis, Minnesota :, Graywolf Press,, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781555976613
1555976611
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: 307 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Bartlett, Don - Translator

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bookwormjeph
Feb 09, 2016

Potentially a great story but somehow it didn't come off as gripping as the blurb suggested. It wasn't the intense thriller I was expecting , maybe it was me, maybe something lost in the translation from Norwegian into english. Still an OK read but a little unsatisfying.

Cynthia_N Jun 07, 2014

I found the story itself interesting, a town in Finland that is being burned one building at a time, but I did not enjoy this book. The flow of the story felt awkward to me, perhaps it lost something in the translation process. I thought pulling himself into the story when he was an infant only added to the awkwardness of the flow.

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