Paradise Reclaimed

ISBN-10: 0375727582
ISBN-13: 9780375727580
Edition: 2002
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Description: IAn idealistic Icelandic farmer journeys to Mormon Utah and back in search of paradise in this captivating novel by Nobel Prize—winner Halldor Laxness. The quixotic hero of this long-lost classic is Steinar of Hlidar, a generous but very poor man  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 4/2/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792

IAn idealistic Icelandic farmer journeys to Mormon Utah and back in search of paradise in this captivating novel by Nobel Prize—winner Halldor Laxness. The quixotic hero of this long-lost classic is Steinar of Hlidar, a generous but very poor man who lives peacefully on a tiny farm in nineteenth-century Iceland with his wife and two adoring young children. But when he impulsively offers his children's beloved pure-white pony to the visiting King of Denmark, he sets in motion a chain of disastrous events that leaves his family in ruins and himself at the other end of the earth, optimistically building a home for them among the devout polygamists in the Promised Land of Utah. By the time the broken family is reunited, Laxness has spun his trademark blend of compassion and comically brutal satire into a moving and spellbinding enchantment, composed equally of elements of fable and folkore and of the most humble truths.

Jane Smiley was born in Los Angeles, California on September 26, 1949. She received a B. A. at Vassar College in 1971 and an M. F. A. and a Ph.D from the University of Iowa. From 1981 to 1996, she taught undergrad and graduate creative writing workshops at Iowa State University. Her first critically acclaimed novel, The Greenlanders (1988), was preceded by three other novels and a highly regarded short story collection, The Age of Grief (1987). In 1985, she won an O. Henry Award for her short story Lily, which was published in The Atlantic Monthly. Her novel A Thousand Acres (1991) received both the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Her other works include Moo; Horse Heaven; and Ordinary Love and Good Will. In 2014 her title, Some Luck, made The New York Times Best Seller List.

Translator's Note: Pronunciation
Introduction
The wonder pony
Great men covet the pony
Romanticism comes to Iceland
The pony and fate
The sacred lava violated
The millennial celebrations. Icelanders reap justice
Church-going
Secret in mahogany
Steinar leaves, with the secret
Concerning horse-copers
Money on the window-sill
The sweetheart
Of emperors and kings
Business matters
A baby in spring
The authorities, the clergy, and the soul
Water in Denmark
Visiting the Bishop's House
God's City of Zion
Learning to understand bricks
Good coffee
Good and bad doctrines
Delivering a packet of needles
The girl
Travel episode
Clementine
One minute
Good broth
Polygamy or death
Ending
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