Norwegian by Night

Norwegian by Night

[a Novel]

Book - 2013
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After witnessing a murder in Olso, elderly former Marine sniper and watch repairman, Sheldon Horrowitz, flees to safety with the newly orphaned son of the victim and becomes haunted by memories of his own son who died in Vietnam.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013, c2012
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780547934877
0547934874
Branch Call Number: F MIL NVD
Characteristics: 292 p. ; 24 cm

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DeltaQueen50
Jul 05, 2019

Derek B. Miller’s first novel, Norwegian By Night is a blend of styles from police procedural to a literary work that examines the emotional toil of aging, to a war story that combines memory and loss, and a stream of consciousness story that puts the reader firmly into the head of Sheldon Horowitz. Some of these styles work better than others, but the author’s clever use of humour, wit and compassion make this an original story of redemption.

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WoodneathReads
Sep 21, 2018

I saw the cover of this book and knew I had to read it. I love the atmosphere of novels that take place in Scandinavia. The main character of this novel is actually an American that has relocated to Norway to live with his daughter and son-in-law. Not only is he trying to adjust to living in a new country, but shortly after his arrival he witnesses a terrible crime and ends up on the run with a young boy. Adventure ensues. We get to know Sheldon, the old man, through his actions while trying to take care of the child. He seems to be a kind caring man, but is he suffering from PTSD or maybe dementia? It’s left up to the reader to figure out. --Sheri (See more of my picks by following WoodneathSheri)

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WoodneathSheri
Sep 20, 2018

I saw the cover of this book and knew I had to read it. I love the atmosphere of novels that take place in Scandinavia. The main character of this novel is actually an American that has relocated to Norway to live with his daughter and son-in-law. Not only is he trying to adjust to living in a new country, but shortly after his arrival he witnesses a terrible crime and ends up on the run with a young boy. Adventure ensues. We get to know Sheldon, the old man, through his actions while trying to take care of the child. He seems to be a kind caring man, but is he suffering from PTSD or maybe dementia? It’s left up to the reader to figure out.

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jenniferrabbit
Jul 21, 2017

Excellent. An New York watchmaker, a widower, moves to Norway with his grandaughter and her husband. An immigrant upstairs neighbor is killed and the Grandpa flees with the woman’s non-english-speaking little boy. Although he has always told his family he was a clerk during the Korean war, he had recently maintained he was a highly trained combat sniper – his family chalks . this up to dementia. As the book progresses we begin to suspect dementia is not the source of these memories.

A unique page-turner, combining international politics, terrorism, family dynamics, Norwegian police procedurals, cross-cultural cooperation, the kindness of strangers, military tactics and the sometimes funny insights and imaginations of an old Jewish watchmaker.

Best book I have read in a long, long time!

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EmilyEm
Jun 18, 2017

Sheldon Horowitz, widower, Korean conflict veteran, New York Jew, grandfather to Rhea and now living with she and her husband in Oslo, witnesses a killing and rescues the victim’s young son. Well, maybe.

Engaging plotting and characters. You can’t help cheering for Sheldon and his survival skills and Sigrid and Petter, the police investigators investigating the crime.

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nellybells
May 29, 2017

So many 5-star ratings and I'll add my own as well. I loved this book and as others have said, didn't want it to end. Read the other reviews and that way I don't have to iterate all the many many ways this book is so remarkable.

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diaparalectdoxical
May 27, 2017

Kadri: "I wouldn't mind recovering the contents of the box."
"What's in it?" Gjon asks.
"Things Senka collected from Kosovo. Things we don't want remembered. It's time to forgive and forget, you see. Not to wake sleeping beasts." (157)

In Norwegian by NIght many beasts awaken, many fraught memories return to haunt the novel's protagonists. Enver, a Kosovan nationalist and slaughterer of Serbs, returns to hunt down Senka, the woman he'd raped and had a child by. Twenty years after its end, the Yugoslav conflict returns to disrupt peaceful Norway. Happy romantic relationships face ugly ethnic tensions believed to be dead and buried. And the novel's hero, Donny loses hold of reality in the grip of memories of the death of his son, Saul, in Vietnam, a death he feels partially responsible for. Donny desperately needs to protect the orphaned Paul as a displaced and bloody act of redemption.

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Gril
Dec 15, 2016

Great book, a book you don't want to end.

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ek1702
Jan 29, 2014

A great read. As one reviewer states - you can' t read it fast enough but you don' t want it to end too soon. Good humour but also suspenseful. Good characterization. Heartily recommend it.

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finn75
Jan 19, 2014

Brilliant. Funny. A real page turner. Heart breaking. Worth a read. Best book i have read in awhile!

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