amazing true story tells how, in
Jan Baalsrud, a Norwegian expatriate resistance fighter, sails
from the Shetland Islands to the northern coast of Norway with three
Norwegians and the
crew of the small fishing boat. The idea is
to help train Norwegians within the resistance movement; however,
after making landfall above the Arctic circle, plans go horribly
wrong, and Jan is forced to flee across the inhospitable winter
wasteland of northern
Norway. With Nazi soldiers pursuing him and not knowing whom
he is able to trust, Jan has no choice but to push on.
without proper clothing and with very little food, he survives almost
six weeks in conditions that would have seen the death of most people
after only a few days. Freezing temperatures, blizzards,
avalanches, snow blindness, frostbite, gangrene were only some of the
hurdles that Baalsrud encounters as he desperately tries to take
himself across occupied Norway into neutral Sweden.
he succeeds is
dependent to a great extent on
his own strength of character but it
is also thanks to the many people who help him. These people offer
their help even though they are fully aware that discovery will
result in a death sentence for both themselves and their families. We
is a wonderful example of courage against formidable odds but also a
celebration of ordinary people's charity
and self sacrifice.
this is not a novel of great literary merit, We
is definitely worth reading for
the suspense and the descriptions of bravery and resilience that go
far beyond what we
believe could be possible.