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Little Siberia de Antti Tuomainen
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Little Siberia (original: 2018; edição: 2019)

de Antti Tuomainen

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A man with dark thoughts on his mind is racing along the remote snowy roads of Hurmevaara in Finland, when there is flash in the sky and something crashes into the car. That something turns about to be a highly valuable meteorite. With euro signs lighting up the eyes of the locals, the unexpected treasure is temporarily placed in a neighbourhood museum, under the watchful eye of a priest named Joel. But Joel has a lot more on his mind than simply protecting the riches that have apparently rained down from heaven. His wife has just revealed that she is pregnant. Unfortunately Joel has strong reason to think the baby isn't his. As Joel tries to fend off repeated and bungled attempts to steal the meteorite, he must also come to terms with his own situation, and discover who the father of the baby really is. Transporting the reader to the culture, landscape and mores of northern Finland, Little Siberia is both a crime novel and a hilarious, blacker-than-black comedy about faith and disbelief, love and death, and what to do when bolts from the blue--both literal and figurative--turn your life upside down.… (mais)
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Título:Little Siberia
Autores:Antti Tuomainen
Informação:Orenda Books, Kindle Edition, 300 pages
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Little Siberia de Antti Tuomainen (2018)

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LITTLE SIBERIA is a peculiar Scandinavian noir novel about a meteorite crashing into the passenger seat of a drunken rally driver’s car. The falling rock proves to be worth a lot, so it naturally attracts unsavory characters who want to steal it. Relying on his combat experience in Afghanistan, the village priest sets out to protect the meteorite while uncovering the culprits. If he had left it there, Tuomainen would have had a pretty standard, if a little strange crime novel. But he explores much more by giving Joel Huhta, his priest/narrator, solid evidence that his wife has been unfaithful while also having him struggle with his own faith in God.

The setting is the Northern Finnish village of Hurmevaara in the dead of winter. Darkness, cold and isolation give the novel a nightmarish and claustrophobic feel. Tuomainen exploits this mood with witty descriptions of many strange places and people. He gives us a bar where the laconic townsfolk hang out gossiping, a parishioner who fears Armageddon, a sexy femme fatale bartender with an eye for a fast buck, Russian mobsters in town and up to no good, a shootout in an abattoir, a spooky museum in the middle of the night, an exploding WWII artefact, and lots more. Just when you think you know what to expect next, the ground shifts under you.

Joel is dedicated to his wife, Krista. She wants a family, but he can’t give her children because he is infertile due to an injury he acquired in Afghanistan. Because he has kept this shortcoming to himself (strange?), she is excited to share with him the exciting news that she is pregnant. Needless to say, Joel finds her news quite disconcerting.

Joel faces two questions: Who is trying to steal the meteor? Who is the father of Krista’s child? Tuomainen gives the reader plenty of suspects for both. The former provides abundant opportunities of action scenes, while the latter gives Joel occasion to consider multiple moral dilemmas surrounding God, faith, marriage, infidelity, forgiveness, family, and love. Despite giving the story an unusual intellectual flavor for a crime novel, Joel’s introspective obsessions risk a dry and maudlin narrative. Yet Tuomainen manages to keep the storytelling light by injecting a lot of dry and ironic humor. Joel is undeniably the only character in the book who is fully realized. The rest seem to be just scenery. Nonetheless, Tuomainen handles his character with empathy and understanding. Joel is not perfect by any means, but he is easy to admire and follow. ( )
  ozzer | Sep 4, 2020 |
Read for Harrow book club. Pastor Joel live in small Finnish community with wife Krista. He becomes obsessed with her pregnancy (since is unable to father a child following injury in the army) and the fate of a piece of valuable meteorite, which is being guarded in the town museum before transfer to London for analysis. A Scandi noir thriller. I found it rather far fetched.
  simbaandjessie | Jun 6, 2020 |
Little Siberia – A Dark Comedic Thriller

Little Siberia is the latest book from Antti Toumainen, one of the best writers from Finland, who writes captivating thrillers that always a nice sideline in black humour. He is a master storyteller that knows how to keep the reader captivated throughout. He can pack more in 250 pages than some writers can manage in 400.

Tarvainen the failed racing driver, is on a vodka fuelled high speed drive around the snow- and ice-covered roads of Northern Finland. A bleak place at the best of times. When his world is turned upside down and not because he has driven into anything, more a case of what dropped on him.

Joel is the local pastor, and former army chaplain, who is serving the town of Hurmevaara in Finland, and has volunteered to guard a meteorite that fallen to earth. Worth about a million pounds, it garners the attention of those, whose intentions are not honourable but do like the idea of money.

Guarding the meteorite one night someone breaks into the museum, and he is hit over the head, but remembers the smell of perfume. The would-be thieves are disturbed and do not take the meteorite, but take a hand grenade, which seems to obscure.

While trying to work out who might have attacked him, Joel is given the news that his wife Krista is pregnant. He should be overjoyed, but there is one problem, he is unable to get anyone pregnant. He is wracked with jealousy. He volunteers to work all the night shifts at the museum until the meteorite is collected and taken to its new home.

Whilst guarding the meteorite he finds out his wife has been kidnapped and the price of exchange is the meteorite. He wants his wife back, he wants to protect the meteorite, is there a trade off? With his life falling to pieces, he still does his pastorial work, his volunteer work, while everybody wants something from him.

As a reader we are transported to what seems like Joel’s chaotic world in the cold frozen north. What we get is a thriller mixed with black comedy. If this were a literary novel, we would also mention that the deep meanings of faith and disbelief, love and death, and that life is not always easy, but you need to deal with it.

This is an excellent thriller, which will get under your skin. ( )
  atticusfinch1048 | Apr 26, 2020 |
The book starts of with a couple of interesting premises. First, a small meteor has landed in a remote Finnish village. It's worth a whole lot of euros, and several people seem interested in finishing it. Second, a man who has lost his ability to father children discovers that his wife is pregnant. The story moves on alright for a while, but after a while the violence and general darkness got to be more than I could take. ( )
  annbury | Nov 7, 2019 |
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A man with dark thoughts on his mind is racing along the remote snowy roads of Hurmevaara in Finland, when there is flash in the sky and something crashes into the car. That something turns about to be a highly valuable meteorite. With euro signs lighting up the eyes of the locals, the unexpected treasure is temporarily placed in a neighbourhood museum, under the watchful eye of a priest named Joel. But Joel has a lot more on his mind than simply protecting the riches that have apparently rained down from heaven. His wife has just revealed that she is pregnant. Unfortunately Joel has strong reason to think the baby isn't his. As Joel tries to fend off repeated and bungled attempts to steal the meteorite, he must also come to terms with his own situation, and discover who the father of the baby really is. Transporting the reader to the culture, landscape and mores of northern Finland, Little Siberia is both a crime novel and a hilarious, blacker-than-black comedy about faith and disbelief, love and death, and what to do when bolts from the blue--both literal and figurative--turn your life upside down.

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