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Publisher's Summary

This magnificent novel - which secured for its author the 1955 Nobel Prize in Literature - is now available to contemporary American audiences. Although it is set in the early 20th 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 18 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.
©1946 Halldór Laxness (P)2017 Tantor
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"A huge, skaldic treat filled with satire, humor, pathos, cold weather and sheep." ( Publishers Weekly)
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By Sebastian huerta on 06-29-17

long but beautiful

If you can stick with it for the full 20 hours you will find that this book has a lot going on. at once humorous and yet deeply moving. I'd recommend

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By Mack Sweeney on 06-12-17

Insight into Iceland's Culture and History

Great narration, compelling story. A bit depressing but also an insightful glimpse into Icelandic culture and history.

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