Hi All: Can I draw your attention to an English-language novel that tells a lot about life in Finland? It´s called The Finn´s Tale and recounts the experiences of a third generation American-Finn, Len Makinen, who re-establishes contact with his Finnish relatives and visits Finland to meet them. There is a story as well, of course, but in the course of the narrative Len´s experiences, the places he sees, the conversations he has, reveal a lot about Finnish culture, nature, customs, food, geology, history, art and so on. The Finn´s tale is actually the story of Len´s second cousin, starting from her childhood in the 60s on Lake Päijänne. Len sees it as idyllic, a kind of lost Eden, but as the story unfolds he learns that there is a dark side, too.

The book is available from the publisher´s website:
or from Amazon and The Book Depository. There´s also a Kindle version and the Kindle page on Amazon has the possibility to read almost the whole of the first two chapters.

Views: 281

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

Thanks Mike. I will be sure to check it out!

That´s good to hear, Aaron. If you decide to read it, I´d be interested to hear your comments.

Incidently, I should add that for those living in Finland, the book is stocked by Akateeminen Kirjakauppa and some branches of Suomalainen Kirjalauppa.




  • Add Videos
  • View All


Bringing a piece of Finland to North America – The FinnGoods Story 1 Reply

With so many new followers here on Social Media, we would love to introduce ourselves!FinnGoods is a family operated small business (est. 2012) located in Langley BC, Canada. We were both born and…Continue

Tags: Kahvi, Licorice, Varrasleipä, Finntoast, Halva

Started by FinnGoods Sales in Buy, Sell & Trade. Last reply by FinnGoods Sales May 28.


Genealogy going on with me. I'm looking for information about a person: Name: Jenny Ojalehto Luonua. b.10 Jun 1903. Pennsylvania. Parents: Herman Luonua and Maria Rapinoja Luonua.Continue

Started by Jouni Salminen in Miscellaneous May 29, 2021.

Tietoja enostani etsiskelen 1 Reply

Tietoja enostani Erkki Linnala etsiskelen . Thunder Bayssa ilmeisesti viimeiset päivänsä viettänyt. Riverside Cementeryyn haudattu.Yleensä kiinnostaisi missä päin asustellut? Erkki oli syntynyt…Continue

Started by Jouni Palonen in Miscellaneous. Last reply by Jouni Palonen Dec 12, 2019.

Ruisjauhoja vailla 1 Reply

Mistä oikein löydän ruisjauhoja Quebec Citystä? Olen käynyt jo ties kuinka monessa putiikissa ja marketissa enkä ole nähnyt niitä myytävän. Tietysti ruisleipäkin kelpaisi ensisijaisesti, mutta sen…Continue

Tags: rye, quebec, ruisleipä, ruis

Started by Vilukko in Food & Entertainment. Last reply by Kanadan Sanomat Jan 23, 2019.

© 2022   Created by Kanadan Sanomat.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service