The Sixteen Trees of the Somme is about the love of wood and finding your own self, a beautifully intricate and moving tale that spans an entire century. Please provide me with your latest book news, views and details of Waterstones’ special offers. The Sixteen Trees of the Somme is about the love of wood and finding your own self, a beautifully intricate and moving tale that spans an entire century. Enter your email below and we will notify you when this item is next available to order. The Sixteen Trees of the Somme is about the love of wood and finding your own self, a beautifully intricate and moving tale that spans an entire century. This item can be requested from the shops shown below. I wasn’t disappointed! The key to the whole story is the eponymous Sixteen Trees of the Somme, so, of course, we are off to France and the World War I battlefields, where matters are more or less resolved. More. Collection available in most shops. After Sverre’s death, Edvard learns that there is a coffin already made for Sverre. Number of pages: 416 Edvard prepares the meal as usual and then goes to bed, leaving his grandfather snoozing. When the war came Sverre joined the German army, while Einar joined the Resistance, going first to the Shetlands and then to France. I really wanted to know what had happened to Edvard in his past and why he was brought up by his... Please enter your email address below and we'll send you a link to reset your password. Sometimes when a book is translated into English the music of the original language is lost. The key to the whole story is the eponymous Sixteen Trees of the Somme, so, of course, we are off to France and the World War I battlefields, where matters are more or less resolved. Your order is now being processed and we have sent a confirmation email to you at. The sixteen trees in the title are walnut trees growing in a village within the area geographically described as The Somme. Despite Edvard's Norwegian origins, these trees resonate through his family's line cropping up both as living plants and by-products. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Rowing to Latitude: Journeys Along the Arctic’s Edge . Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. To say that wood of various kinds is central to the story would be an understatement – this is a book in which wood not only plays an important role in the narrative, but also one in which wood in different states can help set the mood of a scene. The Sixteen Trees of the Somme is about the love of wood and finding your own self, a beautifully intricate and moving tale that spans an entire century. ( Log Out /  You also have the option to opt-out of these cookies. I did find it a little difficult to emotionally connect with any specific character as they are, for the most part, discussed in reminiscences by other characters in the novel to explain the sequence of events. Even people’s attitudes to wood are significant – in contrast to the romantic Einar, a prodigiously skilled cabinetmaker who left the family farm to train in Paris before the war and who made wood his life, the taciturn Sverre’s few attempts at woodworking are simple and straightforward. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. Weight: 676 g However, this time Sverre has died. Author : Lars Mytting ScotsmanEdvard grows up on a remote mountain farmstead in Norway with his taciturn grandfather, Sverre. Edvard did not do well at school but he was not concerned, as he was always going to take over the farm from his grandfather. As for swimming nude off Unst at the end of summer… well, maybe Norwegians are unusually hardy, but sooner him than me, mate. More, The Sixteen Trees of the Somme is the epic story of three families. Their three year old son (Edvard) had disappeared and was later found 120 kilometres away. You can also keep up-to-date by liking us on Facebook or following us on Twitter. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Would you like to proceed to the App store to download the Waterstones App? The rest of the book tells of Edvard’s attempt to resolve these various mysteries. During lockdown in England and parts of Scotland: reserve online, pay by phone. Dimensions: 197 x 163 x 29 mm, 'Mytting follows up Norwegian Wood with a mystery that fits together like a piece of fine marquetry' - Christian House, The Observer, 'The Sixteen Trees of the Somme is so cleverly plotted, and it builds up such effortless dramatic momentum as it zeroes in on its conclusion' - Roger Cox, The Scotsman, 'The tug of this book on the heart and mind is irresistible... And you will, I think, struggle to find a modern novel in which the emotional, imaginative lure of trees and wood is as powerful.' First published 2014 by Gyldendal 'An engaging, satisfying read that packs a lot of 20th-century history into its pages.' Published by Hachette New Zealand His parents died in France in mysterious circumstances when he was three years old, and since then he has lived on the family farm with his grandfather, Sverre. By Norway's bestselling novelist and the author of Norwegian Wood, a family story of epic scale. Or the capacity (in skilled hands) for it to be made into something functional — sailing vessels, basic furniture and everyday utensils — and also its natural beauty in the form of exquisite designs in churches, palaces, universities, stately homes, contemporary homes and gardens. Einar had been a successful cabinet maker. We also use third-party cookies that help us analyze and understand how you use this website. The site uses cookies to offer you a better experience. His mother seemingly had no family in France. ISBN: 9780857056047 It is the local priest who fills him in on other details about his parents and Einar. I am a person who wanders around tree(s) and ponders on the historical events taking place whilst it grew from sapling stage to its current state. Your review has been submitted successfully. - Paul Binding, The Times Literary Supplement, 'Mytting's book is as much a romantic historical thriller as it is a book of promise, a page-turner as it is a reflective journey into selfhood, history, life's meaning and individual moral responsibility' - Mika Provata-Carlone, Bookanista, This is a story of unusual inheritance, unlocking the secret of a family history and finding out who you really are and where you belong.