• Picador
Reading Group Gold
I Curse the River of Time - Per PettersonSee larger image
See Hi-Res Jpeg image
See Hi-Res Tif image

email/print EmailPrint

I Curse the River of Time



Book Buy
    
Share this book with friends through your favorite social networking site. Share:           Bookmark and Share
Add this title to your virtual bookshelves at any of these book community sites. Shelve:             
sign up to get updates about this author
add this book's widget
to your site or blog

About The Author

Per PettersonPer Petterson

Per Petterson won the won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for his novel Out Stealing Horses, which has been translated into more than thirty languages and was named a Best Book of 2007 by the New York Times, TIME, Entertainment Weekly, and many other... More

photo: Torunn Momtazi

Stay In Touch

Sign up to recieve information about new releases, author appearances, special offers, all related to you favorite authors and books.

Other Books You Might Like

cover Buy
It's Fine by Me

Picador
Author of Out Stealing Horses A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year Fans of Per Petterson’s other books in English will be delighted by...
cover Buy
To Siberia
A Novel

Picador
I was fourteen and a half when the Germans came. On that 9th April we woke to the roar of aeroplanes swooping so low over the roofs of the town that we could...
cover Buy
Out Stealing Horses
A Novel

Picador
We were going out stealing horses. That was what he said, standing at the door to the cabin where I was spending the summer with my father. I was fifteen. It...
cover Buy
In the Wake
A Novel

Picador
When Arvid Jansen comes-to one morning in the doorway of a bookstore in Oslo, Norway, his grief comes back to him in devastating flashes: His parents and his...
  
cover Buy

More formats
eBook
The Janissary Tree
A Novel

Picador
Winner of the Edgar Award for Best Novel It is 1836. Europe is modernizing and the Ottoman Empire must follow suit. But just before the sultan announces...
cover Buy

More formats
eBook
Being Dead
A Novel

Picador
Lying in the sand dunes of Baritone Bay are the bodies of a middle-aged couple. Celice and Joseph, in their mid-50s and married for more than 30 years, are...
cover Buy

More formats
eBook
HHhH
A Novel

Picador
“HHhH blew me away... It’s one of the best historical novels I’ve ever come across.”—Bret Easton Ellis, author of American Psycho and Less Than Zero A...
cover Buy

More formats
eBook
The Ground Beneath Her Feet
A Novel

Picador
In this remaking of the myth of Orpheus, Rushdie tells the story of Vina Apsara, a pop star, and Ormus Cama, an extraordinary songwriter and musician, who...
  
cover Buy

More formats
eBook
Ruin and Rising
The Grisha Trilogy

Henry Holt and Co.
The capital has fallen. The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne. Now the nation's fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the...
  
cover Buy

More formats
eBook
I Like You Just the Way I Am
Stories About Me and Some Other People

St. Martin's Press
By the actress, writer, and one of the funniest women on Twitter, an outrageous, hysterical memoir of acting on impulse, plotting elaborate hoaxes, and...
  
cover Buy
Sticker Activity ABC

Priddy Books
Children will love learning the alphabet as the find the stickers, answer the questions, and color the pictures in this fun activity book! Featuring over 100 stickers.

Reading Group Gold

The following author biography and list of questions about I Curse the River of Time are intended as resources to aid individual readers and book groups who would like to learn more about the author and this book. We hope that this guide will provide you a starting place for discussion, and suggest a variety of perspectives from which you might approach I Curse the River of Time.

1. Why does Arvid’s mother want to go back to Denmark alone?

2. The novel makes many references to American popular culture (Marlon Brando) and classic literature (Maugham’s The Razor’s Edge); how do these references illuminate the feelings and personalities of the characters? What makes the Calvados liquor so special to Arvid and his mother?

3. Arvid states near the beginning of the novel that he is helpless in his fight against depression. Does Arvid suffer from a clinical condition? Is he blameless, or do you think he might be in some way responsible for his state?

4. What is the significance of the supposedly hostile man on the boat, who later turns out to be Arvid’s old friend Mogens? Does their encounter shed light on Arvid’s powers of perception and his state of mind? Can he be trusted? Also, how does this scene relate to Arvid’s altercation with the man on the train in his younger years?

5. What attracts Arvid to Communism? How deeply felt are his beliefs, and how do they change?

6. What would you say is the primary wedge between Arvid and his mother? Could it be his decision to go to the factories instead of college? What does Arvid believe? Why does his mother tell her friend Ingrid at the end, “I wouldn’t call him a grown-up”?

7. The title of the novel comes from a poem by Mao. What draws Arvid to such a tragic verse so early in his life? How does it become a haunting prediction?

8. What does the act of chopping down the tree mean to Arvid? How does his mother react?

9. Arvid muses that he wishes his parents had not told him that he was the “wanted” child of his family. How does this pronouncement stigmatize him throughout his life, and why is he so fixated on feeling wanted throughout the novel?

10. Since it is not explicitly stated, do you think the young girl with whom Arvid has a relationship in his youth is the wife who is now divorcing him? Are there any early signs of fissures in their union?

11. Why are so few of the primary characters, including his mother and wife, referred to by name?

12. In the last sentence, Arvid is still despairing, waiting for his mother to come to him. Who do you think is in the wrong? What do you think must happen for a peaceful resolution between them?

You May Also Be Interested In

cover Buy
The Lover's Dictionary
A Novel

Picador
How does one talk about love? Is it even possible to describe something at once utterly mundane and wholly transcendent, that has the power to consume our...
  Bonus
cover Buy

More formats
Audio
Train Dreams
A Novella

Picador
A New York Times Notable Book An Esquire Best Book of 2011 A New Yorker Favorite Book of 2011 A Los Angeles Times Favorite Book of 2011 Denis Johnson’s...
  Bonus
cover Buy

More formats
Audio
Among the Mad

Picador
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "An outstanding historical series . . . deeply empathetic.” (The New York Times Book Review) Christmas Eve, 1931. On the way to...