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  • Posted March 12, 2012

    Good story with an unusual setting

    Good story with an unusual setting. Some elements appear disjointed and leave you wanting additional explanation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2009

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    A different read from a differnt location.

    I read this on a recent trip to Iceland. Halldor Laxness is an Icelandic writer who uses the Icelandic people and geography to write about human nature. This book paints a picture of Bjartur who struggles alone and strives to be totally independent of others... it is a sad but from my perspective a true commentary of so many people who choose to be alone and try to be self reliant to an extreme. It gives an excellent image of the hardships that people face in that geographic setting at the beginning of the 20th Century.

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  • Posted June 29, 2009

    Prescient storytelling?

    I found this book while looking for stories about Iceland before I travel there. I am glad to have read it and found this epic tale of Bjatur ironic, funny, frustrating but never boring. Mr Laxness has written a story set in the early 20th century, that as far as I can tell, is nearly a commentary on our present world political, social, and economical situation. Will humans ever learn from the past? Great reading, though the writing style was sometimes a little heavy for my taste, I still recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2001

    Icelandic Stone

    The main character, Bjartur, is much like the country--weathered and untamed. He fights and endures hardships that steels his heart and builds fortitude to endure. A hint of steely humanism slips out through the years toward his daughter. The book can be tedious at times, but worth reading. Laxness focus on Bjartur's character allowed detailing of the Icelandic culture and the sparce living based on the long-time struggles between the classes.

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