It was an incredible blizzard. It was one of those peculiar gales when the mountain sang above the croft as if the trolls that inhabited it had gone demented and taken out their drums; the dog hung whining about the trapdoor, shivering in every limb.
-- Independent People by Halldór Laxness, first published in 1946, is the story of subsistence sheep farmer Bjartur of Summerhouses. It is 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. At just under 470 pages, it also counts as one of my Chunkster Challenge books.
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