Independent People

Independent People

An Epic

Book - 1997
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From the Nobel Prize-winning Icelandic author, a magnificent, epic novel—"funny, clever, sardonic and brilliant" (Annie Proulx)—at last available to contemporary American readers.

Set in the early twentieth century, Independent People recalls both Iceland's medieval epics and such classics as Sigrid Undset's Kristin Lavransdatter. 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.



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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

Publisher: New York : Vintage International, 1997
Edition: 1st Vintage International ed
ISBN: 9780679767923
0679767924
9780844669496
0844669490
Characteristics: xxiv, 482 p. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Thompson, J. A. (J. Anderson)

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fjord22 Dec 13, 2010

A study in singleminded determination, deeply moving and full of sardonic humour. A great novel of Iceland by the winner of Nobel prize for literature, 1955

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