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by Halldor Laxness

  • Author: Halldor Laxness
  • ISBN: 9979200197
  • ISBN13: 978-9979200192
  • ePub: 1101 kb | FB2: 1610 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Literary
  • Publisher: Vaka-Helgafell hf. (1990)
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Under the Glacier ePub download

In Under the Glacier, when the generic Naive Young Man receives his charge from the bishop of Iceland to investigate the goings-on at Snæfells, he protests that he is completely unqualified for the mission

Halldór Laxness was born near Reykjavík, Iceland, in 1902. His first novel was published when he was seventeen. In Under the Glacier, when the generic Naive Young Man receives his charge from the bishop of Iceland to investigate the goings-on at Snæfells, he protests that he is completely unqualified for the mission. In particular- for the sake of appearances, he adds slyly-he instances his youth and lack of authority to scrutinize a venerable old man’s discharge of his pastoral duties, when the words of the bishop himself have been ignored.

Under the Glacier book. Nobel laureate Halldór Laxness’s Under the Glacier is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece, a wryly provocative novel at once earthy and otherworldly. At its outset, the Bishop of Iceland dispatches a young emissary to investigate certain charges against the pastor at Sn?fells Glacier, who, among other things, appears to have given up burying the dead. But once he arrives, the Nobel laureate Halldór Laxness’s Under the Glacier is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece, a wryly provocative novel at once earthy and otherworldly.

Laxness joined the socialist bandwago. ith a book Alþýðubókin (The Book of the People . Under the Glacier (1989). The Honour of the House (1999). ith a book Alþýðubókin (The Book of the People, 1929) of brilliant burlesque and satirical essay. "Beside the fundamental idea of socialism, the strong sense of Icelandic individuality is also the sustaining element in Alþýðubókin. A biography of Laxness by Halldór Guðmundsson, The Islander: a Biography of Halldór Laxness, won the Icelandic literary prize for best work of non-fiction in 2004. Numerous dramatic adaptations of Laxness’ work have been staged in Iceland.

Nobel laureate Halldor Laxness's Under the Glacier" is a" one-of-a-kind masterpiece, a wryly provocative novel at. .Because of the author's clever analogies that spoof and cut, Under the Glacier is not an easy book to read

Nobel laureate Halldor Laxness's Under the Glacier" is a" one-of-a-kind masterpiece, a wryly provocative novel at once earthy and otherworldly. Because of the author's clever analogies that spoof and cut, Under the Glacier is not an easy book to read. Like the Bible that it seeks to parody, you can take it literally; you can read it as pure fable; or, you might read it as a combination of myth and reality. Whatever your response, it is unlikely to be indifferent.

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Twice today your emissary thinks he has noticed a smell of fish wafting out of the old farmhouse, that part of the house whose walls are still made of turf. or who has not been invited to table by his hosts all day. Can it be that the woman eats fish on the sly? Fairy fish?Late in the evening, just when your emissary has arranged the items of his report and summarised the material (see previous chapter), Miss Hnallþóra is at the door of the guest-chamber saying, May I offer you a little cup of coffee?It’s hard to give up hope that.

Nobel laureate Halldór Laxness’s Under the Glacier is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece, a wryly provocative novel at once earthy and otherworldly

Nobel laureate Halldór Laxness’s Under the Glacier is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece, a wryly provocative novel at once earthy and otherworldly. But once he arrives, the emissary finds that this dereliction counts only as a mild eccentricity in a community that regards itself as the center of the world and where Creation itself is a work in progress.

Under the Glacier Laxness, Halldor Random House (USA) 9781400034413 : Nobel laureate Halldor . Поставляется из: США Описание: Nobel laureate Halldor Laxnesss Under the Glacier is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece, a wryly provocative novel at once earthy and otherworldly

Under the Glacier Laxness, Halldor Random House (USA) 9781400034413 : Nobel laureate Halldor Laxnesss Under the Glacier is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece, a wryly provocative. Поставляется из: США Описание: Nobel laureate Halldor Laxnesss Under the Glacier is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece, a wryly provocative novel at once earthy and otherworldly.

Nobel laureate Halldor Laxness s Under the Glacier" "is a" "one-of-a-kind masterpiece, a wryly provocative novel at once earthy and otherworldly. At its outset, the Bishop of Iceland dispatches a young emissary to investigate certain charges against the pastor at Sn'fells Glacier, who, among other things, appears to have given up burying the dead

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Fek
The bishop of Iceland sends an emissary to investigate the state of Christianity in the small town of Glacier, where the church building is falling apart, the children aren't being baptized, the dead aren't being buried, and a casket has supposedly been deposited on a glacier.

A couple of my favorite observations from Pastor Jón of Glacier:
"When I discovered that history is a fable, and a poor one at that, I started looking for a better fable, and found theology."
"Whoever doesn't live in poetry cannot survive here on earth."

I think this novel would appeal to fans of Hermann Hesse, C.S. Lewis's Space Trilogy, Olaf Stapledon's "The Last and First Men," and Doris Lessing's "Shikasta."
Punind
I read "The Fish Can Sing" and was blown away; I just loved it. The writing was seemingly simple, but not. The story rich with humanity, and the entire work seemed as if it was being guided by a knowing and masterfull hand. I wanted more of this fantastic literature.

But this book is very different; some of the Icelandic wit is there, but this story is something else and is trying to be something else. Perhaps it is just presenting a philosophical viewpoint and some ideas. I get it, but it just did not take me "into a world", and the story did not interest me. The biggest snag (for me) was probably due to the telling as "journal entries"; a distanced "account" or "report"of the happenings. In that detachment I felt that I lost one of the things I loved most of Laxness's writing.
Malogamand
I bought this book in anticipation of a trip to Iceland, without yet having read the Icelandic legends that were suggested reading in advance of Laxness' other books. I found it a very mild and understated book, much like the later work of Heinrich Böll. The characters are pulling the leg of the narrator, who in turn is pulling the leg of the reader. Some of the jokes were rural and obscure, but you could tell they came at the expense of organized religion and city life. There was some symbolism and historical reference that I missed, but as soon as I finish with the Icelandic legends (800 pp), I look forward to reading Independent People, which has been called his masterpiece.
Flocton
I don't know how to describe this book except to say it's a sort of Icelandic magic realism. I read it on my son's recommendation who was assigned this book and Jules Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth for a college course. (You don't need to read the Verne classic to connect with Under the Glacier but the two books are interesting to read side by side, for perspective.) It's an interesting, surprising story. I had never heard of Laxness before but this book compelled me to seek out his other work. Well worth a look.
Jwalextell
One has to adjust to the cultural differences of the Icelandic sense of humor and remember that the environment plays a big role in the story. I found the impish humor not only creative, but engaging. The book will not be for everyone, just those who enjoy an author who plays with every aspect of character, reality, and social system stupidity. I suspect that many people will not want to work as hard as one must, but stay with it--it is a gem from the north.
Weiehan
It's never been easy or popular to challenge established religious doctrines. Jesus was crucified for his teachings. Copernicus and Galileo unsuccessfully used science, math and logic to confront Church teachings. And, monk Martin Luther never did get the Church elders to buy his argument that every individual should be able to interpret the Bible for himself. With a decided tip of his literary hat to his better known rebel predecessors, Haldor Laxness uses analogy and humor to critique what he sees as misplaced priorities of established organized religions: Protestants (especially Lutherans), Catholics, Muslims, and Jews.

The book is written as the eyewitness report by a young man sent on a mission by the local Lutheran Bishop to investigate the "goings on" at a remote Icelandic parish located by the glacier. "We're asking for a report that's all; don't try to put anything right---that's our business in the Ministry of Ecclesiastical Affairs, " the Bishop says in what later you realize is the first of many ironically funny shots at the literal interpretation of the Bible including the current day favorite, intelligent design. Because of the author's clever analogies that spoof and cut, Under the Glacier is not an easy book to read. Like the Bible that it seeks to parody, you can take it literally; you can read it as pure fable; or, you might read it as a combination of myth and reality. Whatever your response, it is unlikely to be indifferent.
Lost Python
One of my all-time favorite books. Written in first person, this book is so easy to read but much deeper than it seems at first. It is poetic but never wordy and filled with fascinating characters. All of his books (that I've read) have a sly, compassionate humor at work -- but nowhere more so than in this book. Magic is indeed afoot, but it's not cute-unicorn-glitter magic; this is ancient, pagan, transcendent and sometimes scary magic that runs deep, deep into the center of the earth, following the ley lines of one the Earth's most sacred sites, Snaefells glacier. And yet, even this kind of magic is not enough to phase its denizens, because these are Laxness' Icelanders we are talking about!: the most self-assured, rock steady, unquestioning people on earth. The contrast that Laxness is the master of -- the earthy and the spiritual -- is in sparkling form here, and is both touching and haunting . . and often funny as hell. This is a quick read but it will stick with you forever. Thank you Halldor!!
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