around town: Rikhardinkatu library, Helsinki

Rikhardinkatu library, British collection reading room

cool places: Daunt Books

Daunt Books, Marylebone High Street, London

The Howling Miller by Arto Paasilinna

In the 1950s, a man arrives in a northern Finnish village and takes over the mill. Because of some oddities he runs afoul of the powers of the village and ends up committed and a fugitive. Classic Paasilinna anti-hero satire, classic Paasilinna weird ending. I enjoyed it, but not as much as The Year of the Hare.

The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wauk

Off the library shelf. Follows a navy officer through volunteering to a mutiny against a mentally unstable captain. I've seen the movie, and the book had the same sense of tension and action to it.  Lame romantic subplot. It is also incredibly dated, especially in reference to racial attitudes and pop-psychology. Basically good fun, but hard to believe it won the Pulitzer.