Paradise Reclaimed / Edition 1

Paradise Reclaimed / Edition 1

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by Halldor Laxness
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0375727582

ISBN-13: 2900375727589

Pub. Date: 04/02/2002

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

An idealistic Icelandic farmer journeys to Mormon Utah and back in search of paradise in this captivating novel by Nobel Prize winner Halldor Laxness. The quixotic hero of this long-lost classic is Steinar of Hlidar, a generous but very poor man who lives peacefully on a tiny farm in nineteenth-century Iceland with his wife and two adoring young children. When he

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An idealistic Icelandic farmer journeys to Mormon Utah and back in search of paradise in this captivating novel by Nobel Prize winner Halldor Laxness. The quixotic hero of this long-lost classic is Steinar of Hlidar, a generous but very poor man who lives peacefully on a tiny farm in nineteenth-century Iceland with his wife and two adoring young children. When he impulsively offers his children's beloved pure-white pony to the visiting King of Denmark, he sets in motion a chain of disastrous events that leaves his family in ruins and himself at the other end of the earth, optimistically building a home for them among the devout polygamists in the Promised Land of Utah. By the time the broken family is reunited, Laxness has spun his trademark blend of compassion and comically brutal satire into a moving and spellbinding enchantment, composed equally of elements of fable and folkore and of the most humble truths.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900375727589
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/02/2002
Series:
Vintage International Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
320

Table of Contents

Translator's Note: Pronunciationix
Introductionxi
1.The wonder pony3
2.Great men covet the pony9
3.Romanticism comes to Iceland16
4.The pony and fate20
5.The sacred lava violated26
6.The millennial celebrations. Icelanders reap justice38
7.Church-going45
8.Secret in mahogany54
9.Steinar leaves, with the secret61
10.Concerning horse-copers68
11.Money on the window-sill7
12.The sweetheart84
13.Of emperors and kings92
14.Business matters103
15.A baby in spring112
16.The authorities, the clergy, and the soul119
17.Water in Denmark133
18.Visiting the Bishop's House143
19.God's City of Zion159
20.Learning to understand bricks171
21.Good coffee180
22.Good and bad doctrines191
23.Delivering a packet of needles199
24.The girl210
25.Travel episode221
26.Clementine237
27.One minute248
28.Good broth262
29.Polygamy or death273
30.Ending286
Notes301

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