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Heaven and Hell
Heaven and Hell | Jón Kalman Stefánsson
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Jon Kalman Stefansson is the winner of the Icelandic Prize for Literature and has been nominated three times for the Nordic Council Prize for Literature. 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. Der Spiegel said it was "like an oyster--a glinting treasure in a rough shell." In a remote part of Iceland, a boy and his friend Barour join a boat to fish for cod. A winter storm surprises them out at sea and Barour, absorbed in "Paradise Lost", succumbs to the ferocious cold and dies. Distraught from the murky circumstances of Barour's death, the boy leaves the village, intending to return the book to its original 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.
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RachelO
Heaven and Hell | Jón Kalman Stefánsson
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TBR, but at least one of the #SevenSeas are involved.

#redroseseptember @Cinfhen @arlenefinnigan

arlenefinnigan Cool cover! 2mo
Cinfhen Ha! 2mo
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Natasha.C.Barnes
Heaven and Hell | Jón Kalman Stefánsson
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Welp, I really tried to make it to 15 hours before bed, but I'm sitting in bed in a dark room trying to read this tagged book on the kindle app on my phone and I am seriously falling asleep...guess I better just get up early tomorrow! Good luck, Littens, see you in the morning. 😘 #24in48

Andrew65 A brilliant day, well done! 🙌 2y
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BarbaraBB
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Bardur and 'the boy' are friends who work together as fishermen on a simple boat. Fishermen don't know how to swim, they trust in god. Bardur and the boy however, do believe in poetry above all.

The book tells the story of fishing, friendship, grief and poetry, set in the ultimate Icelandic setting. Little is said, but very much is told. Many, many sentences are unbelievably beautiful in its simpleness. Very touching and highly recommended.

Simona Have you read Fish Have No Feet? I didn't like it, but I'm curious about his others books, because of his writing style can be quite nice. Recommendation, where to start with this author? 2y
BarbaraBB I only read this one and really liked it, his style indeed, but the storyline too. I can certainly recommend it! 2y
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