Monday, November 30, 2015

*Independent People* - (book)

I'm always interested in reading books by foreign authors, books about places I've never been and books set in history.  This one falls into that category. The novel really spoke about the people of Iceland during the 20th century and provided some history of the country.

Here is what Goodreads has to say about it:

This magnificent novel—which secured for its author the 1955 Nobel Prize in Literature—is at last available to contemporary American readers. Although it is set in the early twentieth century, it recalls both Iceland's medieval epics and such classics as Sigrid Undset's Kristin Lavransdatter. And if Bjartur of Summerhouses, the book's protagonist, is an ordinary sheep farmer, his flinty determination to achieve independence is genuinely heroic and, at the same time, terrifying and bleakly comic.

Having spent eighteen years in humiliating servitude, Bjartur wants nothing more than to raise his flocks unbeholden to any man. But Bjartur's spirited daughter wants to live unbeholden to him. What ensues is a battle of wills that is by turns harsh and touching, elemental in its emotional intensity and intimate in its homely detail. Vast in scope and deeply rewarding, Independent People is a masterpiece.

It you are looking to escape to a different time and place this is a great book to do it with.


  1. "recalls ... Kristin Lavransdatter"? I'm sold! I'll keep an eye out for this, thx!

  2. My daughter, husband and grandson visited Iceland last summer...and they want to go back. I'm pretty sure I would like this book and my daughter would too!

  3. Looks like another good recommendation, Darla. Many thanks. Adding it to my library list for after the madness of the season.

  4. Oooh sounds good - I'll have to add it to my Goodreads "to read" list - thanks Darla!

  5. This one sounds so interesting Darla. I know so little about Iceland, but it always seems like the last outpost of civilization! I just searched for it on Kindle, but without success :( I will have to try again later!