Pete Reviews Independent People

Independent People by Halldór Laxness


Describe it in 25 words or less.  A story about a man trying to gain and maintain his independence in Iceland.

Any particular reason for choosing this book? I have a huge interest in Iceland and Brigette found this at the library and recommended it to me.

Genre: Drama

Who was your favorite character and why? Asta Sollilja because she never gave up, despite her circumstances.

Who was your least favorite character and why? Bjartur because I just wanted to paddle a row boat to Iceland (and back in time) and smack him multiple times in the face with an oar.

Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while? Was it worth the wait? This book never grabbed me; I almost regret ever starting it.

Was it plot or character driven? Very much character driven.

What did you think of the ending? Predictable and anti-climatic.

What was the moral of the story? Never give up.

Did you learn anything? How tough it was to grow up and scratch out a living in Iceland in the early 1900s.

Favorite quote: “To believe in one’s children is the same as believing in one’s country.” ~Thorir to Bjartur.

What would you change? The length of book by reducing the amount of repetition.

Would you read it again? NO WAY!

Have you read other books by the same author? No, and you would have to pay me thousands to do so.

Soundtrack: I’ve put the Sigur Rós () album on Grooveshark because they’re an Icelandic band and this particular album really compliments this book.

Who would you recommend it to? People that have access to no other books or have a really bad memory.

Number of unknown words: 1

Beer pairing:
Brew Dogs’ Abstrakt AB:04

Rye Bread

What would you give up to gain independence?

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