Independent People

Kobo ebook | February 19, 2009

byHalldor Laxness

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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.

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Independent People

Kobo ebook | February 19, 2009
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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.

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:February 19, 2009Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307486265

ISBN - 13:9780307486264

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book is a masterpiece and a classic. I have read this book, 'Independent People' twice and plan to read it for a third time. As a person of Icelandic descent, I had a personal reason for reading it. I found it very moving and the story helped me to understand the hardships that Icelanders had before our modern more affluent times. The determination to survive as an independent person in a time of extreme hardship and poverty impressed me deeply. In some ways I have the same determination in accomplishing certain things that are important to me -- maybe inherited.
Date published: 2014-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hidden Literary Gem This one gets filed under "Hidden Literary Gems". This is not a widely read book and not surprisingly. Although this novel secured the author's Nobel Prize in 1955, not many people are aware of literary talent from Iceland ; nor are they aware of novels about sheep farmers. I love stories that are genuinely heroic and epic, this one is both ! This is a massive novel about a the struggle of wills between an ordinary sheep farmer and his daughter. The protagonist, Bjartur after years of servitude wants nothing more than to raise his flock unbeholden to anyone. But his daughter, wants to live unbeholden to him. This is a battle of wills that is at times, warm and touching ; harsh and intense. The scope of this novel is vast. It is a wise and rewarding read. Highly recommended !
Date published: 2008-01-20