Independent People by Halldor Laxness

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A sprawling, unselective, overlong folk novel . . . A bleak and bitter book, with little to interest or attract the American reader.
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In an epic set in Iceland in the early twentieth century, Gudbjartur Jonsson buys his own croft after eighteen years of service to the local bailiff, and brings his wife and his small flock of sheep there to build a new, independent life for himself.
 

About Halldor Laxness

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Halldor Laxness was born near Reykjavik, Iceland, in 1902. His first novel was published when he was seventeen. The undisputed master of contemporary Icelandic fiction, and one of the outstanding novelists of the century, he wrote more than sixty books, including novels, short stories, essays, poems, plays, and memoirs. In 1955 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Laxness died in Iceland in 1998. "From the Trade Paperback edition.
 
Published February 19, 2009 by Vintage. 509 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction
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Kirkus

Below average
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Jan 01 2008

A sprawling, unselective, overlong folk novel . . . A bleak and bitter book, with little to interest or attract the American reader.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on Jan 01 2008

A huge, skaldic treat filled with satire, humor, pathos, cold weather and sheep.

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Excellent
Reviewed by John Walsh on Jan 01 2008

Considering the subject matter, it would seem that this is a difficult and perhaps depressing book to read but nothing could be further from the truth . . . The prose style is delightful and the characters are vivid and believable.

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