Friday, March 29, 2013

Book Beginnings: Independent People


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MY BOOK BEGINNING



In early times, say the Icelandic chronicles, men from the Western Islands came to live in this country, and when they departed, left behind them crosses, bills, and other objects used in the practice of sorcery.

-- Independent People by Halldór Laxness, first published in 1946. Laxness was Iceland's most famous author and only Nobel Laureate.

This story of subsistence sheep farmer Bjartur of Summerhouses is set in the 20th century, but feels like an ancient epic.  So far, it reads like a cross between J. R. R. Tolkien and Thomas Hardy.

Independent People counts as one of my choices for the 2013 European Reading Challenge.  It also brings me one step closer to my goal of reading at least one book by every Nobel Laureate.



7 comments :

pagesofjulia.com said...

Wow, what an interesting beginning and an interesting-sounding book. Hope you enjoy. I had mixed feelings about Kristin Lavransdatter, which this reminds me a little of. It would be interesting to read about Iceland, a place I'm not familiar with (and I bet I'm not alone). Strangely I have a reference to Iceland in my book beginning today. :)

Maria said...

Interesting beginning - I have to admit that I don't believe I've read anything by an Icelandic author.

Maria D. said...

I didn't know there was a European Reading Challenge...might have to check that out. Interesting beginning.

Kasumi said...

European Reading Challenge? I didn´t know about it and I'm European :p

Looks like an interesting book.

guiltless reader said...

Loaded beginning. I'm betting this will be interesting reading!

William Stanger said...

This looks like a really interesting read. Hope you're enjoying it.

Jenny Colvin said...

Because of an Around the World reading challenge I did last year (and we all decided to continue), I have this and two other Icelandic books on my to-read shelf. Looks good, really. I love to read about isolated places!

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