Ashes in My Mouth, Sand in My Shoes

Ashes in My Mouth, Sand in My Shoes


eBook - 2015
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The heartwarming debut that brought Per Petterson, the author of the highly acclaimed Out Stealing Horses , to prominence

Young Arvid Jansen lives on the outskirts of Oslo. It's the early sixties; his father works in a shoe factory and his Danish mother works as a cleaner. Arvid has nightmares about crocodiles and still wets his bed at night, but slowly he begins to understand the world around him. Vivid images accompany each new event: A photo of his mother as a young woman makes him cry as he realizes how time passes, and the black car that comes to collect his father on the day Arvid's grandfather dies reminds him of the passing of his bullfinch. And then, one morning, his teacher tells his class to pray because a nuclear war is looming. Ashes in My Mouth, Sand in My Shoes , Per Petterson's debut, in which he introduces Arvid Jansen to the world, is a delicate portrait of childhood in all its complexity, wonder, and confusion that will delight fans of Out Stealing Horses and new readers alike.

Publisher: [Minneapolis, Minnesota] : Graywolf Press, 2015
ISBN: 9781555973346
Characteristics: 1 online resource (pages)
Additional Contributors: Bartlett, Don

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ArapahoeKati Jul 10, 2017

Reminded me of Hemingway's Nick Adams stories except set in Norway and with a little less punch to them.

ArapahoeLesley Nov 10, 2016

A tiny book of short stories about a 1960's Norwegian boy Arvid that I thought was poignant at times and often reminded me what it was like to be a child despite me not being a Scandinavian male in the 60's.

Jul 25, 2015

there were unfortunately no stories that I found interesting or worth reading. they weren't bad just boring. many of the stories I just gave up on part way thru

Aug 26, 2014

Each short story is complete and adds on to a longer story. The father - son relationship is wonderful and touching. I felt that I grew to know Arvid and wish him the best.


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