Singing fish

1 12 2007

The Fish Can Sing by Halldor Laxness


A lovely little book telling of childhood and modest ambition in Iceland. Delicately observed and wonderfully evocative coming of age in the early 20th Century. Swinging between desire to be a fisherman of lumpfish and the exoticism of the famous international singer Garthar Holm, Alfgrim grows and learns about life beyond the bizarre denizens of the mid-loft at the house of Bjorn of Brekkukot. A gentle and touching tale.

4 star

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