Heaven and Hell

Heaven and Hell

Book - 2014
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In a remote part of Iceland, a boy and his friend Barethur join a boat to fish for cod. A winter storm surprises them out at sea and Barethur, who has forgotten his waterproof as he was too absorbed in 'Paradise Lost', succumbs to the ferocious cold and dies. Appalled by the death and by the fishermen's callous ability to set about gutting the fatal catch, the boy leaves the village, intending to return the book to its owner. The extreme hardship and danger of the journey is of little consequence to him - he has already resolved to join his friend in death. But once in the town he immerses himself in the stories and lives of its inhabitants, and decides that he cannot be with his friend just yet. Set at the turn of the twentieth century, Heaven and Hell is a perfectly formed, vivid and timeless story, lyrical in style, and as intense a reading experience as the forces of the Icelandic landscape themselves. An outstandingly moving novel.
Published: New York :, MacLehose Press,, 2014.
Copyright Date: ©2010
ISBN: 9781623651060
1623651069
Branch Call Number: F JON
Characteristics: 193 pages ;,22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Roughton, Philip - Translator

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ezhurbin Feb 02, 2016

An Icelandic Gem!

After a recent trip to Iceland, i wanted to read a book by an Icelandic writer. The "Heaven and Hell" is the first book in the trilogy. The story is simple, but the poetic language and the atmosphere of the book are truly amazing! The words just grab you right from the start and don't let go. The language is haunting, poetic, raw, and gives you a sense that you are there; you can feel everything- the chill, the salt, the wind, the love, the desperation, the loneliness. The language is almost like music-it flows so beautifully and bewitches you; you want to re-read and re-hear the words again and again. It's one of the finest books I've read in a long time and i highly recommend it!

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