Iceland's Bell

Iceland's Bell

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Random House, Inc.
Sometimes grim, sometimes uproarious, and always captivating, Iceland&;s Bell by Nobel Laureate Halldór Laxness is at once an updating of the traditional Icelandic saga and a caustic social satire. At the close of the 17th century, Iceland is an oppressed Danish colony, suffering under extreme poverty, famine, and plague. A farmer and accused cord-thief named Jon Hreggvidsson makes a bawdy joke about the Danish king and soon after finds himself a fugitive charged with the murder of the king&;s hangman.

In the years that follow, the hapless but resilient rogue Hreggvidsson becomes a pawn entangled in political and personal conflicts playing out on a far grander scale. Chief among these is the star-crossed love affair between Snaefridur, known as &;Iceland&;s Sun,&; a beautiful, headstrong young noblewoman, and Arnas Arnaeus, the king&;s antiquarian, an aristocrat whose worldly manner conceals a fierce devotion to his downtrodden countrymen. As their personal struggle plays itself out on an international stage, Iceland&;s Bell creates a Dickensian canvas of heroism and venality, violence and tragedy, charged with narrative enchantment on every page.

Baker & Taylor
At the turn of the eighteenth century, in an Iceland that exists as an oppressed colony of Denmark, farmer Jon Hreggvidsson finds himself a fugitive on a trumped up charge of murder after making a bawdy joke at the expense of the Danish king and becomes caught in the middle of a troubled love affair between a beautiful noblewoman and the king's antiquarian. Original. 10,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
Sometimes grim, sometimes uproarious, and always captivating, Iceland’s Bell by Nobel Laureate Halldór Laxness is at once an updating of the traditional Icelandic saga and a caustic social satire. At the close of the 17th century, Iceland is an oppressed Danish colony, suffering under extreme poverty, famine, and plague. A farmer and accused cord-thief named Jon Hreggvidsson makes a bawdy joke about the Danish king and soon after finds himself a fugitive charged with the murder of the king’s hangman.

In the years that follow, the hapless but resilient rogue Hreggvidsson becomes a pawn entangled in political and personal conflicts playing out on a far grander scale. Chief among these is the star-crossed love affair between Snaefridur, known as “Iceland’s Sun,” a beautiful, headstrong young noblewoman, and Arnas Arnaeus, the king’s antiquarian, an aristocrat whose worldly manner conceals a fierce devotion to his downtrodden countrymen. As their personal struggle plays itself out on an international stage, Iceland’s Bell creates a Dickensian canvas of heroism and venality, violence and tragedy, charged with narrative enchantment on every page.

Publisher: New York : Vintage International/Vintage Books, 2003
Edition: 1st Vintage International ed
Description: xv, 425 p. : map ; 21 cm
ISBN: 9781400034253
1400034256
Branch Call Number: Hall
Additional Contributors: Roughton, Philip

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wilstyles Nov 07, 2011

This is based on Iceland's sagas, which I wasn't familiar with, as well as Iceland's history which I also wasn't familiar with. It was a difficult dense read for me and honestly took about 60 pages to even understand what was happening. And then I found myself in a wonderful story. Still very dense to read but was well worth it. The three books in this book were originally published as three separate books.

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