Paradise Reclaimed

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - Fiction - 320 pages
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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.


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Contents

The F01103 pony
3
The pony and fate
26
Secret in mahogany
54
S teinar leaves with the secret
65
umerrzing harxecapers
76
Visiting the Bishops House
143
Gms City 0fZi0n
159
Learning to mzelerstaml hricks I7 I
180
G ooa and had doctrines I 9 1
219
One minite
248
G004lroth
262
Polygamy or death 27 3
275
Ending
286
NOTES
300
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Halldor Laxness was born in Iceland in 1902. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1955 and died in 1998.


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