Wild Dog

A strong debut novel, set in the forgotten villages of Lapland where people and trees take care of each other.

When Samuel finds out that Nanok and Inuk, two of the prestigious mushing dogs have gone lost, and within only a few days have gone wild and learned to hunt, the young man is determined to track the huskies down, tame them and take them home. Samuel ventures deeper and deeper into the wilder- ness of the breathtaking Arctic landscape, and in a near-death experience learns that there are still places where nature is predominant.

Despite warnings, he continues his dangerous quest for the dogs and encounters secretive habitants of the forgotten villages. Among them mysterious Aava, who takes him to her hut on midsummer eve, when the sun doesn’t set, and night becomes day. Aava makes Samuel discover love and the magic of the surrounding forests and lakes.

But not all villagers mean well, and Samuel soon finds himself trapped in a remote hut, calculating food rations. His forces are fading. How many days will he survive? And will he be found before that? Gradually Samuel realizes that the villagers share a secret that is greater than any individual’s dream.

A strong debut novel, set in the forgotten villages of Lapland where people and trees take care of each other.

When Samuel finds out that Nanok and Inuk, two of the prestigious mushing dogs have gone lost, and within only a few days have gone wild and learned to hunt, the young man is determined to track the huskies down, tame them and take them home. Samuel ventures deeper and deeper into the wilder- ness of the breathtaking Arctic landscape, and in a near-death experience learns that there are still places where nature is predominant.

Despite warnings, he continues his dangerous quest for the dogs and encounters secretive habitants of the forgotten villages. Among them mysterious Aava, who takes him to her hut on midsummer eve, when the sun doesn’t set, and night becomes day. Aava makes Samuel discover love and the magic of the surrounding forests and lakes.

But not all villagers mean well, and Samuel soon finds himself trapped in a remote hut, calculating food rations. His forces are fading. How many days will he survive? And will he be found before that? Gradually Samuel realizes that the villagers share a secret that is greater than any individual’s dream.

info

  • Year of publication

    2022

  • Original title

    Villikoira

  • Page count

    350

  • Original publisher

    Otava Publishing Company

  • Original language of publication

    Finnish

Reviews

  • Mikko Jämsén, Keskisuomalainen

    "The author masters the flashbacks and advances the narration with ease (...). The language is assured and strong, built for storytelling. The novel is a combination of a thriller, a love story, and a nature story, and surprisingly such a combination works. For me the novel belongs to the page-turner-category."

  • Kultturitoimitus

    "Pekka Juntti builds high expectations with successful characters and narration" (...) "Although Pajtim Sta tovc’ novel MY CAT YUGOSLAVIA and Juntti’s WILD DOG are geographically and linguistically far apart, they contain some of the same mystique in their spirit."

  • Keskisuomalainen

    "Northern nature and love unite in journalist Pekka Juntti’s excellent debut novel."

  • Lina Pyykkönen, Kaleva Newspaper

    "Juntti's rich and vibrant language delights throughout the novel (...) Juntti writes about nature, including human nature, in deep and attentive ways"

  • Kaijaleena Runsten, Maaseudun Tulevaisuus

    "Overall, the novel carries like a sinewy husky sled. The most important thing is the moment to be lived in, the description that is to be felt. The pages are tempting to read with suspension, while at the same time being in a hurry to see where the story is going."

  • Jenni Leukumaavaara - Kodin Kuvalehti

    "I know I like a book when I start to carry it with me and switch to an audiobook if my hands are tied up in earthly obligations. From the text, I could smell the pine needles, hear the swans, and see the dog’s feet sink into the snow. "

  • Markus Ånäs - Parnasso Newspaper

    "Juntti writes in a romantic language but avoids mystification. The story naturally advances along many different routes, the perspectives and underlying themes are justified and above all, in balance with each other. Everything is given the space it needs. Juntti doesn’t go crazy about just one topic but combines all of them together as part of the world of the book. The controlled structure is embellished with a beautiful text that takes its time. Juntti has the eye for the small details in the landscape, but also for staying on top of the story.

    Best of all, the central theme of the book hasn’t truly been recognized in fiction earlier. That of how the impact the seizure of forests and waters had on communities across Finland. Juntti is familiar with the subject: he approached the forest as one of the authors of the work “The Forest After Us” which was awarded the most prestigious literary prize, Finlandia Non-Fiction Award in 2019."

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